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David Traver Adolphus

New Car Buying Season, Part II

Last month I took a look at some quality sedans on which you should be able to get a great deal this fall. The key is that right now, dealership lots are really filling up with 2016 models—but there are still plenty of unsold ’15s. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Air Bag

New Car Buying Season, Part I: Sedans

Cheap cars are kind of a hobby of mine. I want to see people get into the right vehicle and not get shafted in the process. There are many existing online tools to help you, like TrueCar pricing, Consumer Reports dealer invoices ... more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:55 PM Air Bag

Cars: How To Make Them

This year I have dedicated too much of “Airbag” to complaining about cars. That’s wrong, because I love cars. So as promised, this month is going to be about what many car nerds, like me, consider the single greatest car of the 20th century. more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM Air Bag

Some People’s Idea of Fun

I was recently reading Car and Driver’s 1969 road test of the Fiat 850 sedan, because that’s what I do in my free time. The 850 was was supposed to compete with imported economy cars, especially the Beetle, which, if not fast ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Air Bag

Open the Sunroof and Hit the Highways

As it is spring, when as far as I’m concerned everyone’s thoughts should be turning to cars, it seemed like a good time to look at some that are more affordable, actually on-sale, and potentially even practical enough ... more »

Apr 1, 2015 5:21 PM Cover Story

10 Stupid Driving Mistakes

To relax in the evenings, I sometimes like to watch Russian car dashcam videos on YouTube. While the Russian standard of driving is even worse than our own, they repeatedly do the same stupid things that I also see here. more »

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

Opportunity Knocks at Volkswagen

Watching the UAW and ACE is like hiding in the stairwell while your parents fight. As far as I can tell, everybody likes the works council. VW likes it, the UAW likes it, the ACE likes it and VW workers in Germany seem to like it. more »

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

Why Electric Cars Suck

Electrics are slowly gaining a foothold, but there are still only about 250,000 of them on the American roads. That’s a fair number of cars. But GM started making its first commercially available electric car, the EV1, in 1996. more »

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

The Most Efficient Car in America Is...

It’s easy to make a claim for fuel efficiency. A small engine, some battery packs, regenerative braking, low-rolling resistance tires and high-efficiency electric motors and your ads can say your Chevy Volt is EPA rated at 98eMPG. more »

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

Upping the Convertible Cool Quotient

But selling in tiny numbers is exactly what makes convertibles so very cool. If there were millions (or in some cases just thousands) of them on the road, they wouldn’t exactly stand out, but when you’re one of five people in 1,000—now we’re talking. more »

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag