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David Traver Adolphus

Chilling Out in the Driver’s Seat

For years, I was a bad driver. I exhibited a mixture of passive-aggressive, self-righteous and just stupid fast driving that I cringe to think about. more »

Nov 26, 2014 5:09 PM Air Bag

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

Longing for the exciting VW BlueHamster

"Your name means People’s Car. You make cheap, wonderful, fun transportation. You go your own way.” more »

Jul 24, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

Lament for the Lost Sedan

"I like sitting close to the road, and I like my cars to handle like cars. SUVs, even today’s good ones, make compromises I don’t like." more »

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM Air Bag

Failure to Fail

"The capacity for creativity hasn’t been lost; that’s obvious from the responses to demands for higher fuel economy.” more »

May 22, 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

9 New Cars you won't regret

For those of us who remember car buying in the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s, it’s an amazing time to be alive. Check out these nine suggestions, which cover the demographic gamut. more »

Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM Cover Story