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David Traver Adolphus

In retrospect, it should have been obvious that Ford didn’t care about cars any more. Last fall, they emitted a press release that in the first paragraph said, among other gibberish, “strategic”; “leverage”; “product strengths”; “trusted brand” ... more

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In a lot of ways I’m a very frustrated car enthusiast. I’ve owned a bunch of old cars, but never because they were old cars—it’s just that an ex-highway department $500 1971 Chevy C/K 10 was all I could afford. Same for my $500 ‘73 Dodge Power ... more

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Up in the north, there’s a tradition called the winter beater. It’s a car dependable enough to get you through the snow, but not so good that you care about what potholes and salt do to it. If it falls apart, that’s just the cost of doing ... more

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With a new day job, I’ve had to rent cars a lot lately. As a car nerd, I refuse to rent the Kia Souls and Nissan Rogues and Chrysler 200s that make up most rental fleets. I’ve driven them and they’re loathsome. They make me feel sad inside. more

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In the era of Alexa everything and the smarthome, you’d expect cars to leap onto that connected bandwagon, and they have, as much as things with wheels can leap. If you’re a curmudgeon, which I think most people secretly are, deep down where we ... more

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There may be no place in American life where sexism is baked in more thoroughly than car culture. A recent New York Times article profiling generations of abuse at Ford Motor Company—a problem they’ve been getting sued for since 1995 and which ... more

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In an average year, 15 or 20 vehicles appear and disappear. Some are market failures that only lasted a few years; others may have been around for a while and are just at the end of their natural lifespan. They’re not all good, but with some ... more

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If for some reason you think about 1917, at all, you might think about Woodrow Wilson and the US entry into World War I, which was being fought on foot and horseback. The Civil War was as close to 1917 as is the release of “You’ve Lost That ... more

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Every Harvey, Irma, Sandy or Irene leaves in its wake a trail of misery. As anyone on Puerto Rico knows, recovery can take months. What you might not know is that the misery can ripple outwards, especially with cars, because after the literal ... more

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The future the 1950's thought we’d have is about to happen. We’ve got our talking watches, microwave ovens and color TVs. The robots have voices and their bodies are on the way, including disturbing sexy—and sexless—robots. We have trouble with ... more

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You may very well be walking around in pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants, Billy Joel-style, thinking you are the bee’s knees. Other people, however, may be walking around wondering if there’s a Miami Vice musical casting call nearby. more

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For any driver at any time, bad things can happen. Branches and poles just fall down sometimes, animals run out of nowhere, and motorcycles going 90 appear before you can react. Ordinary situations can escalate in seconds and sometimes there’s ... more

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“Ha ha ha,” you’re thinking. “What’s this idiot going on about now? Mirrors?” A childish question, but not one a child might ask, because children aren’t interested in the minutiae of adult life and if yours are, you probably have other things to ... more

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“Success breeds excellence” is what I’m sure a management consultant once said before chortling along home with five Gs for their day’s work. What actually happens is success usually breeds laziness and the desire for a profit spiral that ... more

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No matter how nimble and lean the automotive industry becomes, however many Silicon Valley practices it adopts or innovative business leaders are hired, it will always be slowed down by the basic fact that it actually makes things. more

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Any mulyak with a phone can stick a car on Craigslist (actual text from a current ad: “Something on paint. If u scrub it seems like it may come off but I don’t have the time or energy”) or ask for $48,000 for a 2001 Suburban (“motor was replace 2 ... more

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Even if you have no opinion of or interest in old cars, you’ve probably had some pop culture exposure (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/Grease/Jay Leno/Fast and the Furious/Patrick Dempsey/Wiz Khalifa), depending on your tastes and/or generation ... more

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It’s been a confusing weather year so far. Is it going to be icemaggedon or tornadoes and record rain and warmth? Why not alternate both! I bet you’re hatethanking me now for those snow tires I convinced you to get for the 1.6 days a year you ... more

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There’s a story about the 1985 Saab 9000. Together with Fiat, Saab developed a modern front-wheel drive platform to be used across brands including Lancia (Thema) and Alfa Romeo (164), the Type 4. The idea was that these weak companies ... more

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The changing seasons bring with them many problems. Many of these are well known and easily dealt with (watch out for drunk drivers on New Years’; it gets cold so wear warmer clothing). Some of the ones that can really ruin your day, however ... more

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