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Bob Lutz Speaks Out . . . What else is new?

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Nobody asked me but . . . Bob Lutz showed up in LA recently for an impromptu breakfast with the Motor Press Guild, aka MPG.  Bob is always good for a few juicy quotes so I hustled up the 405 in typical OC-LA rush d...

Volvo V50 T5 AWD

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Nobody asked me,but . . . There are only two words that adequately describe the new 2005 Volvo V50: total transformation.  It starts with a great new platform that provides Audi-like solidity and sportiness, continue...

Is GM the Next Toyota?

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Nobody asked me, but . . . More than a year ago, as I viewed GM's "situation," I only somewhat facetiously told colleagues that the best thing GM could do would be to simply shut down all its operations in the US and...

2007 Toyota Yaris Liftback

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Nobody asked me, but . . . There are very few arrows in Toyota’s quiver that haven’t found the mark, but the Echo, introduced in 2000, was one of them.  As an attempt to appeal to a youthful audience, the homely, ung...

2013 VW Jetta Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . I’m normally not inclined to inundate you with data.  Particularly sales data.  But I’m making an exception in this instance because of the success Volkswagen is enjoying in the US at...

2007 Dodge Caliber

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Let’s get one thing perfectly clear.  When Honda says small car, it means Fit.  When Dodge says small car, it’s talking Caliber, a car that’s about 18 inches longer, 2.5 inches wider and as...

2007 Nissan Maxima SE

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Since it’s introduction in 1981 the Maxima has been the flagship of Nissan’s sedan fleet.  With a strong emphasis on sportiness, it’s no surprise that the Maxima has been referred to as Nis...

Tutto Italiano 2010

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This is all that is right and good in the world… Under normal circumstances, this is where I recap one of the Larz Anderson Lawn Events, reporting the winners of each category. That just would not do this past Sund...

An Irwindale Tale

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Nobody asked me, but . . . So I’m sitting behind the wheel of my daughter’s Mazda 6, which is straddling the finish line at Irwindale Speedway, and staring up into the grandstands on a rather warmish Saturday a...

Old Fodderland, old Fodderland, how gentile is thy . . .

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Am I missing something here?  This is the all-new Bugatti 16C Galibier?  One point five million dollars of rolling auto stock? Will someone tell me they like the styling?  Please? I think...