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CNBC’s Better Idea?

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Ford CEO Alan Mulally was interviewed today by CNBC on its morning business news show.  During the interview he said, among other things, that, “We are really turning the tide in North Amer...

Mea Culpa

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Nobody asked me but . . . A couple of days ago I railed about Ford renaming the Five Hundred, the Taurus. And I was wrong when I said Ford would probably rename the Montego, the Merkur. Instead, Ford has decided to c...

2008 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

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              Bytes & Bullets Summary • Works as a retro—nifty styling, great packaging and it’s only 12-feet long • A premium small car; gets pricey when you add options; this car makes it possible for ...

Cayenne Crossing

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Nobody asked me, but . . . When the wind is gusting to 60 mph, peering over the North rim of the Grand Canyon would normally be near the bottom of my “before I die, I want to . . .” priority list.  But how often does...

Dear RSW:

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Nobody asked me, but . . . This column is long overdue . . . but hopefully not overdone.  It results from a growing frustration with current automotive design trends and culminates in two days spent viewing the lates...

2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Mazda designers and engineers faced a serious dilemma as they gathered to create the next Mazda6.  The current model didn’t have the broad appeal of its direct family sedan Asian competitor...

2009 Audi S5 manual quattro

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Bytes & Bullets Summary I was prepared not to like this car; I much prefer 4-doors in this size car, but I am delighted with the fun-to-drive characteristics It ain’t cheap (MSRP $51,400; $62,665 with optio...

Owl’s Head Museum Hosts Wings and Wheels

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The Owl's Head Museum blends wheels and wings into an interesting and informative venue that is well worth the trip to mid-coast Maine.

Fast Lane Teen Driving School

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Nobody asked me, but . . . A few weeks ago Cousin John, who had declared himself an emancipated minor at the age of 16, called to tell me that his daughter, Gen, a senior in high school, had decided she didn’t “need”...

2013 Hyundai Azera

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If you haven’t been following the exploits of Hyundai the past few years, you might not appreciate the impact this Korean nameplate is making these days in virtually every segment in which...

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