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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid–Penny Wise and Not Fuelish

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              Nobody asked me, but . . . In setting out to reinvent the Camry, the best-selling car in America for eight of the past nine years, Toyota engineers and designers did something they have never do...

2010 Detroit Auto Show

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Cobo Hall in Deeetroit is "the happening" this week with the auto show and tell. Here are some good ones . . . with photos from Joe "the pro" Tori who has been wigging around the halls for the past two days. ...

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...

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...

2005 Mini Cooper Sidebar

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Why Cooper?  Add a John at the beginning and a Works at the end and you have your answer.  Since the 1940s, John Cooper Works has produced celebrated racing cars, notably the front-engine C...

2012 Fiat 500C Pop Cabrio

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Round about early April of this year I celebrated an intro drive of the Fiat 500 Abarth model with a few chosen words in this pages.  My third-grade teacher Mrs. Zumpstein used to cha...


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LOS ANGELES (November 20, 2013) – The Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, announced two winners of its 2013 Innovation Vehicle of the Year (IVY) Award today, with the 20...

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

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Last week, members of the New England motor press, including yours truly, were treated to automotive wares old and new, as historic automobiles set the stage for some face time with the latest Boxster from Porsche. ...

2007 Volvo S80–A Problem and a Dilemma

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                Nobody asked me, but . . .  Volvo has a problem . . . and a dilemma. The Swedish car company, now owned by Ford, recently introduced a new S80 model. The previous S80 was a nice car. But this ...

2004 Toyota Prius

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Repeat after me: “The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle and does not have to be plugged in.” Once again, “The Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle and absolutely never ever has to be plugged in ...

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