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2012 Kia Rio SX DGI 5-Door Hatchback

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Whenever I have a particularly vexing automotive market research issue, I typically turn to my long-time friend, George Peterson, of Auto Pacific for an answer.  Such was the case recent...

2009 Mazda Mazda6—An American Tragedy

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Nobody asked me, but  . . . Last July I attended the introduction of the 2009 Mazda6 in Westlake Village, California.  To compete for midsize sedan sales against the likes of the more successful Honda Accord, Chevrol...

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...

Taking Pride in a Classic Approach in Rural NH

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My friend’s Jeep Cherokee experienced the always-fun occasion of a cracked head, leaking coolant into the engine and ruining bearings- engine swap time! My brother also owns a Cherokee so he took the reigns of this ...

2006 Honda Ridgeline

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Nobody asked me but . . . Honda is a late-comer to the pickup ranks and, Honda being Honda, it’s no surprise that the 2006 Ridgeline is as different in the truck segment as the Acura RL is in the luxury car market.

Don Knowles Wins RRDC Bob Akin Award

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Dear Don, I'm not sure how to respond to the news about you being named the recipient of the 2011 Bob Akin Award by the Road Racing Drivers Club.  You've managed to parlay a 30-year a ...

McLaren MP4-12C Makes Its Southern California Debut

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Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2011) McLaren MP4-12C Makes Its Southern California Debut I spent time over lunch, Tuesday, interviewing my new best friend, Frank Stephenson - Design Director for McLaren Automot...

MazdaSpeed3–Weather or Not . . .

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Nobody asked me, but  . . . Mention the snow word to most enthusiasts and the first thing out of their mouth is likely to be: “I’ll drive the beater.” But I grew up in Queens where ice and snow are as common as NY...

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . As an acknowledged and unabashed punmeister, I got an enormous chuckle out of Ford’s description of the 2005 Escape Hybrid: “Escape charges [my bolding] into the 2005 model year with a fres...

2011 Hyundai Sonata

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Nobody asked me but . . . Hyundai has been selling cars in the US since 1986.  And after a bit of a sputtering start, the last decade has seen years of steady growth for Hyundai in this market.  Starting at a mere ...