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Ford Saves Ford?

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Nobody asked me but . . . Ford CEO Bill Ford’s announcement that he was remaining as Executive Chairman but replacing himself as President and CEO with Alan Mulally from Boeing could be a good news bad news scenario.

BMW X5xDrive 35d

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Not a company to pull punches, here is what BMW had to say about the second-generation X5 when it was launched last year: “BMW will write the latest chapter in the story of the world’s f...

Review: 2011 Jeep Patriot

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A crossover that may not sit well with hardcore Jeepsters makes for a capable everyday soft-roader.

2009 VW Jetta Diesel

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s safety critics didn’t worry about pedestrians not hearing a diesel coming as they do with current electric vehicles.  From three blocks away you could hear diesel ...

2007 Saturn Aura

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If 7-UP can call itself the Uncola, then I have every right to refer to the Saturn Aura as the UnCamry.  While they both seek the same audience—buyers of midsize sedans—they are, as the Bri...

Ford’s Better Idea–F-150

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Nobody asked me but . . . If I were starting a car company today, I could do far worse than to start off with Eric Kuehn and Don Ufford. These are not two names that instantly pop to mind or roll off the tongue un...

British Car Day 2010

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Spending time around classic British roadsters is good. Seeing them on the lawn of a historic auto museum styled after a French Chateau is even better. That was the setting for British Car Day 2010, part of a series...

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...

2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Take a practical and functional Nissan Sentra compact 4-door sedan and send it to a Jose Canseco athletic club for a 2-week “treatment” and what do you get? Give up?

2014 Kia Forte EX

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Nobody asked me, but . . . What we have here is a grown-up Kia.  A 2014 Kia Forte EX, grown-up in style, comfort, convenience and feature content, but still decidedly pre-adolescent in size.  Meaning it compete...

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