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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...

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...

2006 Lexus RX 400h

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Nobody asked me, but . . . The Lexus RX 330 is the best-selling luxury SUV on the market.  Not only does it carry the lowest emissions rating in the segment, it is also the highest mileage luxury sport utility vehicl...

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...

BMW iDrive

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Nobody asked me but . . . Is there a BMW owner out there who really understands and—more importantly—likes iDrive? I remember the first time I ran into iDrive. It was at the Detroit auto show. After listening to a 5-...

Who Really Killed the GM EV1?

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Nobody asked me but . . . I’m not a General Motors apologist. They haven’t done a lot right recently. But in the interests of fair and objective reporting, the heat the company is currently (pun intended) taking rega...

Lessons Learned from Racing

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Nobody asked me but . . .  The cheapest money GM spends every year is the budget for the two Corvettes racing in the ALMS. Don’t get me wrong. It costs GM millions (I hear upwards of $50 million) to compete in the AL...

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.

Keep On Truckin’

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Nobody asked me but . . . In just its third season of NASCAR racing in the Craftsman Truck Racing Series, with 14 of the 25 races having been run in the 2006 season, Toyota sits atop the manufacturer standings with s...

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...