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2009 Toyota Corolla

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Is it possible for a car to get too big for it’s britches?  Case in point: the new for 2009 Toyota Corolla XRS. The 2009 Corolla is the 10th generation of the best selling passenger car in ...

The Death of Manufacturing in America

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Please answer True or False to the following statements about manufacturing: During the past 20 years, significant productivity improvements have been made in manufacturing. For ...

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...

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...

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 ...

2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

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Nobody asked me, but . . . I knew I was in trouble two seconds after I finished organizing all the material I had been gathering on Chrysler’s fifth-generation minivan: The stack of paper was about two inches high, a...

2002 Volvo S60 Sedan AWD

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If you are a follower of the Volvo marque, descriptors such as “upright boxy sedan” and “solid” probably match your perception of this Swedish automaker quite nicely. No more.  

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . It’s gonna come up at some point anyway so let’s deal with the hyperbole surrounding the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid right now.  Here’s what Chevy says: “First example of GM’s two-mode ...

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...

German Car Day

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My time spent at the Larz Anderson Museum has been quite fruitful so far this Summer. First, with the classic delights of British Car Day, and then with the thoroughly modern experience of getting behind the wheel o...