Posts By: Jack Baruth

By on March 12, 2015

This is the kind of video that causes sleeplessness in back-road thrashers. An Ariel Atom chases a sportbike down a California two-lane, only to find a stopped car around a blind corner. At first glance it seems to be a stunning indictment of reckless vehicle operation, but there might be more to the story.

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By on March 11, 2015

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It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
RS America in the dealership’s lights
Covered with dust and it had nowhere to go
And it sat there for a year
Till they sold it at a loss
Slow like a Boxster headlights just like a frog
And all the service had been skipped and no one gave a toss

And I remember how cheap they used to be
And I thought that it never would end
I remember how they bought and sold for pennies
Wish I’d had a crystal ball and bought one then

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By on March 10, 2015

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Did you make the sensible, sane choice of the four-cylinder engine in your 2015 Accord? What about refusing to perform an LS7 swap in your CR-V immediately after taking delivery? Well, now you are going to (have a one in three thousand chance that you will have to) pay for that mistake.

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By on March 10, 2015

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Following an unspecified “fracas”, the British Broadcasting Corporation has suspended Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson and canceled this Sunday’s episode of the show. Mr. Clarkson, an actor and personality who portrays a car enthusiast on Top Gear along with two other actors who couldn’t hold up the ass end of a regional SCCA autocross if they had a GT-R Nismo and an extra day to practice the course, has a history of controversial statements, one of which may have led to this suspension.

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By on March 10, 2015

The first round of reviews for the Porsche Cayman GT4 is coming in this week. Unsurprisingly, they are all rather hosanna-esque in nature; Porsche PR won’t permit anything less. With that said, this is the combination of Porker-LEGOS for which a lot of people have been asking for a long time, and there are some interesting tidbits from the reviews, summarized below.

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By on March 8, 2015

It was one of those weekends where nothing went quite right. The first rental car I got was pretty banged-up on all corners, and the interior reeked of menthol cigarettes. Worst of all, it wasn’t even a Mopar, and since I was on the way to Thunderhill so I could race a Neon with famous […]

By on March 4, 2015

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Twenty-four years ago, noted wearer-of-Givenchy-sweatsuits-with-burgundy-trim DJ Quik lamented that, thanks to the pervasive influence of gangster rap, everywhere he went was just like Compton. The same thing is happening with the American commercial-vehicle landscape. The first to fall was the hoary old unibody Dodge van, which yielded to the rust-prone Sprinter. Next was the E-Series, nee Econoline, which bowed-out this year in favor of the Euro-style full-sized Transit. Only the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are left to carry the glinting banner on which waves the heraldic American-van shield of a bleeding hand (from trying to wrench on short-hood vehicles), a one-dollar bill (to signify the aggressive cost-cutting which has come to dominate that business) a bar of candy (calling to mind the child molesters and creeps who formed the tertiary van market) and the symbols “O-” (the old universal-donor blood type, required for anyone who crashed a van above walking pace).

Mercedes started this party in the USA, of course, but they’ve been late to the intermediate-van game. The Metris, announced at a work-truck show in Indianapolis, will fix that oversight.

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By on March 4, 2015

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Sergio Marchionne had a surprise for Geneva Show attendees: a confirmation that FIAT’s version of the stellar new MX-5 will have an old-school name.

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By on March 4, 2015

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Jeep’s Mike Manley told the press at Geneva that there’s a Grand Wagoneer coming — but the details of that arrival are, so far, thin on the ground.

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By on March 4, 2015

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I was not exactly charmed by the current-generation Malibu when I reviewed it last summer. Its Kamm-tailed predecessor had enough virtue to face the Japanese-brand midsizers squarely on their own turf and come away with at least a respectable, stylish showing, but the current car is a retrograde step in everything from its regrettably truckish styling to its lowered-expectations driving dynamics.

Turns out that I’m not the only person, or corporation, if that’s not the same thing in 2015 anyway, who feels that way. If you’re renting at certain airports, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the Malibu at the same kind of deep discount it currently requires in order to slip the surly bonds of drab GM dealerships. I asked a rental-industry insider why that might be so.

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