QOTD: Missing AM Radio?
I am testing an EV this week -- one of several EVs that doesn't have AM radio.
I gotta say I miss it.
QOTD: Best/Most Famous Roads You've Driven
I was chatting with my ladyfriend last night and the conversation turned to famous roads, and I noted that thanks in part to this job, I've driven quite a few.
QOTD: What Car Needs a Manual?
Earlier this morning I sent a Toyota Supra with a stickshift back to the press fleet.
QOTD: How Do You Charge Your EV?
Yesterday we noted that charging EVs in public, at least in the UK, costs more than charging EVs via home chargers.
Today, we're wondering -- how do you charge your EV?
QOTD: Making an Entrance
You may have noticed one of the pictures I added to Mr. Guy's Dodge Challenger 170 story after the car's unveiling was of the vehicle being airlifted onto the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dragstrip via helicopter.
You'd have seen the whole production if you watched the Roadkill livestream.
QOTD: Last Call
I am once again working from a hotel room -- this time in Las Vegas -- in advance of attending a press event.
This time, I am here to see what Dodge has on hand to send off its muscle cars in style.
QOTD: Feeling Green
Today is St. Patrick's Day. I'm wearing a green t-shirt that mixes the Irish and Chicago flags together*, there's corned beef in my crock pot, and Guinness in my fridge for later. Meanwhile, Fox News auto writer Gary Gastelu has asked the most relevant question.
QOTD: AI in Cars?
GM CEO Mary Barra was talking AI on Fox Business the other day, though she and GM vice president Scott Miller didn't say much in the way of specifics, mostly referencing things like using AI as a voice assistant or for syncing a driver's calendar to the car.
QOTD: To Turn, or Not to Turn?
Many press programs allow us keyboard warriors to wheel whatever car we're testing on some twisty two-lane road that has almost nothing in the way of passing zones. Today's drive of the new Dodge Hornet was no exception.
These roads do, however, often have turnouts.
QOTD: Ask Dodge About The Hornet
I am sitting in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, wondering why the cold weather followed me from Chicago.
I'm here to drive the Dodge Hornet.
QOTD: Would You Attend a Naked Car Show?
An outfit called the Valley View Recreation Club is hosting a nude car show in Cambridge, Wisconsin, this summer.
Planned for August 10th through August 13th, 2023, the show will be taking place at a nudist campground. Cambridge, for those wondering, is about 20 miles east of Madison.
QOTD: Feeling Satisfied?
We've featured the winners and losers of the J.D. Power survey that involved electric vehicles. I have a broader question based on these posts.
QOTD: How Much Would You Pay for a Replica Movie Star Car?
Motor1 brings us a report of a replica 1975 Ford Gran Torino that has popped up on Bring a Trailer. It's a replica of the Gran Torinos that starred in the Starsky and Hutch TV show.
QOTD: Screens or Knobs?
I wrote yesterday that we need a truce among car people when it comes to interior design -- specifically, knobs vs screens -- and I told you folks that, generally speaking, I prefer a mix of the two.
Now it's your turn.
QOTD: Would You Use an EV Truck for "Truck Stuff"?
Mr. Guy wrote yesterday about how Ford F-150 Lightning owners are using their trucks for so-called "truck stuff" as much, if not more, than owners of internal-combustion engine F-150s are.
QOTD: A GR Toyota Grand Highlander?
An independent digital artist in Hungary has decided to render something no one asked for but at least a few thousand folks probably would buy -- a GR version of the Toyota Grand Highlander.
QOTD: How Do You Get Your Forecast?
Today was supposed to be a snowmageddon around these parts. Instead, it's just a gray, cold day.
QOTD: Will You Pony Up For the Dark Horse's Carbon-Fiber Wheels?
We know the upcoming Ford Mustang will offer a hi-po Dark Horse trim, and that trim will be available with carbon-fiber wheels. They won't be cheap.
Question is -- if you can afford the Dark Horse, would you pay more for these wheels?
QOTD: Expecting Anything From Tesla?
Telsa's Investor Day will be starting soon after this publishes -- and I am wondering what, if anything, you're expecting in terms of news from the company.
QOTD: Checking in on Hands-Free
I or another staffer has probably asked this QOTD before, and it will probably come up again, but hands-free driving is fresh in my mind.
QOTD: Will VinFast Make Its Delivery Goal?
Autoblog has a report via Reuters suggesting that VinFast will make its first U.S. deliveries the day after tomorrow.
QOTD: Are You Watching Drive to Survive?
Season 5 of "Drive to Survive" on Netflix drops today. Are you watching?
QOTD: Minding Your Yard
A report in Autoblog today details the protests that are taking place in Michigan as Ford plans to build a battery plant in the town of Marshall.
A plant, which we should note, was slated to be built in Virginia before that state/commonwealth's governor said "nah."
QOTD: Best Car Museum
Between Corey's trip to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville and a tweet I saw from a prominent industry person over the long weekend, I've been wondering -- what is the best car museum in the country?
QOTD: What Crossover Should Get a Throwback Trim?
Yesterday, when discussing internally which one of us might write up the Buick Encore GX, I accidentally referred to it as an Encore GNX. That's because I am old enough to remember the Buick Regal GNX. We all had a quick laugh and then Chris Tonn reminded me that Dodge's new Hornet will have a GLH trim in a nod to the old "Goes Like Hell" Shelbys.
Chris then suggested that we ask you, the B and B, which new crossover should get a trim level that's nodding to the past.
QOTD: Did Consumer Reports Get It Right?
Venerable consumer-oriented publication Consumer Reports has its 2023 Brand Scorecard out. BMW topped it.
QOTD: Latest and Greatest Tech
Yesterday, I was part of a panel discussion about the automotive industry, and one of the topics was tech.
QOTD: Best Car Ads From The Big Game
Chris compiled the car ads from last night's Super Bowl this morning, and I added my two cents.
Now, it's your turn.
QOTD: Pizza Wars
I am not sure if I should even do this QOTD, but it's a Friday and there's a big football game this weekend, so it feels appropriate. It's not car related, and it's the kind of question that could break the internet, but I am going to ask it anyway.
What style of pizza do you prefer?
QOTD: Star of the Show
Today's QOTD is pretty self-explanatory. What vehicle that debuted here in Chicago caused you to sit up and take notice?
QOTD: 2023 Chicago Auto Show Edition
This afternoon I will be moving my base of operations from Chicago's North Side to its Near South Side for the duration of the week. That's because it's time for the press days for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show.
QOTD: The Recall Blues
We've been reporting on recalls a fair bit lately. Of course, covering recalls is always part of the automotive journalism biz, since it's a bread-and-butter topic.
QOTD: Using the Phone
I had a conversation with a couple of non-auto-industry friends last week about cell phone use while driving. This started when someone complained about people not seeing green lights because they were on their phones.
QOTD: Will the Tesla Cybertruck Actually Bow Soon?
There are photos on the Intertoobz of the Tesla Cybertruck testing, undisguised, in California.
QOTD: Range Anxiety
Hyundai announced today that the maximum range in the Ioniq6 will be a tick over 360 miles.
QOTD: Warming It Up
It's cold outside. Really, really cold. Cold enough that the car washes are closed and anyone who doesn't need to be outside isn't.
QOTD: What Should the Next Mazda MX-5 Miata Be?
Matt reported earlier today that Mazda is intent on keeping the Miata around basically forever. But it's unclear what it has in mind for the car in the future.
QOTD: How Better to Show Daytona?
It gets buried in the larger sports conversation by the NFL, but the 24 Hours of Daytona took place over the weekend.
QOTD: Should Toyota Go Small With Its Next Truck?
Matt's piece about Toyota and small trucks today got me thinking. I am ready to ask the very obvious question: Should Toyota join Ford and Hyundai in bringing small trucks back to market?
QOTD: What Do You Want to Know About the Mazda CX-90?
I am currently somewhere over Colorado on the way to Los Angeles. I'm heading to Cali to see the new Mazda CX-90, which will be unveiled to the media over the next few days.
I'm curious -- what do you want to know about the vehicle?
QOTD: What Car Looks Better in Person Than in Pics?
The Acura Integra has been generating a lot of conversation since it launched. I finally scheduled one for a test loan, and I am excited to drive it, even though it will be a while before that date (we often schedule cars at least a month out, and two months out is not uncommon).
That said, I haven't been enamored with its looks, at least in pictures.
QOTD: Will Kia's EV9 Be a Hit or Not?
On paper, the Kia EV9 looks like a potential hit -- and given the company's success with the Telluride, it seems likely that Kia knows how to sell a three-row SUV. But the EV bet is still a bit risky.
QOTD: How Do You/Would You Use Your Truck?
Axios, the news source for people who like bullet points, has a post out today examining how the pickup truck market has changed over the years, with an emphasis on the shift in consumer preferences from smaller trucks to big, honkin' full-size rigs.
QOTD: Taking Your Medicine
Just a bit ago, the local press fleet send me a present via the City of Chicago -- I flashed a speed camera at somewhere more than 6 mph but less than 10 mph over. Oddly, it's not the same camera that caused me to ask a QOTD about how y'all feel about these cameras -- it happened more than a week after I wrote that, and on a different stretch of the same road.
QOTD: Inflation Station
The other day I was at the grocery store, and I noticed that over the past few weeks I've changed my shopping habits to adjust for inflation. So I started wondering -- if some of us are changing how we shop for food, how are we adjusting for inflation when it comes to automotive?
QOTD: What's Next for the Chevrolet Corvette?
The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray was introduced yesterday. Now that we know that it's combining a gas engine and an electric motor, I'm wondering -- what's next for the venerable 'Vette?
QOTD: What Tech is Best for Decarbonization?
A new federal report suggests that EVs, not hydrogen-fueled vehicles, are the way to go, at least when it comes to the passenger-vehicle fleet. Trucks, however, might be best served by hydrogen.
QOTD: What's Happening With Tesla?
Mr. Guy wrote this morning about Tesla and how it appears that the company's cars are being sold to rental fleets. As most of you know, large fleet sales are often seen as a negative mark on the health of a company and can also tank resale values.
QOTD: What's Next for the Jeep Cherokee?
We've reported about Stellantis idling the plant where the Jeep Cherokee is built, and today Matt wrote about how the options list for the vehicle is narrowing. It appears that the current generation will be finished after the 2023 model year. So, what's next?
QOTD: Are Futuristic Interiors Hurting EV Adoption?
I just turned in an Audi Q4 loaner, and its interior tech was a bit -- futuristic. From its ability to turn off the radio only when your butt left the seat after parking to its shifter to its oddly-shaped steering wheel, the car's cabin is meant to give off an impression of being tomorrow's future today.
QOTD: Is It Time for Federal Intervention on AV Testing?
Earlier today I wrote about how Tesla seems to be pushing for fewer safety guards on its so-called "Full-Self Driving" system even as it opens the program up to more "beta testers" and even as accidents involving the system and Tesla's Autopilot pile up. What I didn't mention, probably because I suspect it's common knowledge among our readership, is that there aren't federal rules governing these sorts of beta tests on public roads.
QOTD: Why Are People Surprised That Tesla Is Facing More Competition?
Recently I got a bit annoyed with two New York Times columnists for seeming to be surprised that legacy automakers were pumping out EVs to compete with Tesla.
Today, it's the Washington Post's turn to annoy me.
QOTD: What Stuck Out From CES?
We've covered the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) pretty extensively this week, despite the fact that none of us have been on the ground in Vegas.
QOTD: What Do You Want to See From Ram With Its EV Truck?
The Ram Revolution will be shown at CES today.
QOTD: Is Chrysler Still Viable?
Chrysler's big news at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show was -- a concept interior.
Not a car. Just an interior. We'd hoped to see more related to the Airflow, though we do note that perhaps this interior previews the Airflow's cabin.
Bonus QOTD: What Did Ken Block Mean to You?
I was all set to write a retrospective of Ken Block's life -- the professional driver died yesterday in a snowmobile accident at the age of 55 -- when I realized I am the wrong guy to do it.
QOTD: Are We Afraid of the Future?
I was scrolling through Twitter to kill time during halftime of whatever football game I was watching the other day -- god, I watched so much football this weekend, not that you care -- and I came across this column from Motor Trend editor Angus MacKenzie.
QOTD: What Are You Looking Forward To?
Yesterday, I asked you to look back. Now, with 2023 less than two days away, I am asking you to look forward.
QOTD: Best/Worst Car You Drove in 2022
I'm currently multi-tasking -- in a different browser tab, I have open a draft post about the best and worst cars we pros drove this year. It should run right after this one.
QOTD: At the Car Wash
I went to wash a test car today, and I thought I'd timed it so there'd be no line, since it's warming up here after a deep freeze and a lot of people want to get the salt off their rides.
No such luck -- I sat in line for at least half an hour.