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Posts Tagged ‘Toyota’

  • Fuck DARPA: A Clunker Manifesto

    Jul 30, 13 • Featured, New Cars, RantsComments Off
    Fuck DARPA: A Clunker Manifesto

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist. It’s not because I don’t think that the government would love to start snooping around at what’s in my sock drawer, mind you. It’s because nobody in the government can seem to orchestrate a blowjob in a bus station men’s room without getting caught. But the more I read about ...

  • Clunker Nation Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow

    May 24, 13 • Vintage CarsComments Off
    Clunker Nation Photo Contest Ends Tomorrow

    Just a quick reminder that if you want to score yourself a sweet Clunker Nation bumper sticker, you have to enter the contest by noon tomorrow by emailing a photo to submissions@clunkernation.com...

  • Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

    Jun 20, 11 • News, NHTSA, Publishing, Vintage Cars4 Comments
    Why “the News” shouldn’t cover cars

    Two stories in the last few days have cemented my opinion that every news channel should have a legitimate¬†automotive expert on speed-dial, if not on staff. The first was the news that ABC News’s “Chief Investigative Correspondent” Brian Ross won himself a coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative report on the Toyota Prius’s ...

  • Morning in America

    May 3, 11 • Uncategorized5 Comments
    Morning in America

    There are fewer compelling reasons to buy a Japanese car than at any point since the early 1970s. March’s devastating earthquake, ensuing tsnumai, and surreal nuclear meltdown in Japan are all beginning to have real and lasting impact on the automotive industry there and here. Parts are becoming scarce. We just heard from one customer ...

  • Audience Participation Time: Official Winter Vehicle of New England

    Feb 9, 11 • Uncategorized4 Comments
    Audience Participation Time: Official Winter Vehicle of New England

    On Saturday, I’m headed to an undisclosed location to judge the New England Motor Press Association’s Official Winter Vehicle of New England awards. For the last decade, NEMPA has selected a number of vehicles in different classes, along with one vehicle selected as “Official Winter Vehicle of New England.” What I’d like to know from ...

  • Killing the Ranger: Behind the Bullshit

    Sep 20, 10 • New Cars4 Comments
    Killing the Ranger: Behind the Bullshit

    Here’s the official word from AutoBlog.com this morning on Ford’s decision to kill off the Ranger in the United States. Let me warn you, if you ever enjoyed the compact pickup market, prepare to be enraged: US-Spec Ranger to End Production In case you’re too lazy to read the entire story, I’ll summarize: Ford is ...

  • Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

    Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

    I just saw a news item regarding NHTSA’s probe regarding corroding fuel tank straps in Ford F-150s. Apparently, out of the 300 gagillion F-150s the manufacturer built between 1996 and 2001, 28 of them had fuel tank straps that rusted away and dropped the fuel tank on the ground. Twenty-eight trucks. Now I can certainly ...

  • The UAW can’t help shooting itself in the foot

    Aug 19, 10 • UncategorizedComments Off
    The UAW can’t help shooting itself in the foot

    Chasing reporters — there to cover your stupid event — out of the parking lot of your union hall for driving a foreign car. Ugh. Isn’t it time for these UAW assholes to finally fade into obscurity? From the Kansas City Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2010/07/driving_a_toyota_complicates_coverage_of_missouri_incentives_for_ford.html...