New Ford Bronco Confirmed: Your Uncle was Right

New Ford Bronco Confirmed

I was wrong.  Two and a half years ago, I wrote this about a cadre of fake news stories circulating and never seeming to land, like plastic bags caught high in drafts between apartment blocks.  There was the mid-engine Corvette, the new Mazda RX-7, and of course, the rebirth of the Ford Bronco.  Now it’s 2017, and I don’t see any midship ‘Vettes or sleek, new Rotaries, or- oh wait.  Ford just announced a new Ford Bronco for 2020.  Your uncle, who posted that fake news story about it back in 2013, was right.

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The Weird, Fast Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

When 115,000 people each put down a thousand dollars for your car, without ever seeing it, you know you’re on the way to success.  Or at least you hope so.  That’s what happened last week, when Tesla began accepting deposits for the Model 3, their newest offering.  How did they manage it?  Unlike the luxurious Model S and the Pasadena soccer mom’s favorite Model X, the 3 is affordable.  At just $35,000, before government rebates, the Model 3 is right around the average price for a new car in America.  Now that everyone can have it, everyone wants it.

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Can the MKZ Save Lincoln?

2013 lincoln mkzIt’s no secret that Lincoln is dying.  Ford’s luxury brand has been bleeding money since the Panther platform Towncar, Lincoln’s top seller, was discontinued.  Now Lincoln is spending all of their energy just bailing water from their sinking ship. Continue reading “Can the MKZ Save Lincoln?”

My Favorite Supercar

Noble M600.jpgGiven $500,000, what car would you buy?  Most of us already have an answer in mind, and it’s often a mid-engine, European supercar.  Many will chant “458 Italia,” “Aventador,” or “McLaren 12C!” Continue reading “My Favorite Supercar”

LA Auto Show 2012: Mild Quaking in SoCal

If you live along one of America’s active fault lines, it’s never nice to wake up to the ground bumping and surging like those adorable twin babies dancing in their high chairs on Youtube.  But if you’re from an older, less shifty/grindy region of the continent, an earthquake is always kindof interesting.  It doesn’t change your life, but you’ll be talking about it for days. Continue reading “LA Auto Show 2012: Mild Quaking in SoCal”

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST: A Challenger Appears

2014 Ford FiestaSmall is back.  It may be the fun-stifling cost of fuel.  It may be an internet-stimulated increase in global awareness.  It may be Ken Block.  But Americans suddenly seem very interested in the small, fast car again.  We, as a nation, had until recently forgotten the term hot hatch, a compact car, with a door at the back, that’s usually a faster version of the mainstream commuter model. Continue reading “The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST: A Challenger Appears”

Black is Back

Buick Gran National/GNX“There are only two Buicks worth owning,” said my boss one afternoon.  “The Grand National and the GNX.”  I had just returned from the Kansas City Auto Show, basically a dealer showcase with a few goodies thrown in, and was expressing my interest in the Regal GS and all its six-speed, turbocharged righteousness.  I wouldn’t want to own one, no, but it was a step in the right direction for Buick, a brand so long sodden with anti-sentiment and blue-hair stereotypes.  (“It’s called a Century because that’s how old you have to be to drive one,” and so on.) Continue reading “Black is Back”

F1 is Back in America – Right Now

After countless legal battles, halted construction, and threats by F1 chief Bernie “The Bowl Cut” Ecclestone to shut the whole effort down over financial fights, Formula 1 has returned to America, nestled into the track built just for its arrival, the Circuit of the Americas just outside Austin, Texas.  It’s really happening, and it’s happening right now. Continue reading “F1 is Back in America – Right Now”

John Fitch: A Movie of a Man

John FitchIt’s a rare thing to encounter a life so full, heroic, and memorable it stretches the boundaries of belief.  Most of them, it seems, have been immortalized in film.  It’s a rarer thing still to encounter such a life that so few people even know existed. Continue reading “John Fitch: A Movie of a Man”

The DeltaWing’s Conquest of Awesome

nissan deltawing<br /> The 2013 American Le Mans Series ended last month with a spectacular show at Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.  It was a fun race, peppered with close battles from the start and in every class.  But the most interesting car on the track wasn’t even competing.  Flat black and alarming, it looked like a die-cast toy.  It looked like it was about to flip over.  It looked something like an awesome Batmobile. Continue reading “The DeltaWing’s Conquest of Awesome”