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24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 37 views
2016 Chevy Camaro goes topless

By Don Hammonds

You knew it had to happen. If there’s an all new Chevrolet Camaro Coupe now unveiled, a Camaro Convertible would not be far behind. And so, it is true. Chevy’s raised the top on its new Camaro–literally. It’s a convertible that has a top that can even be lowered at 30 miles per hour!

Camaro convertibles have a legacy and lore all their own,  you know. The convertible back in the day served as pace car in both …

Chevrolet, Compact Cars, Uncategorized »

24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 73 views
New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze unveiled

By Don Hammonds

Few segments of the automotive market are as cut-throat competitive as the compact car segment.It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. Each brand in the field has its own calling card: Hyundai’s Elantra combines strong, distinctive styling and a wealth of equipment, translating to value.

Toyota’s Corolla, one of the newest redo jobs, combines the brand’s reputation for quality and durability, with  a bit  of …

Ford, Trucks, Uncategorized »

8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 57 views
2015 Ford F-150

 

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL: 2015 Ford F-150 4X4 Supercrew Lariat ENGINE: 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with tow mode HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 325 hp @ 5,750 rpm/375 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm WHEELBASE: 145.0 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 231.9 x 79.9 x 77.2 in. TIRES: P265/60R18 CARGO: Maximum payload – 2,250 lbs./Maximum towing capacity – 8,500 lbs. ECONOMY: 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20.1 mpg test FUEL TANK: 23.0 gal. CURB WEIGHT: N/A BASE PRICE: $41,735 BOTTOM LINE: Despite …

Lincoln, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 59 views
2015 Lincoln Navigator

By John Heilig

 

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL: 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4X4   ENGINE: 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 380 hp @ 5,250 rpm/460 lb.-ft. @ 2,750 rpm WHEELBASE: 119.0 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 207.9 x 78.8 x 78.1 in. TIRES: P285/45 R20 CARGO: 18.1/54.4/103.3 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/3rd row seats folded/2nd row seats folded) ECONOMY: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway/15.2 mg test FUEL TANK: 28.0 gal. CURB WEIGHT: 6,069 lbs. STICKER: $72,900 (includes $995 delivery, $6,850 …

Chrysler, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

3 May 2015 | No Comment | 185 views
2015 Chrysler 300 Limited: Luxury the classic way

By Don Hammonds

Luxury cars these days seem all of a kind to some of our observant eyes. Semi fastback roofline. elongated, horizontal taillights. And increasingly, lots of bling. But there’s t least one classic among us that resolutely gives us another way: The Chrysler 300. Everything about the 300 says classic American luxury.  The sumptuousness of the seats.  The layout of the dashboard. The chromed dual exhaust in the back. The square shouldered, handsomeness of the design itself–you won’t …

Ford, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 123 views
2015 Mustang

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL:

2015 Ford Mustang/Mustang GT ENGINE: 2.3-liter Ecoboost I-4 (Mustang):5.0-liter V8 (GT) TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic/6-speed manual HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 310 hp @ 5,500 rpm/320 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-4,500 rpm (Mustang): 435 hp @ 6,500 rpm/400 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm (GT) WHEELBASE: 107.1 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in. TIRES: P235/55R17 (Mustang): P255/40R19 Front, P275/40R19 rear (GT) CARGO: 13.5 Mustang/11.4 GT ECONOMY: 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway/18.5 mpg test (Mustang): 15 mpg city/25 mpg …

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29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 152 views
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE: Fun and gas miserly

By Don Hammonds

If I was to take  road trip back to my hometown under the Gateway Arch–St. Louis–I’d want the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE as my four wheeled companion.

Why?  Phenomenal gas mileage. We’d hit the St. Louis riverfront with tons of gas to spare–from Pittsburgh, almost 600 miles behind us.  It’s an incredibly comfortable car with lots of room, so we would arrive there with the family intact with no battle scars from being too close together.

The Jetta TDI …

Honda, Uncategorized »

26 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 116 views
Honda at the New York Auto Show: Home run!

By Don Hammonds

Few people would question that Honda builds some of the most solid lineup of auto products in the industry, wdith sporty driving  and handling, rock solid reliability and resale value and popularity most companies would kill for. But one of  its biggest challenges is styling and design.

The cars are attractive enough, but they have often needed that extra dash of design panache, that extra individuality and “gotta have it” appeal to keep up with the pack.

A case in …

Cadillac, Chevrolet, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

26 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 369 views
2015 New York Auto Show: Best show in town wasn’t on Broadway

By Don Hammonds

When auto shows begin their annual displays of razzle dazzle  in this country, most auto writers think they know what to expect.

Detroit will be a busy, hectic, but important show where we will see what’s on tap from the U.S. in coming years. Chicago will host a far more expansive and comfortable car show, earning its stripes as the circuits most enjoyable venue. but its unveilings may not be quite ground breaking as the Detroit show.

And New York …

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20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 88 views
Ram Promaster Citywagon: A pleasant shock and full of surprises

By Don Hammonds

If we were able to award a prize for the most surprising vehicle for the year so far, it would go to the 2015 Ram Promaster City Wagon. We know that it’s  designed primarily for a commercial crowd, but with its six seats, tons of room behind thhe back seat, huge window for visibility, and countless other things, we shocked ourselves into saying that this is one small van that would be heartily welcomed into our family as …

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