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20 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 168 views

 

By Donald Hammonds

Remember the days when all the American automakers were worried about the impact of the Japanese brands on their business?

Well, forget that.

Their problems have multiplied.

Take a look at the all-new Hyundai Sonata:

American manufacturers better worry!

They have all but given up the sedan market, and I think that will come back to haunt them.

Both Kia and Hyundai  will clean the clocks of American brands as a whole when the 2021 selling year ends.

And I predict when the final tally on …

Compact Cars, Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

20 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 164 views

 

 

  By Don Hammonds

I distinctly remember the first time driving a Toyota Prius many years ago.

It looked and felt like it came from some century beyond ours at the time, and it was teeming with all kinds of hardware, gadgets and gauges that fascinated everyone who saw it. But all the while–it was still a Toyota–with all the virtues that come with the brand: Well-built,  quality everywhere, and the sense that you were well taken care of while behind the …

Compact Cars, Hybrids, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 819 views

By Don Hammonds

Want something to talk about?

Take a look at Lexus’ all-new UX, its smallest–and most affordable way of putting Toyota’s luxury brand in your driveway.

 

It has a wild look to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the Minecraft stuff that my kid has in his room.  Yes, it’s that wild looking!  But you know, as startling as it is, you really grow to love it.

I happen to like it a lot, but for most people, it …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

17 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 1,098 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Want a glance into the automotive future?

We got your back.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is your ticket.

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that you can recharge at home or at a public charging station, which are becoming a lot more common nowadays. While it is indeed the top of the heap Prius, it doesn’t look like the other Prius models that are not plug-0in hybrids.  It has its own look–and given the potential of this …

Acura, Auto Shows, Buick, Chevrolet, Convertibles, Dodge, Ford, Hybrids, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Nissan, Toyota, Trucks, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

16 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | 12,637 views
Detroit:2015 North American International Auto Show

This year’s North American International Auto Show—also known as the Dtroit Auto Show-took a U turn away from hybrids and compact cars–and unveiled a slew of big cars, huge trucks and flashy sport car with blistering performance. Everyone from Ford and Buick——that’s Buick’s stunning concept car, the Avenir, just above– to Acura and Lexus unveiled products that represented a huge departure from the sorts of cars seen at the last few Detroit Auto Shows.

Just about the only brands introducing products that …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 1,293 views
2014 Toyota Prius Three: Good car in search of an update

By Don Hammonds

 

I can remember when the Toyota Prius seemed to be such a futuristic car.

From the out of this world hybrid gas electric hybrid system to its exciting looking future world dash board to the shape of the dashboard to its gee whiz profile, the Toyota Pruis, seemed like it was from a galaxy far. awayNow, in the year of Our Lord 2014, theres little that differentiates Prius from other hybrids onthe road. And today, Little has changed with …

Hybrids, Toyota, Uncategorized »

26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,566 views
2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: Comfortable, familiar–and very economical

    By Don Hammonds

Okay. Let’s say you’re shopping for a hybrid family sedan.

We will assume, for purposes of discussion, that you’re not sitting on a pile of money, so we’re eliminating the luxury hybrid sedans.  We will also not include either the Kia or Hyundai  hybrid sedans, which don’t get nearly the mileage that our two top hybrid family sedans are able to achieve.

         The bottom line is that you mainly  have two high gasoline mileage options.  One is of course, …

Ford, Hybrids, Uncategorized »

11 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,392 views
2014 Fusion Energi: Four wheels firmly planted in the future

 

By Don Hammonds

      It should be no surprise to anyone familiar with Automobile Journal that  Ford’s Fusion Energi is a popular car with us.

     First of all, of course, is the fuel economy that this plug-in hybrid manages to generate–it’s pretty spectacular; 100 mpg-e.

Sure, most people who drive the car solely on its gasoline mode of operaton get anywhere from 47 to 50 miles per gallon if you read consumer comments. But even the idea of getting 100 mpg-e with this car …