• Nov 24, 2011
Like the wayward turkey seen here engaging in a bit of self-inspection courtesy of the Ford Motor Company, Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. Autoblog's staff has much to be thankful for this year, including an industry whose health is improving while developing better performing, more environmentally friendly cars each year. Simply put, cars are better than ever.

We're thankful for everything from the spread of direct injection technology to Porsche refusing to give up on the development of manual transmissions.

What automotive things are you thankful for this year? Drop your fellow Autoblog readers a line or two in Comments and let us know.

From all of us at Autoblog, best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.


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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Today I am thankful for safer vehicles and all that they do. Yesterday, I was hit by an suv in my Focus. I know I have complained about some of the issues with the car, but man did it shine yesterday. I was t-boned at an angle. The car went into crash mode, turning the vehicle off, flashing the hazards, honking the horn in something like 60 second intervals, called 911, had my lat, long, and ft above sea level dispayed on the MYFordTouch screen. The side airbags deployed, and the safety glass worked(my side window was blown out and thrown in front of the vehicle). Ford, you might not get everythin right, but yesterday, The Lord, and my Focus saved me. I walked away with a airbag burn on my shoulder and that is it. I do not know if my car will be totaled, but if it is, I will buy another Focus. Happy Thanksgiving yall!
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Very glad to know that you're alright! As a side note, the new Focus is a great car - certainly could do worse when buying a new car, and I say this as a Chrysler and GM owner. Anyways I hope you have a good Turkey Day!
          Oceanblue78
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          Thanks me too! I love the car, just a few nitpicks. It earned its place in my driveway...as long as it isnt totaled!
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm thankful for all the autoblog comments i get to read. From the idiotic, to serious, to the downright hilarious. Some of you guys make the comments sections more entertaining than the articles lol. Happy Thanksgiving fellow commenters
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @icharlie
        If I could +1 you more than once, I'd do it in an instant. This place has become a battleground between UAW trolls like ToyotaRecall, carfan, and MAX, and Asian fanboys like invisibleblog, Columbianricer, and AcidToni, mixed in with trolls who bash just one particular brand like True Voice, Laser, and vwfailsagain/poweredbylolz, as well as the usual clueless trolling rants from Phillip Gua/Phillip Asterverens, political insults from Ed and Stclair, as well as my personal favorite, the "OMG SISTER MAKES 2 CENTS AN HOUR AS A PORNSTAR ON THE COMPUTER" comments from spammers. Welcome to AB
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          You forgot "Old Man River", Dan Fredericksen!! LOL You know, the guy comes on here with all his redundant rants, talking up electrics, and occasional anti-American rants on the 4th of July?
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          *my sister* The edit button, or the lack of it, is something that I WISH that I was thankful for. Well, happy Turket Day!
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @icharlie
        Well said. I enjoy reading most of the comments, though I must say I sometimes have a knack for ignoring the signs and feeding the trolls anyway. Like wild animals, the more you feed them, the more they come around. LOL
      Brett
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm grateful for dream cars like the Spyker Aileron, Pagani Huayra, Spada Codatronca, Bertone Pandion, Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta, Ford Start, Perana Z-One, Ferrari P4/5, Jaguar C-X16, and so many more. I'll never drive a single one of them, but I'm grateful they each add some color and pizazz, be it ugly or beautiful, to the automotive landscape.
      nyislanders66497
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm thankful that the accident I got into last week was just a minor one and that I'm ok. Could have been a lot worse.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      When it comes to things auto related, I'm thankful for my Jeep. It's a beat to hell 94 XJ I rescued. Engine and trans are still reasonably good though. Last winter my car got totaled by a wheel that came off a semi trailer and hit me while traveling in the opposing lane (no joke, and not fun). The trucking company insurance company rep I had to work with was so bad that I got nowhere for over two months and she was eventually fired. During this whole time I had ZERO money to replace my car, and it was my daily driver. My Jeep was bought as a project vehicle and completely not meant for DD duty, but it did it. A 185,000+ miles, $561.00 Jeep had the guts to get me through almost an entire winter, and believe me, my Jeep still needs a good amount of work. Honestly, without my Jeep, I don't know what I would've done. I was traveling a lot for work at the time - no Jeep no job. I love my Jeep, and I'll be damned if I ever give it up!
      sweeneyp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Happy Thanksgiving, and nice to see a Clemson University license plate, GO TIGERS!
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm quite thankful that cars are actually interesting again. When I was growing up in the 90s, there wasn't much to get excited about, especially from the Big 3. I can remember being quite envious of people who were around in the 60s and 70s.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        Sure there was good stuff during the 90s. I was going to say Eagle Talon Tsi, but I guess that doesn't count. Dodge Viper GTS! There we go! Found one! Happy Gobbles!
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          It was a great time if you were into sport compacts, and small trucks and small SUVs (like the XJ), but not so much if your thing was muscle/pony cars. Fox Bodies, F-Bodies, and SN-95s were nice, but the styling was uninspiring compared to the from the 60s and early 70s.
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        Are you kidding me? I grew up in the 90s as a teenager(co 97), and there were tons of interesting cars. From the 93 Camaro to 94 Mustang, to the 97 F150 that dared to be different and sold in droves, to the radical out there 96 Taurus, the 99 Cougar, Dodge Viper, 94 Dodge Ram, the list goes on. Maybe you were sleeping in class! I think todays cars take less design risks than back then.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          No, I was awake, and lusting for the old muscle cars of the 60s, the styling, the sounds... The Camaros, and Mustangs I mentioned were nice cars, but style wise, did not even hold a candle to a 68' Chevelle, 68' Charger, or 66' GTO. By the mid 90s, cars were just round, heck the SN-95 Mustang was often criticized for looking too Asian, which is part of what provoked the New Edge.
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm thankful that every single Autoblog post with even the faintest, most remote aspect of politics or government becomes a rant-fest about Obama and The Unions within the first five comments. Wait - is "thankful" the word I'm looking for here?
        Car Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        And I'm sure you were one of the first ones to chime in and bash GW Bush when he was in office. STFU and eat some turkey.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        I'm thankful I'm not as dumb as Ed.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        What does this have to do with anything Thanks Giving related? The facts are what they are, that's why all those rants occur with the frequency they do.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm thankful for the Obama Administration for saving the American auto industry and giving them a chance to kick Confederate and Japanese butt.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Son, you have a lot to learn. First off, I would not be so quick to say anyone "saved the US auto industry" just yet as only time will tell, and secondly, it all started under the Bush Admin. I'm not taking sides here, just stating that it is not as cut and dry as some of you like to think.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Bush has no say in that war anymore. Questionable as it may be, it's up to the current administration to succeed there. That said, I thought "Obama's War" was Libya. I see you worked in your jab at the "Right", so allow me to do the same for the "Left". I find it funny how those folks don't seem to mind the Patriot Act, they cried so blatantly about under Bush. It's as if the whole thing does not exist, when in fact it still does. Oh, and what ever happened to shutting down Gitmo? Arguing which side is right and wrong is a never-ending one. It simply clouds people's better judgement, not allowing them to see the big picture. As a result, everything is black and white to them. Lucky for us, they are the vast minority of the American public, otherwise we'd really be screwed.
          fly by wireless
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          I'm not a fan of political claims "right" or "left", especially when things are fuzzy poorly defined. but I think it's funny that the "right" wants to put bad stuff established under the Bush admin on Obama's (Iraq war called "obama's war"), while making claims on things that may skew positive (auto bailout). This is rather interesting. Yet when those same things they may attribute to Bush look like a failure, they're re-attributed to obama again... Funny...
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        How do blatantly biased comments like this get voted up, while sensible ones like mine get the thumbs down? God forbid you Leftwingers should let the facts get in your way. I for one find it appalling that over 60% of those in my age group voted the way they did in 2008. It's no wonder I am ashamed of my generation.
      dadslife83
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am thankful for Ford but not GM and Chrysler (see Bailout). I am thankful for Autoblog but not for guys like Ed and CarGuy who make everything political. I am thankful I did not swear up a storm like I usually do when I think about politics. I am thankful for my 2000 Mercury Sable Station Wagon with the way back seat that had a few 9-10 year old car hiccups but is still running like a champ. I am thankful I am alive and appreciate stuff such as 49er football this year.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        fly by wireless
        • 3 Years Ago
        The US has lots of freedoms, sure. It's NOT the only "free" country nor is it the "freest" country on earth, especially when you look deeper than simple stuff like gun ownership (how about freedom from the perceived need of a gun, eh?)...
          Walt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fly by wireless
          All real Americans enjoy the shooting sports and becoming proficient with firearms. Firearms mean a 120 pound woman has the freedom to determine the outcome of an encounter with a 220 pound rapist.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm thankful for gasoline. Happy Thanksgiving!
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