Reilly Brennan - Autoblog
No matter how smart you are or how hard you try, you have the feeling you're get taken for a ride, don't you? For decades, car shoppers had that sinking feeling in their stomachs when they approached the dealership. Even the coolest hostage negotiator felt squeezed by the grip of the car salesman, who either wrangled more money out of the buyer or handed him off to the finance manager for further
If there was ever a concept car at the nexus of transportation and technology, it was the Toyota Motor Triathlon Race Car. Introduced at the Geneva auto show in 2004, the MTRC concept was a literal embodiment of a video game universe. And it was virtually drivable. Reilly Brennan
If Hyundai's production cars get uplifting proper nouns as names (Elantra and Genesis, to name a few), the concepts haven't fared so well. Most of them have been given acronyms that identify where the cars were designed. In this case, HCD-5 means "Hyundai California D
You're in an enviable position that is, paradoxically, filled with agony. You are a sports sedan buyer with thirty-five large to spend. You want something that drives fantastically, looks good and has some degree of curb presence. The problem is, you have about thirty-five choices in front of you. That's the rub. The most popular choice isn't a bad one: BMW dominates the middle luxury space with i
At the turn of the century, Jeep could feel the heat around the corner. Where the marque previously held onto the title of the most rugged American brand, all of a sudden that appeared to be in the balance. Approaching fast along the trail was another company with a seven-slat grille and a similar stars-and-bars theme. GM's Hummer had arrived and was prep
The fact that the 2011 CTS Coupe is here at all is something of a miracle altogether. The car was originally scheduled to land in showrooms over a year ago, but GM's bankruptcy put the project on hold. After it appeared the sun would rise again on Detroit, the two-door program was revived and now both the CTS Coupe and performance-minded CTS-V Coupe go on sale in August of this year. That makes si
General Motors said this morning it will ditch the shortened nickname "Chevy," instead opting for the full three-syllable "Chevrolet" when talking about the best-selling brand. "Because Chevrolet is one of the fastest growing automotive brands globally, we will use Chevrolet in internal and external communications," the company said via its corporate Twitter account this morning. "We love when peo
You won't find Ford in a major open-wheel racing series in America today, but the company's support for Indy-style racing has a provenance as impressive as any manufacturer. Jim Clark's Indianapolis 500 win in 1965 (the first for a car with an engine behind the driver) might be Ford's most famous open-wheeled win, but even as recently as a few years ago the company was supporting CART (aka Champ Car, which is now defunct) and telling the world about it.
Wayfinding in the age of fully-formed cartography isn't too terribly difficult. With land maps evolving daily through satellite imagery and networked resources online, we are never really at risk of being lost (unless the batteries in our GPS run out). From a get-there-from-here perspective, all the answers to all the questions seem to be answered. What else is there to conquer?
After tens of thousands of miles spent on road trips, we admit we've spent many nights on long adventures without a place to stay for the night. Typically, we've just kicked the seat back and shut our eyes wherever we found a safe place to pull off. As it turns out, we weren't doing it right. A wealth of car habitation abounds on the net, and we found a few good nuggets from a post on Pblks, one of our favorite blogs. If you
It has always been my belief that products that turn full control over to the operator have the ability to transcend the norm, perhaps even stirring a sense of bliss inside us. This occurs when a product is so easy to use and so eerily connected to what we want to do that we feel like we become masterful. Think of the simple way an Apple iPod just "works," or how a guitar player or pro basketball
Wherever you weigh in on the peak oil debate, most Americans tend to agree that less foreign oil is in our best interests. The problem, of course, is that we can't make all the oil we need: 21 million barrels per day, give or take. We have a capacity of about 5 million barrels per day in the U.S., so the remainder comes in through Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela.
For years we've been trained on car chase scenes filmed from shaky helicopters. I, for one, always imagined a dangly cameraman, one arm wrapped around side of the chopper and the other grasping some 100-lb over-the-shoulder Sony. Action News! But, the new era might be decidedly more Patriot Games, at least if Jo
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon draft a new regulation for the way it calculates fuel efficiency for electric cars, potentially deflating the stratospheric fuel economy numbers trumpeted by automakers in recent months. In August 2009, GM announced that its new 2011 Chevy Volt hybrid would achieve a stratospheric 230 "miles per gallon," using a calculation that took into account
Car sharing is starting to aggregate, meaning more smaller share programs will be swallowed up by the bigger players. While we all pull for the little indie that could, it actually makes a lot of sense for some commonality with sharing programs: it's a whole lot easier to reserve and drive a car when you use a common system.