How brilliant is that? Yes, Claire, we are doing an experiment on some new medicine to help the, er, uh, elderly. That's right, Alison. You will not need to take any of the medicine yourself. Just relax and help us spot any side effects.
We got so excited over the idea of this that we only just realized it's so very tangently car-related. But we already wrote it and can't help thinking that this could work. Oh, it could!
Man, the more we see of the '09 Camaro's interior, the more we wish we didn't. It's ugly.
The controllers that do something (HVAC? Stereo?) are terrible (round knobs, man, round knobs!), the whole center stack looks like it's about to pop the hell out and the "cool" gauges are tucked down low.
Entirely relaxed? Totally? Does this happen that often that these folks can be entirely relaxed? Or, maybe, should they stress a little? If the division was kicking ass maybe it wouldn't be up for sale? Was that even a question?
How about a little more kick ass Jaguar action and little less entirely relaxtionageness? "Oh, the S-type? It's Jagy enough," said an entirely relaxed Jaguar employee that we just made up.
For me, a handsome car needs three basic characteristics: strength, cleanliness and character. The Mondeo nails all three. The four-door Ford's long wheelbase (much longer than, for example, the Passat) accentuates its wide, muscular stance. Its sleek headlamps and taut taillights render it instantly recognizable; the detailing is flawless. It's just what America needs: a non-bland, better-proportioned, more modern Taurus.
Yay! He goes on:
Using the standard light-action six-speed manual, I never ran out of gears. No matter how hard I thrashed the powerplant, I never saw less than 29 mpg. At a more sedate pace, I averaged 35 mpg.
Double yay! Oh, Ford, bring the Mondeo over here. It's what we need. It's what Summer needs.
So we're reading the blokes at autoblog who wrote: Sinking Swede? Ford devalues Volvo. First of all, way to hurt Volvo's feelings. Leave it to an airplane dude to be so cold and callous (but, nice hair). Second, eh, we'd devalue them, too.
So, what we're getting at is -- a new Friday game! That's right. This new game is What Vehicle is (manufacturer) Going To Kill Off Next?
So, who is in the running? Well, maybe the S40, S60, V50 and V70. Let's boot out the V70 because it's going to be all new for 2008 (the current V70 was very long in the tooth... but the new V70 gets frakkin' horrible gas mileage... holy cow must Volvo engineers be feeling mighty low at this point). So, we have the S40, S60 and V50. Let's also boot the S60 because Volvo is rumored to be making the XC60, so maybe that means an upgrade for the regular S60 as well.
So now we're down to the wee S40/V50. We recall reading Volvo is interested in a 5-door version of the C30 (which is a horrible mistake), we think the next Volvo to get the axe will be: V50.
Long live the Volvo V50.
Screw the V50. It's cool, but for $36k? Frak that.
First of all, on that Kicking Tires link dealie, which is the VW and which is the Hyundai? Second, Hyundai should consider removing the Hyundai name from the Genesis. That appears to be quite the contender and the only drawback is the parent company's name. Genesis isn't a bad name for a car company. They could name it the Genesis One. We still think, despite VW having a luxury brand already, that VW should have spun the Phaeton off into its own division called Phaeton. Third, Summer.
Us taxpayers have to pay so that Detroit can meet the standards we set for them? What happened to the free market where companies competed to make the best product? Why do we have to pay for research for the lazy, arrogent automakers? Why can't the automakers stop paying big bucks to their top management and put that same money into R&D?
If, senator, this is your idea of how a free market should work then we can only say that it's on par with George Bush's foreign policy: Fucked.
Dear Michele Krebs,
Why did you report on a story that you were part of? Also, why didn't you say to the senator, "WTF!"