Friday
Jul242009

2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

By Brian Armstead, Autosense

Excellence can be measured in many ways. Awards are a common form of denoting excellence, as are kudos from your peers. After spending time behind the wheel of the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, I think excellence is measured in the sheer awe and delight passersby expressed as this luxury chariot cruised by.

With a starting price a bit north of $400,000, the Phantom Coupe is a dream for most of us. Yet, there are still many that the recession has not really touched. For these lucky ones, Rolls-Royce offers what could be described as the “ultimate” driving experience.

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Friday
Jul242009

2010 Honda Insight 5 door EX

By Les Jackson

More than a decade ago I drove the original Insight, a little two-seat innovation from Honda that was way ahead of the "hybrid boom" going on today. The car was very small but it drove quite well up to 80 mph, which is as high as I wished to go while driving next to big rigs.

The car got exceptional mileage, well over 50 mpg. It's now a collectors' item and many sell for nearly as much as they originally did back in the 1990s. This new 2010 model looks very similar overall to its little cousin but it's considerably larger and will comfortably seat 4 people. It still has that dual glass hatchback that the original car had, which – once you get used to it – has lots of rear visibility.

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Friday
Jul242009

2010 Volvo XC60

By John Peige

When it comes to car crashes, slow-speed rear-end collisions are among the most frequent. Now there’s an antidote for the common crash: Volvo’s all-new 2010 XC60 compact SUV that can avoid a crash by automatically stopping itself. Not only is it the safest Volvo ever, it could very well be the safest vehicle ever built.

Volvo’s unprecedented crash-avoidance technology can eliminate or drastically reduce the number of serious injuries from the thousands of costly rear-end crashes that occur each year.

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Wednesday
Jul082009

1965 Cadillac Coupe deVille 

By Vern Parker

 

General Motors in 1965 manufactured a total of 43,345 Cadillac Coupe deVilles. One of them, virtually unused, was on display in 2004 at the gathering of antique cars for sale in Hershey, Pa.

 

That is when and where Dennis Smith first saw the 18-foot, 8-inch-long Cadillac but he determined the asking price was excessive.

 

Two years later, in May 2006, Smith was attending another antique car auction, this time in Carlisle, Pa. Imagine his surprise when he saw the same six-passenger Aspen White Cadillac with the stacked headlights he had seen two years earlier. This time the price was right and Smith became the third owner of the 4,480-pound Cadillac.

 

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Sunday
Jul052009

Appeal of Pickups Can Be Elusive

By Frank A. Aukofer

I have been writing about motor vehicles for nearly half a century, and I have yet to figure out the pickup truck.

It's a uniquely American phenomenon, especially in the giant size that buyers prefer. The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck in the United States — recessions notwithstanding—for more than 30 years, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan (soon to become a Dodge Ram under an assumed name).

Together, even in the downturn of 2008, they sold 1,556,254 trucks, or 11.8 percent of the entire market.

Their legions of owners and aspiring owners love their pickups, regardless of any rational argument. A friend who installs sprinkler systems had a honking big Ford F-350 with a diesel engine, said it was killing him in the high fuel prices of the summer of 2008, so he decided to trade it. He said he took a huge beating on the trade-in.

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