Category: Autos and Retail

  • Camaro v. Mustang: All American Bragging Rights

    Sit down, Toyota Camry. And you, Honda Accord — you may be as American-made as any car ever built, but this is about being American. That’s American as in apple pie, baseball, drive-in movies, bikinis and game shows. About the vehicles that have helped define the unique look and driving experience that created an emotional […]

  • They Go Together in the Good ‘Ole USA…

    From Riverside County to Julian, through the desert to 29 Palms, Tempe, Tucson, Calexico, San Diego and back to Riverside County, the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe averaged 13.9 miles per gallon. At three bucks a gallon — and climbing — along with a 26-gallon tank, that’s almost $80 to go about 360 miles. In an old America that eats, drives and does what it wants, in an America that celebrates largess no matter what the cost, this means little. In today’s America, however, where heroes are drug-tested and kids are obese, where the amount of oil in the ground and the distance your car can go on one gallon matters – a lot – that tattooed 13.9 on the hood of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe is just not coming together for what people in the good ol’ USA really need.

  • Jeep Wrangler: Where the Road Ain’t

    Jeep Wrangler — Photo Gallery: As part of my evaluation of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, I spent a day on the Rubicon Trail in Northern California and got up close and personal with the SUV, expanded my limits and learned a thing or two about Jeep, the Rubicon, and life on the rocky ledge. Stuck […]

  • The Clean-burning, Efficient Car Guide

    You stop at the gas station, slide the credit card, tap in your zip code and bam — you’re staring back at a hard, cold reality in brilliant LCD: $80 to fill up your SUV. Such is the state of life in America. And consider this: let’s say you purchased a large SUV two years […]

  • The Grille Says USA, but that Car is an Import. Or is it?

    Published at on June 28, 2008 Introduction Workers allow only Ford vehicles into the parking lot. A group of Big Three retirees get together and spend their pensions on a website dedicated to proving what it means to be American made. A foreign company publishes billboards that tout its decades-long commitment to America, and […]

  • Life on the Road: SEMA Las Vegas

      It is here where sheetmetal gets its personality. Where engines and tires, previously built to behave, learn about rude manners and burnouts. Here – in Las Vegas. Where the sun is the only thing brighter than the night. For the automotive faithful, it’s called the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association trade show, or SEMA, and […]

  • Chevrolet Camaro

    MSRP: Not announced, but you can bet the price will be competitive with the Ford Mustang. That means a base model at around $21,000, with the top ‘o the line SS getting close to $30,000. Sounds good, true, until you factor in dealer markup. So save your pennies and come back later when things settle down. […]

  • Camaro Convertible Concept

    The first Camaro I fell in love with was the vehicular equivalent of a pound dog. My buddy’s car, it was a hideous collage of primer, weird green paint and scratches, a mean-sounding and rough ’68 model on its last legs. Sadly for him, that was one year shy of what many think of as […]

  • Jeep Wrangler First Drive

    2007 Jeep Wrangler First Drive The King of Where the Pavement Ain’t goes mainstream Published on Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – First Drive: It has been to more places than a Magellan, seen more moments of history than a Roosevelt and had more people obsess over it than Paris Hilton. From Eisenhower […]

  • Jaguar XK First Drive

    By Brian Chee | February 17, 2006 Published on Introduction CAPETOWN, South Africa – He stood so still that he could have been a wooden statue, carved and hardened from toil in the fields of South Africa, a memorial for the working poor among the wealthy grapes of Stellenbosch. Hands on hips, he cut […]