Spotted! Ford Mustang Boss 429, Carmel CA, 2008

Parked in Carmel during Concours week.

Spotted by- Nick


Test Driven: 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Kia Optima SX Turbo, the actual car I drove

I’m gonna start by saying I can’t effing believe this car is a Kia!!! It is good, and I mean really good. The Optima just seems to have everything going for it, and all at a price that offers some of the best bang for your buck around right now. I was very impressed to say the least.   Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Mazda MX5, Response to Chris Harris

1993 Mazda MX5 Miata

The Mazda MX5 Miata is one of the most widely loved cars in the world, and it is loved by the masses. Chris Harris, a journalist from the UK whom I greatly respect, wrote his thoughts on the Miata in a recent article (link at bottom). In it he deeply criticizes the car and even goes so far as to say it is not a real sports car. Now, having myself recently just bought an old ’93 Miata off of a friend, I can relate to what Mr. Harris is talking about in some regards, but in others I have to disagree.   Continue reading Mazda MX5, Response to Chris Harris

Passat? A Diesel? Please sign me up.

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Hey look, a Passat diesel. Good idea. The diesel Jetta has been a huge success here in America—dealers can’t seem to hold onto them for long at all (This might explain the high sales of the Jetta despite its unfavorable reviews). The Passat diesel will launch this engine even further into the mainstream, as those who look at hybrids will finally have an alternative to carting an enormous battery in the trunk. Kudos, VW. Keep up the good work. The fact that it will have the DCT transmission as standard will make believers out of those who aren’t (I’m looking at you, Mr. Hybrid Driver). That said, when I need a daily driver, this car looks like a mighty good idea. Plenty of room, no hybrid battery to make me worry about extra costs, and diesel gas mileage? Great plan.

It looks excellent as well.  Unlike a lot of other midsize sedans on the market, it doesn’t call negative attention to itself (Camry, pop that blister.  Avenger, that nosejob was a failure).  It’s understated and easy on the eyes, but still carries a look of discernment and good taste; this is exactly what Volkswagen needs for the Passat.  Some will most definitely scoff at the idea of Volkswagen trying to compete in the mainstream in this segment, but they’re misplacing their criticism.  Those who bought the old one for its differences will still feel at home here.  I sat in one in Philly at the auto show last winter, and the car didn’t feel cheap (despite my fears that this would suffer the fate of the Jetta).  My only gripe?  It’s still not on sale just yet.  With the currently hot-selling Jetta, attractive new Passat, upcoming Golf R, and the intriguing new Beetle on the way, Volkswagen is once again a large blip on my radar screen.


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