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Archive for November, 2011

by / on November 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm / in Odds & Ends

And Now for Something Smaller

In contrast to the giant V16 I spotted last week, I’d like to share a V12 from the oppositeĀ  extreme of the size spectrum. Thanks cousin Phil @phillipdmartin for the lead on this!

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by / on November 23, 2011 at 7:00 am / in Odds & Ends

Happy Thanksgiving! Please Buckle Up

According the NHTSA, seat belts saved an estimated 12,713 lives in 2009 alone. Please don’t forget to buckle up this holiday weekend. Drive safely and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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by / on November 22, 2011 at 8:49 am / in Saab, Vintage & Classic

Thankful for Old Cars, Parents & Junkyards

Twenty-five years ago, I spent the morning and early afternoon of Thanksgiving day at a junkyard with my dad and sister. We were searching for parts for a Saab that my dad found in a parking lot and acquired at the cost of getting it home. My dad drove past the 1963 Saab 96 that was rotting in the parking […]

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by / on November 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm / in Diesel, Odds & Ends

Big Diesel Sighting

I saw this big motor while traveling on I-75. A little research suggests that it’s a Caterpillar 3516, a 69-liter (4210 c.i.) twin-turbo V16 that produces up to 2200 horsepower and requires 106 gallons (424 quarts or over 35 cases) of motor oil.

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by / on November 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm / in Drives, Ford

Wheel Time in the EcoBoost F-150

My uncle bought an F-150 with the EcoBoost V6 and gave me the opportunity to take it for a spin. His is a Lariat SuperCrew with a 6-1/2-foot bed. In a brief first drive, I found the 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 to be plenty powerful to push this big, 4-door pickup off the line or in a highway passing maneuver. […]

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by / on November 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm / in Auto Shows, Chevrolet, Fiat, Volvo

Update! LA Auto Show Coverage on

More of my LA Auto Show coverage now posted on, including an article on the debut of the Fiat 500 Abarth! 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth 2013 Chevrolet Spark 2012 Volvo C70 Inscription

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by / on November 17, 2011 at 9:21 am / in Audi, Auto Shows, Buick, Concepts, Hyundai, Porsche

LA Auto Show Coverage on

I’ve been hard at work covering debuts from several manufacturers for I’ll update links here as the articles are published. 2012 Hyundai Azera 2012 Porsche 911 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS 2013 Audi S6 2013 Audi S7 2013 Audi S8 Buick LaCrosse GL Concept    

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by / on November 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm / in Auto Shows, Hyundai

LA Auto Show Coverage

My first look at the Hyundai Azera on

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by / on November 15, 2011 at 11:29 am / in Hybrid/EV, Toyota

Prius c Available Spring 2012

I’m stretched thin this week preparing coverage of the LA Auto Show, but I had to post this tidbit in response to interest in Toyota’s upcoming Prius c, or “the little one.” Toyota will debut the subcompact Prius c hybrid at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new member of the Prius family claims a 50-mpg city […]

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by / on November 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm / in Lexus, Recalls, Toyota

Toyota & Lexus Recall

Over 400,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles are subjects of a voluntary recall to address potentially faulty crankshaft pulleys. Details. For more info, visit and search for campaign ID 11V539000.

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