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Archive for November, 2011

by / on November 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm / in Diesel, Mercedes-Benz

2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Pricing

Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for 2012 Sprinter models. I’ve driven two different Sprinters extensively in work applications, one a first-gen cab chassis with a utility body, the other a second-gen LWB high-roof van. I can highly recommend the Sprinter for its utility and its comfort, its power and its efficiency. Model MY 2012 MY 2011 Sprinter Cab Chassis* $35,815 $35,465 Sprinter […]

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by / on November 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm / in Mercedes-Benz, Odds & Ends

The Daily Grind at Sindelfingen

Even my three-year-olds enjoyed watching people and robots build the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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by / on November 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm / in Drives, Ford, Hybrid/EV

Ford Transit Connect Electric

For quick, quiet and efficient urban commercial service and delivery.

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by / on November 10, 2011 at 6:58 am / in Auto Shows, Chevrolet

New Trailblazer at Dubai

Chevrolet’s new TrailBlazer debuts today at the Dubai International Motor Show, providing us our first look beyond an earlier teaser photo. While the new look is softer than the last body style, the TrailBlazer’s style remains tough, suggesting this SUV will appeal equally across gender lines.

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by / on November 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm / in Odds & Ends, Volkswagen

Some Thing Cherished

Volkswagen has a gallery of Type 181 photos recently posted on their media site, including the ones below. Children of the sixties and seventies may remember the Type 181 as The Thing. My high school classmates may recall that funny looking yellow car I drove back in the day. Oddly for inland suburban Atlanta, two of my classmates had Type […]

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by / on November 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm / in Odds & Ends, Porsche

Clever Amateur Film Wins Porsche Contest

Back in September, my article on the Porsche My Daily Magic film competition pointed out Michael Koerbel’s clever transitional device in his film “It’s a Magical Life.” Koerbel’s film went on to win the competition, earning him a trip to LA, nationwide screening in theaters and on television, and a 1-year lease on a new 911. With so many special, […]

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by / on November 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm / in Nissan

Nissan Cuts Windows into Weak-Selling NV

Nissan’s US-built NV full-size van is not selling well. Late last month Autoblog reported that dealers were overstocked with a 205-day supply at the end of September, but Nissan’s decision to market a passenger version of the NV starting next spring may help bring customers in. The NV3500 HD Passenger Van features a 4-row/12-passenger setup with flexible seating arrangements. A […]

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by / on November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am / in Ford

MyFord Touch Gets Upgrades

Ford’s touch-screen infotainment system called MyFord Touch has recently drawn criticism and, according to Consumer Reports, contributed to Ford’s poor performance in their annual Auto Reliability Study. Ford saw the biggest drop of any brand, going from 10th last year to 20th this year. Hoping to improve the system, Ford is releasing an updated MyFord Touch system it says is […]

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by / on November 8, 2011 at 10:26 am / in Diesel, Recalls, Volkswagen

VW TDI Recall: Squeaky Wheels Will Get the Grease

When following up on VW’s voluntary recall of TDI-powered Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Golf models, one document now included in the NHTSA’s document record stood out. This FAQ for dealers describes how the squeaky wheel will get the grease. Figuratively, that is. Parts to perform the necessary repairs under the program are in short supply, so vehicles that are “down” […]

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by / on November 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm / in Mini

Mini Roadster

A result worthy of a sacrificed backseat. Details.

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