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Friday
Jan162015

NAIAS 2015: The Whitespace Race

By Christopher A. Sawyer 

Auto shows are an echo chamber of self importance at nearly every level. From corporate CEOs to journalists scurrying from place to place in hopes of breaking some news, the modern age’s obsession with self runs rampant. This narcissism reached new heights on the GM stand where young women carrying  “selfie sticks” offered to let you take your photo with one of the cars on the stand, so you could tweet it out to your friends and followers. And it followed Ford’s use of the giant screens behind the stage in the Joe Louis Arena to reprint the specially hashtagged tweets being sent out by media in the stands; many of which were textbook definitions of the words insipid and vain. The combination was enough to make you believe that you could hear God muttering how he should have left the world to the monkeys. 

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Friday
Jan022015

Crazy Fun

How talented and crazy are rally drivers? This video compilation gives you an idea, and also shows the sheer determination that comes with running on the ragged edge. It’s a determination that often turns a seeming race-ending off to a (sometimes) minor delay in forward progress. That is, if you’re not knocking down the wall of a house or rolling off the road while just missing errant spectators. — CAS

Friday
Jan022015

First Run: 2015 Ram ProMaster City

By Jim Meachen, Motorway America

The morning started on the streets of Austin, before moving onto the highways that ring the Texas capital city. After this introduction to the latest member of the Ram family, it was off to a handling course set up at Troublemaker Studios, a film production company. The combination gave a good insight into the new 2015 Ram ProMaster City work van, and how it could comfortably fit into the daily chores of such businesses as a floral delivery company or a plumbing repair shop.

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Friday
Jan022015

2015 Kia Sorento SX AWD

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Why would we be testing a 2015 Sorento crossover when the redesigned 2016 model has just been introduced? Why not? There are plenty of 2015s still sitting on dealer lots, making them fodder for close out deals, and a great way to get into a new, highly rated SUV inexpensively. Proof comes in a quick trip to TrueCar.com’s website where the average transaction price for the Sorento has dropped slowly throughout 2014, and is estimated to take a large fall as the 2016 model comes online. With our tester’s $39,395 MSRP (which includes destination fees) and a factory invoice of $37,470, the website predicts an average sales price (based on actual transactions) of $35,406. That’s a significant $3,989 off the list price.

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