June 28, 2013: The rumor says the Dodge brand will soon be dead, but is that really such a bad thing? Maybe not. Porsche builds a pedal car for those 5 and under, but you can bet Mommy and Daddy will have to take out a loan to feed Junior’s obsession. Renault releases the first details of its 2014 F1 engine, and it’s a hybrid. No, really. Toyota may be famous for the Prius hybrid, but its Tacoma pickup eschews batteries for tons of personality, capability and charm. Mazda, meanwhile, pulls the wraps off the 2014 Mazda3, and produces a more mature, sophisticated compact car. Ford, on the other hand, goes in search of fuel economy, but finds the makings of a performance full-size pickup. Speaking of speed, Al Vinikour vents about unreasonable speed limits Michigan drivers, and O.J. Simpson.
June 14, 2013: Mercedes recently pulled the covers off the new S-Class. No longer hemmed in at the top by the Maybach, the S-Class can become the car it was always meant to be: the top of the line. The question is whether sybaritic luxury touches and tons of tech are enough to take on Rolls and Bentley. Speaking of Rolls-Royce, Silver Ghost enthusiasts leave today on a recreation of the 2013 Alpine Rally. Using period cars and traveling the same route, it will be interesting to see how participants fare on this centenary event. Operation 2015, on the other hand, is a charitable program designed to keep the only airworthy RAF Avro Vulcan in the air through 2015. We have the details. Meanwhile, Toyota showed a fresh concept at the Tokyo Toy Show aimed at bringing families together. It’s a car you build with your kids, and both of you can drive. Speaking of Toyota, the company recently introduced a new Corolla. Best known for its appliance-like durability and personality, the new version injects a bit of styling into the mix. Is it enough to counter the attack of more stylish and lively cars from the competition? The other side of that coin is represented by the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. It wowed buyers with its long list of standard features, reasonable price and breakout styling, but how is this recipe faring four years on? Ever wonder what Le Mans was like in 1956 from the driver’s seat of a D-Type Jaguar? Thanks to a regular reader, we have the video. Lastly, Al Vinikour speaks out about what should be done for inattentive and incapable drivers, and what he thinks buyers of driverless cars should do. The answer is the same for both.