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Night Vision For The Masses: NightRide Helps Keep Drivers Safe

Sometimes even with the best of headlights, it’s impossible to see everything at night.  A new product called NightRide uses advanced infrared technology to help drivers see after dark.   The NightRide unit comes with two different displays, including a “fighter pilot” style heads-up display.  There’s no doubt about it. Driving at night is risky business. Throw in visually-impaired drivers, fatigue from the long work day, and rush hour traffic and the odds are further against you. In fact, the...
Tags: Autos, Bmw, Car Tech, Products, Cadillac, National Safety Council, Groce, Car Talk, BMW Mercedes Benz Audi, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Shawn Groce Founder of Wesa, Wesa Inc


Balance & Control: Brembo Gets Set For 2019 Formula 1 Championship

Brakes are a funny thing. If you think about it, cars, especially performance cars, are about going, not stopping. But brakes actually help you go faster, not just slow you down. Brembo, the Italian brake component manufacturer has known this since day one, and they have been up to some interesting wizardry lately. That wizardry we will see in action when the 2019 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Science of Stopping Brakes help you go faster like this: T...
Tags: Magazine, Autos, Lockheed, Motorsport, Motorsports, Enzo Ferrari, Barcelona Spain, Brembo, Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, Car Talk, Graham Hill, Tony Borroz, Brembo Formula, Hitco, Carbon Industries


Majority of Americans Think Electric Vehicles Are The Future

A recent study examines public opinion and thought with regard to electric vehicles.  The results are largely positive, with respondents saying EVs are viable for the future.  Would you consider owning an EV as your next car? Why or why not? Let us know on Twitter.  It seems Americans are truly warming up to the thought of owning an electric car. This is evidenced in the latest study published in Volvo Reports: The State of Electric Vehicles in America conducted by Volvo Cars and Harris Poll. ...
Tags: California, America, Magazine, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Epa, Oklahoma, Nissan, Car Tech, Volvo, Vermont, AAA, Tesla Motors, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevy Bolt Ev, Nissan Leaf


Letter From The UK: Tech & Innovation Continue Despite Brexit

Could torque vectoring technology be the answer to range anxiety?  Despite the impact of Brexit, the automotive industry continues to innovate.  Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. Over the past few months, one recurring theme of ‘Letter from The UK’ has been Brexit; Great Britain leaving the horror show that is the European Union on the 29th March this year. Every man and his dog have an opinion. Neighbour has turned upon neighbour as the accusa...
Tags: Europe, Usa, UK, Sweden, America, Magazine, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Great Britain, Gkn, Honda Ridgeline, Car Talk, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K, DriveWrite Automotive Magazine


Hyundai Elantra GT N Line: Sporty Looks, Tight Handling & Low Cost

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line boasts sportier looks and performance upgrades. The turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is retained for the Elantra GT N Line. Prices start at $23,300 for the manual and $24,400 for the DCT seven speed automatic. Things are shaking up at Hyundai. After successfully dethroning the competition as the best-driving small luxury sedan with the Genesis G70, the South Korean car maker is sending us the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line. My primary aim is to put an ...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, AVN, DCT, Volkswagen Golf GTI, VW Golf GTI, Car News, Car Talk, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Hyundai North America Related, Golf Turbocharged Power Transmission Tech, Supra Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra N Line


Peace, Love & The VW Light Bus

The iconic VW Light Bus returns for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Features the designs and paintwork of original artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus. The classic VW Bus, i.e. the Type 2, started out in America as a surf mobile. Yet the same reasons surfers loved the thing – cheap, reliable, you can sleep in it waiting for your swell and such – appealed to a another growing segment of the counterculture: Hippies. From Hattiesburg to The Haight, the young and disaffected, those who tuned in, turned o...
Tags: New York, America, Vw, Long Beach, Autos, Associated Press, Volkswagen, Woodstock, Hattiesburg, Chisholm, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car Talk, Mike Lang, Tony Borroz, Kesey, Bob Hieronimus


Welcome To The Club: Younger Generations Embrace Classic Cars

Recent data shows Gen Xers and millennials are taking more of an interest in classic cars. Muscle cars are the most desirable, with the Camaro, Corvette, and Mustang topping the list. Despite the onset of autonomous vehicles, younger generations still appreciate going for a drive.   “There’s an adage in Detroit,” writes author Tom Glatch in The Art of Mopar. “You can sell an old man a young man’s car but you can never sell a young man an old man’s car.” Glatch describes how Dodge was an old ma...
Tags: New York, United States, Ford Mustang, Magazine, Ford, Autos, Detroit Lions, Gran Turismo, Dodge, Wiley, Detroit, MBUSA, Ford Motor Company, Pontiac, Mercedes Benz, Ford Bronco


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 4: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Earth, Magazine, Autos, Pacific Rim, Tokyo, San Andreas, Oakland, Seattle, Bay, Tony, Oakland California, Sodo, Belltown


Letter From The UK: Mini At Sixty: A Personal View

Geoff Maxted, founder of DriveWrite Automotive, examines how one tiny car changed the course of history.  After World War II, it became apparent that the cars of Britain were dated in both technology and design at a time when petrol was still rationed and people were recovering from the horror of conflict. As a nation we needed cheering up. The big, black behemoths of the automotive pre-war years were starting to look their age and consumed scarce fuel at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, across the ...
Tags: UK, Britain, Magazine, Autos, Elvis Presley, Michael Caine, Bmw, Mini, Cooper, BMW Group, Carnaby Street, Ricky Nelson, Car Talk, Mary Quant, Alec Issigonis, Geoff Maxted


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 3: Streamlined Brutale

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Indianapolis, Magazine, Autos, Terry Gilliam, Seattle, Tony, Sodo, Belltown, Blaine, Elliott Bay, Volgograd, Car Talk, Seattle Municipal Archives, Alaskan Way Viaduct, Tony Borroz, Viaduct Elegy


2020 BMW 7 Series: The Big Boss Gets The Flagship Overhaul

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is the epitome of flagship styling and comfort. An extensive offering of new technology includes a night vision system.  Expect more powerful engines and a plug-in hybrid option.  I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t the new 8 Series the BMW flagship? Not a chance. The 2020 BMW 7 Series is coming to town, and it’s here to show other BMWs who the real boss is. The new 7 Series is a far cry from being a just another traditional luxury-sport sedan. Although previous models wer...
Tags: Autos, Bmw, North America, Dakota, Car News, Car Talk, BMW of North America LLC, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Heated Front Seat Armrests, Alcantara Headliner, Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package, Executive Lounge Rear Center Console


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 2: The New Colossus

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Magazine, Portland, Autos, Seattle, Boeing, Denver, South, Northwest, Rockies, Yukon, Don, Tony, Sodo


VW Dune Buggy Concept: Where EVs & The 1960s Meet

VW’s concept is inspired by the American buggies from the 1960s and ‘70s. This modern Dune Buggy showcases the flexibility of VW’s latest EV platform. It doesn’t look like a production version is comming but we won’t give up hope. When I first saw the pictures of the VW Dune Buggy, I thought it was a prop for some upcoming sci-fi movie. Tron II – Electric Tron-a-Loo or something. But no, VW is serious. Or as serious as you can be with a show car. Which is what the Dune Buggy is. You’ll be able...
Tags: Chicago, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Iowa, Autos, Geneva, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, Joliet, Hermosa Beach, Rincon, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, Bruce Meyer


Got Lemons? Enter Yours In The Official Clunker Contest

Do you have a contest-worthy clunker of a car?  Lemon Law Experts is holding a Clunker Contest with cash prizes. If you suspect your car is a lemon, there is legal action you can take.  There are many ways to describe them: jalopies, rust-buckets, hoopties – the list is endless. But call them what you will, there’s nothing quite like a clunker! No matter how much money you pour into them; no matter how many times you plead before starting them; a clunker is likely to let you down in the worst ...
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Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 1: Walking With Blaine

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Canada, Magazine, Autos, Vancouver, Seattle, Facetime, Tacoma, Jesus Christ, Picasso, Tony, Sodo, Guernica, West Seattle, Ballard, Belltown, Blaine


Does Your Favorite Football Team Have A Matching Vehicle?

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII this weekend. An ambitious Los Angeles Rams team will face the mighty New England Patriots, a contest even super computers are analyzing. With football fever in the air, the staff at All-Fit Automotive sought to find vehicles for each NFL team. Some were rather easy, like the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars, but others required a little more digging. “Some of the cars I’d never heard of before,” admits A.J. Dudon, CEO of All-Fit ...
Tags: New York City, Amc, Defense, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, NFL, America, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Ford, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego, Jacksonville Jaguars, Autos, Dodge Ram


2019 Nissan Maxima: Athletic. Luxurious. But Too Expensive?

The 2019 Nissan Maxima gets a styling refresh for the new year.  It retains its powerful V6 motor but the transmission is a gray area. The new Maxima is luxurious but the price point may scare buyers off.  Ah yes, the Maxima. This is purportedly Nissan’s four-door sports car. That’s a bold claim if you ask me. However, even past models of the Nissan Maxima came equipped with strong and bulletproof motors. It also came with sporty handling and a taut ride, which is a Maxima trademark. It’s good...
Tags: Autos, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Alcantara, KODO, Máxima, CVT, Jeff Bartlett, Nissan Maxima, Mitsubishi Mirage, Car News, Car Talk, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Jatco, Alvin Reyes


2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE & The Power of Ten

Just when you thought the Detroit Auto Show was over, Chevy drops a rather nice surprise on us. Say hello to the 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, “the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever.” You pretty much had me at “fastest,” but then you had to add “most track-capable Camaro ever.” Track capable you say? And wait, what’s this about a new transmission? Now you tell us!? Money Pits & Stop Watches Look, I’m not much of a track guy. I like going to tracks – love going to tracks, actually – but gett...
Tags: Gm, Autos, Chevy, Car Tech, Detroit Auto Show, Mario Andretti, Brembo, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Goodyear Eagle, Car News, Car Talk, Mark Dickens, Tony Borroz, Chevrolet Black Magic, Milford Road Course, Chevrolet Imagine


The Five Most Romantic Classic Cars For Valentine’s Day

Matt Robertson of Leland-West Classic Car Insurance examines the top five classics for Valentine’s Day. With one of these classic machines, you will make a memorable first impression as you arrive for dinner. Valentine’s Day is approaching, and it is time to decide where to make the dinner reservations. The cards, chocolates, and flowers are purchased and ready for the perfect delivery. Then comes the planning of the actual date. What will you wear? Did you get your haircut? How will you get t...
Tags: Ford Mustang, Porsche, Ferrari, Paris, James Bond, Autos, Ralph Lauren, Aston Martin, James Dean, Valentine, Southern California, David Brown, Sotheby, Porsche AG, Chevrolet Bel Air, Aston Martin DB5


Supra Vs. Z4: The Fine Line Between Toyota & BMW Sports Cars

The 2020 Toyota Supra is destined for greatness. But there’s a problem. The BMW Z4 M40i is basically the same car albeit with a more powerful motor. Which begs the question: when is a Toyota sports car not a BMW? Where does one end and the other begin? The much anticipated hype is over. In the immortal words of my colleague Tony Borroz, it’s time to stop frothing at the mouth since the 2020 Toyota Supra is finally here. And boy, what a journey it has been, huh? I’m pretty sure Toyota did ev...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, Fiat, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Subaru, Mazda, Supra, GTE, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Toyota Supra, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC


2020 Ford Explorer: History Repeats Itself

The 2020 Ford Explorer arrives as Americans demand more and more SUVS. Ford analyzed consumer feedback and designed the 2020 Explorer accordingly.  New, more powerful engines compliment a host of convenience and safety tech. In March of 1990, minivans broke into a cold sweat when the 1991 Ford Explorer moved into the neighborhood. While the two-door Explorer “Sport” helped the single crowd pursue all things 90s, the four-door became a viable option for families. Contrasting the minivan, the Ex...
Tags: Post, United States, Ford, Autos, Detroit Lions, Associated Press, Waze, Bon Jovi, Ford Motor Company, Wayne State University, Chicago Assembly Plant, Ford Explorer, Hau, Car News, Car Talk, Carl Anthony


Letter From The UK: Crunch Time Across The Pond

We are not quite panicking yet over the impending arrival of 29 March 2019 and the UK exit (or ‘Brexit’) from the European Union, but we’re certainly getting a bit edgy. You see, for the average member of the British public watching politicians floundering about like gasping fish on a riverbank, there is an increasing feeling of helplessness. Do we take the deal as offered by our flaccid government or do we go the full ‘No Deal,’ which effectively is like a yawning black hole of economic uncerta...
Tags: Europe, Usa, UK, Eu, European Union, Britain, Magazine, Autos, SMMT, Brexit, Society of Motor Manufacturers, Car Talk, Geoff Maxted, Letter From the U.K


Work, Relationships & Family: Do Trucks Make Them Better?

A survey conducted by Chevrolet and Harris Poll sheds light on why we love trucks. The data shows a link between truck ownership and serving the local community. Trucks owners even name their pickups and consider them part of the family.   Although the poll was conduced by Chevrolet, it is not brand specific.  Sometimes, it’s the young working class who reflect why trucks are the greatest aspirational vehicles in the United States. Many don’t have their dream truck yet, but when they tell you ...
Tags: Montana, United States, Autos, Detroit Lions, Toyota, Chevy, Las Vegas, Chevrolet, Nissan, Nascar, HARRIS, Mylan, Diane, Malone, Carla, Northwest Iowa


Porsche Versus S&P: Can Sports Cars Top The Stock Market?

A RimBlades USA study examines the value of classic Porsche models against the S&P. The 1956 356A 1600 Speedster and a 1997 993 Turbo are among the Porsche cars considered.  How did theses and other classic Porsches perform against the S&P? The results might surprise you. Here’s one of those nifty stories about how much you would have made or lost buying and selling a particular kind of car versus the stock market. In this case, it’s Porsche versus the Standard & Poors 500 stock index. Stories...
Tags: Usa, Germany, Magazine, Porsche, Autos, Aston Martin, Volvo, Comparisons, Carl, Porsche AG, Porsche Cars North America Inc, Mecum, Standard Poors, Car Talk, Alfred P Sloan, Tony Borroz


Fiat 500: Still Influencing Design & History 60 Years On

A vintage Fiat 500 will be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in 2019. The tiny, yet affordable car helped put Europe on wheels following World War II. MoMA’s exhibit includes the 500 as one of the world’s more significant design works. Last year, on its 60th birthday, the Fiat 500 joined the permanent collection of the MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. MoMA acquired a 500 F series, arguably the most popular 500, manufactured between 1965 and 1972. Fiat’s “great little car” becam...
Tags: Europe, New York, Magazine, Italy, Fca, Autos, Fiat, Detroit Lions, Museum of Modern Art, Abarth, Moma, Reina, Napolitano, Detroit Michigan, FCA US LLC, Philip Johnson


Top Off-Road Trails & Parks In America: Let’s Get Dirty!

When you’re in the mood to get your 4×4 dirty, this list from PartCatalog has you covered! The infographic below shows the top off-road trails and destinations in 39 U.S. states in 2018. When you have a super cool off-road ride, just where do you take it? Where exactly are the top off-road trails in the United States? Perhaps you want to see the hidden trails of your home state? Maybe you want to venture to a new locale far from home? When you want to enjoy the great outdoors, where do you go?...
Tags: Minnesota, Maryland, Colorado, Massachusetts, US, Alabama, America, Infographic, United States, Magazine, Autos, Henderson, Nauset Beach, Car Talk, Piney Mountain, PartCatalog


Can The Ford Raptor Take On Santa’s Sleigh? You Might Be Surprised

Is the 2019 Ford Raptor more capable than Santa’s sleigh? A comparison chart from FordPartsOnSale.com provides some insight. The Raptor is as tough as they come but can anything top St. Nick’s sled?  As we speak, Santa is preparing for his yearly journey around the world, stopping at every house along the way. The only evidence of his visit are the missing cookies, empty glass of milk and, of course, a tree surrounded by presents. Kids this year will hide under their covers, pretending they ar...
Tags: Fox, Ford, Autos, Detroit Lions, Santa, Comparisons, North Pole, Rudolph, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Detroit Michigan, Wayne State University, St Nick, Raptor, Car Talk, Carl Anthony


Can The Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Take On Santa’s Sleigh?

Is the 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE faster than Santa’s sleigh? A comparison chart from GMPartsCenter.net provides some insight. At first, it seems close – really close – but a clear winner does emerge.   When I was a kid, I wondered how Santa Claus made it around the world, to every house, in just one night. My parents and I lived in an apartment, which only complicated matters. Since we didn’t have a chimney, one year I asked my father how Santa was going to get in. When my father, a distinguis...
Tags: Autos, Santa Claus, Detroit Lions, Chevy, Santa, Comparisons, Rudolph, Brembo, Detroit Michigan, Wayne State University, St Nick, Car Talk, Carl Anthony, Matt Mylan Director, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation


Aston Martin Valkyrie Engine: Your Greatest Dream Or Worst Nightmare

The new Aston Martin Valkyrie engine is a work of scientific art.  The redline is through the roof and the horsepower ratings are off the charts. Developed in conjunction with Cosworth using proven F1 materials and methods. Look, I don’t know what kind of drugs the engine department at Aston Martin is on, but I think they’re close to overdosing in the most positive way possible. Here we have the new V12 for the upcoming, Adrian Newey-designed Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, and it’s just mind-...
Tags: Amc, Autos, Toyota, Valkyrie, Aston Martin, Adrian Newey, Alexa, Overview, Newey, Car Talk, Eddie Van Halen, Tony Borroz, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Aston Martin That, Aston Martin The Americas, Gaydon Cosworth


Letter From The UK: Goodwill To All Men?

Exercising safety and patience is important this holiday season. DriveWrite Automotive Magazine founder Geoff Maxted with a perspective. The original purpose of this, my last ‘Letter From The UK’ of the year, was to update Automoblog readers on the latest Brexit (Britain leaving the European Union) information as it relates to the global motor industry. The ramifications of this could ripple around the world, including the USA, if the free-trade flow of cars is disturbed by trade tariffs and t...
Tags: Europe, Usa, UK, Eu, European Union, Magazine, Ford, Autos, Santa Claus, Brexit, Mediterranean, Jesus Christ, Great Britain, Saarlouis, Brexit Britain, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism