Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy S10 is a border-spanning custom that could very well Italy has been an auto-producing nation for almost 120 years. The country’s first series-production car, the 1899 Fiat 4HP, may have Advertisement Out of that auspicious beginning,1993 Alfa Romeo 164 S we considered was representative of the last Alfa to be sold in the U.S. before the company went on a long hiatus here. The car was appealing in the way nicely maintained Alfas are, and at $5,200 it was seen as a decent value too, earning itself a solid 70 percent Nice Price win. As most of you are probably aware, an international incident occurred at this week’s NATO Summit in London. What happened was a gaggle of leaders from other nations, led by Canada’s hunky Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, were caught dissing Donald Trump, apparently le fetch’ happen! The problem for the U.S. with being in a spat with Canada is that we’re backyard Advertisement … [Read more...] about At $5,500 Canadian, Could You Find Common Ground With This Custom 1985 Chevy S10 Pickup?
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So this crossover thing? Yeah, it's starting to get a little out-of-hand. What we have here is the 2009 Chevy Traverse. If you want to use the promotional literature, it's an 8-passenger crossover vehicle. If you use your eyes, it's a minivan with big wheels and no sliding side doors. Thus the stage is set for that epic automotive battle: Marketing vs. reality. Advertisement Chevy's rationale makes sense: Soccer moms across the country are about to turn in their leased Trailblazers and Yukons. They've seen budgets battered by gas prices, but they still have to have something that can tote the brood around. With 7 or 8 passenger seating, a tall ride height, generous cargo room, and a fairly low load floor, the Traverse attempts to give them a reason to drive back out of the Chevy dealership in something new — something new that isn't a minivan. Chevy needs the Traverse pretty badly, considering they don't have squat between Malibu and Trailblazer. Although Traverse sits on the … [Read more...] about 2009 Chevy Traverse, First Drive
The traditional quaff in the winner’s circle at the Indy 500 may be milk, but as today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy proves, the race’s pace cars have to be a little flashier than a plain old bottle of moo juice. Let’s see how excited you could get over this older Indy pacer’s price. According to Kelly Blue Book, the average transaction price for a new car in 2019 is just north of $37,000. Of course, nobody wants to be average and that’s why used cars like yesterday’s 2015 Porsche Macan S—which also happened to be $37,000—are such an attractive proposition. Advertisement Oh sure, the purists may want to spend their Porsche pennies on something a little lower to the ground, but as was pointed out by many of you in the comments, if you’re going to get on the crossover caravan, the Macan is a fine contender in which to do so. That price tag just sweetened the deal with a narrow 53 percent Nice Price win for the … [Read more...] about At $8,500, Does This 1990 Chevy Beretta Indy Pace Car Deserve A Shot?
Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine—which promises better fuel mileage thanks to a new type of gasoline combustion—is finally almost here. Mazda confirmed power and fuel mileage numbers today and said that deliveries of new Mazda 3s with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder would start in the fall in Europe. Deliveries in the American market shouldn’t be far behind. It was always kind of weird that Mazda launched the fourth-generation Mazda 3 earlier this year without Skyactiv-X, since everything else about the car was top-notch. And yet still it had the Skyactiv-G motor under the hood, just like the previous generation had. Advertisement Mazda’s reps said at the time, basically, look, we’re a small company, we can’t do everything. And that’s true, though I wondered just how long it might take them. We always knew it would go to Europe first, because of tighter environmental regulations there, and with the news today, they are basically on time … [Read more...] about Mazda’s ‘Holy Grail’ Engine Won’t Be Very Powerful But Hot Damn the Fuel Mileage Is Good
In a flashback from the classic “Much Apu About Nothing” episode of The Simpsons, adenoidal genius Professor John Frink describes the awesome, UNIVAC-style computer he has created: “Sure, the Frinkiac 7 looks impressive–Don’t touch it!–But I predict that within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger, and so expensive only the five richest kings in Europe will own them.” What the professor could not have predicted is that, in 2016, there would be a Frinkiac search engine capable of matching Simpsons quotes with the appropriate screencaps, drawing from the first 15 seasons of the long-running animated series. Just type in, let’s say, “oyster Lucy” or “cider town” and let the Frinkiac do its thing. For anyone wondering how this miracle of technology came about, Brian Barrett has a nice write-up about the Frinkiac over at Wired, and one of the search engine’s three credited creators … [Read more...] about The Frinkiac search engine can find screencaps for that