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Ford Ranger is Back! 2019 Ford Ranger Close-up Look From Steve Purdy

Ford Ranger is Back! 2019 Ford Ranger Close-up Look From Steve Purdy

Ford Ranger is Back! By Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau We heard the lament often over the years questioning why Ford’s mid-size Ranger pickup was sold in a variety of places around the world but we could not have it here. GM brought back its Colorado and Canyon, and Toyota kept the Tacoma competitive wi ... Continue reading

2017 Expert SUV Reviews, Specs, Crash Ratings, Service Bulletins and 4 Car Comparisons - The Auto Channel

2017 Expert SUV Reviews, Specs, Crash Ratings, Service Bulletins and 4 Car Comparisons - The Auto Channel

2017 Expert SUV Reviews, Specs, When They Were New MSRP Prices and 4 Car Comparison Tool - The Auto Channel ... Continue reading

Automotive News Digest; Week Ending November 3, 2018; Executive Producer Larry Nutson

Automotive News Digest; Week Ending November 3, 2018; Executive Producer Larry Nutson

US Sales UP (Surprise!); Cadillac Books On Hold; GM RIF; GM Capital Cutback; GM Going Into Bicycle Biz; Toyota Sports Car To Debut In Detroit; Tesla Troubles; Faraday Future (May Not Have One); SEMA News; FORD GT; Harley Recall; Jeep Recall; Scion Recall; Lewis Hamilton Wins 2nd Straight F-1 Title ... Continue reading

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

"NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 BUICK ENCORE PREMIUM FWD" BY STEVE PURDY

You can get the base Encore for just under 23-grand without any extras. Our top-of-the-line Premium model shows a starting price of $31,000. With a nice list of options, the bottom line on the sticker shows $35,630. That includes: leather, navigation with real-time traffic, power sunroof, all the driver assistance stuf ... Continue reading

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Cumberland Plateau Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Cumberland Plateau Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

We give the 4Runner high marks for comfort and civility on the highway. Despite its truck base and the boxy charicter, we neither heard nor felt the 75-mph wind moving around us. The talented Toyota designers have used air management tricks all the way around the SUV to slice and dice the air passing by at high speeds. ... Continue reading

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2019 VOLVO XC40 - FIRST DRIVE BY STEVE PURDY

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2019 VOLVO XC40 - FIRST DRIVE BY STEVE PURDY

Our introduction to the XC40 involved a circuit around Austin visiting a variety of craftspeople who helped the Volvo folks flesh out the story of its design philosophy. ... Continue reading

"New Truck Reviews; 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4, Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 LT Real World Review And Insights"- By Steve and Phil Purdy

"New Truck Reviews; 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4, Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 LT Real World Review And Insights"- By Steve and Phil Purdy

Knowing that I was ready for a new vehicle - that my 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK 4-Door was just not working out for me anymore - I decided to shop around and do some research with help from The Auto Channel. Looking at the Tacoma, the Colorado and the Nissan Frontier I immediately crossed the Nissan off the list after drivi ... Continue reading

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI S Tronic quattro AWD in Sedona - Travel Review From A Shunpiker’s Journal

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI S Tronic quattro AWD in Sedona - Travel Review From A Shunpiker’s Journal

2018 AUDI A4 TURBO QUATTRO with S TRONIC in SEDONA Travel Review from A Shunpiker’s Journal By Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau [Audi Front ¾] We’re still hanging out in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert surround by saguaro, cholla and javelina. Oh, and we’re also surrounded by some mighty u ... Continue reading

Enjoy The Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Road-trip By Steve Purdy

Enjoy The Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review and Road-trip By Steve Purdy

Atlas is VW’s first foray into the popular 7-passenger CUV market dominated by the GM competitors (Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse), Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and many, many others. Most are categorized as mid-size but often feel more full-size. Just about every manufacturer, both luxury and mainstream, compe ... Continue reading

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

NEW CAR REVIEW: 2018 SUBARU IMPREZA REVIEW BY STEVE PURDY

Our first slide into the driver’s seat triggered a little thrill when I realized we have the manual transmission. A five-speed manual is the starting point for the Impreza powertrain. A CVT is optional on the lower trim levels and standard on the top. Only one engine powers the Impreza, a tepid, 2.0-liter boxer that ... Continue reading

Automotive News Digest; Week Ending September 22, 2018 Edited By Larry Nutson

Automotive News Digest; Week Ending September 22, 2018 Edited By Larry Nutson

Collusion Among German Car Makers?; GM Ignition Switch Case Turned Off; J Mays Ex Ford Designer to Whirlpool; Nissan Recall: Park Your Car Now!; Fassst VW; Motorsport Update ... Continue reading

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

The new 2018 Kia Niro has much to admire and should be on your shopping list. 2018 KIA NIRO The Newest Little Hybrid Review by Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau Looking for a really small, efficient crossover? Well, here’s a brand new one just out of the box – the 2017 Kia Niro, a hybrid subcompact, fron ... Continue reading

The Empire Hill Climb Revival From Shunpikers Journal

The Empire Hill Climb Revival From Shunpikers Journal

EMPIRE HILL CLIMB Screaming in the Forrest Presented by AutoWeek Sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, Detroit Region Story by Steve Purdy From A Shunpiker’s Journal The sleepy little Lake Michigan village of Empire comes alive in the middle of September as its three-block main street becomes the paddock for ... Continue reading

2018 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

2018 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition Road Trip Review By Steve Purdy

The Tucson Night Edition made a great first impression. The large, 19-inch, black Rays wheels with red centers, vibrant blue paint scheme with black trim and eye-catching body sculpting put us on notice that this isn’t your usual tepid small crossover. When we got in and started it up I was fumbling with some control ... Continue reading

Autonomous Driving May Kill The Automobile Industry And Our Freedom Of Mobility

Autonomous Driving May Kill The Automobile Industry And Our Freedom Of Mobility

The Mercedes of the future will drive not only with zero emissions but also autonomously." This sentiment and intention has been stated unanimously proclaimed - more or less - by all automaker executives and futurists. Personally, I don't believe that autonomous open road driving will ever become commonplace. I think t ... Continue reading

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