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The Recalls Are A-Comin’—Whether You Like It Or Not

The Recalls Are A-Comin’—Whether You Like It Or Not

The fairly new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Dr. Mark Rosekind, a veteran of the highly regarded National Transportation Safety Board, announced that NHTSA will seek 100% completion of safety recalls in the U.S. This comes in the wake of...
Witness to History: Nothing New Under the Sun

Witness to History: Nothing New Under the Sun

It’s difficult to keep up with the headlines. If my count is right, we’ve already hear from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Nissan, all revealing plans to introduce autonomous vehicles in the coming years. And that doesn’t even include Google, the high-tech firm...
A Contrarian’s Take on GM’s Ignition Switch Controversy

A Contrarian’s Take on GM’s Ignition Switch Controversy

In the nearly 70 years that I have covered the auto industry, I don’t recall a major story that has been so poorly reported as the controversy about GM’s ignition switches. I attribute this to my belief that, unfortunately, relatively few journalists and editors – not...
New Book Honors the Pony Car that Almost Wasn’t

New Book Honors the Pony Car that Almost Wasn’t

A full 50 years ago this week, a new car burst onto the scene that revolutionized the automotive business. But the original 1964-1/2 Mustang was almost an after-thought, a design that was rushed to market when then-Ford President Lee Iacocca pulled the plug on a far...
Mustang v The World

Mustang v The World

Automakers are always looking for maximum splash with the launch of a new vehicle, but Ford pulled out all stops during the 6-city debut of the new 2015 Mustang last week.  But perhaps the most significant bit of news was buried in the press package for the 50th...
From C1 to C7: 60 Years of Corvette History

From C1 to C7: 60 Years of Corvette History

TheDetroitBureau.com’s resident historian, Mike Davis was yet to get his license when the first Corvette rolled into GM’s private auto show, known as Motorama, 60 years ago. But he’s been watching and reporting on every ‘Vette since then. Davis recently released a...
Adventures in Malibu Land

Adventures in Malibu Land

Ripley V. Winkel, the third generation Chevrolet dealer in Shaughnessy, NY, up the Hudson from Manhattan, decided to take his demonstrator, a 1992 Chevrolet K1500 4×4 up into the Catskills for a little R & R from the pressures of business and family. Even in...
A Second Opinion: the 2012 Volkswagen Passat

A Second Opinion: the 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Here we go again. Years ago, I wrote a column for Publisher Paul (at one of his previous enterprises), concerning the gems to be found in the world’s least read book of useful information: a new car or truck Owner Manual. This time my particular candidate is the...
Mystery of the North Korean Lincoln Solved

Mystery of the North Korean Lincoln Solved

Eagle-eyed–and certified car-nutty—auto enthusiasts have been mystified the last couple of days by an obvious anachronism in the funeral procession of Dear Leader Kim-Jong-il: a real, if elderly, Detroit Lincoln stretch limousine leading the parade, coffin on...
Revisiting the Honda Civic Hybrid

Revisiting the Honda Civic Hybrid

You can barely read the auto section of your local newspaper, never mind the enthusiast magazines, without getting immersed in the new world of “electrification.”  That is, of course, a fancy term for what most folks would call battery power.  And regular readers of...