CARNIVAL OF CARS: A Drive Around the Auto Blog Block for Friday, June 9, 2006
It was the week the world first learned of IED - no, not "Improvised Explosive Device" but "Intermittent Explosive Disorder." Better known as Road Rage. What a coincidence - the PC shrinks come up with a new label that makes Left Lane Bandits victims of automotive terrorism. You think one of our Carnival of Cars entries this week might have something to say about that? Let's find out, shall we?
Is there more to those "free gas" incentives from Ford and GM than meets the pocketbook? Karl on Cars thinks there may indeed be more- well, actually less - and it isn't the buyer getting the benefit.
Jack Yoest has some pretty tall claims about his previous employment and driving record.
Need some tips on buying car insurance. Chuck at Car Buying Tips has some links.
Ask Patty is "a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive-related topics."
"If I could, would you?" is a good question to remember next time you are in the market for a new vehicle, according to Debt-Free.
Shouting Thomas at Harleys, Cars, Girls and Guitars ran into T-Rex over Joissey. At least it's got a roll bar, "so it's not entirely a suicide machine," he says.
Toyota redesigned its RAV4 this year, so you know a new CR-V can't be far behind and sure enough Straight Line has some spy shots.
Karl on Cars just spent some time driving the 2006.5 Kia Optima and came away thinking Honda Accord: "There's a weightiness to the dials/switches and a richness to the textures and surfaces that some other car companies (cough-GM-cough) could learn from." Sounds like an impressive impression to me!
How can driving a Bimmer be akin to stepping into a quiet coffee shop or reading a great book? Inside Line has the answer. If it's a Bimmer, though, the book is probably "Modern Times" by Paul Johnson.
The Driving Woman sees a new trend in compact SUV powerplants.
Over at Strategies for Smart Car Buyers, the tax status of hybrids gets the once-over, including some interesting quarterly stats: "The Quarterly Report of Qualified Vehicles for the AMVC for the quarter ending March 31, 2006, shows that Toyota (which owns Lexus) sold 41,779 qualifying vehicles to retail dealers, and Ford (which owns Mercury) sold 6,192 qualifying vehicles to retail dealers."
The Garage guys went to the Toronto premiere of "Cars" and was relieved to find lots of security, which was a relief because it meant "no misguided open wheel racing fan is going to blow up the screening of the biggest oval racing flick this side of Days of Dunder." Speaking as a former Formula Ford racer and lifetime F1/Indy car fan, I resemble that!
Chuck says don't be scared of the l-word.
There is a special run of 20-only deep, deep blue Ferrari Scagletti 612s. Alex at NoonzWheels has the details on a Japan-only deal.
Starling Hunter at The Business of America is Business is shall we say a bit skeptical of the ethanol buzz these days.
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