Who In Their Right Mind Would Race Non-Stop From New York to L.A.?

Who In Their Right Mind Would Race Non-Stop From New York to L.A.?

Published Feb 01st, 2011 By William Jeanes

Why would anyone drive across the United States as fast as possible with no promise of a reward? I once did it, and I don't have a real answer.We might ask Brock Yates, now almost 80, because he completed such a run four......

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How Car Companies Pick Names

How Car Companies Pick Names

Published Jan 14th, 2011 By William Jeanes

Imagine that you are an auto executive who has just overseen the spending of a couple of billion bucks on a brand new model. Now you must select a name for it; it's your baby, after all.Do you think you might aim for a n......

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Backward Looking Cameras Are in Your Car's Future

Backward Looking Cameras Are in Your Car's Future

Published Dec 23rd, 2010 By William Jeanes

Your government, not content with having bailed out two-thirds of the American auto industry with your money, in December announced a Christmas gift for the entire industry: Mandated rear-mounted video cameras and in-veh......

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Does Where You Live Determine What You Drive?

Does Where You Live Determine What You Drive?

Published Dec 03rd, 2010 By William Jeanes

Anyone who reads or listens to anything beyond package labels and Kmart shopper alerts knows that the United States is an oxymoron (are an oxymoron?). People in Seattle are different from people in Savannah, and the citi......

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Saab, Volvo, And A Tradition Of Difference

Saab, Volvo, And A Tradition Of Difference

Published Sep 24th, 2010 By William Jeanes

Recent events raise these questions: What if there were no Swedish cars? Would automotive enthusiasts, as we know them in the 21st Century, suffer the cultural equivalent of permanent brain damage, or would the sun go on......

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A Top Ten List for Our Times

A Top Ten List for Our Times

Published Aug 29th, 2010 By William Jeanes

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Looking for All-American Gasoline?

Looking for All-American Gasoline?

Published Aug 24th, 2010 By William Jeanes

It now looks as if the Gulf Coast oil spill, brought to you in part by BP and the government’s Minerals Management Service, will not cause the northern hemisphere to close down. Yet, memories of BP’s former C......

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Accountability For The Auto Industry

Accountability For The Auto Industry

Published Aug 04th, 2010 By William Jeanes

If you want to fire up a populist, tell him that America’s CEOs are underpaid. Then, once his hair is aflame, point out that we have a free market when it comes to hiring folks. That is why George Clooney and Leona......

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Point/Counterpoint: Europe vs. America

Point/Counterpoint: Europe vs. America

Published Jun 04th, 2010 By Craig Howie & William Jeanes

As international travel has boomed in the past generation, Americans have increasingly found themselves slipping behind the wheel of strange vehicles in foreign lands. For many drivers, this first taste of “motorin......

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The Costs You Pay When Other People Don't Wear Seatbelts

The Costs You Pay When Other People Don't Wear Seatbelts

Published May 21st, 2010 By William Jeanes

I watched bull riding the other night for the first time in a while, and I was flabbergasted to see riders wearing helmets with face guards instead of big western hats. Not all of them, but enough, and they were some str......

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Fishing for Alternatives

Fishing for Alternatives

Published May 15th, 2010 By William Jeanes

Everyone able to use earrings has heard about the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. And they've heard the foaming stream of breathless commentary emanating from automotive experts, from Chevrolet, and from Nissan. The ......

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Recapping A Tired Year: What Happened In 2010

Recapping A Tired Year: What Happened In 2010

Published Feb 02nd, 2010 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

At year’s end, every would-be pundit who can get work published does an annual wrap-up. At AOL Autos, we see no need for you to suffer through twelve months before learning what happened in 2010. Accordingly, and w......

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Gift Giving Advice For Investment Bankers

Gift Giving Advice For Investment Bankers

Published Dec 10th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

When I opened my Hammacher Schlemmer holiday catalog, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a 2/3 scale Corvette for kids. Boy, I thought, finding the perfect gift for a niece or nephew—or both—in your ......

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Who Will Command The General?

Who Will Command The General?

Published Dec 07th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

I’ve been writing about the automotive world since just after the discovery of cellophane, and during those years I suggested on several occasions that General Motors hire racing billionaire Roger Penske as its chi......

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Saab's Dead: Sale To Koenigsegg Falls Through

Saab's Dead: Sale To Koenigsegg Falls Through

Published Nov 24th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

Three weeks ago, the General Motors board of directors determined that selling its Opel operation was a bad idea. Today, the board found that one of its better ideas, selling its perennially unprofitable Saab brand, had ......

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GM Planning On Issuing Stock

GM Planning On Issuing Stock

Published Nov 06th, 2009 By William Jeanes

Sometime next year, you may be able to invest in General Motors again. Should investors even consider doing that? Let’s first look at some recent history.Last July, a newly formed company called NGMCO bought the br......

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Video Proves Cars Are Safer Than Ever

Video Proves Cars Are Safer Than Ever

Published Oct 17th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

On September 9, 2009, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety destroyed a perfectly good 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air. This wanton dispatching of a perfectly good 50-year-old Chevy dismayed lovers of vintage cars, but it did......

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Tusk, Tusk: Car Ad Sparks Discussion

Tusk, Tusk: Car Ad Sparks Discussion

Published Sep 24th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

Do we have yet another advertising scandal on our hands? A full-page four-color ad touting the tiny Smart car’s safety features appeared in the September 10 issue of USA Today. By way of illustrating the minuscule ......

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Cash for Clunkers Buyers Suffer Buyer's Remorse, Won't Save Fuel

Cash for Clunkers Buyers Suffer Buyer's Remorse, Won't Save Fuel

Published Sep 22nd, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

According to a survey of new-vehicle buyers who participated in the recent Cash for Clunkers program, more than 17 percent now harbor “some” doubt or “serious” doubt about letting a government sub......

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Why Ford's Winning By Not Taking Government Money

Why Ford's Winning By Not Taking Government Money

Published Sep 16th, 2009 By William Jeanes, AOL Autos

Once upon a time, Ford Motor Company's advertising bore the tagline "Ford has a better idea." Recent events indicate that it may be time to resurrect that slogan.Cash for Clunkers, the bizarre promotion mounted by the U.......

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