Archive for the ‘John’s Journal’ Category

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Driving the Mazda3

August 31st, 2009 at 2:51pm


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Currently queued up in the Autoline Garage is the Mazda3. Zoom zoom? You bet, in spades. This is a fun car to drive, but let’s get nitpicky and take a look at some of the annoyances that plague this otherwise terrific car.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Hyundai Equus Back Seat

August 28th, 2009 at 11:30am


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Now it’s time to enjoy the Hyundai Equus the only way you really can: from the back seat. This thing has amenities you’d never expect in a Hyundai. Come ride with us in style and take a look at just a few of its precious luxuries.

AAH #22 – Let’s Make a Deal

August 27th, 2009 at 9:42pm

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This week on After Hours it’s all about the numbers as we dig into Cash for Clunkers. But before we get to all that, we’ve got to review the week’s news including the departure of Jim Press from Chrysler and Ed Whitacre sending Fritz Henderson back to the drawing boards. In the studio to talk about everything is John McElroy along with the regulars, David Welch from BusinessWeek and Peter De Lorenzo the AutoExtremist. And, Skyping in from Santa Monica is guest panelist Jessica Caldwell from Edmunds.com, who has uncovered some great disparities in the numbers being reported by the government in the Clunkers program. All that, and we get to your questions in Rapid Fire.

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INSTANT IMPRESSION: Hyundai Equus Styling

August 27th, 2009 at 4:30pm


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The bold and luxurious Equus stopped by our studios this afternoon. It’s a car out of character for the bargain automaker with features such as self-closing doors, LED headlamps and more. Here’s a quick take on the exterior styling of Hyundai’s Korean Flagship.

ROAD TEST: Nissan Cube Krom

August 27th, 2009 at 11:30am


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Let’s take a look at the Krom edition of Nissan’s quirky answer to Scion–the Cube. The styling is odd, but goes just far enough to work, however it does present some annoying drawbacks. On the road the powertrain leaves a bit to be desired, but the rewarding fuel economy may just be worth it.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Nissan Cube Krom Overall

August 24th, 2009 at 10:37am


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Another quick take on the quirky Nissan Cube Krom. The strange styling is just weird enough to work, but there’s one thing that’s immediately bothersome.

INSTANT IMPRESSION: Nissan Cube Krom Interior

August 21st, 2009 at 3:45pm


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The Nissan Cube Krom is a car aimed at Gen Y with an unusual set of features. Here’s an instant look at it’s non-traditional interior. Hint – it’s shaggadelic, baby!

AAH #21 – Electric Ladyland

August 20th, 2009 at 9:11pm

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Another week, another After Hours and it’s time to talk electric. First, we talk about GM canceling the Saturn Vue-based plug-in Buick and what impact social media had on the decision. Our guest, Joel Feder, Skypes in from Minneapolis to tell us how things went down in the Twitterverse. Then we get into Ford’s EV plans when we invite Nancy Gioia, the company’s Director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Programs, into the studio. All that, and we get to your pressing questions in Rapid Fire.

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FIRST LOOK: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

August 20th, 2009 at 2:37pm


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SUZUKI KIZASHI

Suzuki is one of Japan’s smaller automakers. To try and grow its sales, later this year it’s launching a new midsize sedan called the Kizashi. It’s aimed right at competitors like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The car is not available at dealerships yet, but here’s a quick overview of what it will bring to the market.

Woodward Ave. After Hours: The Photos

August 14th, 2009 at 4:05pm

Our good friend Eric Trytko (AKA Rumblestrip) from Rumblestrip.NET was kind enough to take some photos of our combination Fans & Friends Meet-Up/On-Location Autoline After Hours. Eric captured some pretty sweet rides and true oddities including Bosch’s Diesel-Powered Corvette and John’s own Citroen DS. If you want a closer look at any of them, check out his Flickr page!