Toyota Mirai –...

Originally this was to be Mirai vs. Clarity, but despite visiting various Honda dealers, I couldn’t find any Claritys. I am told they are available on lease only. So having mercilessly slated the CR-V I now feel I should point out that Toyota are first to market with a truly revolutionary...

2002 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: 2200 miles in 10 days; reckon that has bedded in the new trans! Sep15

2002 Mercedes-Benz E...

As per this little film, when I acquired the E55 it needed a new transmission. The shop, Wincos in San Francisco whom I can thoroughly recommend, offered a 90 day guarantee with it. The trans was used, so I enquired as to the mileage. Since asking this seemed to be the most amusing thing Mr...

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Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a...

Alea Jacta Est: the coming of the E55, and the departure of the Stinky Subaru Aug30

Alea Jacta Est: the ...

So said Caesar, crossing the Rubicon. By crossing this tributary of the Tiber, Caesar had committed an act of war; he was massively out numbered by Pompey, and looked unlikely to win the coming civil war. But he rolled the dice anyway – and today, we know him because of it. What does...

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First published on autoshopper.com on July 15 2013, worthy of a rerun since the Honda has just left us Since publishing this, I discovered James Ruppert is still using the Bangernomics handle I remember from my teenage years – imitation sincerest form of flattery etc In this culture of...

Hello, 2016 Ford Fiesta ST; Goodbye, 1996 Honda Civic Jul26

Hello, 2016 Ford Fie...

42 miles: Pick up, at a Starbucks in Redwood City. We met them there to minimize the miles driven by someone other than me. Handbook recommends no running in period. I set a 4k rev limit 82 miles: Noted a “birth mark” paint blemish in the hood. Probably picked it up sitting in...

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With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to...

Toyota CH-R vs. BMW ...

Since this pair were experienced in close proximity, and are similarly priced, it seemed sensible to speak about them in the same piece. On the face of it, a hipster crossover from a mainstream maker, and a small van from a premium maker do not warrant meaningful comparison: however, each...

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The 2013 Focus ST is a new model for US customers, and a replacement for a well-loved – and quite big selling – European Focus ST. The comparison is important, since Ford says that European and US spec Focus ST are to be the same; indeed, in the spirit of the original Taurus SHO, only a 6...

The Cars Shine At Alfa Romeo’s Un-Museum Apr28

The Cars Shine At Al...

(First published on Autoshopper in Nov 2015) Above:The Alfa Carabo concept of 1968 A stroke of luck allowed a recent visit to the recently re-opened Alfa-Romeo museum, located just on the outskirts of Milan, in Arese, near the site of the now-demolished old factory. The environment is...