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Test Drive: 2014 Chevy Silverado

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 20 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

With its new Silverado, Chevrolet may have just the truck it needs to knock the venerable Ford F-150 off the mountain as king of pickups.

Test Drive: 2014 Chevy Silverado

Trucks are honest things. Or at least, they ought to be. Straightforward. Functional. Get the job done.

Test Drive: 2014 Kia Forte

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 15 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Usually, it’s pretty easy to identify a given car’s negatives – and contrast them with competitor cars’ positives. Not this time, not with this car.

Test Drive: 2014 Kia Forte

Kia’s forte is designing snappy looking, fun-to-drive and affordable cars that make the competition’s cars seem boring and over-priced.

Test Drive: 2014 Kia Cadenza

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 11 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Kia - and corporate parent Hyundai - have been on a roll. That looks to continue with the Kia Cadenza for 2014.

Test Drive: 2014 Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza and Hyundai Azera are fraternal rather than identical twins. They both spring from the same corporate loins (Kia is a subsidiary of Korean mega-conglomerate Hyundai) and both share a lot of “DNA” – including identical powertrains.

People Ask Me . . .

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 07 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Electronic gizmos in our cars seem like a good idea. But sometimes simple really is better.

People Ask Me . . .

For those who may wonder why I talk-up manual windows – and am unhappy about the fact that it’s not easy to find a new car (or truck) that even offers them anymore:

Pepe le Pew . . . On Wheels

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 07 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The French have culture, art, beautiful cities and the Riviera. What they have sometimes lacked compared to other civilized nations, is an auto industry with quality engineering and a sense of style.

Pepe le Pew . . . On Wheels

Other than the captive nations of the former Soviet boc, no one built consistently awful – or downright bizarre – automobiles better than France’s Big Three: Citroen, Renault and Peugot.

Does Your Brand Have a Relatable Identity?

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Building a consistent brand identity that can have a positive impact on at least ten percent of your audience can be the difference between business success and failure.

Does Your Brand Have a Relatable Identity?

Creating products that attract the attention of consumers is one of the biggest hurdles that a business faces, but simply getting to this step is not enough to ensure success. Instead, you also have to take the time to create a brand image that your customers can relate to.

Test Drive: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Mitsubishi has had it tough in recent years. Its new Outlander is a solid offering with decent value. But is it enough to help the struggling carmaker survive?

Test Drive: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

When you screw up and the boss – or a client or a customer – loses faith in you, it’s imperative to do more than just what’s expected next time.

A Review of the Future

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Friday, 25 October 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

It's easy to see where the road we are on leads: to more fiat money expansion, more debt, and, ultimately, financial upheaval.

A Review of the Future

During the past six years, I’ve written about the economy and what I expect in the future, and now seems like a good time for a review. So, let me try to pull together my various comments into one piece.

Test Drive: 2014 Mazda 6

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 24 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Mazda6 is an attractive car, and in many ways a leader in its class. Its downfall, compared to the competition, is its current lack of powerful engine options.

Test Drive: 2014 Mazda 6

The 2014 Mazda6 was one of the earliest-release ’14 models. I got one to test drive back in late March of this year – less than than three months into calendar year 2013.

Test Drive: 2014 VW CC

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 22 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Volkswagen CC has always been a stylish car. Has a redesign made it better?

Test Drive: 2014 VW CC

Some people say the E-Type Jag lost something when the sweet-singing inline 3.8 liter (later 4.2 liter) in-line six was replaced (in 1971) with a more relaxed-fit 5.3 liter V-12 . . .  and power steering was made standard. The car was somehow more like once-a-month Saturday afternoon sex with your wife of 20 years. Still fun, sure. But not quite the same as it was that first year, before the kids came along … .

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 17 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Beetle ownership can be rewarding, but it will also require more from you in the way of patience and personal comfort than you may able to handle.

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

My friend (and web ninja master of EPautos) Dom asked me the other night what I thought about getting an old VW to replace his modern car as his everyday driver. He hasn’t owned an old Beetle before. I have owned two – and drove one of them (a ’73 Super Beetle) in DC traffic (the Ultimate Test) as my everyday commuter for several years back in the early ’90s. Here are some thoughts about the pros – and cons – of driving an old Beetle as an everyday car:

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 16 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Muscle cars are just as great now as they were back in the day. One of the challenges of owning one is finding appropriate tires.

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

It’s easy enough to find new tires for an old muscle car.

Just not performance tires.

Not for the stock wheels, that is.

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Azera

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 15 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Hyundai excels at proving value for money, and with the 2014 Azera they continue the trend.

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Azera

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, my family had one not-quite-Cadillac after the next. A succession of Oldsmobiles that had many of the same features, but cost my folks less to buy because an Oldsmobile wasn’t a Cadillac – even if only in name.

Test Drive: 2014 Infiniti QX80

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 11 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a huge traditional SUV. Despite its somewhat quirky looks, this giant truck might just be the best in its class.

Test Drive: 2014 Infiniti QX80

I’ve got five bikes, an old muscle car – and lots of guns. Some people will sneerily say I don’t need these things. They’re the same people who get all upset and control-freaky about large (and loaded) SUVs like the Infiniti QX80. It’s too big. It uses too much gas. It’s ostentatious

Buying a Used Car: Pros and Cons

on Monday, 07 October 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Buying a used car can result in substantial savings as compared to buying new. Just watch out for some of the common problems that can come with used cars.

Buying a Used Car: Pros and Cons

New cars, once purchased have always undergone rapid depreciation. If anything, that's gotten worse in recent years. The alternative is to buy used cars that have already depreciated. For prospective buyers there are several benefits and drawbacks of buying used cars.

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