How will Koji Sato lead Toyota?

Koji Sato is coming in as Toyota’s new CEO. He is coming over from president of Lexus International. And Toyota’s current beloved CEO for the last 13 years, Akio Toyoda, will be moving on as chairman. Passion-wise... it seems like Koji Sato shares a lot of...

Akio Toyoda steps down as Toyota’s CEO

On April 1st (no Fools) Akio Toyoda will step down as Toyota’s CEO. Akio will stay on as chairman, and will be replaced by President of Lexus International, Koji Sato. Koji helped lead the GR brand, and seemingly shares many of the same core philosophies when it comes...

MAZDA CX-50 2.5 TURBO PREMIUM PLUS review

Mazda quietly knocked it out of the park with the CX-50 2.5 Turbo. It might sound harsh, but I just didn't expect much. I mean - how much can you expect from another white crossover? And when I first drove the CX-50 2.5 Turbo, initially I didn’t feel anything...

The Hummer EV is a 9,000lb pile of shit

Can we officially call it? The Hummer EV is a 9,000lb pile of shit. And I don't intend on letting GM forget it either. But in fact, it’s not just GM. There have been 3 Big Three unforgivables in the past couple years. 1) Ford’s Mach E Mustang… a 4-door crossover EV...

2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport – sensibly capable

The Honda Pilot has gotten exactly what it needed… mainly to not be invisible. Honda chiseled the redesign of the 2023 Pilot, gave it some noticeable colors. AND more importantly, made a TrailSport model. The Pilot's TrailSport trim... Is honestly what’s bumped the...

Car Stereo needs a comeback

I don’t know about y’all, but I like the cars that go boom. And I've been feeling the need for a big-bad, ground-pounding stereo again. It used to be a staple of import car culture. Seems like a third of us worked at a car audio shop. Literally… it was like that. And...

Shell / Volta Theory – based off the LA streetcar Scandal

Here’s a juicy follow-up to yesterday’s news of Shell Oil’s purchase of Volta EV charging stations. Of course it’s totally gossip. But it’s a theory nonetheless, so let’s have some fun with it. Besides, a little conspiracy theory never hurt anyone these days. So here...

Shell Oil bought Volta – an EV charging company

Shell Oil bought Volta… an ‘American electric vehicle infrastructure company’... for a cool 169 million. Significance: An oil company bought a charging company. So obviously, Shell sees an EV-future on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean Shell sees ‘the writing on the...

Honeymoon destinations – in a 1970 Chevy C10

Oh great it's another cheesy love story... blah. Let me set the stage: Kelvin got his first real six-string, bought it at the five & dime. And Erica, she was just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. You get the picture right? High school sweethearts, high...

Corvette E-Ray – AWD, Hybrid, and poorly named

I was really trying to steer this article in a positive direction, but screw it, it goes where it goes. Chevrolet released details on the Corvette E-Ray. And all the automotive websites are saying the exact same things about it. You know… 'specs' & whatnot. But...
2016 Ford Explorer Review

2016 Ford Explorer Review

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.  It’s the poor man’s Range Rover.  Let me explain.  It looks like a Range Rover, ...
2016 Nissan Murano Review

2016 Nissan Murano Review

  The Allusion of Performance.  This is what the average consumer wants.  They want an exciting ‘looking’ ...
2016 Kia Sorento Review

2016 Kia Sorento Review

Bottom line is: The 2016 Kia Sorento offers stylish design in a usable package - with that awesome 100,000 mile ...
2016 Lexus ES350

2016 Lexus ES350

by:  Yousef Alvi & Jonathan Wooley Editor's note: Let's be honest for a second.  If you're ...
2016 Honda Civic Review

2016 Honda Civic Review

This is the 2016 Honda Civic, and we are going to get this out of the way first:  We hate the CVT transmission. It ...
2016 Scion iA Review

2016 Scion iA Review

Speaking as a ‘car guy’ snob - the new Scion iA sucks. It’s slow, and it’s about as sexy as a tadpole. BUT - ...
2016 Acura RDX Review

2016 Acura RDX Review

It’s very rare nowadays that you encounter a car that just does everything right.  There is always some prevailing ...

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As import enthusiasts, there’s a common tendency to complain about the lack of new prospect-cars on the market today. I can definitely lump myself in with this category of people. But maybe - just maybe, the problem is not with the new cars on the market today… maybe...

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DSM from a past issue

The Busta Comeback The DSM… one of the most disrespected and unloved options in the culture these days.  Yet – still one of the strongest power-wise, and one of the most timeless visually… if you agree that curves represent timeless design.  So realistically, why do...

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