Anything automotive may appear here - new car reviews, car shows, editorials on automotive items, working on my cars, just about any automotive topic I want to write about. Your comments are always welcome. I encourage reprinting of my articles providing proper attribution is given and notification is provided. The picture is of Moriarty Bros. "Big Red" 1966 Comet GT. I worked at Moriarty Bros., Manchester, CT way back but had nothing to do with Big Red.
Articles In the Pipeline
I have no control over what gets into the Tracy Press. I write the articles in sequence with when I get the cars. I take the pictures and send it all of to the editor. He decides when and what to run. I have no complaints; he does a great job of cleaning up my sometimes sloppy text and writing headlines for my articles.
I decided to post what I've tested with a picture here. Not the whole article, just a short, and I do mean short, synopsis. Here are the cars that are in the pipeline right now:
2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription
A few years ago when Volvo introduced the first XC (cross-country),
Volvo’s AWD SUVs, I asked a Swedish Volvo exec, “Volvo has been known for
decades as a winter vehicle. Does that make the XC a snow, snow vehicle?” The
question, as inelegantly as I asked it, still stands. Why does Volvo, an auto
maker from a Nordic country, need AWD? I owned a ’73 Volvo 140 for a couple of
years when I lived in Toronto. It was a darn good car in the snow. The answer I
suspect lies more in marketing than real need. But the times have changed and a
large segment of the driving population believes they need AWD even if they
never see snow. Make it a SUV and you’re golden. So Volvo entered the SUV
2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD
The Sportage today is a compact, front-wheel-drive (AWD) or all-wheel-drive
(AWD) crossover/SUV similar to the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. (It seems to me
that the terms SUV and crossover are becoming synonymous although SUV seems to
apply more to truck-based vehicles.) The test Sportage was a FWD version and
unless you live in a snow area or go to ski country often I really don’t see
the need for AWD.
2017 Toyota Corolla iM
I’ll jump right in with two things I absolutely loved about the iM –
the paint and the front seats. Toyota calls the paint color Electric Storm
Blue; I call it gorgeous. I’m a sucker for a blue like this. The front seats
are just about the most comfortable seats I’ve sat in. They’re nothing special;
no zillion electric adjustments. But they fit my body perfectly. I thought
about stealing them for my Ranchero but figured Toyota might notice them
missing when I returned the iM.
2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Energi
2017 VW Tiguan 2.0T S
Cars are getting so good that the worst thing I can say about the
Tiguan, a small(ish) SUV, is I didn’t like the color. VW calls it Pacific Blue
Metallic; I just thought it was kind of blah.
2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Energi
My first thought on getting into the ’17 Fusion was, “Wow, this is a
nice interior.” Ford has definitely been sweating the details. I remember a
time (admittedly almost 30 years ago) when some of Ford’s interiors look lower
than bargain basement. The Fusion Platinum Energi is not an inexpensive car but
the interior is on par cars more expensive.