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Official Corvette C6.R GT2 images follow day of testing at Sebring (Autoblog)

Feb 18th 2010 6:32PM Channeling my inner Christopher Walken: Needs more Jake!

Mulally: Mercury's star still shining bright... for now (Autoblog)

Jan 28th 2010 3:55AM I still say that Mercury should have a lineup along the lines of what I proposed in my blog:
With a few tweaks to represent the latest engineering bits to trickle out of Dearborn, it is still reasonably valid.

Report: Ford dealers say Kuga should be named Escape in U.S. - Do you agree? [w/POLL] (Autoblog)

Dec 30th 2009 11:28PM If it's coming as a Ford, they may as well keep the equity they have in the Escape name. Personally, I thought it would be better served as a Mercury. As a brand trying to provide something a little more "continental" than the comparable Fords. Of course, I had envisioned an entire lineup for Mercury (along with individual lineups for Ford and Lincoln) along these lines before the economy melted down. Check them out here:

Review: FlashForward - A561984 (AOL TV)

Dec 4th 2009 9:27PM So, we're on a break until March? How have the viewership numbers been for FlashForward? I haven't been able to watch it live, but I either DVR it or catch it on ABC's website (which should help count as viewership hits). My concern is whether ABC executives have heard about what happened at CBS with Jericho. Great show, and in the first season, it was finally finding its footing when it went on the winter hiatus for 2 months. Viewership tanked (they weren't tracking DVR or web hits back then, as I recall), and it took a major fan uprising to bring the show back for a 2nd season to attempt to wrap things up. I sincerely hope that ABC doesn't follow in those footsteps. We sent peanuts to CBS...not sure what we would send to ABC execs.

Rumormill: EcoBoost V8 Ford Shelby Mustang in the pipeline? (Autoblog)

Nov 14th 2009 12:44AM Exactly what I said in my blog ( back in May '08. Mustang Pony would have a 2.5L ecoBoost 4cyl putting out 240-250 hp, in homage to the awesome LX 5.0s of the 80s, the Mustang LX would have the 3.5L ecoBoost V6 rated at 350-360 hp, the standard Mustang GT would have a D.I. 5.0L V8 rated at approx. 400 hp, the "special edition" 'Stangs (GT/CS, Boss, Bullitt, etc.) would have either a bored out 5.8L (my nod to heritage) or a properly tuned Coyote V8 putting out 440-450 hp, and then an ecoBoost V8 (again for heritage, I picked a bored out 7.0L, 429 c.i.) rated at 600 hp for the GT500.

Make it stop: Bad landau tops (Autoblog)

Nov 2nd 2009 9:03PM The three worst ones I've seen are:

Circa 1998 Mercury Sable

Circa 2003 VW Jetta

Circa 1995 Honda Civic Si Hatchback

The Sable and Jetta were both east coast victims (Sable seen in Boston and Jetta seen here in San Diego but with Jersey plates). A friend of mine in Providence says that the Landau roofs are for some unknown reason still fairly popular in New England. The Civic, on the other hand, was completely different. Where some cars are said to have been "riced" out, this one was (yes I have to say it) "beaned" out. It was painted that teal green Honda had in the early/mid 90s, had the color-matched triple blade wipers with the little airfoils that were popular in 1989, the door handles and mirrors were gold plated, a Hispanic name was stickered across the back window, it had BC Norte (Baja California) Mexico plates on it, and it had a GTI-style roof antenna painted gold, frenched into the roof material. The roof was black, and only covered to the B-pillars (I've seen 2nd gen Escorts ('93 or so) with full cabrio roof treatments, even around the sunroof!). It was absolutely hideous, and a waste of a good Si. Just remembering it made me throw up a little in my mouth.

REPORT: Ford Kuga could come in Lincoln, Mercury flavors, replace Escape, be built in USA (Autoblog)

Nov 2nd 2009 8:44PM Personally, my thought was to get the Kuga and Escape on the same platform, keep the Escape styling more or less as is (rugged, all-American, yadda yadda yadda) and bring the Kuga over pretty much as is to replace the Mariner. See my blog here: In this blog, Lincoln was envisioned as a much more upscale-oriented brand. Granted, I wrote this before the Carpocalypse, and if Lincoln and Mercury ultimately formally merge, then it would wind up in a formal Lincoln-Mercury lineup. But I agree that there should only be one version...the Kuga as a Mercury. Lincoln doesn't need another 5 passenger CUV (and it's too small to replace the MKX), and the Kuga doesn't play upscale enough. Give Mercury some unique product.

Retro in Red: Mr. Norm builds modern interpretation of L'il Red Express Truck (Autoblog)

Sep 29th 2009 6:23PM Thank you! In this day of every tuner out there being able to billet, machine, or at least design spec wheels, much less everyone coming out with retro-style wheels (Mustang, Cragar SS/American Racings, Rallye Steelies on the Camaro, et al), why has nobody come up with a properly done retro 5 slot? I had 'em on my old '78 Cherokee (factory fitted), and with proper 33 inch BFG ATs, they looked pretty sweet. Bring back the 5 slot!

Russian Attack: Status Design reimagines the Porsche Cayenne (Autoblog)

Jun 15th 2009 3:19PM Finally figured it out...some of Citroen's designers must have emigrated/been taken hostage, and that's where the inspiration for the nose on this beast came from. Somebody call Dr. 90210 quick!

Carbon Motors reports 10,000 pre-orders for diesel-powered E7 police car (Autoblog)

Jun 12th 2009 4:35PM Hell with all the plants that GM and Chrysler are closing, you think they could find someone willing to make an "attractive" offer. Can't wait to get one of these at an auction several years down the road. Has it been revealed who is supplying the drivetrain, or is Carbon doing it all in-house?