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  • Pandamonium – the ultimate Fiat Panda

    Pandamonium – the ultimate Fiat Panda

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    The boffins at M-Sport in the UK, the team behind Ford entry in the World Rally Championship, have created the Ultimate Fiat Panda. They took a stock Fiat Panda 4×4 shell and matted it with a Ford Fiesta R5 which involved widening the body shell by 360mm so that it could fit the R5 running […]

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  • The Cadillac CTS-V video I never published

    The Cadillac CTS-V video I never published

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    For some reason I was feeling nostalgic about my automotive journalist career this morning. I started poking through some old video and photo content and came across a gem that we never published. But first, some more nostalgia. Right Foot Down I got into this line of work for the same reason I lot of […]

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  • My Bronco was built on the worst day of the year

    My Bronco was built on the worst day of the year

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    “In his 1971 book Wheels, Arthur Hailey claims that cars that were primarily assembled on a Monday or Friday would suffer from quality problems due to worker performance/absenteeism issues associated with those days”[1]. By that reasoning, one would want a Tuesday or a Wednesday made vehicle. Studies have shown those to be the most productive days of […]

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  • The myth of the entry-level Land Rover Defender

    The myth of the entry-level Land Rover Defender

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    I’ve already queued up the idea that car-buying is super weird right now. Ever since we entered the era of missing microchips and other supply chain issues, both used and new car buying is much more difficult. As a serial car flipper, who has done OK during this time, I optimistically sold my BMW M4 […]

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  • My New Bronco is in Production!

    My New Bronco is in Production!

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    Oh mah gawd, you guys! My new Ford Bronco is finally in production! It was scheduled for production for the week of November 15th. I figured I check up on Friday, November 12th. The little indicator of “In Production” in the owner’s portal was circled. I called the dealer and they confirmed that it is, […]

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  • Quick Spin: Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon 35-Inch Package

    Quick Spin: Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon 35-Inch Package

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    It is surprising that it has not happened to sooner but the Jeep Wrangler is finally available with 35-inch tires. It’s part of the Xtreme Recon package that includes 4.56 axle gearing, and wider, 17×8-inch beadlock-capable wheels, among other things. That package is now available on the Wrangler Rubicon, the V8-powered Rubicon 392, and soon, […]

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  • Car Buying is Even Weirder Right Now

    Car Buying is Even Weirder Right Now

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    If you’re in the market for a new or used car, I feel sorry for you. While prices for your vehicle are at an all-time high, the microchip shortage means that new cars are in short supply, and used cars are bananas pricey. That means that those tips that I gave current and future car […]

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  • Build your own 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Build your own 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    The configurator for the all new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is up now. This is the shorter, two-row version of the Grand Cherokee L, which has been available for some time. I’ve seen many of the L models around the New England area but have yet to drive one. In pictures, the shorter Grand Cherokee […]

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  • Watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. shred a Mach-E around the Faroe Islands

    Watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. shred a Mach-E around the Faroe Islands

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    There’s a new hoon behind the wheel at Ford. Ken Block is off to do Audi stuff, leaving Vaughn Gittin Jr. to slide Ford stuff around. This time, it’s the Mustang Mach-E 1400, and the location is the Faroe Islands. Here, check it out, I’ll wait. Definitely different, right? In case you were wondering, I […]

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  • Subaru needs to bring back the SUS with a Legacy Wilderness

    Subaru needs to bring back the SUS with a Legacy Wilderness

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    Subaru Legacy sales have steadily been going down year after year. I don’t know what is wrong with people but apparently, no one wants a good Subaru sedan. Those that do want a sedan seem to only seem to buy Camrys, potentially the most boring vehicle on the market. Clearly, an intervention for the Legacy […]

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