Last of the V8'sI was sitting at the long traffic light in the middle of all of the construction at 4th and Gandy in St. Petersburg the other day, contemplating a nap, when I started taking mental notes of all of the cars around me. This was nothing unusual. I noticed a good bit of new cars, like the two new Jeep Cherokee’s that were behind me and to my left. There was an AMG Mercedes Benz, a Mustang (because there’s a Mustang at every light) and what I assume are various rental cars and SUV mom-mobiles. Then I got to thinking about the changing landscape of the average cars you see on the road. The recent gasoline crisis has had a lasting effect on new cars being built today and the governments gas mileage standards, known as C.A.F.E.- Corporate Average Fuel Economy-are rising. That means that there are less cars on the road these days like that gorgeous AMG Benz at the light and my SS sleeper sedan. It seems that the rear wheel drive, V8 is going the way of the dead dinosaurs that currently power most cars and that makes me sad.
Chrysler Recalls Over 566,000 Trucks, SUVsChrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.
Chrysler Issues Recall For Nearly 907K Cars, SUVsChrysler is recalling nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars for failing alternators and heated power mirrors that can cause minor fires.
Truck Deals Help Boost US Auto Sales In SeptemberSeptember sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.
Chrysler Recalls Nearly 350,000 Vehicles To Fix Ignition SwitchesIgnition switches can move out of position and potentially lead to the engine shutting off while driving and air bags not functioning.
Chrysler: Government Timetable Off For Fixing Recalled Jeep SUV'sThe agency accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to fix up to 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks behind the rear axles.
Opinion: Romney's Desperation Showing In Final Days Of CampaignAs the campaign draws to a close it has become very apparent that Obama will return to the White House and that Harry Reid will lead a Democratic Senate.
Opinion: Auto Manufacturing Is Back In America. Obama Was Right, Romney Was Wrong.Auto manufacturing is back in America – especially in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania because President Obama made the politically risky decision to bailout the auto industry after bailing out the banks. It was a decision that worked. Obama was right, Romney was wrong. So Romney is now in full lying mode. He is trying to retroactively re-write the wrongs in his writings.
Sports Cars, Trucks and more at theTampa Bay International Auto ShowSports cars, trucks and alternative fuel vehicles will also be showcased starting Friday, November 18- 20 at the Tampa Convention Center for the Tampa Bay International Auto Show.