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AT’s Photo Spotlight

May 27th, 2010 No comments

      Ford Motor Company has literally stamped out millions of Explorers since its introduction back in 1990. So as the SUV market fizzles and the crossover market boils what is Ford to do with its perennial hot cake seller when the customer suddenly demands waffles? More than just add a fruit topping, that’s for sure. What you see above in the Explorer America Concept shown at the 2008 NAIAS is a full-fledged, car-derived, high-riding unibody crossover. Come launch time we’ll find one of two EcoBoost (that’s greenie speak for turbocharged and direct-injected) engines under the hood. The base model will get a 2.0L 4-cylinder with about 260-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque on tap. The optional upgrade engine will be the 3.5L V6 already making its rounds in the Flex, Taurus SHO, MKS, and MKT with roughly 340-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Next question is whether or not we’ll get a unibody Sport Trac to take on the minivan derived Ridgeline?

AT’s Photo Spotlight

April 7th, 2010 No comments

      We found plenty of Cobra replicas down at the 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise, but not so much as a single authentic artifact could be found. Maybe next year.

AT’s Photo Spotlight

April 1st, 2010 No comments

      The 2008 Pontiac G8 GT was a breath of fresh air for GM’s Driving Excitement brand. Sadly, however, it was too little too late. The G8 is one that will be fondly remembered by those of us on the AT ranch.

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AT’s Photo Spotlight

March 31st, 2010 No comments

      On one of the coldest days of the year the BMW 1-Series convertible turns everyone’s attention to summer time driving as it is rolled out at the 2008 NAIAS.

AT’s Photo Spotlight

March 30th, 2010 No comments

      During its tenure in the AT garage we proved that while the stiffly sprung and high strung 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO GSR makes for a great backroad bomber, it isn’t so well suited for multi-state cross country excursions.

AT’s Photo Spotlight

March 29th, 2010 No comments

      The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid proved that it doesn’t have to give up being an SUV to be frugal. The Escape returned 31.4-mpg during its tenure with the AT staff, and I’ll be the first to admit that our right feet aren’t the lightest.

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

Pontiac Imports Some Thunder From Down Under

     Before the GT hit these shores earlier this year sedan shoppers looking for a bit of excitement at the Pontiac dealer had to settle for the Grand Prix GXP. Although it does have a V8, the Grand Prix’s front wheel drive chassis and archaic transmission will not cause BMW owners to get nervous at stoplights. That might start to change as the latest (and probably greatest) Pontiac starts to populate the byways of America. See, the new G8 not only packs a seriously gutsy V8, it also offers up a great transmission to send power to the rear end of a completely modern chassis. And all that adds up to a car that can get off the line like few other large sedans, but also carve corners like a much smaller one. We’re not giving anything away by saying we like GM’s latest import (designed and assembled in Australia) but it’s not without its faults. Read on. Read more…

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2008 Cadillac CTS

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

So Good It Nearly Makes Us Forget The Cimarron

     After scooping up rave reviews, comparison test victories, and Car of the Year honors for the latest CTS you’d think Cadillac has been in the business of building superb sport sedans for decades, like BMW. Then, of course, you’d recall some previous efforts by the Wreath and Crest division. There was the Opel-based Catera in 1997, which looked and drove more like a Buick than a BMW. Back up even more to the ‘82 Cimarron, Cadillac’s rookie effort at building a small sporty sedan that was so disastrous it almost single-handedly sent the “Standard of the World” brand on a steep decline until the first-generation CTS bowed in 2002. That car was a solid attempt at buttoning down a chassis and livening up the steering like the German competition, but its uninspired styling and muddled, plasticy interior kept it from being a true competitor. Read more…

2008 Woodward Dream Cruise

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

      Better grab a frosty beverage before you dive into this one. Our editors spent the day cruising down the length of Woodward to bring you this extensive gallery. This may be the town of Detroit Muscle, but everyone across the world has something to show off today.  Try not to drool on the keyboard this time. OK!

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

600 Miles Later We Learn What The Evo Isn’t Good At

     I’ve had better and I’ve had worse. Among the worse was a three-hour cross-country van trip through Mexico in a 20-year-old van. A trip like that will make you appreciate things like suspensions, air conditioning and even the Michigan DOT. Recently I embarked on a road trip that didn’t jar loose all the fillings from my teeth but did take a toll on the overall condition of my already weakened body. Read more…