Category Archives: Alternative Fuels and Propulsion

Commentary: Electrification or Just Electric Vehicles?

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Electrification is more than just a buzzword. It has become a battle cry in the premium/luxury vehicle segment. This month alone witnessed the unveiling of two upcoming production full-battery electric SUV/Crossovers and a glimpse at … Continue reading

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#MAMA18SR – The Experience of It All

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern In 2013, I arrived at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin confident, but nervous as I attended my first Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally. Each year yielded its own experience – both … Continue reading

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Plugged In

Tweet 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrids are the wave of the future… OK, before the haters have their chance to speak, … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Immediate Social and Industrial Impact of a 238-Mile Range EV

Tweet General Motors is defining what a practical EV looks like. Electric cars might not be what will make a difference to meet the looming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025. The future will see greater and greater … Continue reading

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Nissan Raises The Hybrid SUV Ante

Tweet Is there a worse time to build an all new hybrid? Nissan laid the Altima Hybrid to rest in 2011. Despite higher fuel prices than today the Altima Hybrid did not sell well. Nissan, under Carlos Ghosn, has always … Continue reading

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Commentary: How Should I Cover The Continuing Story?

Tweet “So, Randy, what is your take on the whole Volkswagen crisis?” Seems to be that everyone thinks I have the answer to what was happening at Volkswagen AG, let alone Volkswagen of America. It is a hot subject due … Continue reading

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Commentary: Provocations from IAA 2015

Tweet Honestly, I am not a fan of electric cars. Nor do I find pleasure driving hybrids, either. I have to experience both kinds of vehicles because it is my job. I am also not a fan of Tesla Motors … Continue reading

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Commentary: A New Argument for Diesel

Tweet In 2007, I wrote a commentary on this blog exploring the notion of expanding diesel engines in this country. Some changes were made, but there is still stagnation in terms of market growth. Recently, Automotive News had their own … Continue reading

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Commentary: The New Diesel Pickup World Order

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern V&R has grown another Contributing Writer for the site. William Maley has already contributed to V&R and you will see more of his perspective from Southeastern Michigan (i.e. “The Detroit Area”) going forward. Some of … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Project Cars…or, Would That Be “Car Projects?”

Tweet A potential project. Photo by Randy Stern Dr. Frankenstein is a genius! Of course, we know he is a character that pops out during this time of year. A symbol of horror films dating back to the silent era, … Continue reading

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