Category Archives: Commentary

Commentary: GM – Opel/Vauxhall + PSA = ???

Tweet Just before PALEXPO opened up to the world’s automotive media for the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, there was some major news to report. General Motors and the PSA Groupe – the parent firm of Peugeot and Citroen – … Continue reading

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Commentary: On the Air With…

Tweet Tom Stryker on the air in La Crosse – Photo by Randy Stern When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radio air personality. They called these men and women “disc jockeys” in my day. They had … Continue reading

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Commentary: What Turns Your Ignition?

Is this the key to your heart?

If you happen to own a Bentley Continental GT, Flying Spur or GTC, this is it! For those of us familiar with Volkswagen Group products, you may also see this key as a fancified version of the same key that operates your Jetta.

Why am I talking about a key? Well, Edmunds.com began the discussion by listing the ten coolest key fobs out in the market. The weighted Bentley switchblade key/remote locking fob obviously came in first. The list also includes some very prestigious names, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and Cadillac. Each key and fob is distinctive in relation to their brand. A Range Rover owner can lose their key down a canyon and not get crushed to death if it fell within 30 feet of the point of departure. Some keys no longer employ a blade to enter into a lock or ignition cylinder. The Toyota Prius lets you shove the fob into a slot onto the have you push the button to start the car.
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Commentary: Mitsubishi Eclipse….As Another Crossover?

Tweet To the collective groan of, frankly literally anyone who has heard the news, Mitsubishi brought back the Eclipse…as a crossover. Mitsubishi did acknowledge that they are playing off the name of the extremely popular sports car which sold 1.8 million units … Continue reading

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Commentary: The (Re)State of V&R – 2017

Tweet On Wednesday, February 1, 29 folks showed up at Joey Nova’s in Tonka Bay, MN for some dinner. It was supposed to be Victory & Reseda’s official send-off of the 2017 Polar Run. However, it turned into many other … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Challenge of Mobility…and Then Some

Tweet A temporary mobility fix – All Photos by Randy Stern Let’s talk about mobility…again… I spent the week of the North American International Auto Show without working with a vehicle for publication. I figured I would utilize the entire … Continue reading

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Commentary: Tweet and Ye Shall Respond

Tweet The first few business days of the year has already yielded some weighty headlines. For one, I was greeted by an e-mail from General Motors reiterating something that those of us who cover industry already know. GM clarified that … Continue reading

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Commentary: Towards Defining “Mobility”

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Mobility. It is just a word, right? Actually, there is a lot behind the word these days. Automobile manufacturers have been swirled into the definition of this word, along with technology companies, community activists, … Continue reading

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Commentary: A New Editorial Year

Tweet Packing to go somewhere…in 2017? Photo by Randy Stern Welcome to…2017? Your calendar is correct. It is December of 2016. However, I operate on a different cycle. OK, two… One cycle is for the #VOTY, which began after I … Continue reading

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Commentary: Happy Thanksgiving?

Tweet Thanksgiving in downtown Minneapolis, 2007 – Photo by Randy Stern Ah, Thanksgiving! The feast that mired in historical discourse. Depending on your worldview, Thanksgiving (USA) was supposed to honor the first “Pilgrims” from England who sat down with the … Continue reading

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