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Commentary: Accidents Should Never Happen

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern There has been a lot of car crashes lately. Not that it is unusual in a sense of the number of crashes seen or reported on social media. It is because they are really hitting … Continue reading

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Commentary: Resolving The Not-So Graceful Entry

Tweet Photo by Victory & Reseda Ow! You know what that sound is? That’s the sound of my head meeting the driver’s side A-pillar when I’m climbing into the car. It’s a weird sound – to you, perhaps. And, I … Continue reading

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Commentary: A New Generation of Classic Car Stewardship

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern This weekend marked the first-ever “Back to The 80s” car show here in the Twin Cities. And, it was a good one! Before I dive into the reasons for my summation of this new … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Sacrifice for the Freedom of Movement

Tweet How did we get to this point as a country? I’m sure we got all of the answers available to us. It’s all over social media, the web, traditional electric and print media, too. They range from quiet reflection … Continue reading

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Commentary: Making a Stand

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Elon Musk is perhaps a hero. What the Chief Executive Officer at Tesla did was in response to an announcement made by the President of the United States America, Donald Trump. President Trump declared that … Continue reading

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Commentary: Yes, He Won at Indy!

Tweet The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 told many stories. We saw a Formula One world champion driver give The Brickyard his best until his Honda engine failed him. We also saw the backlash against Honda because of that … Continue reading

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Commentary: A Change at The Top in Dearborn

Tweet Was Mark Fields fired…or did he retire? It was already an extraordinary news cycle in the early hours of Monday morning. It did not involve anything violent or tragic. It was a change of command in Dearborn at Ford … Continue reading

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Commentary: An “Outsider’s” View of The Car Scene in Minnesota

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Car season began in Minnesota a month-and-a-half ago. I was reminded of it at the time by the flood of social media posts with anxious enthusiasts waiting to arrive at AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen prior to … Continue reading

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Commentary: What is a Luxury Car These Days?

Remember when luxury meant you sat in a nicely appointed interior and moved with grace along the tarmac? You sat in plush velour or the best leather hides behind a swath of wood trim, elegantly-styled instrumentation, while being entertained by a fine audio system.

Nowadays, a luxury car is all about the toys. How much technology can you truly throw into a $30,000-plus automobile? The list of toys on today’s prestige automobiles is unbelievable. If we just start listing out the latest in active safety technology alone, we may forget about the satellite navigation system, intelligent driving aids, central knob controls, iPod/MP3 player porting and Bluetooth enabler inside the cabin. Don’t forget about the airbag count!

Now, what is the latest “toy?” Let’s see, gas/electric hybrid propulsion systems and cleaner diesel technology. It’s not enough to have performance, but to become responsible towards cleaner greenhouse gasses. To pay over $45,000 for the privilege of being guilty for buying a luxury car and showing your true political stripes concurrently.

This is why I am anticipating a mass abandonment by the glitterati on Oscar Night of the Toyota Prius. Remember last year when some of the key celebrities showed up on the red carpet coming out of the ubiquitous hatchback because it was the latest in automotive efficiency? Now, celebrities can show off their green bling in their Lexus RX400h and the GS450h luxomobiles. Continue reading

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Commentary: Is A “Good” Car Hard To Find?

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What is a good car? That is a question that takes on individual meaning since not everyone agrees what a good car really is. Lots of consumers rely on pundits, enthusiasts and the Consumer Union to help them determine what a good car really is.

“So, Randy, what is a good car?”
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