Posts Tagged ‘guidance’

2014 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle R-Line

I remember the first time I laid eyes on a Volkswagen Beetle, in Grant, Nebraska in about 1963.  A young man in town named Charlie Brixius had purchased a used one (perhaps a 1959), and made quite a splash driving it up and down Main Street over and over.  We all did that back then [...]

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2015 Buick Regal Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal was introduced 42 years ago, and the mid-size sedan has been sold pretty much every year since then, and is currently marketed as an upscale sport sedan.  The car is placed by Buick between its Verano and LaCrosse offerings, and is 6” longer than the Verano in both wheelbase and length (107.8”/190.2”).  [...]

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2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV AWD Hybrid by Stu Wright

 Last week my wife and I drove a Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to Vail.   In the past I have tested several Subarus, none with as stunning a paint job as the Touring edition that was brought to the house prior to the trip.  The color was called Plasma Green Pearl metallic, and I became  fond of [...]

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2014 Lexus IS350C Convertible Review by Stu Wright

    Lexus, Toyota’s luxury car division that has been around for 25 years, sells cars in 70 countries and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.  The name of the company’s product was selected from a list that included Verone, Calibre, and Alexis, among others.  Lexus was decided on, and is a combination of the words [...]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD SUV Review by Stu Wright

    The week before last I received for testing, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a Limited top-of-the-line unit that carried an M.S.R.P. of $50,875.00, including freight.  The Limited hybrid’s base price of $49,790.00 had, as an option, a set of carpeted floor and cargo mats ($225.00).  It was what was called the Platinum Package edition, [...]

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2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Nissan has sold the better part of three-quarter million Rogues since the introduction of the model in 2007.  A year ago I wrote a review of the 2013, first generation Rogue, and at that time their sales were up 13% for the year.  Now I have been testing a 2014 Rogue, much redesigned, and as [...]

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2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Several Lexus vehicles have been delivered to me for testing since 2010, and the latest was the RX350 luxury crossover SUV.  It came in Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and inside it featured the black leather interior with black trim and black carpet.  M.S.R.P. for this car was $55,189.00, and it included a Mark Levinson premium [...]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD SUV by Stu Wright

For 2014, Toyota’s Highlander has been updated for the first time since 2008, and  is now in its third generation iteration.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (127,572 in 2013) places its revenue right in the middle of the Toyota SUV lineup.   This past week I [...]

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2014 Acura ILX FWD Sedan Review by Stu Wright

    The Acura ILX is the entry-level luxury car sold by the upscale division of Honda Motor Company.  It is based on Honda’s Civic, with luxury appointments to bring it up to the Acura standard.  It is the first luxury sedan sold by Acura in America since 2001 – that was the Integra.      A [...]

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2013 Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD Review by Stu Wright

For 2013, Toyota’s Highlander remains essentially unchanged since the 2011 model year update.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (125,000+ in 2013) sits way below that of the RAV4 and way above that of the Toyota 4Runner.    I recently tested a Highlander, a Limited top-of-the-line unit [...]

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2014 Fiat 500L Easy FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

I drove the Fiat to Denver today, and enjoyed the view from the driver’s seat.  The car has three windshields, essentially, and up top is a mammoth double power moon roof with shade.  The glass opening is nearly as big as the roof, and the front half powers open.  I liked the Beats 6-speaker stereo/XM radio, the [...]

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2013 Toyota Camry V-6 XLE FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Toyota Camry XLE that I drove last week was painted silver – Classic Silver metallic.  I enjoy the names that this company gives its paint colors, including this one as well as names such as Super White and Attitude Black.  The Toyota Camry is America’s number one selling car, having been so for eleven [...]

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2013 Buick Regal Premium 1 Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal has been manufactured by General Motors for over 40 years and is currently in its fifth generation configuration.  The test Regal I recently borrowed from Weld County Garage came in white diamond tricoat metallic paint and featured a cashmere and cocoa leather interior. I lived in Orlando in 1973 and considered purchasing [...]

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2014 KIA Cadenza FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Cadenza, introduced in the U.S. by KIA in January of this year, is a full-size, front-wheel drive luxury sedan produced in Hwasung, South Korea.  Hyundai Motors owns KIA, and produces a version of the Cadenza named the Azera.  The Cadenza is KIA’s flagship automobile and is the sedan one model larger than the venerable [...]

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2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4WD Pickup by Stu Wright

The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, available since model year 2000, is a capable replacement to the old Toyota T100, and is available with three engine choices.  They are the 4 liter V-6 and two V-8s, with the largest one putting out 381 horsepower and 401 lb. ft. of torque.  It’s what’s called the iForce 5.7 [...]

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2013 Volkswagen Passat SE FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Volkswagen automobile manufacturing company, founded in 1937 by the German Labor Front, involved production of an inexpensive car for the German common man, and included state-sponsored financing (“five marks a week you must put aside, if in your own car you want to ride”).  Until then Germans could typically only afford motorcycles, but with [...]

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“Turn Me Loose” in the 2014 KIA Forte EX FWD Sedan

The latest car that was delivered to my house for testing was the 2014 KIA Forte sedan that was introduced late last year.  The Forte has been around since 2008 but had extensive updates added to the vehicle for the current model year.  My test car came in Abyss blue metallic paint and included black [...]

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2013 Buick Encore Premium AWD Compact SUV

The Buick Encore was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show 18 months ago and rolled into dealerships early this year.  It is a derivative of the German Opel Mokka and is manufactured in Bupyeong, South Korea.  That German auto name sounds like something that is sold at one of the many Starbucks [...]

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ACLU threatens schools over Gideon bibles

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Alliance Defending Freedom has sent 174 school districts in Kentucky a legal letter after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened them with litigation if any of them refuse to ban Gideon Bible distribution at their schools. The letter corrects the ACLU’s arguments that such distribution is unconstitutional. Also signing on to the letter are eight [...]

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“Getting Better” 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i AWD Touring SUV

    The Beatles 1967 hit, “Getting Better” was one of the last songs created from scratch by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was included on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  Its production on March 23rd, 1967, had been delayed two days when Lennon mistakenly ingested LSD instead of an intended upper [...]

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2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Crossover

Kia Motors, based in South Korea, is the country’s second largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Hyundai, its one-third owner.  As recently as 1986, Kia only produced 26 automobiles, but the total was 1.6 million last year.  The two combined companies have exploded on the scene to become the world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Toyota, [...]

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2013 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

Horace and John Dodge started building auto parts in 1900 (for Ford and Oldsmobile), and fifteen years later went into full-fledged auto production.  Dodge Brothers Corporation came to that decision when brother John became, in his own words, “tired of being carried around in Henry Ford’s vest pocket”.  Dodge became part of Chrysler Corporation in [...]

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2013 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Sedan

Japanese manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has been around since 1920 and has been selling vehicles in the United States since 1970.  They are noted for having sold Wankel-rotary powered cars all over the world, a design that suffered a setback during the 1973 oil crisis.  It remains an option for sports car enthusiasts with its [...]

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Women won’t need to be combat fighters.

by Craig Masters The subject line of this week’s military newsletter read: “17% of Marines Would Leave Over Women in Combat.” With the approval of the transfer to China of defense critical battery technology, our defense department spent millions of dollars developing, the Obama administration has now transformed America from super-power status to subordinate-to-? status. [...]

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Obama administration cranking out regulations following reelection

by Peter Grady –   In the few days after President Obama’s reelection last week, the administration has wasted no time in continuing his agenda of stifling business with massive new regulations, by posting 408 new regulations over the past seven days. The regulations are available on the administrations regulations.gov website. The administration posted three [...]

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Obama’s economy: Multiple companies announce layoffs following reelection

by Matt Lacy –   Showing an incredible vote of “no confidence” in President Obama’s economy, several companies immediately announced a wave of layoffs with many more to follow.   During the election, Obama insisted the economy under his watch was improving and that the “private sector was doing fine.” The first lady echoed similar [...]

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2012 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD Crossover

    Infiniti’s extensive lineup of 13 models provides a vehicle for pretty much anyone’s taste, and in the middle of the group lies the EX35 compact crossover.  Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan Motor Company, has been selling automobiles in America since 1989, when the company introduced the Q45 and M30 sedans to our shores.  At [...]

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“Summer in the City” – 2012 Buick Verano 1SL

One of my favorite 60’s hits ever was so named and performed by the Lovin’ Spoonful, the pop-rock jug band of “Do You Believe in Magic” fame.  It was written by band leader John Sebastian’s brother Mark and Steve Boone.  The song reached number one in the Billboard 100 list in August of 1966 and [...]

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Egypt: Admires Arab Spring…

  الربيع العلاميةربي قيام انتفاضة إس by Craig Masters For those who don’t read Arabic, the headline reads: Arab Spring is an Islamic Uprising – as translated by the author. Could any liberal politician have demonstrated the art of deception and doublespeak to hide their real viewpoint better than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg [...]

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Carol’s Corner – The tongue has the power of life or death

by Carol Clemans In this pre-election political atmosphere, many tongues are wagging rapidly to and fro.  Instead of sticking to the issues, politicians start degrading each other by their words.  It’s like watching children fussing and no one taking the blame for all that has gone wrong.   The Bible talks about the tongue and [...]

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Mayor Nutter to Philly Thugs: Pull up your pants, Comb your hair or get out !

Sunday August 7, Mayor Nutter took the pulpit at Mount Carmel Baptist Church and delivered a scolding to black Philadelphians the likes of which has never been heard north of the Mason-Dixon line. With total disregard of how the media would portray him, Mayor Nutter began to speak from the pulpit at which he was married [...]

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Court rules atheists cannot sue over “hurt feelings”

Jay Sekulow by Jack Minor  A liberal judge who ruled the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional was overturned today by a federal appeals court saying that plaintiffs did not have a right to be protected from “conduct with which they disagree.”  In April of last year, a Wisconsin District Court Judge, Barbara Crabb, issued [...]

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Lakin felt he had no choice but to disobey

By Jack Minor The attorney for Lt. Col. Lakin, who is being court-martialed for disobeying orders, said his client felt he had no other alternative than to disobey orders after superiors repeatedly rebuffed his requests for guidance. Retired Marine Corps Col. Neil Puckett, attorney for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, spoke with the Gazette and explained [...]

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