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Jim MacPherson

Jim MacPherson

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Return of the Fours

April 1, 2014

Go back to the beginning of the automobile in the early 20th Century, and you’ll find cars powered by one-cylinder engines. As with most lawnmowers today, a single cylinder did the job. If you’ve ever heard a “one-lunger,” as these single-cylinder cars are sometimes called, you’ll never forget the sound and cadence of the power stroke that seems too infrequent to produce forward motion. Yet, it worked.

  • Fudging Your Car Insurance Numbers? Be Prepared to Pay

    March 26, 2014

    Most people think of staged accidents when it comes to insurance fraud. However, there are other forms fraud can take. Exaggerating a loss or injury after a crash is just one example.

  • License Renewal Test Might Not Fix Bad Behavior

    March 18, 2014

    What would happen if every driver had to pass a written test on the rules of the road before getting their license renewed? That’s the idea behind Raised Bill No. 335 that was discussed at a Joint Transportation Committee public hearing in Hartford two weeks ago. This draft legislation called for a written test to be administered at every license renewal. It also required that a driver who failed the written test would not only have to try again – and pass – but would also have to pass an on-the-road test.

  • Diligent Driving the Best Prevention for Backover Accidents

    February 25, 2014

    When teaching new drivers or a driver improvement course, one of my favorite questions is asking when the act of driving actually begins. Answers usually range from opening the driver’s door and sliding behind the wheel to the moment the car begins to move. One of the more popular responses is when the key is in the ignition switch. None of these are right, and it’s rare for a participant to give the correct answer.

  • What's Important to You?

    February 19, 2014

    It’s finally happened. When I started doing car reviews 27 years ago, I expected to be asked why my review differed from others. That question never came, until now. Thank Michael from Willington for e-mailing me several weeks ago.

  • Three Car Makers; Three Approaches to Fuel Economy

    February 11, 2014

    More stringent fuel economy standards for all vehicles, including pickup trucks, are coming. With this in mind, it's interesting to note that Ford, Dodge and Chrysler, three major pickup truck makers in the United States, have taken markedly different approaches to meeting those standards.

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors - Tires

    February 4, 2014

    It's a variation of rock-paper-scissors that all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle owners are likely familiar with: Will their vehicle's drive system negate the need for snow tires?

  • Land of Steady Habits Also Home to Country's Oldest Drivers

    January 28, 2014

    At a recent meeting of the Connecticut Driving School Professionals, an interesting statistic was shared. Based on population, Connecticut has more drivers age 85 or older than any other state in the

  • Ranking License Plates from Sea to Shining Sea

    January 22, 2014

    It's far from the most important issue facing drivers. Still, it's interesting to note that in a survey by, your fellow motorists said the nation's best-looking license plate is issued by the

  • How to Keep Mice Out of Your Car

    January 14, 2014

    Repelling Unwanted Rodents

  • IIHS Boosts Rating Criteria for 2014

    January 7, 2014

  • Autonomous Cars Don't Completely Eliminate the Human Factor

    January 6, 2014

    As we start the new year, there are people in the auto safety establishment who hold out great hope for autonomous cars. These are vehicles that can drive themselves, thanks to a combination of sensors, anticipated infrastructure enhancements and massive computer power.

  • Deciphering the Differences Between All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive

    December 23, 2013

    Many people use the terms "all-wheel drive" and "four-wheel drive" interchangeably. That’s understandable, since the differences between the two can seem highly technical.

  • Viruses: The Technology of the Future?

    December 17, 2013

    News filtering out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) several weeks ago brought to mind the fact that we missed the centennial of an important automotive development last year: the 100th anniversary of the electric self-starter. This was introduced on the 1912 Cadillac.

  • Holiday Gifts for Motorists

    December 10, 2013

    Last year, I pledged not to do my Christmas shopping at the last minute. Unlike the year before, when I started and finished the process on December 24, I did all my shopping on December 22. It really feels good to do things in advance.

  • Lime Yellow is the New Red

    December 3, 2013

    Fire trucks are supposed to be red.

  • Getting the Most from a Test Drive

    November 26, 2013

    A little over a year ago, Automotive News reported that a Maritz survey revealed that 11 percent of new car shoppers did not take a test drive before making their purchase. Later, the publication highlighted an IBM Corp. auto-retail survey that showed 21 percent of new car buyers did not test drive any new vehicle before buying.

  • Parent Involvement Key in Teen Driver Safety

    November 19, 2013

    I recently helped a teenage family member get a driver’s license. He passed on the first try.

  • Stop Rust in its Tracks

    November 12, 2013

    The subject at hand is rust, as suggested by a UConn student who attended a talk I gave on car buying last month. Her combination question and complaint centered on the corrosion warranty that came with her new car. The vehicle had developed some rust on the right front door, the result of a shopping cart strike in a parking lot. The dealer said that the corrosion warranty did not apply and that repairs would be her responsibility. “What good is a warranty for rust if they won’t fix rust?” she asked.

  • The Psychology of Fuel Economy

    November 5, 2013

    From time to time I have been asked to speak to a class of seniors at the University of Connecticut on the subject of car buying. I like to arrive about 20 minutes early. That time cushion goes a long way toward taking the pressure off the drive to Storrs. Encountering an extra red light or being slowed by traffic doesn’t really matter, since I have plenty of time.

  • Jim and Paula Take A Spin at the Track

    October 29, 2013

    Each year, the two professional automotive writers associations to which I belong, the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) and the Motor Press Guild (MPG), hold “track days.” These are sessions held at a race track that allow member auto writers to drive new cars on the track, on surrounding public streets and, in the case of sport utility vehicles, off road. This year, Paula, my wife and co-reviewer, joined me at the Motor Press Guild’s Track Days, held at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in the Antelope Valley of California.

  • As Government Delays, Backup Tragedies Continue

    October 22, 2013

    A tragic event over the weekend underscored the importance of seeing what's behind you when backing up. A 2-year-old boy was killed Saturday afternoon in East Hartford after being struck by a car while playing with friends. The child was hit by an SUV that was backing out of a driveway. Police haven’t released any further details.

  • "Not So Fast," A Must Read for Parents of Teen Drivers

    October 8, 2013

    Faced with the devastating loss of his teenage son Reid in a traffic accident in December 2006, Tim Hollister looked for more insight on teenage driving as part of his recovery process. Through that effort, he has become one of the nation’s more knowledgeable and astute experts on teen driving, its inherent risks and the steps parents need to take to reduce teenage crashes.

  • Warning: What's Behind Your Car?

    October 1, 2013

    They are called backover incidents. That may sound innocent enough, but these incidents take the lives of more than 200 individuals and cause another 18,000 injuries every year. It happens when a driver, unable to see what is behind them, backs up and hits a person. Forty-four percent of those killed in a backover incident are children under the age of five.

  • Cellphones: The Cause of and Solution to Distracted Driving

    September 24, 2013

    Consider it the height of irony if you wish. Honda recently demonstrated a system that enlists the very wireless technology responsible for distracting drivers in order to help reduce distracted driving. Three weeks ago, the company unveiled its Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) system in Detroit.

  • Do Your Homework When Buying Used

    September 17, 2013

    Talk about car sales and most people immediately think about new cars. However, used car sales dwarf new car sales when it comes to volume. The used car market is approximately three times larger than the market for new cars. In 2012, a year in which new car and truck sales totaled nearly 14.5 million vehicles, the used market saw an estimated 40 million sales.

  • Teen Driver Safety Runs Year Round

    September 10, 2013

  • The Gender Divide

    September 3, 2013

    As John Gray noted in his book, "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," men and women have different needs, wants and expectations when it comes to relationships. It turns out that this is also true for automobiles.

  • We Are What We Drive

    August 27, 2013

    If we are what we eat, are we also what we drive? Does our choice in motor vehicles reflect or shape our personality? Is it possible it does both?

  • Older Buyers are Still Key to the Auto Industry

    August 20, 2013

    There is an old vaudeville one-liner that holds growing old isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. However, automotive marketing managers take a different view.

  • Despite Advantages, Electric Cars Not Mainstream - Yet

    August 13, 2013

    Last week, the long-rumored $5,000 price cut for the Chevrolet Volt became official. That vehicle will now have a starting price of $34,995. Other electric vehicles have also lowered their prices, as Ford dropped the Focus Electric’s price by $4,000 and Nisan cut $6,400 off the Leaf’s starting price.

  • Recalling a Legendary Engineer

    July 23, 2013

    Lost two weeks ago in the news shuffle was the death of Amar G. Bose at age 83. Dr. Bose was the founder of Bose Corporation, a company noted for its innovative and often unorthodox approaches to electronics and audio equipment.

  • Keeping Cool is a Hot Topic

    July 16, 2013

    Who would have thought that a simple column on auto air conditioning and the new refrigerant now showing up in some cars, HFO-1234yf, could have prompted so much reader feedback? As coincidence would have it, many of the writers noted that there was once a promise of air conditioning with no refrigerant required.

  • When Regulations Become Restricting

    July 9, 2013

  • Technology + Cars = "Problems"

    July 2, 2013

    You could almost hear the champagne bottle corks popping at the Renaissance Center in Detroit when the results of the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates survey of new car and truck quality were released two weeks ago. The RenCen, as it's also known, is headquarters for General Motors, and that company took first place honors in this initial quality survey.

  • Are Cars Becoming Obsolete?

    June 25, 2013

    I still harbor childhood memories of an elderly relative at family reunions who would rail against the diminished role horses were playing in transportation. In truth, by the time I was exposed to these complaints, horses played no role in the lives of most people. They were never seen on the streets, with the only exceptions either an appearance in a parade or an occasional horse-riding police officer.

  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    June 18, 2013

  • Fine Dining and Driving Come Together

    June 11, 2013

    Buicks have changed dramatically in recent years. Perception of the brand has not, which raises an interesting question: What does Buick have to do to change its out-of-date image?  

  • The Future Shock of Driving

    June 4, 2013

    Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler became a celebrity when he wrote the book Future Shock. This title meant that the speed of changes in societal norms and technology were, in the minds of many people, coming too fast to manage and understand, much less embrace.

  • Living the High Life

    May 28, 2013

    Two weeks ago, I managed to briefly experience how the other half lives. Actually, I gained a glimpse of how the other 0.01 percent of us drives. On hand at the International Motor Press Association’s Spring Brake outing – yes, it should be Spring Break, but this is a motor press group – was a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. In the press materials, Giles Taylor, the director of design at Rolls-Royce, describes this convertible as "a contemporary take on the timeless romance of open-top motoring." That, it is.

  • The Truth Behind the EPA's Fuel Economy Ratings

    May 14, 2013

    How should fuel economy results be determined when driving a review vehicle?  That question was asked by several readers following an On The Road column on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (EPA Ratings Are Only As Good As Your Driving Style, May 1). In that column, I noted that the wide variations my co-driver and I experienced in fuel economy came down to driving style, vehicle condition (he had to overcome a cold start; for my turn behind the wheel, the car was warm) and terrain.

  • Mercedes-Benz Gives Diesel a Second Chance

    May 7, 2013

    There is an old adage that says you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Perhaps, but the makers of diesel-powered vehicles are engaged in a valiant effort to do just that as they roll out clean diesel engines that promise to deliver impressive fuel efficiency while meeting the nation’s strictest California emissions standards.

  • EPA Ratings are Only as Good as Your Driving Style

    April 30, 2013

  • When it Comes to Crash Testing, Your Results May Vary

    April 23, 2013

    Senior citizens, in addition to rebelling against being called senior citizens, are used to getting special treatment based purely on their advancing years. There are senior discounts at the barber shop and beauty parlor, seniors-only travel tours, senior passes on trains and for mass transit, and now there could be senior crash test results.

  • Keeping Clean on the Go

    April 17, 2013

    Imagine the frustration for many automakers at the New York International Auto Show as they introduced new models during the press-only days that precede the opening of the show to the public.

  • Common Driving Errors (and how to avoid them)

    April 9, 2013

  • Live from the New York International Auto Show

    April 2, 2013

    The 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) held its press days last week, which are always interesting. This year’s introductions were mobbed by members of the media, manufacturers’ representatives and public relations staffers.

  • Automakers Aim to Hit the Mark with New Models

    March 28, 2013

    I recently attended a New England introduction of the new Nissan Pathfinder, which has been on sale for several months.  Doing so brought the process for designing automobiles into sharper focus.   When all the challenges, problems and details surrounding these efforts are considered, it’s a miracle that any model hits its intended target.

  • How to Utilize Defensive Parking

    March 20, 2013

    Several years ago, a friend bought a new car for the first time in over a decade. Within a week, he picked up two nasty parking lot dings.  These nicks are inflicted by thoughtless individuals who open their doors with no regard to what they’ll hit and they wield shopping cars with a recklessness that would make a dedicated vandal gasp with envy. The damage they inflict is unsightly and can result in surface rust if it breaks through to bare medal.

  • Going Green While Keeping Cool, Part II

    March 12, 2013

    Last week’s column looked at a major change set to take place in automotive air conditioning. The industry is switching refrigerants used in vehicle air conditioners, with HFO-1234yf replacing HFC-134a. The reason for this switch is because HFO-1234yf causes less damage if it’s leaked into the atmosphere.  

  • Staying Cool while Going Green

    March 6, 2013

    Back in the early 1990's, automotive air conditioning started to grab headlines in the mass media. The reason was simple: R-12, the refrigerant used in auto air conditioners at the time, was being banned.

  • Going to the Edge

    February 26, 2013

    When it comes to hills, the standards for the Interstate Highway System are specific. In mountainous and urban areas, the maximum grade, either up or down, is no more than six percent.  That’s a slope that measures just over three degrees, for people who prefer to think in those terms.

  • A New Standard in Towing

    February 19, 2013

    Readers old enough to remember the muscle car craze in the 1960s may also recall that automakers didn’t always play it straight when it came to the performance capabilities of their vehicles. Horsepower ratings were often tweaked by the boys in marketing before being released to the masses. It wasn’t unheard of to have cars delivered to auto writers for evaluation with upgrades unavailable to the public, with no mention of the modifications, of course.

  • Three Million Miles is Within Sight

    February 5, 2013

    In a way, it’s mildly amusing when people bemoan the fact that their five-year-old car just passed the 120,000 mile mark, and as a result, they have no choice to but go shopping for a new car.

  • Automakers Going Above and Beyond When it comes to Safety

    January 29, 2013

    The recently concluded North American International Auto Show was the first in Detroit since the Obama administration introduced challenging new fuel economy standards for the auto industry.

  • Examining Some Trends from Last Year's Auto Market

    January 22, 2013

    While auto sales in this country were booming in the middle of the last decade, the industry was not necessarily healthy.

  • Automakers Pruning their Vehicles Lineups

    January 15, 2013

    Gardening is a wonderful activity. It allows its practitioners to meld with nature, enjoy the fresh air and get some beneficial exercise. There is an additional advantage. For those who are skilled, their efforts can enhance both the landscape and the dinner table.

  • Avoid Cutting Corners with Replacement Parts

    January 8, 2013

    When the fuel pump on my current car failed several years ago, I was more than a little perturbed to discover that the factory replacement cost $425. That’s a lot of money, especially considering the last fuel pump I had replaced on another car cost $17.

  • Don't Take Any Driving Lessons From the Movies

    January 7, 2013

    Nearly 10 years ago, the Motor Press Guild held a dinner at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. There, masters of movie chase scenes and stunt drivers Hal Needham, Jack Gill and Corey Eubanks held a panel discussion on their craft. Film critic Charles Champlin also took part, as did moderator Tim Considine, the former child actor who played the eldest offspring in "My Three Sons." Today, he is a writer, photographer and automotive historian.

  • Some New Year's Resolutions Worth Considering

    December 27, 2012

    Christmas is over and 2013 is just around the corner. This is the perfect week to put the final touches on your New Year’s resolutions. In case cars and driving didn’t enter your thought process when you made your resolutions list, here are some suggestions to overcome that deficit. Repeat the following: "I pledge in the coming year to…

  • Some Unsolicited Car Shopping Advice

    December 18, 2012

    A recent AutomotiveNews report highlighted the results of a national survey that showed 21 percent of new car buyers don’t test drive the car they buy. Not only did they not test drive the specific vehicle that ended up in their driveway, they never even drove a dealer demonstrator. If not "sight unseen," they made their decision "performance unfelt."

  • Making the Switch to Winter Tires

    December 11, 2012

    Last week’s column looked at the advantages of using winter tires this time of year. Now, let’s look at how you can go about making the switch from summer or all-season tires to winter tires.

  • Getting a Grip in Winter

    December 4, 2012

    I was bushwhacked the other day at the home center. A complete stranger came up to me and asked for tire advice while I was pondering in-line electrical switches.

  • Preventive Maintenance Goes a Long Way

    November 27, 2012

    In addition to hosting our first snowfall of the new winter season, October was also National Car Care month.

  • Be suspicious of estimates based on incomplete examinations of your car

    November 20, 2012

    There are ways of getting a second opinion that can lead you astray. Consider one woman who contacted me in a panic several years ago. Her car had begun making loud noises and would vibrate every time she stopped. So, she took it to her regular shop. These folks took the car for a brief test drive then put it on a lift, pulled the wheels off and came up with an estimate that called for $1,100 in brake work.

  • The Importance of a Second Opinion

    November 13, 2012

    When Helen Turner of Unionville took her 2004 Subaru Outback with 30,000 miles on the odometer in for an oil change, the last thing she expected was news that her car needed $1,600 in repairs. When she protested that she did not have $1,600 to spend on her car, the mechanic retreated, saying that she absolutely needed $800 in repairs right now and that she could return in a week or so for the additional work. She acquiesced to the $800 in repairs.

  • Safety Tips for Driving in a Hurricane

    November 6, 2012

    I was awakened at 5:47 on the morning that Sandy slammed into the Northeast, not by the storm, but by a call from a local television station. Would I be willing to talk about precautions that drivers should take if they have to go out in the storm, the producer asked? I told her I would, to which I was told to hold on for 10 minutes.

  • Do-It-Yourself Headlight Repair

    October 31, 2012

    Eight years seems to be the magic number when it comes to car headlamps. Our newest car is eight years old, as is a company vehicle that I occasionally use. Both were suffering from varying degrees of fogged over, yellowing headlights, with the company car having the worst symptoms by far.

  • Finding That Perfect Fit

    October 23, 2012

    We all like to be comfortable, whether it's at work or at home. But what about in our car?  Outside of obvious considerations for head and leg room, few people think about how they’ll fit in their cars. There are other factors besides roominess to keep in mind when determining how well we fit in our vehicles.

  • Do Your Research When Buying Used

    October 17, 2012

    No used car buyer wants to purchase a vehicle that was seriously damaged and then repaired by the previous owner. Whether it was a crash, a flood, or some other calamity that caused the damage, it’s possible the car will never quite be same even after repairs.

  • What's that Button do?

    October 3, 2012

    "Eco" buttons are common features in many of today’s new cars, but what exactly do they do?

  • Choosing a Warranty that Works for You

    September 26, 2012

    Would a large, unexpected car repair bill represent a major problem for your budget? Could you easily handle an $800 control module replacement, a $3,000 transmission rebuild or a $5,000 engine repair? Your answer could determine whether or not an extended service plan, often called an extended warranty, makes sense for you.

  • New Ways to Plug in and Turn On

    September 26, 2012

    While there are still only a few plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market, the concept of a plug-in hybrid is, by now, old news.  This type of hybrid charges its batteries from a household outlet.  This battery power is then used to propel the car using an electric motor, with a gasoline engine taking over once the batteries are exhausted.

  • New Ways to Plug in and Turn On

    September 19, 2012

    While there are still only a few plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market, the concept of a plug-in hybrid is, by now, old news.  This type of hybrid charges its batteries from a household outlet.  This battery power is then used to propel the car using an electric motor, with a gasoline engine taking over once the batteries are exhausted.

  • Why Higher Prices Are The New Normal

    September 12, 2012

    It’s a presidential election year, which means we’re hearing politicians talk about “the new normal” whenever the topic of the economy or political gridlock comes up. But there’s also a new normal in the automotive arena. While it’s been around for some time, I’ve only just started to recognize that the higher prices I’ve seen for several years are now the status quo.

  • How Safe It Your Car? It Depends

    September 5, 2012

    Last week, I examined the new offset barrier crash test that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) introduced to automakers and the car-buying public. In this test, only 25 percent of the car's frontal structure on the driver's side has to absorb all of the energy generated in a 40 mile per hour collision with a rigid barrier.

  • Safe At Any Angle

    August 29, 2012

    Last June, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave a presentation in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. titled, "New Developments in Occupant Protection - Small Overlap Crash Test." Sounds a bit dry, you say?

  • Heavy Hauling Doesn't Require Dropping Big Money

    August 22, 2012

    When architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto "Less is more," he was referring to a minimalist approach that favored getting more function and design cues from a building's structural elements. While he didn't have cars in mind, current trends suggest this idea could work in the automotive world as well.

  • The Ups And Downs Of Convertibles

    August 15, 2012

    A week spent with the 2012 Volvo C70 retractable hardtop convertible prompted me to recall the convertibles I've had for review over the years. Not all have been overwhelming automotive successes, but all have been wonderful on a day when the weather invites open air driving.

  • Predicting The Future

    August 8, 2012

    The environment in which we live was summed up neatly by Isaac Asimov when he wrote, "The only constant is change..." Keeping track of change is hard enough. Predicting it is even more challenging.

  • Keeping Up With The Techies

    August 1, 2012

    Last week's column touched upon the complex technology that's becoming more and more common in even low-priced cars and highlighted the effort taken by Serra Automotive in Grand Blanc, Mich., to make sure car buyers are getting the most from these systems.

  • Complex Vehicles Create New Opportunities

    July 25, 2012

    Today's vehicles are technological wonders. Managing the latest features, however, is proving to be an ongoing challenge for both dealers and customers. Theoretically, technical advancements should make our lives simpler. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way, especially in the "connected" car.

  • Safety Feature Surprises

    July 18, 2012

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completed a preliminary analysis of some of the newest safety features that automakers have been offering consumers, and some of the results are surprising. Here is what the IIHS found regarding forward collision warning, adaptive headlights and lane departure warning.

  • Seat-of-the-Pants Driving

    July 12, 2012

    It's called kinesthetic sense, the ability of a driver to "feel" what the car is actually doing at any given moment. A skilled and experienced driver uses this feedback to intuitively compare what he wants the car to do versus what the car is actually doing.

  • Plenty Of Travelers Hitting The Road This Week

    July 5, 2012

    While there are some historians who argue we should celebrate Independence Day on July 2, rather than on the fourth, holiday travelers probably give little thought to the issue. "The fourth is the fourth," they'll say, despite the fact that the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution for independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. It was the Declaration of Independence that came two days later.

  • When To Part Company With Your Old Car

    June 27, 2012

    The economy is improving for many people. That encouraging news notwithstanding, there remain a large number of drivers who are trying to eek every mile possible out of their vehicle. This has prompted many to ask if there are any rules to follow that will help them know when the time has come to buy a new car.

  • Summertime Means Increased Risk For Teen Drivers

    June 20, 2012

    "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," or so the lyrics by DuBose Heyward proclaim in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." The driving, however, may not be so easy, especially for teenagers.

  • When "New And Improved" Really Is Just That

    June 13, 2012

    We're not even halfway through 2012 but automakers are already introducing and selling 2013 models.

  • Importance Of Monitoring Tire Pressure Rises In The Summer

    June 6, 2012

    The push for tire pressure monitoring systems, required on all new cars and light trucks since 2008, can be traced to the Ford Firestone tire controversy in 2000. That's when the failures of the Explorer's Firestone tires first came to the public's attention, prompted by reports of tire tread separations leading to rollovers that caused injuries and deaths.

  • Putting The Brakes On Autonomous Cars

    May 30, 2012

    For folks eagerly awaiting the autonomous vehicles promised in Hanna-Barbera's "The Jetsons," the New England Motor Press Association Technology Conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month delivered a stiff dose of reality.

  • Young Technicians Put On The Spot

    May 23, 2012

    It wasn't a promising start for the hands-on portion of the state finals of the Ford AAA Auto Skills Contest on May 10.