Most Stolen Seattle Cars for 2008

October 4, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

1992 accordThere’s no shortage of Camry’s, Accords, and Civics on the roads of Seattle. Maybe that’s why when it comes to the most stolen cars in Washington, those popular vehicles are the ones targeted by car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Hot Wheels report for 2008 has Seattle ranked 26th nationally in car thefts. Read more

Chevy SUV Dies During PR Stunt to Crush Japanese Car

December 22, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Last Friday, in an attempt to send a message to buy American cars, a Chevrolet dealer arranged to have a modified Chevrolet Suburban drive over a Honda Accord. The stunt was derailed however when the SUV blew a hose and failed to crush the truck. Utterly stupid? Just a little. Here’s the excerpt from the full article:

HILO, Hawaii – A Hilo Chevrolet dealer who tried to crush his Asian auto competition found the stunt a little harder to pull off than expected.

Island Chevrolet general sales manager James Severtson arranged for a Chevrolet Suburban SUV outfitted with massive tires costing $5,000 apiece to drive over a Honda Accord.

On the first attempt Friday, the monster truck blew a hydraulic hose and leaked vital fluid while the Honda remained intact and ready for more.

I drive a Suburban and I also drive an Accord. I would never want to crush either one of them, because they serve different purposes. That’s why it irks me to no end to see this type of cowboy attitude, especially in the middle of the auto bailout. We don’t need more chest thumping about American cars, we need reflection and re-organization.

And seriously, who in their right mind thinks the Japanese make bad cars? The era of the 70s and 80s where American automakers and consumers laughed at shoddy Japanese cars is nearly three decades ago. The fact that anyone can even think that the Big Three make more reliable cars than Honda or Toyota is laughable at best and plain sad at worst.

If Americans want to take pride in their vehicles, then it’s time for the automakers to sit back and do some reflection on why the industry they created from scratch is now in the dying throes of bankruptcy. The problem is that the automakers are not doing that reflection, but instead, blaming just about anyone they can for their current problems: the economy, the union, gas prices, picky consumers and yes, now the Japanese. It’s a sad day when a proud American industry is so in denial of it’s own faults that it resorts to pointless name calling to save face.

Domestic car enthusiasts are probably wondering where are the Henry Ford or Lee Iacocca of our modern times to lead us through this financial mess among our automakers. The answer, unfortunately, may be that those comparable visionaries are here today – they just work on the other side of the ocean.

Features and Pricing on Honda’s New 2009 Accord

October 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Honda’s new 2009 Accord will be a sleeker and more elegant version of the 2007 and 2008 models. A perennial favorite for the American family, Honda is hoping to up the ante by adding more luxury to it’s bread and butter line. Read more

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