MotoReport (2007)

On the road…

Automotive news for the week of May 18, 2007.

Faculty and staff have memorable rides

It seems like car enthusiasts and many non-enthusiasts are able to define the different eras of their lives by what car they owned, had in their family or were around most often at that time.

Tire maintenance is critical to safety and efficiency

It may seem hard to believe, but arguably the most important parts on your vehicle in terms of efficiency, safety and performance are the tires. Even though the amount of each tire’s surface touching the ground at any given time is relatively tiny, those four contact patches, as they are known, have the final say when it comes to acceleration, braking and steering. As a result, it should go without saying that keeping those big rubber hoops in top form is a very big deal.

Pontiac G5 suggests GM isn’t ready to quit

Lost in all the recent hub-bub of General Motors losing the title of world’s biggest automaker to Toyota is the fact that GM seems, albeit ever so slowly, to be turning the ship around.

Scion tC’s popularity is no accident

If something is really popular, it should be really good, right? With that in mind, the Scion tC, the lone two-door offering from Toyota’s youth brand and the car whose picture is probably next to the definition of “ubiquitous” in the dictionary, should be one of the best cars in history, right? Well, not exactly, but for what it is and the price ($16,980 base), the tC is pretty darn good.

From the editor…

Question: Would you support the idea of the government licensing anyone aged 16 or older and in good physical health to not just own a firearm, but to carry it around loaded in his hand with the safety off just about everywhere, including in front of schools, malls and bustling city centers?

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