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Guest Opinion: Old Money

posted by on 13 February 2005 in Columns

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My morning run takes me past what I affectionately call the “Mercedes House”. The cars change occasionally, but are usually clean, 1980s vintage Mercedes-Benz of various types. This morning, I was greeted by a 420SL in fantastic condition. You could feel the values it represented with its simple lines and robust structure. From the creamy […] More…

First In: Can James Bond Help Volkswagen?

posted by on 8 February 2005 in Columns

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Moonraker – A 1979 James Bond movie with memorable character names like “Dr. Holly Goodhead” (who thinks of this stuff anyway?) and now a major project by Volkswagen to develop more competitive vehicles for the U.S. market… More…

From the Armchair – How Lame Am I?

posted by on 31 January 2005 in Columns

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Ever since I helped bring VWvortex onto the scene back in the late ‘90’s, I’ve had an email address bearing the name of the site. We get emails all the time – from Viagra and appendage enhancement spam to suggestions or commentary on our editorial content. More…

Der Ölmesser: What To Do About The Beetle?

posted by on 25 January 2005 in Columns

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Some of you may not remember, but you’re going to have to trust me when I tell you there was a time when the New Beetle was cool… More…

Rearview Mirror: Am I the Only One Who Still Knows How to Park?

posted by on 17 January 2005 in Columns

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I’m a pretty humble guy. You won’t often hear me bragging about lap times or dyno results or wicked mods. Of course, that’s mostly because I don’t have a lot to brag about (insert modesty here). But there is one skill I am quite proud of, and that is my ability to properly park a vehicle… More…

From the Armchair – New Niches Are Making Me Dizzy

posted by on 27 December 2004 in Columns

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As I mentally prepare myself for the glitz and energy that is the upcoming North American International Auto Show in this post-holiday material funk, it’s easy to draw a parallel to one of my biggest beefs with the auto industry. And in doing so, I need look no further than Volkswagen to make the point… More…