Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seen but not photographed: The Mercedes Accord

There is an E class running around that has less chrome than the current one.  The new shape looks familiar. It is hard to believe, but a company that once defined so much is now imitating someone else's bland but very functional car.  They have inadvertently taken laziness to a new level.  It was painted in a new Honda color:  Hematite Metallic.  Will this trend extend to lower prices?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cars of the American West: The Stillborn Series

This is the last of the series.  No such feature is complete without a rundown on the destinations.

There is plenty to see and do in Las Vegas, and you can be finished in about an hour.  Drive the strip and look at the casinos.  Pick one, and go in for a meal.  While the exteriors are different, their interiors are exactly the same.  Unless you have friends or family in the area, there is nothing else.

Salt Lake City:  The natural history museum has one of the greatest dinosaur collections anywhere.

Jackson, Wyoming is Santa Barbara in a borrowed cowboy hat.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon lives up to the hype.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

BMW Bankruptcy

Their design is bankrupt.  I just saw their two disgusting SUV's in a caravan again, still clad by Here-Comes-A-Prototype!®.

At that moment, I made an immediate editorial decision: BMW no longer exists.

I will reevaluate my decision in a year.  It's funny to write about a bad car once in a while, but tracking their missteps is too much work.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Seen but not photographed: BMW SUV again.

This one was headed the other way.  I didn't have time to get out my camera.  I wouldn't have noticed it, but for the efforts of the friendly people at Here-Comes-A-Prototype®.  This time, the car was silver, with some wrapped accents on the front and back, and following the overly slanted line down the side.  This BMW not only looks ungainly, it looks improbably cheap.  Is tawdry next?