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What is the Most American Car?

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What is the Most American Car?

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

If you have an old-fashioned drunk uncle (or ARE the drunk uncle) you may want to have him leave the room. Or at least not look at this screen; yeah, that would probably also work.  The reason you’re being a screen hog is because a Japanese car company currently makes the most “American” car on sale today. Gasp!

You see, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 85% of the Toyota Avalon is American made, which bests all other manufacturers allowing Toyota to claim the title of Most ‘Muhrican. To anyone who has even attempted to follow the auto industry, this should come as no major surprise. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Senate investigation into how GM could have let this happen, especially since Obama is the CEO (or something).

Whether you’re a Senator or not, lets just all remember that this Avalon mean American jobs and American economies in American Towns, where you can eat American cheese. To hear some great background and analysis on this industry trend, check out NPR’s Weekend Edition who did a story you’ll find here. It is now safe to switch your screen back to a non-soccer sport and invite your drunk uncle back into the room.

– Adam Kaslikowski



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Driving Road Review: Topanga Canyon Loop

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Driving Road Review: Topanga Canyon Loop

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

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Route: Old Topanga Canyon Road to Mulholland Dr. to North Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Total Length: 14.6 miles

Directions: Pacific Coast Highway to Topanga Canyon Blvd (4.3 miles). Left onto Old Topanga Canyon Road (7.4 miles). Right onto Mulholland Hwy (0.5 mile). Turn Right onto Topanga Canyon Blvd (6.7 miles). Rinse. Repeat.


Total Rating: ★★★☆☆

This route is a quintessential California mountain road, packed with tight curves, long straights, scrub brush, stunning vistas, and of course traffic. Nestled between Malibu and Woodland Hills, we jumped on off the PCH and just ran the loop over and over for a few hours.  I recommend this loop for lower speed cars/bikes – vehicles and pilots more worried about enjoying the journey than achieving outright speed.


Curves Rating: ★★★☆☆

Plenty of curves of all radiuses on Old Topanga, plus straights and long sweepers on North Topanga. Just great. Unfortunately many of the tight curves on Old are utterly blind and thus require fun killing caution or life killing insanity.


Police Presence Rating: ★★★★★

Didn’t see a one. Despite driving like a jackass, I was not hassled beyond getting honked at by one concerned citizen. Hopefully this holds all of the time.


Traffic Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Soccer moms and late model Accords abound on the second half. They will halt your progress and there is a big absence of passing areas. On my pass I ran into roughly one car every mile on Old Topanga, and was stuck behind a line of quick moving cars on North Topanga .


Scenic Beauty Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ocean views pop in and out, and on the latter half of the route you get long looks at the mountains and canyons of Southern California. And apparently Justin Bieber’s third house. Wish it was a little more green, but that’s just nitpicky.


Population Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Houses and small neighborhoods are dotted around the mountain, adding to the traffic load and the ever present threat that someone is going to pop out of that next driveway that joins the road.


Speed Rating: ★★★★☆

Traffic notwithstanding, I was never wanting for more speed. I generally stayed within the speed limit and found maintaining that through the twisties was challenging enough. The high speed second half of the loop is a nice release after staying in second for the majority of the first half.


Safety Rating: ★★★☆☆

Guardrails abound, but beyond are deep gorges you would not walk away from. The road itself is mostly 2 opposite lanes separated only by 2 solid yellow lines. Keep in your lanes and stay out of the gorges.

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Car Myths That Cost You Money

Posted on 01 March 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

Change your engine oil every 3,000 miles, get regular tune-ups, and use high octane gas in your European luxury car. These are all basically commandments of car ownership, or are they? A writer over at Cracked.com – who also happens to be a diesel mechanic – has explored these topics and more and debunked some myths that come to us from the early days of cars when all that was holding them together was paraffin wax and prayers. Click here to read the full entertaining and slightly educational article.

Source: Cracked.com

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2012 Utah Auto Expo

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

January has a special place in my heart. It brings the Chinese New Year, good skiing (sometimes), my birthday, and the Utah International Auto Expo. I’ve been going to the show every January for a decade now, and it just keeps getting better. Going to the Expo is invaluable if you are shopping for a new car; it gives you the opportunity to cross-shop between every major manufacturer by walking just a few steps rather than driving between dealerships all day. Continue reading to see all the new cars we found there.

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Where’s My Steampunk Car?

Posted on 05 January 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski

80% there, but where's the brass and piping?

I love steampunk. If I had the time/patience/money/skill I would make my own steampunk laptop. But alas, I have none of those things. And so, I am left staring at the efforts of others and pining. Toys, goggles, keyboards, guns, the variety is astounding. What I haven’t been able to find, however, is a steampunk car. There are a few Vespas out there, but no one has tackled a car yet? Por que? I get that it would be a huge undertaking, but how is that any different from scrounging the dump or metal recyclers for spare bits of brass? I want my steampunk car, and I want it now. If you’ve got examples, leave a link in the comments section!

-Adam Kaslikowski

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Merry Christmas from Driving Scene!

Posted on 25 December 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

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What I Learned From Getting Hit By A Car

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Adam Kaslikowski

My back hurts, I’m lying on the ground, and I’m re-evaluating some of my recent life choices. I’ve just been hit by a car. I’ve actually been hit 4 or 5 times now. I’m sorry I can’t remember the exact amount, I know it’s terribly unprofessional of me. Hit the jump to see how this went down…

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