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Car Buying Advice: Buy A Jeep Grand Cherokee [September 11 Edition]

It’s been 10 years to the day since American’s aura of invincibility was irreparably pierced by four hijacked airplanes. We all know where we were when it happened. It was the defining moment for a generation of youth who’d never known the horrors of a “real” war like WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. But that morning, our innocence was snapped over Osama’s knee like a twig (or was it, my dear conspiracy theorists?). Since then, the US economy – already beaten down by dot-com 1.0′s burst bubble – briefly rose like a Phoenix from the literal ashes, before economically imploding and returning once more. And so here we are, 10 years on. No wiser. Just older.

If times were uncertain then, they’re unknowably uncertain now. The intervening decade has done little to mend the scars that were torn into the world’s psyche on that cool Fall morning. After September 11, the world renewed its right to fear outsiders starting with radical Islam, followed by our greedy bankers and, ironically, the governments who were forced to save us from said bankers. Everything from airport security to the completely coincidental increase in the sale of 100mL bottles have since created a peculiar kind of conformity as citizens of the world are treated increasingly like numbered sheep for “their own protection”. In 2001 we talked about the world at 6 billion people. Today, we’re too scared to even bring up the subject, lest we offend someone.

Technological progress and the relentless drive of scientific advance make this following statement blatantly obvious, but never before has the world changed so much in so little time. Never. And, as fortune would have it, we were alive to witness it. But before you run to the car dealership, blessing your lucky stars with wallet open and ready, you deserve some car buying advice.

Let’s say that you don’t care what size of hair gel you can take on the plane, you don’t care how many people live on the planet, and you’re more scared of snow drifts than the stock market. You’re more interested in soft leathers, off-roading, and seating for five. If somehow, someway, you actually exist, we suggest that instead of going to the Mercedes dealership to look at that new (German) ML350, you pay a visit to the Chrysler dealer to check out the (mostly German) Jeep Grand Cherokee first. Wait, since when does a Jeep qualify as “German”?

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Tangential Treatise #5: The Jason Castriota Virus Is A Full-Blown Pandemic

Above is a Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the Jason Castriota Virus, also known as JCV.

We have something of a Jason Castriota Virus (JCV) problem on our hands. With the over-wrought media flap that was the H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic still fresh in our minds, it appears that we have conquered one viral scare only to face another.

H1N1 was feared to be as deadly and contagious as the 1918 Spanish Flu, that which claimed more lives than the preceding Great War. Interestingly, the Spanish Flu was so named because Spain’s King Alfonso XIII was the highest profile patient and Spain received significant news coverage of the disease, not because it originated in Spain. The Spanish Flu is hypothesized to have originated in either Kansas, China, or France, although the exact source is not definitively known, whereas the exact source of H1N1 is a Mexican pig.

On the other hand, the exact source of JCV is Cambiano, Italy, home of fabled design house Pininfarina. Unlike the misnomered Spanish Flu, JCV suffers from no such incertitude of nomenclature – there is no doubt that Jason Castriota, during his tenure at Pininfarina, was directly responsible for the current crop of infectious taillight designs spreading from west to east, culminating in the current pandemic.

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Andrey Trofimchuk is Evil and Tasteless


The Russian designers have been going nuts recently, first was the whale-penismobile, and now this, which is ugly, and offends my sensibilities. Maserati is one of my favourite marques, and Trofimchuk has put a trident on this… I’m outraged. This Andrey fellow has designed a Maserati crossover, which thankfully has nothing to do with any real Masers. Still though, this makes a Porsche Cayenne look like a Ferrari Testarossa. It looks like it should live in the depths of the ocean and lure small fishies closer with its head-lamps before devouring them. It looks like a fat toad after 30 minutes in the microwave. It looks like it should be covered in slime and living under a bridge. Also, I just noticed that the design album on Car Design, is labelled “Design Sh!t.” Couldn’t have put it better myself. More pictures of this horrible atrocity after the jump. 

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How Hard Can It Be?: Double Shot of Maserati Biturbo

biturbo02On the surface, the idea of buying a Maserati for $4000 sounds quite nice. The idea of someone being willing to sell you two Maseratis for the same price sounds wonderful… that is, until you remember the existence of the brilliantly named Biturbo. That is what is being offered on Craig’s List, the place where cars go to scream one last cry for help. More details after the jump.

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Nashville, TN: Highlights of Viva Italia Concours D’Elegance

Yesterday was the Nashville Viva Italia Concours D’Elegance. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that there were rare Italian vehicles, a classically trained singer, and a guy selling pizza. While th singer was pretty good and I was too cheap to try the pizza, the cars were simply stunning. The majority were Ferraris, which is never a bad thing, but there was a good showing from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as a single Lancia, and a single Lamborghini. Here were my top five picks.

5. Lancia Fulvia Zagato
The Lancia Fulvia was ahead of its time both technologically and stylistically. A sporty little Italian 2+2 with a body designed by Zagato and a hatch for practicality. That sounds more or less how I would describe the ideal day to day car today. Sadly, this car is both old and Italian, and therefore has probably been repaired twice since I last saw it… yesterday. You just have to love that color and the way the hood opens though.
4. Ferrari 599
With its 12 cylinders, 611 horses, 3.7 second 0-60, and Pininfarina looks, I love the 599. While this isn’t a classic yet, the 599 is both the archetype of Pininfarina’s current design style for Ferrari and Maserati, and an absolute track monster. What it all really comes down to is the “flying buttresses,” which at first appear to be the c-pillar.  It is such an elegant way to increase airflow to the lip spoiler. If those were on a Yugo 65 I’d want one of those too.
3. Ferrari Testarossa
There were actually two Testarossas at the event, but I decided my favorite of the two was the one in slightly worse condition. Why? Because it’s not yellow. Not only do I usually hate yellow cars, but black paint just shows off the Testarossa’s lines so well, there is really not other option worth considering, except of course the classic scarlet.
2. Ferrari Dino 206 GT
A gorgeous curvy targa-top Ferrari with a tiny 2.0l V6 serving as a power-plant. All in all, this is a stunning car. I honestly with that Ferrari would create another Dino. A small, ultra-light, cheaper Fezza with a smaller engine could be some sort of super Lotus. The California doesn’t count, that more of a super Mercedes CLK.
1. Lamborghini 350GT
Here is a car that just oozes passion. The first Lambo was born out of a classically Italian vendetta against Enzo Ferrari. Ferruccio Lamborghini made tractors out of old military parts, and owned a Ferrari, which had clutch problems. When he took it to Maranello, Enzo simply told him that “the problem was not with the car.” Being insane, Ferruccio went home and decided to stop making tractors and start making sports cars. The first one to hit the market was the 350GT of which 120 were sold. This is one of them.


Yesterday was the Nashville Viva Italia Concours D’Elegance. Which is basically just a fancy way of saying that there were rare Italian vehicles, a classically trained singer, and a guy selling pizza. While the singer was pretty good and I was too cheap to try the pizza, the cars were simply stunning. The majority were Ferraris, which are never a bad thing, but there was a good showing from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as a single Lancia, and a single Lamborghini. My top five after the jump.

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Montreal: Canada’s Ville Des Lumieres


This past week I spent a few days in Montreal QC, visiting family. Being a more metropolitan centre than Edmonton (difficult to imagine, I know), I fully expected Montreal to deliver the luxury automotive-spotting goods. And I wasn’t disappointed. The standard cars seemed to be Cees, Threes, and A-Fours – they were a dime a dozen. And not just ratty late 90′s models either, I’m talking about 2009 units here. The latest, greatest.

But it wasn’t all just entry-level exec sedans bumping along the cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal, there were more outstanding highlights that included Maseratis, Astons, Ferraris, Volkswagens Bentleys, and other tarted-up German whips.

Follow the jump to check out the gallery of the cars I was quick and nimble enough to capture.

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Just What I Ordered (Novitec Tridente Maserati GranTurismo S)


When I reviewed the Maserati GranTurismo, my only real complaint was that it just didn’t have quite enough power under the hood. It was by no means slow, but it wasn’t quite fast enough for its namesake. When I said that I wanted just a bit more “oomph” at the end of the review, I had the GranTurismo S in mind, but this seems to fit the bill a bit better.

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Sergio Marchionne Wants To Take Over The (Automotive) World

Fiat CEO Sergio MarchionneFiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is credited with restoring profitability to Fiat’s automotive division in 2006, two years after he joined the 110-year old company. Now he has his sights set higher. Much, much higher.

Marchionne now wants to create an international car company comprised of GM’s Opel, the smoldering remains of Chrysler, and the core automobile business of Fiat. Having already inked a deal to partner with Chrysler, Marchionne has taken his argument to Berlin, asking the German political leaders for permission to absorb Opel. Throw in Saab (in the mix but still for sale), Ferrari and Maserati, and it adds up to what would be the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe.

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