About Author: Clifford Atiyeh

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  • Kentucky Mayor Attacks High Gas Prices by Opening City-Run Fueling Station, Gets Accused of “Socialism”

    Right as we’ve lost all faith in our leaders, the folks running Somerset, Kentucky, have proved that government can actually do something good for the people it represents. In two words, here’s what they have accomplished: Cheap gas! Somerset, located about 130 miles southeast of Louisville, refurbished a shuttered municipal gas station and opened it […]

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  • 2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 Output, Towing Announced (3.5L V-6, Too)

    In announcing output and towing figures for its new twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Ford published a video of a towing drag race in which a 2015 Ford F-150 stomped a Ram EcoDiesel and a Chevrolet Silverado with a 5.3-liter V-8. Although we’re not inclined to get excited over manufacturer test runs—we do that stuff ourselves—taken […]

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  • Towed Ya So: Ram Trucks Adopts SAE Tow Ratings for all 2015 Pickups

    That SAE J2807 towing standard everyone’s talking about? The 2015 Ram pickups are all over it. Chrysler has adopted the ratings for all of its 2015 pickups—half-ton and heavy duty—and the test standard is intended to finally level the tug-of-war advertising claims that automakers make for maximum trailer weights. While dinner conversations centering around Society […]

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  • Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Named to Google’s Board of Directors

    As Google moves the human race toward a future of driverless pod cars, the technology behemoth has added former Ford CEO Alan Mulally (pictured at left with Bill Ford, Jr.) to its board of directors. The formal appointment came just nine days after Mulally left his post in Dearborn on June 30. The 68-year-old aeronautical […]

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  • The Roof Is On Fire: Chrysler Recalls 895,000 SUVs for Vanity Mirror Fires

    Stop looking at your glorious moustache in the mirror, Ron Burgundy—your Dodge Durango’s sun visor might be melting. Chrysler is recalling the 2011–2014 Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee for electrical shorts within the sun visor’s vanity-mirror lamp circuit. During repairs to the vehicle’s headliner, screws attaching the sun visor can pierce the lamp wiring and […]

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  • Recalls Explained: How the Government Forces Automakers to Fix Things

    If in the past few months you’ve turned on your television, read anything at all, or simply existed within the borders of the United States, it’s likely you’ve seen a story involving a vehicle recall. These happen when an automaker admits that some of its vehicles are flawed in some fundamental way and sets about […]

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  • BMW, Benz Hold Hands on Wireless Charging, Will Head to S-class, i Cars

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz are collaborating to provide wireless charging for their next series (and classes) of electric cars. Under their R&D microscopes is a new magnetic-resonance charging system that eventually may replace wired Level 2 stations altogether. This system of weathered, sealed coils and synchronized magnetic frequencies is an improved variation of inductive charging that […]

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  • 9 Automakers Have Now Issued Recalls for Dangerous Airbags, NHTSA Still Investigating

    The faulty Takata-sourced airbags recalled by Toyota last month reopened a rare supplier-side defect from 2013 that had affected 3.6 million cars from six automakers. In the interim and in response to an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three additional companies have issued recalls because of the defective airbag inflators. Chrysler, […]

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  • It’s Teslarific! Nissan Giving Out Free Juice to New Leaf Owners

    Like casino players with club cards, electric-car owners are used to freebies tossed at them left and right. Nissan is upping the ante—and calling Tesla on its free Supercharger network—by giving new Leaf owners free charging for two years. There’s fine print. You’ll have to live in one of 10 targeted areas (Dallas–Fort Worth, Houston, […]

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  • We’ve known all year that Mercedes would resurrect its failed Maybach superluxury brand into an AMG-like trim for the current S-class. What we didn’t see coming was a Maybach SUV. The Aussies at Motoring report that Mercedes executives have “floated” several models worthy of Maybach treatment, including the full-size GL-class SUV, the S-class coupe, and […]

    Maybach Comeback, Round Two: Moniker May Grace Spruced-up GL-class

    We’ve known all year that Mercedes would resurrect its failed Maybach superluxury brand into an AMG-like trim for the current S-class. What we didn’t see coming was a Maybach SUV. The Aussies at Motoring report that Mercedes executives have “floated” several models worthy of Maybach treatment, including the full-size GL-class SUV, the S-class coupe, and […]

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  • Next Jeep Wrangler Could Target “Soft” SUVs—But It Won’t Be Ruined (We Hope)

    “It’s a Jeep thing” might be a statement that select people at Fiat-Chrysler don’t understand—but let’s hope not. As quoted by Automotive News, Jeep CEO Mike Manley says that the next-gen Wrangler, which is due in 2017, would need to compete with “soft” SUVs and that not all Wranglers need to be as capable off-road. […]

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  • Volvo “Twin Engine” XC90 is the 400-hp Plug-In Hybrid to Watch

    Volvo’s “T8 twin engine” label on its forthcoming 2016 XC90 isn’t an aircraft reference or any passing resemblance to the freak-show TwinStar Eldorado we tested in 2000. The T8 doesn’t even mean V-8, as Volvo trashed that Yamaha-built engine after 2011. It’s just shorthand for “fast all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid.” This range-topping XC90 crossover SUV will […]

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