Articles by: Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Columnist at The Ellsworth American
Tim Plouff has been reviewing automobiles in the pages of The Ellsworth American weekly for nearly two decades.
  • On The Road Review: Infiniti G37xS

    Three-hundred and thirty lustful sounding horsepower. Seven-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters and adaptive shift control. Intelligent all-wheel drive with a viscous limited slip rear differential and snow-mode selection. Nineteen-inch V-spoke alloy wheels shod with all-season performance tires. And, it’s January. Herein lies the point that Infiniti is attempting to make with its

  • On The Road to Winter Rally 2012

    Every year at this time, New England’s auto scribes gather for a day of fine food, merriment and the chance to drive 30 or 40 new cars and trucks as part of our nominating process for New England’s Best Winter Vehicle. We compare thoughts, opinions, and false compliments as only self-aggrandizing writers do. We have

  • On The Road Review: Dodge Journey

    Of all automakers, Chrysler has committed the most resources to the family mobility concept provided by minivans. Long the sales leader in this once-burgeoning segment, Chrysler has had to rethink its family wagon thought processes recently due to increased competition from Honda and Toyota, a small blip in the road called bankruptcy, as well as

  • On The Road Review: Dodge Journey

    Of all automakers, Chrysler has committed the most resources to the family mobility concept provided by minivans. Long the sales leader in this once-burgeoning segment, Chrysler has had to rethink its family wagon thought processes recently due to increased competition from Honda and Toyota, a small blip in the road called bankruptcy, as well as

  • On the Road Review: Ford Edge

    First impressions are often very hard to alter, whether it’s your initial meeting with a cohort at work, a new family member, or, just a simple dining experience. The same philosophy obviously holds with cars for many of us; we know what we like when we like it. In that regard, buyers have generally embraced

  • New England Boat Show Opens in Boston

    BOSTON — Prognosticators are looking for any signs that consumer confidence is growing, any small indicators that the economy might be expanding. Certainly one of the most disposable income purchases is a recreational boat. If this segment of the economy shows even modest expansion, critics will applaud as the investment in boating — and the

  • On The Road Review: Subaru Impreza

    Subaru has crafted a unique persona that differentiates its cars from the mainstream offerings. Featuring full-time symmetrical all-wheel drive standard on all models (except the sporty new rear drive BRZ coupe), Subaru has a certain functionality that makes this brand a top Yankee value for drivers seeking all-season mobility. Subarus have also started to become

  • On the Road Review: The 2012 New England Auto Show

    BOSTON — This year’s edition of the New England Auto Show bumped right up against the dates of the country’s largest auto show in Detroit. Undaunted, several automakers also brought their latest offerings to Boston for full display. While some of the bigger ‘stars’ were missing, there was still much to see. Toyota Toyota is

  • American Auto Sales Enjoy Banner Year in 2011

    Calendar year 2011 proved to be a boon to domestic auto sales as overall American auto sales climbed 10 percent. Ford led individual brand sales — with 16.1 percent of the market — while General Motors returned as the number one selling auto company for the year, pushing Toyota all the way back into third