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: Chevrolet Camaro SS

    “America Still Builds Rockets” is Chevrolet’s ad campaign — and YouTube sensation — for the current Corvette. By extension, Chevy’s retro-styled Camaro muscle-car owns a piece of that philosophy as well. After an absence of six years, Chevrolet rolled out the latest Camaro in 2009. Designed in America, built in Canada and riding on a

  • On The Road Review: BMW X3

    As the cars from German automaker BMW have continued to expand their market share in America, eclipsing more established rival Mercedes, it has been the brand’s proliferation of sports activity vehicles that has surprised the most. While Mercedes has always had an extensive lineup of ‘trucks’ — a list that continues to grow today —

  • On The Road Review: Cadillac CTS-V

    After spending 11 days and 3,100 miles playing tourist on the spectacular roads of Virginia, North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, we arrived home to find that ‘Santa’ had left a very special Silver Bullet gift in our driveway — the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe pictured here. It was time to start driving some more. Cadillac’s

  • On The Road Review: Infiniti G37

    On The Road Review: Infiniti G37

    Success in suburban American culture has often been defined by which premium sedan rests outside your over-mortgaged home. In earlier decades, this badge of honor was usually a Cadillac with an occasional foreign-branded logo appearing in progressive communities. Today, it is often a rarity to see an American nameplate in these cultural settings, as the

  • On The Road Review: Ford F-150

    In 2004 the Ford Motor Co. rolled out a refreshing redesign of its signature vehicle, the F-series full-size pickup truck. Already the best-selling vehicle in America (and now the best-selling pickup series for 34 straight years) the remodeled F-series jumped into the most prolific sales years ever for America’s trucks with a vehicle that threw

  • On The Road Review: Toyota Avalon

    Toyota’s tenure in the United States market has been marked by numerous success stories, all leading to this automaker’s worldwide number one status for a period of time recently. This rapid ascension also has been marked by some quality gaffes of late, mistakes that overshadow the maker’s robust growth and strong presence in the automotive

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Juke

    Best guess estimates say that there are over 210 million cars and light trucks on the road in America and over 1 billion in the world. That’s a lot of Chevys, Fords, Toyotas, Hondas, Jeeps, BMWs and Hyundais roaming around America. In our neck of the woods we don’t get to see the full variety

  • Seeing the USA This Summer

    While certain media pundits pontificate about the price of gasoline this year, we recently threw caution to the wind and consummated our winter plans to hit the road this spring. Traveling with our ragtop compatriots, the Smiths from East Blue Hill, we left mid-May for Gettysburg, Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky

  • On The Road Review: Acura TL

    American Honda Motor Co. was the first of the Asian automakers to introduce a separate high-end, premium automobile lineup to the U.S. market in 1986. Slated to battle BMW, Mercedes and the other Euro-spec brands, Honda’s Acura Division started with one model, the midsize Legend sedan, with a compact car called the Integra soon to

  • On The Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    The nicest Jeep Wrangler ever made is now on sale, available in several trim levels. Who would have thought that this off-road-oriented war machine would have survived for 70 years while enjoying a cult following and renewed success? The 2011 Jeep Wrangler comes in two distinct models. The venerable two-door design best carries on the