Auto reviews

  • Stewart/Haas Racing a Big Surprise

    When Tony Stewart announced in 2008 he was going to accept an offer to become half owner of Haas CNC Racing, a Sprint Cup team, many fans questioned his decision. Owner Gene Haas had been convicted of mail fraud and was serving time in a California federal prison. While the financial end of it looked

  • On The Road Review: Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Pickup

    If your best-selling product, a very profitable industry stalwart for over 30-years, an innovator that is often copied, a vehicle that was just recently the “Truck of the Year” is now considered “not what Americans want to drive,” then you have to make some modifications to remain relevant. GM’s full-size Chevrolet Silverado — and the

  • Stewart Wins All-Star Race

    CONCORD, N.C. — Tony Stewart led only once for two laps in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, but they were the most important ones, as he paced the final two circuits around the 1.5-mile oval after getting by Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 98 of the 100-lap event.

  • Seal Cove Auto Museum set to open

    TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum opens Friday, May 22, with a new look and a new mission. Just 100 years after the first Maine Auto Show was held in Bangor, the museum will feature exhibits that share that period in automotive history. A sporty, red, 1909 Corbin – which could have been at

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 SuperCrew

    The Ford Motor Co.’s best-selling product gets a modest external makeover for 2009 plus a host of subtle but important revisions inside and under the hood in an attempt to stay atop the sales charts in a soft market. Ford has stayed with the bold styling that debuted in 2004 while polishing the edges. The

  • Ageless Martin Posts Second Win This Season

    DARLINGTON, S.C. — Mark Martin did it again. The oldest driver in the 43-car field showed the youngsters a thing or two Saturday night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Martin said. “This is a big surprise. We had a strong car, but I never expected to win. Alan Gustafson (Martin’s

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    For the first time since 2003, Volkswagen dealers have a minivan offering in the USA. Wearing another African-desert based name, the Routan is a credible performer in a shrinking automotive segment.
    Strangely, Volkswagen — the originator of the whole small-van genre — sources its North American van from Chrysler Corp. Back in 2005, Volkswagen made the decision to abandon its costly Microbus concept van project and elected to continue with fifth generation Transporter vans for most of the world. Meanwhile, VW would partner with Daimler/Chrysler, another German-based automaker, to create an American-sized van for the U.S. marketplace.

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    For the first time since 2003, Volkswagen dealers have a minivan offering in the USA. Wearing another African-desert based name, the Routan is a credible performer in a shrinking automotive segment.Strangely, Volkswagen — the originator of the whole small-van genre — sources its North American van from Chrysler Corp. Back in 2005, Volkswagen made the

  • Kyle Busch Sweeps Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch celebrated his 24th birthday by winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Richmond this past weekend. Busch made his final charge to the front moments after a restart on lap 349 in Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400. He got by Carl Edwards for second place on lap