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Karl Brauer

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2013 Chrysler Full Line Event: Top 10 Revelations

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 9:36 AM


The Chrysler Group has been in rebuilding mode for the past three years, but the fruits of much labor are about ready to pick. The SRT Viper is coming back, a new Dodge Dart has launched, and Fiat sales are way up.

I was...

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Volkswagen's U.S. Assembly Plant: Building the Passat, and VW's Future

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 4:25 PM

In 2009, as the U.S. economy and new-car sales were in a joint meltdown, Volkswagen was deep into the construction of an all-new, $1 billion automotive factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This assembly plant, destined to produce the all-new 2012 Passat, was seen as a critical step in...

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2013 Ford Full Line Event: Top 10 Revelations

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 10:55 AM


It's that time of year again, when every carmaker lets the car geek reporters (excuse me -- ahem -- automotive journalists) into their proving grounds to play with their latest four-wheeled toys.

I was able to attend Ford's Full-Line event recently, where I drove...

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10 Best American Cars for July Fourth

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:45 AM

For some people, July Fourth means picnics, parades and fireworks. For me, Independence Day makes me think about some of my favorite domestic cars. This year, Total Car Score decided to mark the holiday with our list of 10 Best American Cars.

Earning the top honor is...

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Top 10 Convertibles of 2012 to Mark Summer Solstice

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 10:02 AM

There is nothing quite like that first drive of summer with the top down. In honor of that tradition, Total Car Score has put together a list showcasing seasonal vehicles that are synonymous with summer fun.

European carmakers have mastered the art of the convertible, with eight of...

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Topless Models on the Rise Again in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Few may remember this, but in the mid-1970s the government threatened to introduce rollover standards that would have made convertible sales impossible in the U.S. -- or at least that's what many carmakers and car buyers thought. GM applied the "last convertible" tagline to the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in...

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Waiting for a Really Good Car to Buy? The Wait Is Over

(13) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:20 PM

How competitive is today's automotive market?

Total Car Score recently averaged all the car ratings from every manufacturer to create a "manufacturer score." The idea was simple: the higher an automaker's models score across their entire line up, the higher the overall manufacturer's score will be. This means...

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