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AutoMatters: 2014 San Diego International Auto Show

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How would you like to have Southern California freeways and streets almost all to yourself, for miles and miles on a postcard-perfect, gorgeous San Diego day? You could have had that on the first morning of this year’s San Diego International Auto Show. That’s because – for the first time that I can ever remember, the show began in the morning of New Year’s Day. What a great way to get in the right mood for an auto show.

Evolutionary revelations

Marsha Sutton

The Pew Research Center’s recent survey on evolution found that 60 percent of Americans accept the principle of evolution of the human species while 33 percent don’t. [The remaining respondents were undecided.]

AutoMatters: The Original DASH CAM2

The Original DASH CAM2TM

Dash cams have been in widespread use for many years. Small, economical and relatively easy to use, they are typically installed on or above the dashboards of vehicles. They’ve been used to record everything from accidents to a meteor speeding to a fiery collision in Russia. Their use in police cars to document events has also been a source of dramatic police chase videos for reality TV.

AutoMatters: OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas overflows its exhibit halls with amazing, extremely customized cars and trucks.

AutoMatters: 2015 Mustang Revealed!

Mustangs through the years

Part 2: Exterior Styling, Suspension, Drivetrain, Controls & Electronics

The shift to Common Core and what’s troubling about it

Marsha Sutton

New awareness that students are graduating high school without the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and career has prompted the creation of a national undertaking called Common Core State Standards.

AutoMatters: 2015 Mustang Revealed!

2011 Mustang in Venice Beach

As a current and former owner of Ford’s iconic Mustang, I join the other Mustang faithful in having high hopes and expectations for each new model. This next one will commemorate 50 years of continuous Mustang production, so it was that with great anticipation and amid suprisingly little fanfare and hooplah that on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Ford officially revealed the 2015 Mustang in six cities on four continents. This signified Ford’s intention to sell this new Mustang not just in North America, as has been the case with the previous Mustangs, but around the world. Made in USA, it will be an image car for the entire Ford brand.

AutoMatters: Racing Lamborghinis in the Super Trofeo Series

Lamborghini Aventador at Auto Club Speedway

When we think of exotic supercars, including Lamborghinis, many of us may associate them with the lifestyles of celebrities and the very rich. We may think that these cars are rarely driven hard (as they were meant to be driven) and, instead, are mostly seen parked in high visibility, preferred valet parking spaces directly in front of exclusive hotels and expensive restaurants.

AutoMatters: 2013 LA Auto Show

Ford exhibit

Situated in the large halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center and running through Dec. 1, the 2013 LA Auto Show includes tastefully presented new car ‘showrooms,’ special exhibits, a large hall dedicated to the aftermarket and vendors, and more. It features world and North American introductions of new automobiles, with an emphasis on ‘green’ vehicles. AutoMatters previewed the show during Press Days.

AutoMatters: Stadium SUPER Trucks at Caesars Palace

Stadium SUPER Trucks

Imagine that you, your friends and family are racing each other with radio-controlled, scale model, off-road trucks, sending them bounding over jumps and frequently crashing into each other. Sometimes they roll over but soon continue on their way after being rolled back onto their tires, leaving pieces of their bodywork all over the track in their wake. Got the picture? Good.

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