Eric Peters: GM’s new rent-a-car business model

Eric Peters: GM’s new rent-a-car business model

By Eric Peters Renting is a much better deal than buying . . . for the landlord. You – the renter – never own anything. But you pay for everything. Forever. This appears to be GM’s view of the future of cars, which it plans to rent to you rather than sell to you. It’s […]

Eric Peters: Get them while you can

Eric Peters: Get them while you can

By Eric Peters You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap – but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars – including under-bid incentives, cash back offers and “free money” loans at zero or nearly zero interest. Which the car companies have had to resort to […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Diesel new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Jaguar F-Pace Diesel new car review

By Eric Peters The snow leopard is a big cat, too. Like the jaguar – except it is built to deal with snow. So also the F-Pace, which is the snow leopard of Jaguars. It has more than twice the ground clearance (8.3 inches) of an XJ sedan or an F-Type coupe and comes standard with claw-the-road […]

Eric Peters: If you can’t beat ‘em . . . ban ‘em

Eric Peters: If you can’t beat ‘em . . . ban ‘em

By Eric Peters Since they can’t sell electric cars – not enough of them, anyhow – and not without subsidies so huge they amount to outright bribes – the solution appears to be to outlaw all cars except electric cars. This is no joke. There are IC engine No Go Zones in Germany and France. The Brits have just decreed a […]

Eric Peters: The kids don’t wrench

Eric Peters: The kids don’t wrench

By Eric Peters Working on cars has become part of America’s cultural past, like so many other things which used to define American culture. Which was, above all, a car culture. What you drove was very important and – especially for young guys – it was almost as important to know how it worked and to at least plausibly be able to work […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

By Eric Peters Over the course of its long life, Chevy has almost cancelled the Corvette at least twice. Ford once gave thought to dropping the Mustang. Yes, really. Wisely – as it turned out – neither car was given its walking papers when sales temporarily drooped. The people in charge were savvy enough to see the bigger picture; they […]

Eric Peters: China as the New Motor City

Eric Peters: China as the New Motor City

By Eric Peters GM’s Buick division is doing extremely well . . . in China. The Chinese own Volvo. And may soon own Jeep – one of the few still-viable pieces of what used to be Chrysler. For now, it’s FiatChrysler. Emphasis on for now. Fiat invested in what was just Chrysler, hoping to use the once-Big-Three company […]

Eric Peters: Avoid a Harvey Hooptie

Eric Peters: Avoid a Harvey Hooptie

By Eric Peters As the waters recede from Houston and South Florida, thousands of flooded cars will be aired out – and shipped out – to unsuspecting used car lots all over the country. Their titles as “washed” as their interiors (and the rest of them, too). As OJ used to say – and will […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

By Eric Peters It’s odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others in its class. The car is the Mazda6 – and it comes only with a four. Meanwhile, you can get a V6 in rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But don’t blame Mazda for […]

Eric Peters: Little Stinker in my office

Eric Peters: Little Stinker in my office

By Eric Peters Recently divorced guys usually go out and get themselves a young girlfriend. I decided to do something different. I brought Little Stinker into my office. Little Stinker is my 1975 Kawasaki S1 250C. It is a type of bike that has not been made in decades for reasons of environmental incorrectness – […]