Eric Peters: Why are bike sales in freefall?

Eric Peters: Why are bike sales in freefall?

By Eric Peters Harley sales are in free-fall – down 9.3 percent in the U.S. for the first fiscal quarter that ended this summer – amounting to losses of $258.9 million. The company has announced it will lay off about 200 workers this fall. The rest of the industry’s not doing so well, either. You can still find plenty […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Land Rover Discovery new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Land Rover Discovery new car review

By Eric Peters The V8 is long gone – probably for good – but the Disco is back. Not the Bee Gees. The Land Rover Disco. No V8, though – but that’s ok. The supercharged V6 makes it easy to forget about the old (and it was really old) V8 that powered the Series 1 (1989-1998) and Series II […]

Eric Peters: The udder runs dry?

Eric Peters: The udder runs dry?

By Eric Peters There must be a rube in the House. A recent Republican who does not understand how the game is played – much less why it is being played the way it is played. He and perhaps some of his fellows not-yet-initiated publicly wondered why the federal government is underwriting the sale of luxury-performance cars […]

Eric Peters: How it’s being done . . . and why

Eric Peters: How it’s being done . . . and why

By Eric Peters By making “IC” cars impossible – legislatively – electric cars are to be made inevitable. In this way, the practical and functional deficits of EVs become irrelevances. Just as the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are irrelevant as a practical and functional matter. The commonalities – the tactics – are interesting. Naturally, they emanate […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

By Eric Peters The market for really small cars like the Fiat 500 has never been really big in this country – land of (usually) inexpensive gas and super-sized SUVs. And BMW’s Mini got there first. No one else offered anything as cute – and as small – as the Cooper hatchback. It had the […]

Eric Peters: A Tesla owner speaks

Eric Peters: A Tesla owner speaks

By Eric Peters I’ve been accused of being unfair to Tesla, that I am infected by personal animosity toward Musk (true; I loathe rent seekers) and a general dislike of electric cars (not true; I merely dislike the way subsidies have distorted the market for them). Well, here’s some owner testimony for you. This guy bought a new […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Sportage new car review

By Eric Peters It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, […]

Eric Peters: Worst things about old cars

Eric Peters: Worst things about old cars

By Eric Peters There’s a new reason for buying an old car. It’s not nostalgia, it’s not a love for classic lines – though those still come along for the ride. It’s a desire to drive something without all the stuff new cars come with. To be free of the hassle, expense and Big Brotherism of new cars – […]

Eric Peters: Why won’t they send me a Tesla to test drive?

Eric Peters: Why won’t they send me a Tesla to test drive?

By Eric Peters The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. If – as Tesla’s carefully choreographed public relations machine maintains – the range issue has been solved and the car’s functional performance (as distinct from how quickly it can accelerate on a full charge . . . once or twice) is as good as […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Lexus RC Coupe new car review

By Eric Peters For Lexus, the RC is a “radical coupe.” Radical looking, certainly. And it offers a V8. Circa now, that’s pretty rad. You may have noticed these are disappearing elsewhere. Including under the hoods of rival BMW coupes, which are four-and-six-cylinder-only now. But then, conservatism rears its head. No manual transmission – even with the […]