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Larry Printz Archive

Recall numbers tell only half the story

With a recent spate of high-profile recalls encompassing more than 6 million cars and the $1.2 billion Toyota settlement over unintended acceleration, automotive data website iseecars.com has released a new analysis of more than 30 years of recalls. But according to the website’s CEO and co-founder, conclusions from the data are not clear-cut.

Va. Beach woman wins Mini auto design contest

VIRGINIA BEACH
A local Mini owner has nabbed a huge honor.
Alex Coyle, a Virginia Beach woman studying photography and advertising at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, was one of more than 800 Mini owners who submitted videos of the features they would most like to test drive on the redesigned Mini Cooper Hardtop, which goes on sale this month.

The Regal GS is not your grandma’s old Buick

Looking at this Buick sedan, you might think it’s a blue-hair shuttle. But if that’s the case, you could exclaim, “Grandma, what big Brembos you have.”

Doing spring cleaning? Your car could use a scrubbing, too

You may not have noticed, but it is now officially spring and you know what that means: spring cleaning. Many of us will subject our homes to a top-to-bottom scrubbing, but far fewer will do the same to our automobiles.

Doing spring cleaning? Your car could use a scrubbing, too

You may not have noticed, but it is now officially spring and you know what that means: spring cleaning. Many of us will subject our homes to a top-to-bottom scrubbing, but far fewer will do the same to our automobiles.

The 700 Club: An elite group of the most powerful vehicles on the road — ones that top 700 horsepower

According to the EPA, the average amount of power that 2012 model-year cars and trucks pack under their hoods is 222 horsepower. However, like good looks and money, you can never have too much horsepower. So why not own an automobile with more than triple that horsepower?

To understand horsepower, you must know about torque

When I first arrived at The Virginian-Pilot in 2006, my new boss said quite pointedly that he did not want to read about torque. “Who cares about torque?”

Checkered Flag celebrates employees, 50th birthday

At his company’s annual employee awards breakfast last week, Ed Snyder, group chairman of the Checkered Flag Motor Car Company, celebrated his company’s 50th anniversary. Given Checkered Flag’s beginnings, success wasn’t always a sure thing.

Honda Odyssey: Bulky ... but a lot of bang for your buck

At what age do you finally realize that you’re no longer young? Is it when you no longer recognize a song in the Top 10? Is it when you enjoy a bit of peace and quiet? Or maybe it’s when you realize, to your ultimate shock and horror, that a minivan really is handy for hauling people and stuff.

Testing 1, 2, 3. Always give the stereo a try before you buy

When it comes to test driving a new car or truck, there’s one component that few drivers consider: the audio system.

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