Larry Printz Archive
How do you celebrate the anniversary of a highway? Drive on it.
If you’ve seen Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ dance in the 1936 film “Swing Time,” or spent the night at a hotel in South Beach, or visited the Empire State Building, you’ve seen it: Art Deco design. ¶
So, just what it Art Deco? It was a design movement born of the flapper era that fused the essence of speed with a pared-down, machine-made decorative elegance. The streamlined motif is widely credited to have come of age at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925.
Fashion always costs more. Because it’s more stylish, you’ll pay more for, say, a men’s dress shirt without a chest pocket than for one that has one, even though it takes less time and material to make. It’s not logical, but fashion is about sensibility, not sense.
For the past few years, I have been the announcer at the awards ceremony of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Greenwich, Ct. Usually, as a car rolls in front of the reviewing stand and the driver gets an award, I mention a few facts supplied to me on a small card.
Mini might build small cars, but their lineup is far from diminutive. It starts with the Cooper, offered as a hardtop and convertible. Mini also offers the Clubman, the Clubvan, the Coupe, the Roadster, the Countryman, and now, the Paceman.
In response to soaring vehicle sales and a shortage of qualified service technicians, Audi of America, based in Herndon, is launching the “Veterans to Technicians Program.’ The new corporate initiative is aimed at recruiting former military technicians whose skills might be valuable in auto dealership service departments.
Pinehurst, N.C. When it comes to buying a new car these days, there seem to be two types: low-end and high-end. The middle of the market and the brands that once served it – Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Mercury – have vanished. To fill the void, many top-shelf nameplates now offer small premium models, and they’ve become a red-hot part of the market.
If I said that the Buick Regal was fun to drive, or that the Dodge Dart has an Italian accent, would you believe me?
The Jetta TDI, with its turbocharged diesel engine, is rated by the EPA at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway. So why did Volkswagen introduce the 2013 Jetta Hybrid? Here’s why: The TDI’s pretty good, but it falls short of the Hybrid, which is rated by the EPA at 42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway.
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