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07 June 14 @ 01:02 AM
How did the CarCynic's Father know about the GM Ignition Switch Issue 45 Years Ago?
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45 Years ago, Cars didn't have Air Bags. American Cars didn't even have shoulder harnesses, and many Americans didn't wear the lap belt. It would be 10 years until the first NHTSB crash tests, and 15 years until the first US Seat Belt laws. The term "Blood Alcohol Level" didn't exist outside of a few medical research committees, and a "Breathalyser" would have been science fiction.
The Carcynic wasn't tall enough to see out a car windshield, and child car seats were largely unheard of. But in my Dad's smelly old Volvo, buckling up was mandatory -- No complaints, no questions, no discussions. So when one day my Father started a safety lecture even before we fastened our seat belts, I remembered it. It was 10 years before I would even get a "Learners Permit", but something compelled him that day to warn me about adding unnecessary objects (weight) to my future keychain. Perhaps another reason why I remember it was that I was just about eye-level with the ignition switch.
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22 February 14 @ 09:10 PM
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03 October 13 @ 02:24 PM
Franken Hog -- Modification to the Air Hogs X4 Helix Toy Quadcopter
In addition to Cars, one thing we like to play around with here at CarCynic.com is Quadcopters. For one, they are cheaper and take up less room than cars, so we can play with lots of them.
We like building them, modding them, and on occasion -- flying them.
We previously reviewed the Air Hogs X4 "Stunt" Quadcopter in this article.
Frankly, we were pretty harsh on it. We were especially disappointed with the fake (non-functional) trim controls, and it's overall flying characteristics. But we are not ones to leave well enough alone. Whether or not it's broken, we'll "fix" it. So I whipped out my trusty Swiss Army Knife and dissected my X4. Read on to see my modifications, and the results....
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25 September 13 @ 08:02 PM
Vive le CX, or Maybe the C6, or Maybe the DS9 or...
When Citroën stopped making the CX in 1991, it was "replaced" with the Citroën XM. but the XM wasn't a CX. While it was a fairly large executive car (at least for Europe), the XM was not as long or as prestigious as a CX -- especially a CX Prestige. It may have checked the "Executive Car" box, it never did replace the CX -- Not in sales figures or in the minds of Citronistas like myself.
Even typical Citroën haters (such as Mr Jeremy Clarkson) had kind words for the CX. Presidents (and dictators) cherished them. So did music stars. Producers and Directors filmed them.
People still compare the Citroën CX to a spaceship, aircraft, or car of the future.
It was not until 2005 that the Citroën CX (sort of) came back. It wasn't called the CX, it was given a name that sounded similar, but was in line with Citroën's naming convention of the time - C6. The long bonnet (hood), the curved rear glass, and the overall look were clearly reminiscent of the CX.
Citroën C6 (Photo:Wikimedia User: S 400 HYBRID)
The C6 carried forth some of the CX's style, but sadly it never carried forth the CX's multi-million unit sales figures. It was expensive to buy and expensive to operate, and really did not offer any advantages over the more practical Citroën C5. If you wanted the luxury of the C6, and the ride of the Hydractive suspension, just order a C5, and pile on the options. You can still do this today.
So, in 2012, the C6 followed the CX into the automotive history pages.
But today, Citroën's Pierre Monferrini (DS5 Project Manager, and now head of the "C" Line) confirmed that another big Citroën -- another incarnation of the CX, in my terms -- is in the works. More than that, he was referring to a real production car, not a prototype or concept, although which markets it will be sold in was not specified. He also declined to reveal a name. By C-Line they are referring to Citroen's new "C-hyphen-something" line, like the also recently announced C-Elysee or C-Catctus. Perhaps the name will show its CX lineage -- "C-Eacks"?, "C-Axe"? Or maybe a nod to the C6: "C-Sicks"? Perhaps Latin - "C-Sex"? or Late Egyptian - "C-Sa'w"?
Whatever it's name, the chances of it being sold in the US are somewhere south of nil, but at least the legacy of my old CX Prestige Turbo II will live on.
Posted by: carcynic on 25 September 13 @ 08:02 PM EST
More Cynicism Awaits: Previous Articles 03 August 13 @ 04:48 PM
Warning: Science Ahead: Why Don't We See Air-cooled Cars Anymore?
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Classic Beetle Air-cooled Engine
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The Original (Type 1) Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Even just taken by itself, and not counting derivative vehicles such as the similarly iconic VW Bus, it was produced in larger numbers than any other vehicle platform. Regular readers may point the "Citroën Bias" finger at me again, but the same can be said of the Citroen 2CV. It's iconic, and it was produced in the millions.
What else do these cars have in common? They were both air-cooled.
Posted by: carcynic on 03 August 13 @ 04:48 PM EST [Article Anchor]
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