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Thursday, February 21st

Today (Feb 22) is Robert Opron's birthday.

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Robert Opron may not be a celebrity in the sense that Beyoncé is a celebrity. In fact, it is quite safe to say that Robert Opron bears little resemblance at all to Beyoncé. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure he's OK with me saying that.

But to owners and enthusiasts of the Citroën DS, SM, GS, or CX, along with several other famous cars, he is just as much or more of a celebrity. If you are at all in to design (of pretty much anything) Robert Opron should be a celebrity to you, too.

carcynic on 02.21.13 @ 11:34 PM EST

Tuesday, February 12th

The Car I Learned About Today: The 2014- Fiat 500L

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Photo: Fiat USA

The Car I Learned About Today: 2014 - Fiat 500L

Here in Florida, we are always worried about what the coming summer will bring us. Tropical Storms... Oppressive Heat... Mosquitoes...

This year, summer's also scheduled to bring us the new 4 Door Fiat 500L.

carcynic on 02.12.13 @ 08:47 PM EST

Thursday, February 7th

The Peugeot Citroën Air-Powered Hybrid: Why is this Different Than "Miracle Cars" of the Past?

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Photo: PSA Peugeot Citroen

I've seen it before. The 100 MPG Carburettor. The Car that runs on Water. Buses that run on "Learium", and yes, cars that run on Air.

In some cases, by "seen it before", I mean in Popular Science Magazine. In some cases, I mean in person. A guy in South Florida once showed me a car (a Chevy Impala, as I recall) that ran on water -- Well, water and some electricity. He towed around a trailer with a large, vertical tank on it. At night, it would make Hydrogen and Oxygen by electrolysis of water while plugged into the electric socket. The gaseous Hydrogen was fed into a modified carburettor, and the Oxygen was allowed to escape. With an all-night "charge", He could drive a few dozen miles. Efficient? No. Clever? Perhaps. Potentially Explosive? Definitely.

So what is it about the PSA Peugeot Citroën Air Hybrid that makes it different?

carcynic on 02.07.13 @ 09:22 PM EST