What do the Coachella music festival, a Honda lawsuit, and a couple of Chevy-themed videos have in common? Nothing, really, except that they were all covered at Automotive.com this week, and all recapped here in our Week in Review. It was a big week for news, really, with all kinds of things happening. Suzuki may be drying up and blowing away, for example. And there was some motorcycle-themed stuff, too, which we normally don’t cover. But we just couldn’t ignore Michigan’s silly decision to repeal its helmet law, or Audi’s purchase of Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. So what topped all that? Check it out.
Monday, April 16
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated future Chevys in years. Why? Because it’s reversing (finally) the long downward spiral into obscurity that has plagued the Impala since the late ’90s. The new car looks sharp, inside and out, and is loaded with new technology. Chevrolet produced a video to showcase some of the 2014 Impala’s features and styling at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and if you’re thinking about a full-size family sedan, it may convince you to wait until the Impala’s available. Of course, you’d think that the spy video of the upcoming next-generation Corvette would take priority, but the low-quality, soundless vid is hardly worth mentioning.
Tuesday, April 17
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — or just Coachella — is the biggest music festival, well, in the world. Dozens of bands play, it extends for two weekends, Tupac came back from the grave to perform, about a trillion people attend, aliens watch it, etc. That’s some impressive pulling power right there. Of course, as they say, it could never happen without its sponsors, and with corporations everywhere to pay for all this stuff, Matt Askari took the pop-culture bullet and checked out Coachella to find out exactly what Hyundai has to do with the music-arts-undead fest.
Wednesday, April 18
Buying a used car is always a little scary. After all, even with a reliable brand, you never really know what you’re getting into. Did the owner drive it hard? Easy? Was it once a flood car? Did it ever get in a bad accident? As if you aren’t scared off enough by now, don’t assume that any recalls have been performed, either. According to a study commissioned by Carfax, about 3 million used vehicles out there right now have outstanding recalls on them. Granted, some recalls don’t sound particularly scary — how bad can a mislabeled spare tire be — but the Feds wouldn’t be forcing automakers to go to the trouble if there wasn’t a safety issue, so it’s worth reading to find out where you can check the recall status on your potential used ride.
Thursday, April 19
You already know Korea is a powerhouse when it comes to consumer electronics…Samsung, anybody? And we can’t stop talking about the Korean car industry, either. But there’s more to the Korean economy than Android tablets and fuel-efficient family sedans. There are tires, too, and Hankook is on a mission to prove to the world that it makes tires that are just as good as anybody’s. More than that, Hankook wants you to know that tires are more than just round and black. In fact, they want us to know about it so much that they flew our own Jacob Brown to Korea for the full treatment, including a tour of the factory and a look behind the scenes of the kind of testing that goes into your tires.
Friday, April 20
So, remember that woman Heather Peters, who sued Honda and won a $9,867 settlement because her Honda Civic Hybrid wasn’t getting anywhere near the advertised fuel economy? Well, turns out Honda wasn’t going to take that laying down, and the company appealed. Not only did Honda appeal, it brought out the big dog lawyers, delved into her service contracts, spilled the beans on some of her own sneaky lawyer tactics (Peters is a retired lawyer who has since reapplied for her license), and otherwise explained to the court that the fuel economy she was getting isn’t out of the question. It’s all pretty compelling, and Jacob Brown has been on top of this case since the very beginning. While a judgement hasn’t been rendered yet, it’s worth taking a look so you’ll know what the ruling means when it comes out, probably next week.