Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Drop Stop Car Wedge is a simple product that does one thing very well. It blocks the gap between your car seat and the center console, so that you can't drop stuff down into that hard to reach spot.
I have been using one, and It works great. I do notice that I can feel the right side of my seat is button cushion is a little bit firmer due to compression, but it doesn't bother me.
The wedge is a tube made of black neoprene, with a pass-through for the seatbelt latch. It is stuffed with filler. To install it, you slip it over your seatbelt latch and then stuff it down, working it forward and back smooth it out.
At $20/pair plus shipping, it isn't cheap, but isn't outrageously expensive either. It should outlast your vehicle.
- Simple, effective
- Seems durable
- Unknown country of origin (not on packaging)
- $20+shipping is a little steep for what is basically a stuffed fabric tube
- Limited distribution (Can't buy it on Amazon, etc.)
- Adds firmness to right seat cushion side
*Note: DropStop did not provide any payment for this review, other than sending me a test unit.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
According to Mike Davis at The Detroit Bureau, the Chevy Volt charging cord has a safety feature similar to a certain .45ACP pistol that I know and love.
"To my surprise, I found the In cord had a squeeze-handle like the safety grip on a Model 1911 A1 .45 pistol"
Sorry Mike, this isn't right. The 1911 has a grip safety on the backstrap of the gun, where the web of your thumb rests. The Chevy Volt has a safety lever located under the trigger finger.
Jalopnik's Kevin McCauley was invited to test drive a Delorean DMCEV, an electric conversion applied to a Delorean chassis by the new Delorean Motor Company. DMC hopes to build these for sale in 2013.
It will be a really cool looking car, but remember that this thing is built on a 1980's design. It wouldn't pass modern handling or crash standards. And chances are, it will be really expensive--because to avoid meeting the modern standards, each one of these will have to be a conversion of an existing Delorean chassis with an existing VIN. In other words, take a rare car, and then apply expensive electronics and batteries.
I have to say, though, the Delorean is still a great looking car.
Electric DeTomaso, Pantera, anyone?
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Ford has announced that the next Escape, based on the European Kuga, will come with 3 flavors of I4 engines, 1.6L Ecoboost (GTDI), 2.0L Ecboost, and 2.5L NA. No mention was made of the hybrid powertrain currently available, giving Ford bragging rights to "most fuel efficient SUV". So it looks like Ford is quietly killing off the hybrid Escape in favor of the C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
If I have this wrong, Ford PR is invited to comment.