Now and again, cars that fall outside mainstream categories can be worth considering if you are looking for something special.
If you are baby boomer like me, you might have owned a VW Beetle as one of your first cars. Those '70s era Bugs may have been dependable and cheap, but they were anything but fast. At the current Chicago auto show, VW addresses the slow Beetle issue with a mighty 560-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive version.
The 'big nasty' said it all. So dubbed by General Motors product chief, Mark Reuss, the Corvette Z06 was the performance car star of the recent Detroit auto show and probably will be for the year to come.
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A confirmed car guy since learning to drive a Mini in his native England, John McCormick has been covering the auto industry in Detroit for two decades. When heís not attending new vehicle launches and industry events, John exercises the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and Ducati 749S he keeps in his garage.
John worked for Britainís prestigious CAR magazine before joining AutoWeek and subsequently Wardís Auto World in Detroit. Today John is one of the leading US-based international automotive writers, contributing to publications in every major market around the world. He is on the juries of several annual automotive awards including the World Car of the Year.
- John can be reached at email@example.com.
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- Favorite car: Lamborghini Gallardo.
- Favorite weekend pursuit #1: Track day on the Ducati.
- Favorite weekend pursuit #: As a private pilot, enjoys rides in friendís military jets.
- Favorite websites: www.bbcnews.com, www.autosport.com, www.speedtv.com, www.sniffpetrol.com
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