TodayApril 15, 2022

Toyota Pig, Alfa Romeo, Infiniti WAPO carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

I promised you I would have the 2018 Toyota Camry new car review written for your viewing pleasure, and it is here. The first paragraph starts, “My husband, Stretch, owned the ugliest vehicle Toyota has ever made. Inside Toyota, the vehicle was referred to as the pig but was sold as the Chinook to the rest of us. It was a 1973 Toyota pickup with a camper. It was Stretch’s pride and joy; he could go cross-country in that vehicle. Stretch was probably the first person to use his camper as a home in Silicon Valley.”

I finally drove the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio RWD four-door sedan this week, and if I had $80,000, I would buy it. What a dream of a car! The handling, the engine mated to the transmission, the design, the interior. It’s a delight to drive, and I only wish I had more time in it. The price, out the door, was $79,195, the EPA estimated fuel economy was 17 city/24 highway/20 combined.

We just got the 2017 Infiniti Q60 red sport 400 yesterday. I love the design of this little coupe. It’s so sleek looking. The Q60, out the door, is $60,355 and the EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 city/27 highway/ 22 combined. So far I have gotten 17.5 mpg combined.

What do you think of a car without speakers? Continental AG, an auto supplier, has created a sound system without speakers. Why? Because it is lightweight, takes less electricity and can be situated in parts of the car (pillars, seats, etc.) that speakers aren’t put in today. You could use the sounds to hear music or vibrate warnings. It’s an interesting concept that will have a world premiere at the Frankfurt auto show, but you can see it here first.

Let’s chat about cars

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2017 Infiniti Q60 red sport 400

2017 Infiniti Q60 red sport 400

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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