Montreal’s Mount Royal Road Closure Reveals Shades Of L’Acadie Wall Incompetence At City Hall

February 8, 2018 – 3:07 pm | Edit Post

Montreal is the laughing stock of North America when it comes to infrastructure management. Specifically, a legacy of corruption, short-sighted planning, and the sheer incompetence of its political leadership have hobbled one of the largest cities on the continent when it comes to managing traffic and attracting international investment. To this we can now add the hubris of newly-elected Montreal mayor Valerie Plante and Plateau-Mont-Royal borough mayor Luc Ferrandez in deciding to close Mount Royal to automobile traffic in the spring of 2018.

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Unnamed Automotive Podcast Episode 35 is live!

August 30, 2017 – 1:46 pm | Edit Post

The latest Unnamed Automotive Podcast episode is live! This week Sami Haj-Assaad goes to Pebble Beach and drives the Lamborghini Aventador at Monterey Car Week, while I hit the track at Club Motorsports in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the long-awaited Hellcat-powered SUV. We also comically lament Audi’s latest vehicle naming scheme.

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Unnamed Automotive Podcast Episode 32 is live!

August 6, 2017 – 4:19 pm | Edit Post

The latest Unnamed Automotive Podcast episode is live! This week Sami Haj-Assaad drives the Civic Type R and takes on the Subaru WRX STI, the VW Golf R, and the Ford Focus RS on the …

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Getting Your Classic Car Evaluated For Insurance, Or How To Be Stabbed In The Heart By A Total Stranger

August 6, 2017 – 12:42 pm | Edit Post

If you ever have to get your car evaluated for insurance, I highly recommend you spend the one or two hours it takes locked in a separate room where you can’t hear or see the person with the clipboard walking in circles around your vehicle.

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Unnamed Automotive Podcast Episode 25 is live!

May 14, 2017 – 2:40 pm | Edit Post

This week Sami Haj-Assaad and I try to decide whether you can just make a smaller version of any SUV and call it the ‘Sport,’ and then delve deep into the weird world of badge-engineering. How many other podcasts are talking about the Cadillac Cimarron?