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Derek Price, the author of the "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner and is nationally distributed, has lately been driving a Polaris Slingshot, a cross between a car and a motorcycle, which he says is very impractical but extremely fun to drive.  We also discuss an article on "Top Five Ways Cars Have Gotten More Dangerous."

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Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media and author of the "Cargazing" newspaper column,  says automobile companies are adapting to what seems to be millennials' cooler attitude toward cars.  Derek says only about 60 percent of 18 year olds now have a driver's license, compared to 80 percent in the 1980s.  He says car companies are adapting.  The companies are making cars much more capable of connecting with smart phones.  Another idea being a

Ram

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, says the complete redesigned of the Ram 1500 pickup is "remarkable."  He says it adds up to a smoother, quieter ride.  And, of pop cultural interest, Ram has removed the ram-head logo from the grille, which may disturb some traditionalists. 

Jeep

The author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price, says the Jeep Trackhawk, which he recently drove, is "crazy ... thrilling ... illogical."  It is an off-road SUV with a 707 horsepower engine that goes fom 0-60 mph in 3 1/2 seconds.  On another topic, Derek says he thinks we're farther away from everyday use of self-driving cars than many have predicted.

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The writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, Derek Price of Greenville, says Chrysler's new Pacifica is the best mini-van on the market.  The Pacifica is hybrid vehicle that can drive about 30 miles on electric power.  It replaces the iconic Town & Country.  Derek says Volkswagen has simplified its Jetta line.  The Jetta was rated as a top safety pick by  the Insura

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, says the theme at the State Fair Auto Show this year is luxury pickup trucks, such as the new Ford Super Duty Limited, which with all options sells for $94,000.  Derek says the Toyota Camry, the nation's best-selling car, has been redesigned from rather plain and nondescript to very stylish

Toyota

Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column that appears in the Herald-Banner, reflects on driver-assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, which he calls "baby steps toward autonomous driving."

Alpha Romeo

Derek Price, author of the syndicated "Cargazing" column which appears in the Herald-Banner, recently participated in the Texas Auto Roundup at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, and says the Alpha Romeo Giluia was named the "Car of Texas."  Derek says he was also very impressed by the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan as a family vehicle.

Volkswagen

"Cargazing" column writer Derek Price says the Volkwagen Golf R he's currently driving looks like a mild-mannered math teacher's economy car, but underneath its unimposing exterior is an engine with 300 horsepower.  And Derek also recently drove the Ram Power Wagon, a mighty off-road pickup.

Ford

Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column and owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, says the redesigned Ford Super Duty pickup is the "Truck of Texas" for 2017, as named by the Texas Automobile Writers Association.  The organization held the annual "Texas Truck Rodeo" recently in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

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Derek Price, the author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, recently drove the new Ford Super Duty pickup truck, which he says is the first redesign of the truck in 18 years.  The Super Duty trucks are specifically designed for heavy towing. Derek is also involved with Hunt County Public Art, and reminds us that today (Friday, August 19) is the deadline for artists to submit a project proposal for next year.

Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce and writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, reviews Chevrolet's Camaro, the 2016 Motor Trends Car of the Year.  Derek also describes recently driving the Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Derek Price of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, who writes the nationally syndicated Cargazing column, says the Lincoln MKX luxury SUV is the first Lincoln to truly impress him in its design and engineering in a long time.  Derek also reviews a new Ford Mustang GT, the Honda Fit subcompact, and the Chevrolet Colorado diesel pickup.