eyes on auto's keith morgan takes an alfa romeo stelvio on a picnic of a drive


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get your Nissan Kicks on Route 66
Mark Richardson spent a week driving the length of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles in three Nissan vehicles. This is Day 1, from Chicago, IL, to Cuba, MO.

I left Chicago this morning in a Nissan Kicks SUV, among a group of Nissans to drive the length of Route 66 on as much of the old road as possible. It’s more than 3,000 
kilometres from the gritty Windy City, south through the heartland to St. Louis, then west across the prairie and desert; it ends at the Pacific Ocean off the Santa Monica pier in California. 

If you know the 1940s song, you know the route: “Now you go through St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty. You'll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino…”

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alfa romeo stelvio
Keith Morgan finally got his chance to beat his dad’s speed record in a 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Milano Edizione AWD (Ti Sport in Canada), thanks to FCA UK (Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles). Named for the famous Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps, this five-seat, all-wheel drive, sport-ute was perfect to take on the wonderful winding roads and mountain passes of the Lake District.

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Got to the Lakes gateway - Windermere - in a little over an hour with ease, along pleasant rural A roads and a short stretch of the md6 Motorway. The 2.0-litre, 280-horsepower, direct-injection turbocharged engine, undoubtedly made this a “poky little motor” too. The md6 would give me a chance to match my dad’s zero-to-100 klicks in 15-seconds. Leaving the slip road near Lancaster, I swear I heard that throaty exhaust note, reminiscent of the Sud and the inspiration for the flashy stripe."

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jeep groundhog day
The last kick of the Super Bowl 54 may be history but there’s a part of the TV sports spectacular that just keeps on repeating time and again months later.

And that is truly in keeping with the theme of Jeep’s “Groundhog Day” commercial, which reprises movie star Bill Murray’s role in the 1993 movie of the same name in which he repeats the same day over and again.

Thousands are taking another look online at this imaginative 60-second video, voted the best Super Bowl commercial broadcast that day. Amazingly, the Big Game and Groundhog Day fell on the same day for only the second time in the Super Bowl’s 54-year history. Fate determined this commercially had to be created.

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get your Nissan Kicks on Route 66
Wild speculation about which popular Euro models might appear in North America after the pending merger of FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles) with the French-based PSA Groupe (Peugeot-Citroën) has been rife since last year’s announcement.

FCA could certainly benefit from some of the PSA small car 
lineup, though most, if not all, would be rebadges of Euro editions. Most of the forecasts are doubtless the fantasies of my fellow auto journalists but it’s good harmless fun.

Personally, I’d like to make a suggestion that doesn’t have a chance of happening because my vehicle of choice is not made anymore. - In the last century, I owned a green Citroën 2CV-6,  a “deux chevaux" (French for two horses). Don’t let the V-6 label fool you, there was no three-litre engine under its hood. It hid a 600cc, air-cooled 29 horsepower, four-cylinder engine, matched to a 4-speed manual transmission. The gears were selected by a weird handle that pulled in out from the dash, and tilted to change gear.

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