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Hernando Pizarro

I am an avid “Automotive Nut” that appreciates vintage vehicles, muscle cars, exotics, and just about anything with wheels. I see automobiles as works of art, formed with great craftsmanship and patience. - “The opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Endgame360 or Motorbiscuit.”

2019 Jaguar XFS Sportbrake
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Many British Brands Remain British?

The bigger a company is, as the theory goes, the bigger the discount on parts, and research and development. That lesson is called, economies of scale. Automotive manufacturers are well versed in this. That is why people are often surprised to find out that many brands are not true to their reputation. For example, are British brands still British? Economies …

A dashcam installed on an Uber driver's windshield
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Reason to Own A Dashcam

Dashcams are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s world. That’s because it is good to have a credible record of what happens in any given situation. In some situations, having a video recording device like a dashcam or GoPro can be invaluable. Here are a few good reasons to have one running in your …

A Chevy El Camino parked in a lot.
Trucks & SUVs

Throwback: Chevrolet El Camino

Chevrolet introduced the El Camino in 1959. It was Chevy’s response to the Ford Ranchero, which had been selling well as the lone representative of the big three American manufacturers in the ute niche. The El Camino would go on to dominate the niche, even with increasing competition. It would eventually be named the clear winner of the ute category …

Charred Remains of Cars
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Over 3,500 Rental Cars Destroyed in Fire

A fire erupted near Southwest Florida International Airport last Friday night just before 5 pm. The fire started in a grassy rental car overflow parking lot for the airport. It originally involved twenty cars. As fire crews began responding, the flames quickly spread throughout the grassy area and consumed more vehicles. Eventually, two helicopters were …

Chevy Blazer
Crossover & Midsize

Reasons Not To Like The 2020 Blazer

Mention the names Blazer, or K5, and people often have images of a rugged, off-roading, infinitely customizable, full-size SUV in their mind’s eye. That mental picture was accurate from 1969 through the 1994 model year. Then, in the following years, General Motors, Chevrolet’s parent company, decided to dilute the Blazer reputation by placing that nameplate …

Headshot of a white 1990 Buick Reatta
Cars

Throwback: Buick Reatta

It is often forgotten that General Motors has made two-seaters for most of its brands. Part of that reason is that the Chevrolet Corvette has been so successful for so many decades. So, now people automatically think of the Corvette and have to stop and think of what other two-seaters they made. But it is true, in …

Silver 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Cars

Canceling The Pontiac Solstice Was A Mistake

In 2002, Pontiac brought the Solstice to the Detroit Auto Show. Then they sat back and watched the crowds to see if there would be any interest in their little roadster. Luckily for Pontiac, they struck a chord with showgoers. There was so much interest generated in the Solstice that Pontiac decided to produce it as quickly as …

Yellow Pontiac Solstice on display
Cars

Throwback: Pontiac Solstice

One might recall that in the early 1980s, Pontiac introduced the Fiero. It was a mid-engine, four-cylinder, small, two-seater car. When the Pontiac stopped producing the Fiero, there was a gap in its lineup. The customers of the niche started to look elsewhere. It was 2002 before Pontiac would try to fill that two-seater gap …

2019 Mazda Miata small car
Cars

Mazda Miata versus Pontiac Solstice

By 2006 the Mazda MX-5 Miata had become the benchmark for affordable roadsters in the United States. It had been on the market for over twenty years, with competitors disappearing in its wake. Then, the Pontiac Solstice appeared on the scene. Shoppers suddenly were forced to consider Miata versus Solstice before making a choice.  Miata Debut The …

2021 Ford Bronco four-door model
Trucks & SUVs

Reasons Not To Like The 2021 Ford Bronco

Anticipation has grown for the 2021 Ford Bronco since the announcement that it was returning. That was way back at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017. Many renderings from talented people have pushed out since then. Excitement has been building and is almost palpable now. However, it seems that Ford has made one misstep after another since …

Hyundai shows off their 2020 Sonata Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show
Cars

These Hyundai Models Achieve 40 MPG or More

Hyundai has been a company on the move lately. They recently launched the Palisade and demand is booming for it. But, sales are not the only place where Hyundai is moving the needle. The company has been working diligently to increase the fuel efficiency ratings of its vehicles. Slowly but surely, Hyundai has been able to provide more and more …

A new Toyota Camry hybrid automobile is on display during the second press day of the Paris Motor Show
Cars

These Toyotas Achieve 40 MPGs or More

There are many reasons a person will replace a vehicle. For example, their current vehicle may be facing the end of a lease, or the vehicle may have become a mechanical nightmare, or the car is so old that the vehicle has had its wheels driven off of it. Regardless of the motivation to get …

Hyundai shows off their 2020 Sonata Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show
Cars

10 Cars With Over Forty MPG

Every day there is someone somewhere buying a car. Yes, even now, during this coronavirus quarantine period, someone is going to purchase a vehicle online. For those looking for fuel-efficient vehicles as their primary concern, there is a list below that may prove to be helpful. Search criteria vary wildly for car shoppers. Some people look for the …

Red Pontiac Fiero
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Pontiac Fiero and Toyota MR2 Rivalry

In the early 1980s, the United States automotive industry had just come out of two oil embargos and also had new smog controls enacted by the government. Consequently, horsepower numbers dropped, and consumers were gravitating toward smaller vehicles that consumed less fuel. Enter the Pontiac Fiero and Toyota MR2. These two small cars would battle it out for …

First Generation Toyota MR2
Cars

Throwback: Toyota MR2

In the early 1980s, the United States automotive industry was in a period where new smog controls had been enacted by the government, and fuel efficiency was king. In response, in late 1984, the Toyota MR2 entered the small, affordable, fun, fuel-efficient sports car space.  Toyota MR2 Introduction The MR2 was a small, sporty, mid-engined, fuel-efficient, two-seater car with …

Red 1983 Pontiac Fiero
Cars

Throwback: Pontiac Fiero

In the early 1980s, Pontiac had lost its way a bit. It was dealing with new smog regulations and realizing that the buying public was leaning toward smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles. In contrast, Pontiac was used to making larger vehicles and pushing the message that V8 power is the king. So, Pontiac would set out to …

Red 1995 Del Sol Si Vtec
Cars

The Miata and Del Sol Rivalry

Ask an auto enthusiast what a good modern, small, lightweight, open-air, and affordable car would be, and they will probably tell you the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But that was not always the case. The Miata was introduced in 1989. Between then and now, there have been many other competitors. However, the Honda Del Sol was the only real competition. …

Front Passenger Quarter Shot of a 1994 Del Sol
Cars

Honda Made a Mistake Canceling the Del Sol

The Honda Del Sol was canceled in 1997. There would be no replacement for the 1998 model year. Then in 1999, Honda launched the S2000 for the 2000 model year. It was a larger and pricier, full convertible. The S2000 was received well, but it did not have the attraction for people looking for a little, sporty, …

A red FIAT 500 Abarth zips around a curve.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Whatever Happened to Fiat?

Fiat is a name that has popped up in the United States auto industry more than once. They sold vehicles here until 1983 when they shut down. But, you could be forgiven for thinking that the story ended there. The truth is that Fiat came back to the United States. However, analysts are starting to wonder for …

Triumph Spitfire
Cars

The MG and Triumph Rivalry

Mention the name MG or Triumph, and people who remember the brands will more than likely think of sporty, small, convertible, British cars, or maybe even a motorcycle. That’s because both brands became popular in the United States shortly after World War II by providing fun, lightweight sports cars that were competitors to each other. One …

Mini Pickup Truck Concept
Trucks & SUVs

Will Mini Make A Pickup Truck?

Many manufacturers build on their successes and enter additional segments of the automotive market. For example, Tesla’s first automotive offering was a roadster. Then they moved into sedans, SUVs, and now a pickup truck. What about Mini? Will they ever produce a pickup truck? A colleague of mine recently wrote in an article about a modified Mini pickup. That …

Terrafugia Flying Car With Its Wings Folded
Cars

Do Flying Cars Exist?

 The idea of flying cars has caught the fascination of drivers, pilots, and science fiction fans for decades. But, are they an impossibility? Or, do they exist?  Remember the Jetson’s flying car in the introduction of the cartoon, The Jetsons? That flying car could transport the whole family and fold into a briefcase when not …

Town and Country Convertible
Cars

Famous Green Cars for St. Patrick’s Day

Mention a green car and many people will start to think of fuel-efficient, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles. But, this post doesn’t have anything to do with that. In appreciation for all things green on St. Patrick’s day, this post will cover green colored cars that were made famous for their on-screen appearances.  Bullitt To …

Actress Edie Adams Stands in Front of Her Lincoln Capri
Cars

The Capri Was A Ford, a Lincoln, and a Mercury

In the automotive world, if you mention the name Capri, you will be surprised at the disparity of what people remember. Older people will remember it as a Lincoln. Others will remember a European road racing car. Still, others will remember a Fox bodied sister car to the Ford Mustang. The last group will remember …

1980 MGB Roadster - Last Year of Production in the USA
Cars

What Happened to MG?

Mention the name MG and more than likely most people that remember the manufacturer will have visions of little, convertible, sports cars pop to their minds. Indeed, in the 1960s and through the 1970s, MGs used to dot many a driveway and compete in many a rally. So, what happened to MG? Back in the …

Hot Rod Truck Kit
Cars

What Is A Kit Car?

Ever come across the term “kit car”? Wonder what they are? Are they toys or real, driveable vehicles? Just what is a Kit Car? Kit cars are component vehicles. Some kits contain all the components necessary to complete the car, except the fluids. Other times, the “kit” from the manufacturer will require a donor vehicle. …

Man sitting in a Tesla using the infotainment screen.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Is An Infotainment System?

I’ve mentioned before that I learned to drive in the 1980s. In the time since then, I’ve seen a lot of automotive industry advancements filter into more and more models. Advances in safety systems are the most impressive. But, there have been advances in convenience features for the consumer as well. Enter the infotainment system. …

New York International Auto Show Website
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Postponed: New York International Auto Show

Late Tuesday afternoon, the organizers of the New York International Auto Show announced that its annual show was postponed. Originally scheduled to run April 10-19th, the show was rescheduled for August 28th through September 6, 2020. Mark Schienberg, President of the New York Automobile Dealers Association, said the move was being made to protect “attendees, …

Eleanor Mustang from the Gone in 60 Seconds Movie Remake with Nicolas Cage (2000)
Cars

Classic Muscle Cars Are A Joke By Today’s Standards

There is no denying that the dawn of the V8 muscle car in the 1960s certainly changed things. High horsepower vehicles, growling deeply, and moving metal quickly down the road was a definite attraction to automotive enthusiasts and well as the regular consumer. In today’s market, however, those old cars are a joke.  There’s nothing …

2020 Subaru Outback
Cars

How the U.S. Station Wagon Grew Up

Station wagons used to be a popular family hauler in the United States. Over time, however, they progressively started to disappear. Or, have they? Large Station Wagons Are Gone It is true that right now, in the US, one can not buy a full-size station wagon from the mainline automotive manufacturers. The last ones ceased …