Mark Savage

Automotive Contributor

Mark Savage writes the auto review column, Savage On Wheels, for WUWM (formerly for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and Savageonwheels.com. He is also the executive editor of American Snowmobiler magazine and editor of FineScale Modeler magazine, both part of Kalmbach Media in Waukesha.  Savage is an Indianapolis native where he fell in love with cars, the Indy 500 and all things fast, dating back to his pedal car days. He speaks with fellow contributor Dan Harmon each month.

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There are probably still a few cars on the road that have only a radio, or perhaps even a cassette deck. However nowadays, it's kind of a throwback to even find a CD player in some newer models.

Electronics are a huge deal in the cars of the 21st century, from the way the engines themselves are controlled, to how drivers and passengers are kept safe and how they’re entertained.

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Not long ago, the idea that you could design a car that could drive itself and its passengers from place to place safely was something out of science fiction films. But the idea has gone from drawing boards to a prototype to the road.

At least two companies have set early versions of the self-driving car out for a spin – Audi, the German maker of some high-end cars and SUVs, and Google.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is still deciding what the future holds for its most successful international show.

Top Gearthe car culture show, was thrown into disarray recently when the BBC fired one of the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson had been in hot water several times before, but finally went over the line when he berated and physically attacked one of his producers.

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From the Kia Soul+ to the Subaru Legacy, Lake Effect auto contributor Mark Savage shares his 2015 Zoomie Car of the Year Awards.

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Even though most large cities – including Milwaukee – have their own auto shows, two dates on the calendar standout for the automotive industry in this country.

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Over the past week, Lake Effect has offered some suggestions for people who are wishing for books or for games this holiday season.

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The gas crisis of the 1970s led many Americans to start valuing fuel efficiency, and auto makers to respond. Lots of things were tried – smaller engines, smaller cars, turbos, the gear known as overdrive. But when gas prices dropped again in the ‘90s, cars – and SUVs – got bigger again.

Are Driverless Cars in Our Near Future?

Nov 18, 2013
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The idea of a driverless car has always been the stuff of science fiction. Even George Jetson sat in the driver’s seat of his personal flying saucer.  But it’s a technology that may well be on our doorstep.

The 2014 calendar year doesn’t begin for another two-and-a-half months, but the 2014 car model year has been underway for almost all of 2013.

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When Chevrolet unveiled its electric car, the Volt, in this country, its TV commercials reassured would-be buyers that the car also has a gas tank, so it can still get them home if the batteries die.

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In a world of modern accommodations every new gadget and gizmo is made to provide convenience, through regularly it comes with added confusion and expenditures.

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It's been a long road for the convertible since it's hey-day.

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