The latest Tom Cruise action flick is Jack Reacher where he plays protagonist Jack Reacher, a former military cop wandering from one city to another. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid reading this blog post as there are some spoiler alerts. If you have seen the movie, you know it wasn’t an all-out action movie like of Shoot ‘Em Up, but it is an action movie nonetheless with senseless murder, car chases and twists.
The movie opens with a sniper picking off presumably innocent people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The man charged with the crime, Barr, is a former military sniper. While in police custody for questioning, he writes on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher.” And so the movie begins and Tom Cruise in all of his 5′ 7″ glory comes to town to find out who is responsible for the murders.
Reacher believes Barr doesn’t have the skills as a sniper to kill all those people so the lawyer defending Barr teams up with Reacher to find the real sniper. In the process of trying to find who framed Barr, Reacher discovers corruption in the city’s government and a gang using a construction company as a front.
There are a handful of cars in the movie including a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Coupe, a 2012 Ford Transit Connect, a 2006 Audi A6 C6 and a really old Silverado pickup from the late 70′s, early 80′s. Similar to the film Drive, cars driven by characters in the movie Jack Reacher serve as a reflection of the people who drive them. [keep reading]
Major conflicts exist all over the world. Unfortunately, I have my fair share of them. My conflicts include my girlfriend vs. my fashion sense or lack thereof, and my social reputation vs. my car. Since my girlfriend always gets her way in terms of my clothing choices, let’s talk about the latter and more pressing issue. As the title of this post states, I, a self-proclaimed car guy, drive a 2008 Smart Passion ForTwo painted in ULAS J1120+0641 Quasar Yellow. In simple terms, it’s brighter than Sergey Karjakin (pronounced Car-Yack-in, not Car-Jack-In, though my car has experienced both). I guess that’s not that simple, but just know that it’s really, really bright.
Now that my reputation amongst car people has been completely torn down, it’s time to build it back up again with a brief history of the Smart brand. The brand was conceived by Swatch CEO Nicolas Hayek. His original goal was to create a car with interchangeable plastic color panels to suit the mood of the owner, similar to his watch trim. Volkswagen was Mr. Hayek’s original partner on the project but dove out early. The project was then picked up by Daimler-Benz, who after losing a large sum of money, bought the Smart brand outright. Two things can be brought up with this history: [keep reading]
Each Wednesday the Mojo Motors Blog reserves a post for a cool used car of the future. We’ve featured the Mach 7 Falcon and Ford GT90 which are clearly cool used cars of the future, but we’ve never featured a car that wasn’t. That changes today. Nicknamed the “Red Gold Dream” this Mercedes McLaren SLR is quite possibly the most ostentatious, opulent, pompous and flamboyant Mercedes ever built.
White was named the most popular car color in America beating out long-time favorite silver which has been the country’s most popular car color for the past ten years. It’s about time some fresh meat takes the crown from silver, but then again, the most exciting thing about white is when it makes an appearance on wheels. Refer to this Mustang Saleen and this Subaru WRX STi. White may be the most popular car color in America, but based on 117 responses from our Facebook fans, both red and black beat out America’s favorite by quite a majority. Even further down the list is silver, which was beaten out by the color blue in the fourth spot and green in the fifth-place spot.
For the complete results, check out the graph below:
This week’s new car is the 2011 Saab 9-3 2.0T Sedan. With a four cylinder engine, optional automatic transmission, and 105.3 in. wheel base, it’s a solid player in the entry-level luxury sedan market. Certainly a nice car, but by taking advantage of the Mojo price, we bet you can get a lot more for your money. First, let’s take a look at the Saab and its specs:
2011 Saab 9-3 2.0T Sedan
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder Auto
Power: 210hp and 221tq
Wheel base: 105.3 in.
So $32k gets you a nice but small luxury sedan. However, most luxury car buyers are looking for a roomier interior and a more powerful engine. If you’re going to spend this kind of money, you want the most comfort, power, and style you can get. So let’s see what we can get for the same price or less on Mojo…
This week our new car is the 2011 Kia Forte SX. A hot car in on the compact scene, our range topping Forte comes with a 2.4l 4 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, and 17″ wheels. With these nice options the car totals out to $18,895. Not a bad price for a well equipped vehicle.
2011 Kia Forte SX
Engine: 174hp 4cyl
Drive Train: FWD
But what could you get for the same money on Mojo? Certainly something with a little more… umm…. Mojo!