Musings on Granada, Spain and Alhambra Along With a Few Dozen Photos

Posted Kirill Ougarov Travel

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the city of Granada, Spain. There was a car involved (of course), and you can read that 2017 Subaru BRZ Performance Pack story over at Automobile Magazine (and in the upcoming May 2016 issue!); I also did a companion ‘cool facts’ story because I could. […]

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Election 2016: Rating the Candidate’s Websites

Posted Kirill Ougarov Internet

While plenty of comparing has been done with the positions of the four candidates running for president, I’ve yet to see a comparison of their websites. So I decided to do one myself. I looked at the sites objectively, with no weight given to the cadindates’ policies or my personal preferences, beyond my professional experience […]

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The Financial Crisis is Why You’re Paying More for a Used Car

Posted Kirill Ougarov Market Analysis

I have seen a number of stories about how the price of a used car is approaching the territory occupied by the rent (too damn high, though for cars, receding). As with the rent level, a finger can be pointed at the 2008 financial crisis, the echoes of which we’re still feeling and will be […]

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Long Beach Rail Transit Fantasy

Posted Kirill Ougarov Transit

In the run-up to Metro LA’s announcement of its long-range plan for Measure R 2.0 funds, should the tax hike get passed, there have been many “dream scenario” maps released for LA County transit networks. With the sales tax pushing 10% in most of LA county, Metro’s plan is likely to be the last major […]

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What I Learned From Studying Over 60 Months of Chrysler Sales

Posted Kirill Ougarov Market Analysis

Chrysler’s March 2015 sales release was headlined by this figure: 60th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sounds pretty impressive, right? But what does it actually look like? I decided to find out. And ended up looking at 11 years in all, instead of just that 60 months. While looking for the data I needed, I […]

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Front Three Quarter 

April 2015 Truck Sales in 5 Charts (and Who is Really Number One?)

Posted Kirill Ougarov Market Analysis

Here’s my look at the April 2015 truck sales. This time I have five charts. I know I didn’t do March. I got lazy. Apologies. But this time I did use excel. Enjoy the prettier graphs, I know I do. If you want the listings of the random % changes and Y-O-Y swings in paragraph […]

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 

February 2015 Truck Sales in 4 Charts

Posted Kirill Ougarov Market Analysis

I don’t know why (and it could be because my Google-fu has failed me), but visualization of monthly vehicle sales data is pretty lacking. I’m sure there’s plenty of it in everyone automaker’s marketing departments (then again, given some of the decisions we’ve seen…), but publicly? Not so much. And yes, it’s probably because not […]

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