Over the years, it has become apparent that car industry types and automotive journalists have something in common. A certain negativity towards car manufacturers that translates into a level of bitchiness when talking about cars. Why this concerns me is that I’m not only a car industry guy, but I like to think that I’m part of a new wave of writers.
It’s pretty common to read whines, moans and rants about this and that part of a new car, especially amongst those who write online. Car industry types in general really don’t usually like cars anyway, so they often don’t have anything nice to say on the topic.
So why is this an issue for me? While working on my notes for my road test of the Ford Edge, it occurred to me that I really like the vehicle and that my writings were going to come across as being a little over enthusiastic. As regular readers know, I’m that odd industry type who is still a car guy. I love cars. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever driven a vehicle that I wasn’t able to find some detail cool. Even the cars that I didn’t like overall still had something that interested me. Cars are part of who I am and I don’t expect that to change any time soon.
You can expect that our road tests here in The Garage will continue to be an honest interpretation of the good and bad that each car has to offer. It doesn’t mean that we’ll be slamming manufacturers when they do something we don’t like, but we will point it out tactfully.