Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013 Test Year in Review

2013 Test Year Summary
This is something I should have done sooner.  Now that I've semi-retired, and no longer cover auto racing, I have time to dot the i's and cross the t's.  This summary of my 2013 Test Year for Radio-Road-Test is part of that.
I produced my 1000th episode of the program, with a roadtest of the Cadillac ATS, which won North American Car of the Year for 2013.  I didn't know it at the time, but I also got a jump on testing Chevrolet's 2014 North American Truck of the Year, the Chevy Silverado, when I drove its cousin, the GMC Sierra back last summer.  I expect to produce my 1050th episode of the program in May, 2014.
Now to facts/figures:
Total Miles Driven          35,316
Average Miles Per Test:       679
Average 0-60 Time Over all 52 Vehicles:    7.3 Seconds (timed in traffic conditions with a KAT Matrix Accelerometer)
Average Fuel Economy Observed over all 52 Vehicles:     27.6 Miles Per Gallon
Cost (sticker price) of all 52 Test Vehicles:     $2,068,834
Average Sticker Price of a Test Vehicle:     $39,785
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