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Car Reviewer Micah Muzio Names Five Cars He’s Owned and One He Wants

Car buyers who do their research usually run their options through Kelley Blue Book, an automotive research company that recommends new and used cars, gives up-to-date pricing and shows car listings.

A component of that, its video reviews, are gaining popularity. With more than 600,000 subscribers on YouTube, viewers have been watching Micah Muzio, the company’s video manager, give his opinions on the latest cars since 2007.

In his experience, he tries to approach every review by asking what problem the vehicle is trying to solve. That’s why he’s much more interested in reviewing minivans than supercars.

“If I’m going to be of use to the automotive world and people who are buying cars, it’s kind of cool to weigh in on cars that people are actually going to buy,” he said.

Muzio told us about five cars he has owned in his life and his ultimate dream car.

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Movie cars get starring role in new Petersen Museum exhibit

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A former employee of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles once revealed to me what was, by far, the most popular car in their collection. Care to guess? No, it isn’t a rare exotic like their quad-turbo V12 Bugatti EB110. Nor is it a classic like their 1947 Ferrari 125S, the very first car to bear ol’ Enzo’s surname, one of just two built. And it’s not their concours-winning 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I “Round Door”, a stunning coach-built one-off from the Art Deco age. It’s the Batmobile.

Turns out, most visitors to Los Angeles’ Museum Row, a cluster of galleries along Wilshire Blvd’s Miracle Mile, are only casual car enthusiasts. Many aren’t car enthusiasts at all, but simply movie fans who want to catch a whiff of Tinseltown.

In that vein, the Petersen’s new exhibit, which focuses on movie cars from science fiction

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Demand Increases for Hybrid, Electric, and Economy Cars Amid Surge in Gas Prices

Used car prices are up 35.0 percent over last year as the microchip shortage continues to impact the automotive industry, according to iSeeCars.com’s latest analysis of 1.8 million used car sales in February. This is down from a 36.9 percent increase in January.

“After coming down slightly in February, used car prices remain elevated due to lingering supply constraints, and they are expected to rise again due to geopolitical factors as Russia is a key supplier of materials used to make car parts and microchips,” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “We are also seeing a significant increase in demand for used hybrid and electric vehicles as a result of high gas prices, with the cost of hybrids increasing by 46.9 percent and electrics increasing by 43 percent compared to last year.”

Although the average used car has significantly increased in price, iSeeCars’s analysis also found some vehicles

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Four Good Cars, Rest Also-Rans in Petersen’s Moviecar Exhibit

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Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum has to be the greatest car museum in the world. Located smack dab in the middle of car-crazy Southern California and backed by a Billionaire Boys Club of board members, it has proven its leadership time and again, with a permanent collection of some 400 cars and rotating exhibits from all over the world.

So we can forgive an occasional air ball.

Consider the latest exhibit opening, “Cars of Film and Television.” The museum is located literally an Uber’s drive away from Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal, and Sony Pictures, and nearly as close to any number of semi-secret fenced-off parking lots hidden all over the city packed door-to-door with various movie cars. So access to icons is not the problem.

The Petersen has had such exhibits off and on for most of its 28 years, so it knows how to do these things.

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