Mark Savage

Automotive Writer

Mark Savage is a certified “car nut,” writing the auto review column, Savage on Wheels, for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and previously the Milwaukee Sentinel, for more than 20 years. He also is editor of American Snowmobiler magazine, published locally by Kalmbach Publishing Co. Savage is an Indianapolis native where he fell in love with cars, the Indy 500 and all things fast, dating back to his pedal car days.

Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

A Wish List of Changes for the Automotive World

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Over the past week, Lake Effect has offered some suggestions for people who are wishing for books or for games this holiday season.

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Economy & Business
3:33 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Growing Need For Fuel Efficient Vehicles

With more cars and higher fuel prices, automakers are developing more fuel-efficient models.
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The gas crisis of the 1970s led many Americans to start valuing fuel efficiency, and auto makers to respond. Lots of things were tried – smaller engines, smaller cars, turbos, the gear known as overdrive. But when gas prices dropped again in the ‘90s, cars – and SUVs – got bigger again.

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5:35 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Six Tips for Common Cold Weather Car Questions

Make sure to check your tire pressure during the winter, particularly after cold snaps.

With the arctic weather we've been getting, most of us are taking extra precautions to face the cold. But should we do the same for our cars?

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Economy & Business
3:46 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Are Driverless Cars in Our Near Future?

A Google driverless car on a testing path
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The idea of a driverless car has always been the stuff of science fiction. Even George Jetson sat in the driver’s seat of his personal flying saucer.  But it’s a technology that may well be on our doorstep.

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Arts & Culture
5:25 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Highlights for 2014 Car Models

The 2014 calendar year doesn’t begin for another two-and-a-half months, but the 2014 car model year has been underway for almost all of 2013.

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Economy & Business
1:46 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Does 'Range Anxiety' Stop You from Buying an Electric Car?

Lake Effect parental figure Al Teich, in front of his Tesla
Credit Al Teich

When Chevrolet unveiled its electric car, the Volt, in this country, its TV commercials reassured would-be buyers that the car also has a gas tank, so it can still get them home if the batteries die.

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Economy & Business
3:08 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Cars' Gadgets & Gizmos: When Not Everything Goes Vroom

Ah, the simplicity of cars in time gone by.
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In a world of modern accommodations every new gadget and gizmo is made to provide convenience, through regularly it comes with added confusion and expenditures.

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Economy & Business
3:34 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Driving Down the Convertible's Memory Lane

Volkswagon Beetle convertible
Credit Miguel Mendez/Wikimedia

It's been a long road for the convertible since it's hey-day.

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