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1969 Corvette, 1970 Titan 90

Remember when Chevy was still making heavy-duty trucks? I’m not talking about beefed-up Silverados, but actual over-the-road semis. In 1970, Chevrolet introduced the Titan 90, a tilt-cab truck very similar to its better-known corporate cousin, the GMC Astro 95.


Here’s a “dead car brand” to get you started: Cord. Pictured is a 1937 Cord 812 Custom Beverly.

Has the summer heat got you down? Tired of political news and threats to the Euro? Well, here’s a chance to get away from it all. In fact, here’s a chance to get away from your computer. Just print out the Dead Car Brands and Meat Substitute Seek-uh-Word and set yourself down in a comfy chair. Your job, for the next hour or so, is to find 29 car brands that no longer exist, plus four substances that are typically used by tree huggers as a substitute for chicken and beef. Have fun, take a load off, and find yourself some words.


2013 Cadillac SRX CUE

Consumer Guide was recently introduced to Cadillac’s new infotainment system, the Cadillac User Experience, which is making its debut in the new-for-2013 XTS and ATS. Here are 5 things that we think are noteworthy about CUE:

1. Simple Layout
Four conventional buttons supplement the 8-inch LCD touchscreen, located in the center of the car’s main interface. The home screen has customizable shortcuts with large icons, giving it a clean-looking design.


2. Easy to Use
A lot of infotainment systems can be confusing or irritating, but CUE seems to be more refined and intuitive. Its minimalistic layout removes a lot of common frustrations by adding a drop-screen menu in all screens, making it virtually impossible to get lost in menus upon menus. Natural speech recognition is also featured. Cadillac claims that it does not require a set list of commands in order for the system to respond to you properly.


3. Visuals
The 12.3-inch LCD cluster display behind the steering wheel features dynamic graphics, which categorize the vehicle’s data into various themes such as fuel, navigation, and vehicle speed. The live map impresses with its 3D view, allowing you to see digital landmarks and buildings ahead of your route. After 15 seconds, proximity sensors fade the information that you’re not using (on the main 8-inch screen), but they reappear once your hand nears the screen again.


Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2013 Ford Taurus, a large car that starts at $26,600.

Test car came equipped with: heated front seats and the Equipment Group (Rapid Spec Package) 202A (includes 8-inch MyFordTouch screen with Sync infotainment connectivity, rearview camera, rear-obstacle detection, pushbutton starting, power-adjust pedals, 19-inch aluminum wheels). Total MSRP with $795 destination = $33,390.

Powertrain: 288-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive.

Acceleration: This 3.5 V6 SEL felt about as quick as my like-equipped 2010 tester. Though curb weight has gone up in the interim by at least 100 pounds, that should be more than offset by the ’13 model’s extra 25 horsepower and 5 pound-feet of torque. But it doesn’t seem to be, if memory serves on the earlier car. In any case, my colleagues are right to say that this engine has “more than adequate power and delivers good acceleration.” Car and Driver timed 0-60 mph at 7.0 seconds for a V6 SEL with optional all-wheel drive. This slightly lighter front-driver should do a tad better. I also agree that the 6-speed automatic transmission is a smooth operator, but like most modern automatics it hesitates to kick down for passing and wants to reach top gear at the earliest opportunity; mpg-biased shift programming gets the blame for both. Happily, there’s a manual mode that allows sequential gear selection via a button on the shifter knob. Some testers don’t like the button, but I don’t mind it at all. It’s certainly better than nothing.


Overwhelmingly, vanity license plates that tout professions represent three particular callings: coaching, sales, and teaching. This conclusion is based entirely on personal observation, but let’s call the results scientific anyway.


2013 Cadillac ATS

In the video below, CGA Editor Ed Piotrowski takes a ride around the new Atlanta Motorsports Park in the 2013 Cadillac ATS. Cadillac Product Development Engineer Dave Mikels is behind the wheel. This video shows off the power and sound of the car’s 321-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. It’s also equipped with the latest generation of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Corvette

The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off a Flint, Michigan, assembly line on June 30, 1953. As one of the nationals longest-running nameplates, the Corvette has earned a permanent spot in annals of motoring history. Here we celebrate the ‘Vette in pictures. Though this classic Chevy has changed dramatically over the years, each generation is unmistakingly a Corvette. 


Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2012 issue of Collectible Automobile.

By the time the redesigned 1964 Rambler American went on sale, the model had become an important product for American Motors.


Visual changes from the Impreza hatch—itself new for 2012—are modest, but the XV Crosstrek rides about 4 inches higher. Ground clearance has increased by about 3 inches.

So what exactly is an XV Crosstrek? It’s a new SUV-flavored variant of the Subaru Impreza 5-door hatchback that will arrive in showrooms this September. I’ve just returned from the media introduction, where I fired off a few quick snapshots of my Tangerine Orange Pearl test car before heading off on the drive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What Was The Beverly Hillbillies Truck?

The Beverly Hillbillies. about a poor family that struck oil on their land and moved to Beverly Hills, California, ran from 1962 to 1971.

So what was the Beverly Hillbillies’ truck? I always thought it was a Twenties Chrysler because that automaker supplied most of the new cars for the series. Miss Jane usually drove Dodge convertibles, while Mrs. Drysdale was chauffeured in Imperials. The Clampett truck had a rounded radiator similar to the mid-Twenties Chryslers. What Was The Beverly Hillbillies Truck?

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