Archive for July, 2012

Jul
26

1969 Corvette, 1970 Titan 90, Chevrolet Titan 90

Remember when Chevy was still making heavy-duty trucks? I’m not talking about beefed-up Silverados, but actual over-the-road semi tractor trailers. In 1970, Chevrolet introduced the Titan 90, a tilt-cab truck very similar to its better-known corporate cousin, the GMC Astro 95. Both were once fairly common sites on the highways and Interstates.

Jul
25
Automotive Word Search

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.

Jul
25

2013 Cadillac SRX CUE, Cadillac User Experience

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:

Jul
24
2013 Ford Taurus

2013 Ford Taurus SEL

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.

Jul
23

Funny Vanity Plates

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.

Jul
23
2013 Cadillac ATS

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.

Jul
21
1953 Chevrolet Corvette, History of the Corvette in Pictures

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. 

Jul
20

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.

Jul
20
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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.

Jul
18
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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