Archive for November, 2016
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 230
Fuel Used: 11.4 gallons
The Jeep brand has gone through its share of owners. Consumer Guide Editor Jack Stewart details the off-road brand’s chain of custody in his excellent piece, Is There a Jeep Curse?
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 127
Fuel Used: 5.8 gallons
Pontiac’s motives were clear enough: Clear the deck of hard-to-sell big cars and focus on the growing midsize segment. With this in mind, the folks steering the Excitement Division’s product development ship elected to kill off the full-size Catalina and Bonneville and move the popular Bonneville badge down a notch, applying it to the brand’s midsize lineup.
Perhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.
Class: Compact Pickup
Miles Driven: 243
Fuel Used: 12.0 gallons
When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.
The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great time to be in the Chicagoland area if you’re a car guy, because that’s when the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolls through town. The 2016 edition of MCACN took over the Donald E. Stephens convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, last weekend, bringing with it a bevy of amazing all-American machinery.
The strangest thing about the 1981 midsize-wagon market is the absence of Ford products from the segment. While Ford was still very much in the wagon business, the company no longer produced a wagon to compete directly with longroof versions of the Chevrolet Malibu or Dodge Diplomat.
LOS ANGELES—Though it was officially unveiled at the end of October, Volkswagen’s all-new midsize SUV just made its U.S. auto-show debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row, seven-passenger crossover that aims to put VW back in the heart of the midsize SUV market.