Archive for April, 2017

Apr
28
1955 Hudson, by Citroen

What if another manufacturer had created their own version of 1955 Hudson?

By Frank Peiler

Anybody who knows a little something about automotive history knows that Hudson merged with Nash in 1954 to form American Motors.  As a result, AMC had to come up with a new Hudson in record time to make the 1955 model year.  The design department at Nash did a very good job transforming the Ambassador/Statesman into a  new Hudson.  The new car didn’t look much like a Hudson, and it certainly didn’t handle at all like previous “step-down” Hudsons, but the design was a refreshing change from the old and tired car.  However, what would the 1955 Hudson look like had the merger been between General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, or the newly merged Studebaker/Packard?

Apr
26
2017 Toyota Yaris iA

2017 Toyota Yaris iA in Graphite

2017 Toyota Yaris iA manual    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Subcompact Car

Miles Driven: 481

Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons

Apr
26
2018 Dodge Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

Dodge unveiled the 2018 Challenger Demon earlier this month via an hour-long, live-streamed press event that put P.T. Barnum and company to shame. Rock-concert pyrotechnics, Metallica’s “Fuel” (an oft-used, hard-rocking tune that might as well be the official theme song for automotive ass-kicking), a full dragstrip-style burnout and launch on the stage, and Vin Diesel were but a few elements of the over-the-top ceremony. The Demon’s final unveiling was the culmination of a full three months of hype. The first of 13 official Dodge teaser videos was posted in mid-January, and there were also plenty of clues trickling out in social media about the Demon’s co-starring role in The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the cash-cow Fast and Furious movie franchise.

Apr
25
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk in Billet Silver Metallic

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact crossover

Miles Driven: 285

Fuel Used: 13.1 gallons

Apr
25
1970 Chevrolet Impala

1970 Chevrolet Impala

Robert De Niro was cruising the Boroughs of New York City long before he played a mentally ill cabbie in the 1976 Martin Scorsese classic Taxi Driver–six years before, to be exact. Taxi Driver hit theaters in 1976. De Niro, however, shows off an AMC Ambassador in this forgotten ad from way back in 1970.

Apr
24
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

This South-African-market 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer may give us a hint of what the 2019 Blazer will look like.

Auto industry observers have suggested that Hyundai has confused new-car shoppers by implementing a two-midsize-crossover strategy. Not because the Korean maker is selling two vehicles in roughly the same market space, but because of how the vehicles are named.

Apr
21
2017 Lexus GX 460

2017 Lexus GX 460 Luxury in Nebula Grey Pearl

 2017 Lexus GX 460 2015 Audi Q5Luxury

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 1584

Fuel Used: 88.7 gallons

Apr
21
1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruise

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Sometimes hindsight plays tricks on us. I have always been uncomfortable that the Talking Heads’ seminal album More Songs about Buildings and Food was available on 8-Track tape.

I associate the 1978 album with a progressive musical movement that endured through the Eighties. That fact that that same music could be purchased in a lousy, short-lived format known for premature failure is difficult for me to square.

Apr
20
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited in Electric Storm Blue

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact crossover

Miles Driven: 599

Fuel Used: 19.3 gallons

Apr
19
2017 BMW 530i

2017 BMW 530i xDrive in Jatoba Brown Metallic

2017 BMW 530i xDrive   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 434

Fuel used: 16.8 gallons

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