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Nov
20
2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

The premise underlying Cadillac’s decision to market a subcompact car in the U.S. beginning in 1982 was perfectly sound. The luxury division of General Motors was looking for a way to reach younger consumers, and a smaller, more affordable offering made sense. It would enable the brand to bring new buyers into the fold sooner rather than later, and hopefully those customers would move up to a larger, pricier Cadillac when trade-in time came.

Nov
17
1958 Cadillac ambulance conversion by Miller-Meteor

1958 Cadillac ambulance conversion by Miller-Meteor

The primary difference between the manufacturing of police cars and the building of ambulances is amount of work done by the automaker itself.

Nov
15
1965 Ford Police Car

1965 Ford Ranch Wagon

Last year Ford sold around 20,000 vehicles to law-enforcement agencies. While the number may seem huge, it’s dwarfed by many of Ford’s retail models. The Ford Escape small crossover, for example, accounts for nearly 30,000 sales every month.

Nov
13
2018 Ford F-150 Responder

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

For decades, the humble sedan dominated the world of law enforcement. When someone said, “police car,” odds are you pictured a full-size black-and-white sedan.

Nov
06
2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

The group of vehicles loosely referred to as small crossovers is currently the hottest-selling segment in the U.S.

Nov
03
1981 Ford LTD

1981 Ford LTD

As far as recessions go, the economic dip of the early Eighties wasn’t much of a downturn. Apparently the Fed overdid it a bit, and tightened the money supply a bit more than banks and lenders liked.

Nov
01
Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Everything in Fritz Lang’s epic film Metropolis was carefully considered–even the cars.

No college film course is complete without a serious look at Fritz Lang’s 1927 epic Metropolis. Best known for its pioneering futurism, cutting-edge directing, and dystopian prognostication, the film is a must see for movie lovers.

Oct
27
2003 Ford Explorer NBX

2003 Ford Explorer NBX

One relatively easy way for an auto manufacturer to spur the sales of a given model is to play around with the trim levels offered.

Oct
25
1997 Cadillac Catera

1997 Cadillac Catera

It’s always interesting to note how the passing of time changes our perspective. Ask anyone who remembers the car today, and they’re likely to tell you that the Cadillac Catera was a badly executed car that sold poorly.

Oct
24
1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The rollout of General Motors’ broad lineup of “X-Car” compact cars for 1980–which consisted of four separate vehicle lines spread across four brands–was a big event in the American automotive industry. Not surprisingly, GM backed up its ambitious new product initiative with a massive presence in TV and magazine advertising.

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