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Mar
28
2019 Cadillac XT4

2019 Cadillac XT4

New York Auto ShowCadillac made news in conjunction with the 2018 New York Auto Show by rolling out the brand’s first-ever small crossover. The 2019 Cadillac XT4 compact SUV will slot below the midsize XT5 crossover in both size and price, and give Cadillac dealerships a model with which to lure shoppers considering the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Lexus NX.

Mar
27
2019 GMC Sierra AT4

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

New York Auto ShowIn advance of the 2018 New York Auto Show, GMC unveiled the Sierra AT4, an off-road-ready variant of its soon-to-be-released 2019 Sierra 1500 pickup truck.

“The Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the ability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred.

Mar
26
Simon Templar and Volvo P1800, What did The Saint Drive?

Roger Moore starred as Simon Templar in the popular show The Saint, which ran from 1962-1969 on British TV.

Here’s a question for you: What was Jaguar’s biggest-ever marketing blunder? Many might argue it was the X-Type, a compact sedan that was little more than a Ford Mondeo (called Contour in the U.S.) gilded with a Jaguar grille, curvy sheet metal, and some extra wood and leather inside. By virtually every measure, the X-Type was a flop as a Jaguar, though the wagon version was not without its charms.

Mar
23
1976 Ford Elite

1976 Ford Elite

Ford is doing it right now with a subcompact crossover (EcoSport) imported from India. Cadillac did it with a German import badged on these shores as Catera. Honda did it with rebadged midsize SUV (Passport) that was actually built by Isuzu.

Mar
21
Jeep® Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

It’s probably a lot of work cranking out multiple concept vehicles every year, but the folks at Jeep have been introducing fun fantasy rides in conjunction with their Annual Moab Easter Safari for a while now.

Mar
19
GMC Twin Six

GMC Twin Six

Mar
16
1983 Ford Thunderbird

1983 Ford Thunderbird

I graduated from high school in 1983. The third year of President Ronald Reagan’s first term was pretty good to me—I spent the summer working full time at a service station, I starting taking classes at a local junior college, and I spent a considerable amount of time looking at, reading about, and talking about cars.

Mar
12
Chevrolet Spark Activ

By employing a number of trim upgrades, Chevrolet transformed its conventional Spark subcompact hatchback (left) into the Spark Activ, a model designed to retain small-car shoppers being lured away by crossover SUVs.

It’s getting hard to sell cars. And when I say cars, I mean cars specifically, because automakers are having no trouble at all moving crossovers. Take last year, for example. In an overall market that was down slightly, car sales slipped a significant 11 percent, while crossover sales rose a healthy seven percent.

Mar
08
2019 Lexus UX

2019 Lexus UX

2018 Geneva Auto Show After showing a new 3-row version of its midsize RX SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lexus expands its crossover lineup on the small side with subcompact UX, which it revealed at the Geneva Auto Show.

The UX is the first Lexus built on the brand’s new GA-C corporate architecture, and will slot beneath the luxury carmaker’s NX crossover in both size and price.

Mar
07
1986 Stanza Wagon

1986 Nissan Stanza Wagon

When you think Nissan, you likely think of models such as the Altima, Pathfinder, Rogue, or some other popular, high-volume vehicle. Indeed, Nissan will come close to selling half a million Rogues and Rogue Sports in 2018.

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