Posts from ‘Suzuki’

Aug
13
1985 Pontiac Firefly

Most Americans have never heard of the Firefly, but Canadian consumers might well have considered purchasing one of these subcompact Pontiacs. A 1987 “Base” is shown.

Pontiac of Canada was well known for selling gently tweaked variations of Chevy products for exclusive distribution north of the border. The 1976-1987 Pontiac Acadian for example, was actually a retrimmed Chevrolet Chevette.

Apr
30
2018 Honda N-Box

2018 Honda N-Box

On a per-person basis, Americans buy more new cars than do the Japanese. In 2017, for example, American buyers snatched up roughly 17.3 million cars and light trucks. That works out to approximately one car for every 18 U.S. residents.

Oct
06
1981 DeLorean

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

The American auto market place tempts many a foreign car builder, and for good reason–Americans buy a lot of cars, and well-equipped cars at that. Margins on cars sold in China, for example, are about half that for vehicles sold here in the States.

Dec
19
1992 Geo lineup

1992 Geo lineup

General Motors wasn’t having an easy time getting the buying public to take its small-car offerings seriously in the 1980s. Its J-Car lineup, launched for the 1982 model year, provided all five retail-car divisions—including Cadillac—a modern entry into the subcompact arena. Sadly, the little front-drivers were plagued by quality issues and often dismissed by younger shoppers.

Nov
23
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR: Proving that small crossovers are a big draw.

2016 LA Auto Show LogoPerhaps 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.

Oct
28
2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited in Twilight Blue Metallic

2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 248

Fuel Used: 12.4 gallons

Jun
07
Twitter Hashtag, #uglycar, #Ugly

Only on Twitter could the BMW 507 be branded as ugly.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so we’ve been told. Odds are that a parent or guardian first presented this tired adage to us, likely on the occasion of our honest appraisal of an unwanted Christmas sweater, hand-me-down bike, or nerdy cousin.

Jan
05
1987 Dodge Colt Vista

1987 Dodge Colt Vista

Based anecdotally on conversations I’ve had recently, a good number of people believe that many American-brand vehicles are built by foreign companies. I actually heard one person claim, “They’re all built by the Chinese now anyway.” Sadly, I was related to this person.

Apr
15
Suzuki X-90

Suzuki X-90

Collectible Automobile Magazine By Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When a small automaker comes up with a niche product, there’s an excellent chance something unusual and unexpected will result. Or maybe something that is just plain odd. For this installment of Cheap Wheels, let us suggest such an automotive oddball, the 1996-98 Suzuki X-90.

Nov
14
Which is the longest car?, Which car is longer?

Can you tell which of these vehicles is longer? 

No less a luminary than Mark Twain once noted, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Yet, despite Mr. Clemens’ call for deeper consideration of the things we appreciate, Americans have always put a premium on size. We like our TVs, BBQ grilles, and fountain beverages extra large, and, based on the popularity of Kim Kardashian, we tend to prefer select elements of our popular icons on the generous side as well.

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