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1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora

Whether or not the Cutlass Supreme was “Your Father’s Oldsmobile,” new-car shoppers were passing on Olds products with increasing regularity by the early Nineties. Oldsmobile sales had fallen from over 1 million units in 1985 to just over 400,000 for 1993.

1986 Ford Taurus Review

1986 Ford Taurus

Question: What is Ford’s second-most important model, ever? The way I see it, there are only two possible answers: The 1948 F-Series pickup, and the 1986 Ford Taurus.

1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati

It is a general expectation that when two separate companies cooperate to develop a product, said product would represent the best that each partner has to offer.

1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

By the time Consumer Guide’s review of the 1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue was published in the Consumer Guide 1989 New Car Buying Guide, production of the car itself had already ended. A completely redesigned front-wheel-drive Fifth Avenue would be introduced as a 1990 model, marking the end of Chrysler’s run of rear-drive luxury and near-luxury vehicles—at least for a while. As noted in the review, there were still cars on dealer lots, but maybe not for long.

1990 Infiniti Q45

1990 Infiniti Q45

Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor has another nation engaged in battle on U.S. soil, at least with the U.S.

Auto industry buffs may remember the “Asian Invasion” of the early Nineties, which was not a battle of military conquest, but one for the attention of upscale car shoppers. And the battle did not involve American interests, at least not directly.


1988 Mazda 626 Turbo 4WS

As far as automotive fads go, four-wheel steering (4WS) is one of the more technically sophisticated examples. Beginning with the 1988 model year, four American-market Japanese models were available with 4WS: the Honda Prelude Si, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, Mazda 626 Turbo, and Mazda MX-6 GT Turbo.

1977 Mercury Cougar

1977 Mercury Cougar

By the mid-Seventies, Mercury wasn’t selling much beyond gussied up Fords. Wedged between Ford and Lincoln in FoMoCo’s family album, Mercurys were charged with drawing a customer type that was somewhat more affluent than Ford intenders, yet nowhere conservative enough to commit to a Lincoln.

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

There are two maxims that apply to the short life of the Volkswagen Corrado–one born of hot-rod and drag-racing legend, the other I just made up.

1975 Chevrolet Chapparal

1975 Chevrolet “Chapparal”

So sue us. At least we got the small V8 part right. Way back in Consumer Guide’s 1975 Car Preview magazine, we—and by we I mean guys I never met who left long before I started working here—made some bold predictions regarding the impending arrival of Chevrolet’s new-for-’75 sporty subcompact car.

1980 Toyota Cressida Review, 1980 Toyota Cressida Wagon

1980 Toyota Cressida Wagon

It’s almost like a trivia question: What Japanese station wagon combined a luxury cabin, rear-wheel drive, and rear leaf-spring suspension with a Toyota Supra engine and woodie trim?

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