Archive for January, 2015

Jan
12
Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept

Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept

Hyundai’s Santa Cruz concept would be unique in the market if produced today now that the Honda Ridgeline is out of production. A crossover-based pickup, it’s more carlike than traditional compact pickups, which by and large aren’t that “compact” any more.

Jan
12
Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

A 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (front) is displayed next to a Renegade Limited featuring custom trim bits sourced from the Jeep Authentic Accessories catalog.

Jeep displayed two concept vehicles at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, both based on the soon-to-be-released Renegade compact SUV.

Jan
12
2016 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Spider

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

For those who feel a sports car is at least partially defined by an open-air driving experience, Alfa-Romeo introduced the 4C Spider at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Based on the 4C coupe that went on sale last year, the Spider features a removable roof panel over the cockpit, which makes it what’s called a “targa” in some motoring circles.

Jan
12
Ford GT

2016 Ford GT

Ford announced three new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show, along with an advanced version of its Sync media-interface system. Called Sync 3, it features the ability to display app screens from your cell phone on the car’s infotainment screen.

Jan
12
2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Despite dropping gas prices and general public disinterest in electric vehicles, General Motors’ Chevrolet division is doubling down on vehicular electrification.

Jan
12
Buick Avenir Concept

Buick Avenir Concept

Unveiled on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show, the Buick Avenir Concept is a styling exercise grounded in reality.

Jan
11
2016 Buick Cascada, 2016 Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada

Buick today officially revealed details of the 2016 Cascada convertible. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied that news.

DETROIT – Buick today introduced the 2016 Cascada – a dynamic, stylish convertible that uses innovative powertrain and chassis technologies to complement the driving experience.

Jan
09
1950 Chrysler New Yorker Four-Door Sedan

Almost 23,000 New Yorker sedans were sold in 1950, making it the model’s most popular configuration.

Note: This article is reprinted from the December 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile

A big boost to Chrysler’s image was in the offing in 1950, an infusion of performance that would result from the arrival of the ohv “hemi” V-8 in 1951. Up to that point, though, Chrysler had carved out a good reputation for solid quality and riding comfort.  

Jan
08
1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner Hardtop Coupe, 1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner

New for 1960, the Starliner moniker applied only to Galaxie hardtop coupes.

Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile

Say this for the 1960 Ford: It was big and it certainly was bold. 

Ford’s all-new “standards”—a qualifier that was especially necessary now that the division was also making the personal-luxury Thunderbird and the compact Falcon—dropped every comfortably familiar marque styling cue of recent years. Instead, Ford went to a low, wide design topped off by trendy horizontal tailfins.

Jan
07
Kia Soul EV

The 2015 Kia Soul EV comes only in a single, well-equipped trim level. Consumer Guide’s test Soul EV came to $34,625 including destination charge.

2015 Audi Q52015 Kia Soul EV

Class: Electric Vehicle

Dates tested: 12/22/2014 – 1/05/2015

Miles Driven: 244

Fuel Used: N/A