Archive for August, 2015
Saturn executives had reason to feel confident in 1997. In just six years on the market, the fledgling brand had accrued 1.5 million customers and was on pace to sell another 300,000 cars in the coming 12 months. Saturn was on fire, and the division’s management was eager to continue making good news.
It’s a bit dangerous to mess with a successful formula. Just ask Coca-Cola, which introduced reformulated “New Coke” 30 years ago – with disastrous results.
That case became a textbook example on how not to mess with success. Seems Honda took that to heart when approaching the “new” 2016 Accord.
It took a little kerfuffle with OPEC, but the American buying public finally added fuel economy to its collective list of new-car purchase considerations. Though carmakers had always put some effort into touting the fuel efficiency of the vehicles it produced, it took the 1973-74 oil embargo gas-price spike—and gas lines—to really kick the marketing of mileage into high gear. The subsequent 1979 oil embargo only served to cement the movement.
I took our RC-F tester on a solo road trip from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and back, so I had a good chunk of time to evaluate its capabilities. Not surprisingly, my favorite thing about the car is its powertrain. The 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 delivers fantastic acceleration, aided by a crisp 8-speed automatic that cracks off upshifts faster than a traditional “slushbox” has a right to.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 243
Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons
Driving mix: 75% city, 25% highway
by Don Sikora II
In 2014, Jeep sold more than 1 million vehicles worldwide, a new record for the brand. And Jeep’s parent company has even greater ambitions for the future: A Fiat-Chrysler five-year product plan unveiled in May 2014 predicts sales increasing to 1.9 million Jeeps in 2018. The plan also indicates a return to the 7-passenger 3-row SUV market in the form of a revived Grand Wagoneer model. The range-topping 2019 Grand Wagoneer would reprise a legendary name from Jeep’s past, and move the brand further upmarket to take on luxury-brand SUVs in every way—price included.
Maybe it was the day …
Maybe it was the road …
Maybe it was the scenery …
But the sunny preview romp along the twisting ribbons of asphalt that wrap through the high-desert mountains of Southern California made me fall for the Mazda Miata all over again.
In May of 1981, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline spiked to $1.40, up 10 percent from just a year earlier, and a startling 40 percent more than the 1979 average. Ford Fox Platform.