Archive for September, 2015
Daewoo Motors is long gone. The one-time largest automaker in South Korea collapsed in the aftermath of a financial scandal that rocked its parent company the Daewoo Group.
The most viable parts of the ailing car company were cherry-picked by General Motors in 2001, and the rest of the company was left to wilt, and eventually vanish. Daewoo’s largest factory, the Bupyeong-gu Incheon plant, now cranks out the Chevrolet Spark, Trax, and other GM products for U.S. and global consumption.
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 197
Fuel Used: 6.7 gallons
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
Although midsize SUVs had been around since the 1980s, Lexus broke the mold in 1999 with the introduction of the first premium midsize SUV, the RX 300. Besides offering a degree of luxury previously unavailable in this size, the RX used car-like unibody construction (as opposed to truck-based body-on-frame) that brought with it a combination of ride and handling nothing else close to it could match.
The days of Australian-market GM vehicles that are actually produced in Australia are winding down. The last iteration of the home-built Holden Commodore was unveiled this week, capping a model line that dates back to 1978. Holden parent General Motors announced late in 2014 its intentions to end vehicle manufacturing in Australia.
Class: Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 248
Fuel Used: 9.1 gallons
Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway
Historians refer to the period in Europe following the fall of the Roman Era as the Dark Ages. Generally applied to the 10th and 11th centuries, the Dark Ages were a time of economic and cultural decline, and for the people alive then, a time of little hope.
Most people will likely look at the Ford Shelby GT350 and think “Mustang,” but those in the know will recognize it as something far more special than that.