Archive for October, 2015

Oct
08
1988 Cutlass Supreme Pace Car

Fifty of these Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme pace cars were built for 1988, all of which were recalled due to failures related to a lack of structural rigidity. Cutlass Supreme convertibles were reintroduced for 1990, this time with a “basket-handle” brace fixed just aft of the door openings.

I’m pretty good at remembering the cars and trucks made available for sale in the U.S. over the past four decades. I remember well the short-lived (Stateside) Rover 3500, and even spent time in an International Scout Diesel, but what I often forget are the convertible versions of certain vehicles.

Oct
06
Mitsubishi Evo Final Edition, Last Mitsubishi Evo

The tenth generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be the last. Mitsubishi will send the sporty sedan off with a run of 1600 Final Edition models.

Few vehicles have been served manufacturers better as a tool to placate the automotive media than the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. I recall attending a press event for the underwhelming freshened 2004 Endeavor crossover that was comprised of a short drive to the racetrack in the Endeavor, followed by several hours of track time in the Evolution.

Oct
06
2015 Lexus LS 460 AWD

2015 Lexus LS 460 AWD

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2015 Lexus LS 460 for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Oct
05
1979 Datusn Full-Line Ad, Ads Featuring the Entire Brand

1979 Datsun lineup

When automakers began moving their promotional dollars away from traditional print media and toward more targeted digital advertising, the nature of the ads themselves changed.

Oct
02
2016 Audi A6 3.0T

Consumer Guide’s test 2016 Audi A6 arrived equipped with the comprehensive Prestige package. Including the destination charge, our test car came to $68,875.

Test Drive2016 Audi A6 3.0T quattro

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Dates tested: 8/24/2015 – 8/31/2015

Miles Driven: 373

Fuel Used: 18.2 gallons

Oct
01
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

Consumer Guide’s test 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrived powered by the available EcoDiesel V6 engine. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $54,795.

Test Drive 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 EcoDiesel

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 363

Fuel Used: 15.4 gallons

Oct
01
After-Market Vinyl Roof, Aftermarket Landau

The full-vinyl treatment, like the one seen here, will set you back about $1300.

They long ago vanished from new-car option lists, and now they’re fading out of the aftermarket. Per Bob of Restyling Concepts, there isn’t much market for vinyl or cloth roofs anymore, so if you want one, plan ahead. “I don’t stock the kits anymore, so I need about a week to get one.”