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Jul
15
2006 Cadillac XLR Review

2006 Cadillac XLR

In terms of total production, Cadillac’s second attempt to sell a modern-era 2-seat sports car was less successful than its first effort. Indeed, the total build of 1986-1993 Allantés came to 21,430–almost 5000 units more than our topic here: the 2004-2009 Cadillac XLR. But in the case of Cadillac sports cars, sales volume may not be the best measure of success.

Jul
08
Cheapest American Cars of 1980

1980 Mercury Bobcat

There are few emotional influences more powerful than nostalgia. To hear my mother tell it, for example, everything was better in the old country. Given the fact that mom’s childhood home lacked electricity, indoor plumbing, and access to Netflix, I’m pretty sure the fog of time is clouding her judgement somewhat.

Jun
28
Chevrolet Colorado 3LT V8

2012 Chevrolet Colorado 3LT

Automotive marketing types enjoy a fine tradition of branding things that aren’t always that noteworthy. Consider the 1980 launch of Chrysler’s first “K-Cars.” Advertising in support of the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant touted the cars’ “Iso-Strut” suspension and “Trans 4” engine.

Jun
21
2008 Dodge Magnum

2008 Dodge Magnum R/T

The passage of time can play tricks on your memory. Here’s a question to prove this point: For how many years did sales of the Dodge Magnum overlap with the run of the TV sitcom Big Bang Theory?

Jun
19
1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

Legendary Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg racked up nine Gold Gloves during his 17-year career as a big-league ball player. That’s a number Ryno can point to with pride, and it’s a number even casual baseball fans can appreciate. Not that the famously modest ex-Cub spends much time defending his career, but if he had to, the stats are there.

Jun
17
General Motors L8T V8

Designed for heavy-duty applications, the General Motors L8T V8 engine will make its debut in 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks.

When you think about ¾- and 1-ton pickups, you probably think diesel engines. Any why wouldn’t you? Even the most casual industry observer is aware of the Cummins, Duramax, and Power Stroke brands.

Jun
11
Carbon E7

Carbon E7

On March 22, 2010, the Carbon Motors Corporation placed an order with German automaker BMW for almost a quarter of a million 6-cylinder diesel engines. Obviously, Carbon Motors’ management was feeling optimistic about the firm’s business prospects.

Jun
10
Used Luxury Car Deals

As crossover SUVs gain in popularity, used sedans have become something of a bargain. Shoppers can find some particularly compelling deals on luxury sedans, a number of which have dropped significantly in resale value.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with sedans. The most popular automotive body type of all time, the humble sedan has for years served the American buying public with a sort of quiet reserve and dignity. Residing in the space between the utilitarian station wagon and the flashy, indulgent coupe, the sedan has, for decades, outsold all other passenger-vehicle types.

Jun
06
Good Omens Car

What would an agent of Satan drive?

With an IMDB.com user rating of 8.6, the comedy/fantasy miniseries Good Omens has proven to be a hit with viewers. The Amazon Prime original program is based on a novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as supernatural beings conspiring to prevent an end-times apocalypse.

Jun
05
1956 Chevrolet, Baseball Themed Auto Ads

1956 Chevrolet

You can probably come up with a reasonably long list of things that are quintessentially American. My short list might include Monday Night Football, ketchup, and the Super Big Gulp. However, if you’re looking for a little heritage to go with your national icons, I might suggest that there are few things more fundamentally American than baseball or the automobile.