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Nov
11
1981 Renault 18i

1981 Renault 18i

Per a recent article in Psychology Today regarding the phenomenon of suddenly recalling an old memory, “Neuroscientists have discovered that when someone recalls an old memory, a representation of the entire event is instantaneously reactivated in the brain that often includes the people, location, smells, music, and other trivia. Recalling old memories can have a cinematic quality.”

Nov
04
1984 Ford Bronco II

1984 Ford Bronco II

Odds are, you already know that Ford is bringing to market a pair of off-road-oriented trucks for the 2021 model year. Ford has been teasing the duo of for so long I expect to see examples on the used-car market already. In fact, we’ve seen neither truck yet, but do know a fair amount about them.

Oct
28
Worst Selling Cars of 2019

2019 Buick Regal TourX

It’s tough selling sedans today. American consumers have turned from the traditional sedan with surprising quickness and resolution. And while it’s possible we’ve seen a leveling off in the sales growth of crossovers, it’s almost certain that once-dominant sedan will remain a niche segment for years to come, if not permanently.

Oct
22
Vintage Auto Ad

What is this an ad for? See below:

In terms of classic print ads, and really life in general, I’m going to have to call autumn my favorite time of year. Sure, spring brings with it vitality and new growth, and if you were illustrating car ads, spring-themed ads might have worked well for sportier rides.

Oct
18
Passport Dealerships

These Canada-only General Motors franchises lasted only a few short years.

For American car guys, Canada can seem like a very foreign place. Not only do our neighbors up north refer to American cheese as processed cheese, or more charitably as “mild cheddar,” they have a history of buying and selling cars that many of us Yankees have never heard of.

Oct
15
2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible

From its inaugural model year of 2001 through the 2006 model year, the Chrysler PT Cruiser enjoyed the distinction of being a Consumer Guide Best Buy. The spunky compact “vanlet” hit all the right buttons to earn our favor, counting among its virtues excellent space utilization, respectable fuel economy, and attractive pricing, as well as the undeniable appeal of its nostalgic design.

Oct
10
Football Auto Ads

1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass

Americans have now enjoyed the services of the automobile for well over a century. It’s hard to imagine another development that did so much to shape the country as we now know it. But at just over 100 years of service, the car has nothing on football.

Oct
08
Cool Color: Nissan Midnight Pine

2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Midnight Pine Metallic

I’m kind of a sucker for car colors that demonstrate some level of translucence. I also really like dark greens. So you can see how Nissan’s new Midnight Pine Metallic would appeal to me.

Oct
04
PLymouth Rapid Transit System, Vintage Plymouth Ads

1972 Plymouth “Rapid Transit System”

More than most brands, Plymouth was an automotive marque with many personalities. As a kid, I knew no one with an interesting Plymouth. I learned to drive on a Slant-Six-powered 1974 Valiant that had been repainted by Earl Scheib.

Sep
29
2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

I don’t usually pay too much attention to the color of vehicles in the Consumer Guide evaluation fleet, though Senior Editor Damon Bell does. However, we both took notice of the paint on a Lexus ES 350 that recently spent some time at the office.