Posts from ‘Volvo’

Feb
16
1976 Oldsmobile Print Ad, Jim Beckwith, Coupes of 1976

1976 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Crown Landau

Much was made of the fact that, as of 2019, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) outsold cars equipped with manual transmissions. And, if you’re of the save-the-manuals movement, this was distressing news, no doubt.

Jan
26
1988 Buick Reatta

1988 Buick Reatta

It saddens us to say it, but the luxury coupe is all but dead. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz still sell a few midsize and large 2-door cars, Cadillac and Lincoln do not. Lexus does sell the impressive LC, but that car is expensive, and it’s really more of a sports car than a luxury coupe in the sense we’re discussing here.

Jan
04
Car Ads from 2002

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer

I joined the Consumer Guide team the summer of 2002. That means that, in just a few months, I will have been writing about cars full-time for 20 years. I mention this because I have only recently begun to consider just how much the automotive landscape has changed in the past two decades.

Oct
30
1973 Porsche 914

1973 Porsche 914

I recall a time, oh, 38 years ago, when my folks forbade me from driving to a friend’s house because it was raining. At the time, even if I believed that rain in any way made driving more dangerous, I wasn’t prepared to admit it. Besides, real car guys were unafraid of driving in snow, at night, and through downpours. Honestly, I still enjoy driving around through fresh snow.

Aug
25
1988 Volvo 780 Bertone

1988 Volvo 780 Bertone

Let’s get one thing straight right away: The Chevrolet Monte Carlo WAS a personal-luxury car. I have received at least a dozen emails and instant messages on this issue, mostly from car guys who insist that a personal-luxury car must come from a luxury brand. Not the case. For anyone who would like to spend time learning about the origins of the term, Wikipedia has a nice entry on the topic.

Aug
19
2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

2020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country in Birch Light Metallic (a $645 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 395

Fuel used: 16.4 gallons

Aug
17
A Gallery of 1988 Sedan Ads

1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

By 1988, light-duty trucks—a category which includes pickups, minivans, and SUVs—accounted for roughly one third of new-vehicle sales. At the time, the popularity of trucks seemed scandalous to many in the automotive media, most whom wagged a stern figure at automakers, warning that a sudden surge in the price of gas would leave dealers with lots full of unsellable product.

Jun
03
Cutaway Vega

1972 Chevrolet Vega

Why are car ads so superficial? Sure, we all want to see what a car looks like outside, but what’s hiding there just underneath that shiny sheet metal?

Apr
10
2020 Volvo XC90 T8

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription in Birch Light Metallic (a $645 option)

Quick Spin, 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 295

Fuel used: 9.9 gallons

Mar
25
1987 Buick Ad

1987 Buick LeSabre

Question: Is a Buick LeSabre a luxury car? What about a LeSabre Coupe, which seems a little more indulgent than the sedan? For this collection of luxury vehicle ads, we’ve dipped a little low on the price scale by including Mercurys and Oldsmobiles, as well as the aforementioned Buick. Even if they’re not true luxury rides, it’s easy enough to argue that these particular cars are at least a cut above the mainstream fray.