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Sep
28
2005 Pontiac Aztek

2005 Pontiac Aztek

I’m not quite prepared to suggest that Pontiac’s Aztek crossover would have sold well if it had been launched as a 2018 model, but I am willing to propose that it might have been better received in today’s marketplace than it was when it debuted back in 2001.

Sep
20
1974 Pontiac GTO

1974 Pontiac GTO

Just a thought: What if the 1974 Pontiac GTO was never actually named “GTO?” What if, instead of disappointing GTO loyalists, this extensively upgraded compact Pontiac had instead been called the Ventura GT?

Sep
04
2002 Ford Thunderbird

2002 Ford Thunderbird

History has probably been unkind to the 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. Ask your average enthusiast about the relative marketplace success of Ford’s retro-themed 2-seat convertible, and you’re likely to be told that the revived T-Bird was a flop.

Aug
16
1986 Merkur XR4Ti

1986 Merkur XR4Ti

Merkur, if you recall the brand, was in many ways a marketing complement to General Motors’s Geo experiment.

Jun
11
2013 Volvo C30, Volvo C30 Review

2013 Volvo C30

With a huge budget, and a script based on the work of famed science-fiction novelist Frank Herbert, the motion picture Dune should have been the kind of movie sci-fi geeks go crazy for.

Jun
08
1984 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, 1984 Turbo Coupe

1984 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

Blame Audi, Saab, and Volvo if you like, but by the mid Eighties, turbocharging had a sophisticated European cachet to it, and a number of American carmakers were working to get in on the trend.

May
10
2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC

2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC

As fate would have it, the 2002 Eldorado would not be the last Cadillac coupe—a couple of subsequent 2-door models would relieve it of that historic burden—but by most accounts it would be the last “old-school” Caddy.

Apr
20
2006 Chevrolet SSR

2006 Chevrolet SSR

The 2003-2006 Chevrolet SSR was a retro-styled convertible pickup truck, though the vehicles with which it shared its basic architecture were none of the above. It would not surprise me if the SSR was the product of a truth-or-dare game gone horribly wrong, and a group a General Motors engineers found themselves at the losing end of a sinister “dare.”

Apr
11
2002 Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln Blackwood Review

2002 Lincoln Blackwood

In recent years, Ford’s F-150 product planners and marketing staff have found themselves with an enviable “problem:” They have apparently not yet found the ceiling for what buyers will pay for a fully decked-out full-size pickup. With each new model year, pickup manufacturers keep finding buyers for ever-more-high-end trim levels loaded with new features and gilded with luxury-level appointments.

Apr
05
2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS

2001 Isuzu VehiCROSS

There are vehicles that, for whatever reason, sell poorly when new, but develop a healthy following as used. We number among those rides the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the Pontiac Aztek (thank you, Walter White), and the subject of this post, the Isuzu VehiCROSS.

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