Posts from ‘World’

Apr
30
2018 Honda N-Box

2018 Honda N-Box

On a per-person basis, Americans buy more new cars than do the Japanese. In 2017, for example, American buyers snatched up roughly 17.3 million cars and light trucks. That works out to approximately one car for every 18 U.S. residents.

Apr
23
What was the Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin Cygnet

Why would Aston Martin, a British company known for building ultra-luxury high-performance coupes, contract with Japanese automaker Toyota to build an Aston-branded version of one of the smallest, least-powerful Toyota-built cars on the market? Turns out there’s a good answer to that question, but it gets a little complicated.

Feb
23
The Phantom Thread Bristol 405 Saloon

Instead of a Rolls Royce or Bentley, Phantom Thread producers put wealthy and successful lead character Reynolds Woodcock in a Bristol 405 sedan.

The recently released period-piece drama Phantom Thread is a noteworthy film for many reasons. For starters, it was written and directed by celebrated auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s been nominated for six Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role), and it stars Oscar-winning thespian Daniel Day-Lewis in what Day-Lewis himself says is his last acting performance. For car enthusiasts, however, the film’s Bristol 405 four-door saloon is the real star.

Dec
08
1959 Shamrock

1959 Shamrock

People can be dismissive of market research, but there are plenty of times when a company needs to take the pulse of potential customers, making certain that they have a handle on that group’s wants and needs.

Nov
20
2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

2005 Cadillac BLS Wagon

The premise underlying Cadillac’s decision to market a subcompact car in the U.S. beginning in 1982 was perfectly sound. The luxury division of General Motors was looking for a way to reach younger consumers, and a smaller, more affordable offering made sense. It would enable the brand to bring new buyers into the fold sooner rather than later, and hopefully those customers would move up to a larger, pricier Cadillac when trade-in time came.

Sep
13
1984 Chrysler Volare

1984 Chrysler Volare

If you enjoy the occasional dream in which elements of the world around you seem familiar, but not quite right, you will likely enjoy learning about the American-brand cars once sold in Mexico.

Aug
30
1964 Pontiac/Acadia

1964 Acadian Beaumont

It’s very easy to forget the Canadian auto market. At first glance, the folks up north seem to buy the same cars we Americans do, at about the same rate and for about the same prices. As it turns out, that’s not entirely correct.

Mar
17
1958 Dyna Panhard Ad

1958 Panhard Ad

Our culture is ripe with inappropriately used adjectives. Marketers toss the word “turbo” around with reckless abandon, even though most applications of the Latin root have little to do with air, much less forcing air into an internal combustion engine.

Mar
16
Polonez Car ad, Eastern-Bloc Car Ads

1980 Polonez

If you discount our brief encounter with the Yugo brand, Americans have had very little exposure to vehicles produced in what was once known as the Eastern Bloc. Western Europe, however, and even Canada, have had far greater access to such brands as Lada.

Oct
14
1999 Dodge Ramcharger, The Mexico-Only Ramcharger

1999 Dodge Ramcharger

Americans are generally a lucky lot—at least as consumers. We usually get first crack at new blockbuster movies, there’s virtually nothing we can’t purchase and have shipped to us within 24 hours, and nearly every major automaker sells its wares in the U.S. Mexico-Only Ramcharger.