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  • Rare Rides: The 1981 Ford Durango is Neither a Dodge nor an El Camino
    Long before Dodge would apply the Durango name to its midsize SUV offering, Ford used it on a very limited production pickup as it considered a replacement for the Ranchero. Come and check out a beige, two-tone, Ford Fairmont Futura Hack-job Durango pickup. Ford’s Ranchero started the sedan-based pickup segment in the United States, but was at the […]
    Corey Lewis
  • 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Review – A Bug, Not a Buggy
    It’s clear what Volkswagen is trying to do with the Dune trim level of its Beetle two-door. The company claims the Dune is inspired by classic Beetles that were modified into “dune buggies.” Which is fine, but all it really is is a current Beetle with a raised suspension, black exterior cladding, rear spoiler, bumpers […]
    Tim Healey
  • As Chrysler Fades Away on the Global Stage, Right-hand-drive 300s Remain in Production
    On the surface, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep brand is everything a modern-day brand should be. SUVs and crossovers, a looming pickup truck, and no cars. This is what the world wants. On the opposite side of the coin, Chrysler is the brand seemingly no one, save for North American minivan buyers and a shrinking pool […]
    Steph Willems
  • Are Two-tone Paint Jobs the Next Big Automotive Trend?
    Contrasting paint hasn’t been commonplace on automobiles in over half a century, but it appears to be regaining some of its lost momentum lately. Everything from the Bugatti Chiron to the Toyota Camry offers separate bodywork hues these days. Of course, we don’t know if this is a trend poised to explode across the industry or […]
    Matt Posky
  • Level Up: Ford Introduces Performance Pack Level 2 for 2018 Mustang
    The Ford Mustang sports a snazzy new set of duds for 2018 but, with the GT350 largely unchanged for 2018 and the GT500 still just a rumor, Ford is looking to generate extra buzz in the high-performance end of the stable. Fortunately, it seems the Blue Oval has a team of gearheads willing to burn […]
    Matthew Guy
  • QOTD: Can Hollywood Sell You a Car?
    Ages ago, we asked about your favorite car-related marketing campaign. Your answers were varied as they were well-thought out – Nissan’s toy 300ZX, Iacocca daring us to find a better car, and VW’s Star Wars ad. Absent from all of the above? Celebrity endorsements… unless you count Ken & Barbie in the Z ad. This time […]
    Matthew Guy
  • Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Pickup, Scrap Hunter Edition
    The third-generation Toyota Hilux, sold in the United States as the Toyota Truck or Toyota Pickup (remember, this is the extremely un-frivolous company that, even today, sells a luxury sedan called the LS), achieved legend status very early in its career. An 800,000-mile example will be equally comfortable hauling a dozen or two Taliban fighters […]
    Murilee Martin
  • Consumer Reports and Tesla Feud Continues Over Model 3
    Tesla Motors and Consumer Reports have enjoyed a fairly contentious relationship with each other over the last few years. The nonprofit consumer advocacy organization had previously slighted the Model S for being unreliable and unsafe, but upgraded that analysis as Tesla continued improving the model. In this year’s consumer survey, the model received higher marks —receiving “above-average reliability for […]
    Matt Posky
  • Rearview Mirrors Might Evolve in a Few Years
    Rearview mirrors haven’t enjoyed the same renaissance as other portions of the automobile. When the mirrors began appearing on cars roughly a century ago, wheels had wooden or wire spokes and were wrapped in organically sourced bias-ply rubber. Despite still being round, modern wheels are vastly different from their more-venerable counterparts but mirrors are not. That […]
    Matt Posky
  • Don’t Expect Any Rebadged Nissans or Co-developed Cars in Mitsubishi Showrooms Anytime Soon
    Last year, Nissan answered Mitsubishi’s prayers by purchasing a majority stake in the struggling Japanese automaker. The company had started out strong in North America at the dawn of the 20th century, with U.S. sales topping 345,000 in 2002. Six years later, volume had fallen by nearly 85 percent. Mitsubishi was a dead brand walking, […]
    Steph Willems

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