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Cars That Have Gone From Bland to Grand

October 24th, 2014
Remember how the Optima used to look?

Remember how the Optima used to look?

Automakers know that boring doesn’t sell like it used to.

Think back a decade or so, and I’ll bet you can name five boring cars right off the top of your head. I know I can. There were still a lot of beautiful and fun cars in existence, but plenty of mass-produced cars back then didn’t have anything to offer in design, power or handling.

Today some of those same models have experienced a renaissance and have gone from completely bland to utterly grand.

Keep reading for some of the cars that have graduated from transportation appliance to royalty of the road.

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New Car Shortage! Real or Imagined?

September 5th, 2013

2014 Honda Accord

Remember when Twinkies went extinct? There was a mass panic, and stores sold out immediately when news broke that the spongy yellow cake was about to be gone forever.

Fast forward to last weekend and I’m at a convenience store somewhere in the middle of Oregon, and there’s a stack of Twinkies at the cash register, with a label on the packaging that said something like, “Best comeback story ever.”

Right. Anyone else think the Twinkie panic was nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell more Twinkies?

I feel something similar might be happening in the auto industry at this very moment.

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The Most Beautiful Cars of 2012

July 27th, 2012

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

On its website, Forbes listed the cars it believes are the most beautiful of 2012. It got some right, but in my opinion, missed some real lookers and included some serious head-scratchers.

For some reason, the Jaguar F-Type, which hasn’t had its official reveal and won’t even be available until sometime in 2013, made the list. Odd, right? Also, the awkward Ferrari 458 Spider got the nod, which isn’t nearly as good looking as the coupe version or its arch-nemesis, the McLaren MP4-12C Spider (which also made the list). Most suspicious to my eye was the inclusion of the Bentley Mulsanne, which looks like a droopy old man.

There are no mass-produced cars on the list, either, which I find remarkable. So, here are some of the cars I’d place on a list of the most beautiful of 2012:

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Maybe Ford’s Future Isn’t as Rosy as We Thought

January 30th, 2012

2012 Ford Focus

Go to Ford’s campus in Dearborn, Mich., and try to find someone who isn’t smiling.

The company recently reported its best annual earnings since 1998, making 2011 the second most profitable year in the company’s 109-year history. After all the money was tallied, Ford’s net income for 2011 came in at $20.2 billion.

All the details you care to know about Ford’s financial situation can be found in a detailed CNN Money story.

In addition to the huge amounts of money rolling in, the company’s F-Series trucks still remain in the number one spot after 35 years. The new Fusion continues to generate positive reviews, and overall vehicle quality and company reputation is up. There just doesn’t seem to be anything stopping Ford right now.

Except there could be one tiny little problem.

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No More Laughing at Lincoln

January 12th, 2012

Lincoln MKZ concept

The gaping waterfall grille is gone, people, gone. In its place we have the wings of an eagle, inspired by the 1938 Lincoln Zephyr, says Ford. It’s a good change.

And the new Lincoln MKZ concept has earned a lot of praise from those who have viewed it live in Detroit. From the pix we have seen, the car is a stunning departure from the bad old days that Lincoln has been suffering.

It is no longer a rebadged Fusion, but an entirely new car — built on the new Fusion’s platform, yes, but with a different shape, different detailing, different style. The arched roofline and full-length retractable sunroof give the Lincoln an open, airy look. The trunk is truncated; the rear restrained yet Lincolnesque.

I sound like an over-enthusiastic car flack, right? Yet I’ve been one of Lincoln’s harshest critics, and so has mi compadre tgriffith. But the folks at Ford have at last seen the light, read the harsh handwriting on the wall and given us hope.

The MKZ concept is actually going into production “later this year.” Ford chief Alan Mulally noted the car was “very close to what you will see in the showroom.”

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Made in America: Here Come the Complaints. Lawsuits Next?

October 12th, 2011
2012 Chrysler 300

Imported from... Ontario?

The “What constitutes American made?” question has made its rounds on these pages before. Remember our discussion on whether Chevrolet or Mazda made the more “American” pickup? Or if Ford is a foreign car company?

With the globalization of the car industry, manufacturers are building cars wherever it makes the most economical sense to do so. Japan continues to move production Stateside, and domestic brands like using factories in Mexico, Canada and soon, China.

The issue isn’t really where the vehicle is made anymore; the issue is how a car company handles its marketing.

The Made in the USA Foundation, which I have never heard of until just now, has taken issue with Ford and Chrysler marketing recently, accusing both of deceiving consumers by promoting “American-made” cars that are anything but.

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Used Car Prices at Highest Levels Ever

May 10th, 2011

Toyota Prius

My intent today was to write a story about the most stolen vehicles in America. And I’ll get to that.

While researching the story, though, I came across a newscast by AutoNews that said used car buyers are paying as much as $3,000 more than they did just six months ago. Kelley Blue Book similarly reports that used cars are now “more expensive than ever.”

That’s great if you happen to be in the business of selling used cars or have a car you want to unload. But it sucks for car buyers and only makes some vehicles even more appealing to steal.

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Ford’s Greatest Tease

March 21st, 2011

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

You can cling to hope all you want, but the fact remains that the new Ford Ranger won’t be sold in the United States. Ford’s reasoning is that its new compact pickup is too close in size to the F-150, and buyers should just opt for that truck.

That reasoning doesn’t make sense, though. Ford has 5 crossovers/SUVs and 5 different cars, so by its own logic shouldn’t have a Fusion, because it offers the Taurus. And it shouldn’t have the Escape, because it has the Explorer. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet for some reason, when it comes to trucks, that’s the thinking that has prevailed.

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