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Eight truck ideas that didn't go as planned

A rotary-powered pickup, four-wheel steering, and of course I couldn't leave out the Blackwood - these were truck ideas that were created in good faith but never accepted by customers. See what they are in my story at Driving.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Blackwood, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Remember these car-truck mash-ups from the past?

Hyundai has announced its upcoming Santa Cruz, which many people are decrying because it's based on an SUV. But of course it's not the first car-truck mash-up, and those have quite a history. Find out more about those days-gone-by models in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Hyundai, Santa Cruz, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Hungry for auto history? This Canadian museum brings the cars to you...

Canada has a long and fascinating auto history of its own, with a number of cars that weren't made anywhere else - and the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario has a large collection of them. You can't visit it right now due to pandemic restrictions, so the Museum is offering online lectures every month. Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Canada, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Oshawa Ontario, Antique Cars, Automotive Museum


Five of the Worst Halo Cars From the Modern Era

There’s always going to be some debate about what constitutes a good halo vehicle. Many will argue that it has to be a flagship model, representing the absolute best specifications and features the manufacturer could cobble together for an eyewatering price. While that’s often the case, successful halo vehicles don’t always need to be at […] The post Five of the Worst Halo Cars From the Modern Era appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: History, Autos, Lincoln, Subaru, Cadillac, Blackwood, News Blog, Automotive History, Cadillac ELR, Subaru SVX, Cadillac Allante, Chrysler TC, Halo Cars, 2002 Lincoln Blackwood, Chrysler TC by Maserati, Halo Vehicles


How do automakers look at their female customers?

Women buy a lot of cars, but there are times when it seems like auto manufacturers don't actually think about it. So over the years, along with some highlights, there have been more than a few misses when they try to appeal to us. See what they are in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Advertising, Classic Cars, Autos, Concept Cars, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Who was J.D. Power, and what does he mean to you when you're buying a car?

J.D. Power is a powerhouse today, but the enormous company started at a kitchen table ... and you won't believe who the "Associates" in J.D. Power & Associates were. Find out in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Advertising, Testing, Autos, New Cars, National Post, J D Power, Jil McIntosh, Auto Industry People, Automotive History, Power Associates


Junkyard Gem: 1970 Audi 100LS

Filed under: Etc.,Audi,Automotive History,Coupe Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1970 Audi 100LS Junkyard Gem: 1970 Audi 100LS originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 17 Jan 2021 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Autos, Audi, Coupe, ETC, Junkyard, Automotive History, Junkyard Gems, Junkyard Gem


Do you know the stories behind these auto logos?

Four interlocked rings, a woman with wings (although they really aren't), and birds and what might have been a plane...do you know the stories behind some of the best-known automotive logos? Find out in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Rolls-royce, Honda, Audi, Mercedes-benz, Subaru, Cadillac, Acura, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Auto Trivia


Junkyard Gem: 1987 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Syncro Wagon

Filed under: Etc.,Audi,Volkswagen,Automotive History,Wagon Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1987 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Syncro Wagon Junkyard Gem: 1987 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Syncro Wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 20 Dec 2020 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Autos, Volkswagen, Audi, ETC, Wagon, Junkyard, Automotive History, Syncro, Junkyard Gems, Volkswagen Quantum, Junkyard Gem, Vw Quantum, Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Syncro Wagon, Audi Volkswagen Automotive History Wagon Continue, Syncro Wagon


These six cars were game-changers for Mustang

The Mustang has been through a lot over the years, but there were some models that really changed the game for this pony car. I've rounded up a few - see them in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


What are Canada's most significant historical vehicles?

In the U.S. there's a Historic Vehicle Association, which honors cars for their significance. Canada doesn't have an equivalent, but that didn't stop me from coming up with a list of my own. Find out what Canadian cars I matched to the American ones in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Canada, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Antique Cars


Maserati Quattroporte: Full History, Generations & Timeline

The original Maserati Quattroporte first debuted at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. It instantly became a status symbol of wealth and prominence with its magnificent V8 engine and luxurious interior. Back then, the Tipo 107 Quattroporte was among an elite group of posh sedans that could travel at speeds up to 143 mph, equaled only by the Lagonda Rapide and the magnificent Facel Vega. However, the Quattroporte was the first from an established exotic car manufacturer. And with that, the Quattroport...
Tags: Ferrari, Autos, Fiat, Turin, Citroën, Detroit Auto Show, Maserati, Marcello Gandini, Bertone, Paris Motor Show, Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati Ghibli, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Maserati Quattroporte, Automotive History, Car Talk


How many of these classic old trucks do you know?

The truck that became Dodge, the cars that became trucks, and the Mack that got smaller ... check out my list of little-known classic trucks over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Do you remember these eight short-lived cars?

Sometimes automakers hit home runs with their vehicles, and then sometimes -- they don't. I've rounded up eight vehicles that didn't resonate with buyers in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Aston Martin, Scion, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Continental Commissions Curious Study About Its Own Nazi History

Continental commissioned an independent researcher to see what it was up to in the 1940s, with the auto parts supplier issuing a press release detailing the results. “The study shows that Continental was an important part of Hitler’s war machine,” said CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart, before adding, “We commissioned the study in order to gain […] The post Continental Commissions Curious Study About Its Own Nazi History appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Germany, History, Editorials, World War 2, Autos, Nazi, Hitler, Continental, Elmar Degenhart, NSDAP, Corporate Culture, News Blog, Automotive History, German automotive industry, National Socialist German Workers' Party


Hasty Haulers: A look at Dodge's history of performance trucks

The company's big news right now is the 702-horsepower Ram TRX, but it's not the first time it's made a truck that's all about going fast. Check out some of the ones from past years in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Dodge, Trucks, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History


Traffic Fantasy: Michigan Pitches Dumb Idea

As if we needed more evidence that the people running things may actually be even dumber than we are, Michigan leadership has proposed building a separate lane for autonomous cars to run between Ann Arbor and Detroit. The special road would implement a vehicle-to-infrastructure communications network and is planned to be built alongside Michigan Avenue […] The post Traffic Fantasy: Michigan Pitches Dumb Idea appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, History, Editorials, Autos, Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Detroit, Highway, Ann Arbor, Michigan Avenue, Autorama, News Blog, Automotive History, State Programs, Gretchen Whitmer


Street Rod: The Granddaddy of Car Culture Software

While the summer months are normally the perfect time to take a road trip, New York has mandated that any jaunts out of state require a 14-day quarantine upon return — and any location one might want to visit on a lark has a strong likelihood of being closed to visitors. Seems like a lot […] The post Street Rod: The Granddaddy of Car Culture Software appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York, Software, Product Reviews, Autos, Retro, Freeware, Racing games, Nostalgia, News Blog, Street Racing, Automotive History, Street Rod, Car Culture, Driving Simulators, Comuter Games, DOS games


Pickup Trucks: Some history highlights

The first motorized truck was German, GMC is older than Chevrolet, and Toyota built a truck before it was even officially an automaker. Find out more in my pickup truck history -- with video! -- at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Ram, Gm, Autos, Toyota, Dodge, Trucks, Chevrolet, Nissan, Gmc, Jil McIntosh, Four-Wheel Drive, Automotive History, Commercial Vehicles, Auto Trivia


These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems

Filed under: Acura,Audi,Buick,Cadillac,Chevrolet,Chrysler,Ford,GMC,Jeep,MINI,Car Buying,Used Car Buying,Automotive History,Auto Repair,Maintenance,Ownership,Truck,Convertible,Coupe,Crossover,Hatchback,SUV,sedan These are the cars and trucks that are most likely to have serious problems with their engines or transmissions, which equals costly repairs.Continue reading These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems These are the cars most ...
Tags: Maintenance, SUV, Ford, Car Buying, Autos, Chrysler, Truck, Chevrolet, Audi, Mini, Jeep, Convertible, Ownership, Cadillac, Gmc, Crossover


The 10 cars that made Audi great in America

Filed under: Audi,Automotive History,Luxury,Classics Continue reading The 10 cars that made Audi great in America The 10 cars that made Audi great in America originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 May 2020 14:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: America, Luxury, Classics, Autos, Audi, Automotive History


Ten auto innovations that flopped

Automakers are always trying new things, and while many of them turn out to be hits, there are a few that make it to market but then don't make it in the market. How about retractable steering wheels, heartbeat sensors, or in-car record players? Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Safety, Ford, Gm, Autos, Chrysler, Audi, Nissan, Just For Fun, Car Crashes, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design, Automotive History, McLaughlin-Buick


When automakers didn't make cars

Auto companies may be making medical supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, but it won't be the first time they've produced something other than cars. During the two World Wars, they produced a variety of military supplies. Find out more in my "Rearivew Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Rearivew Mirror


UPDATE: Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe sells at auction

Filed under: Design/Style,Audi,Auctions,Automotive History,Coupe,Classics Continue reading UPDATE: Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe sells at auction UPDATE: Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe sells at auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Auctions, Classics, Autos, Audi, Coupe, Auto Union, Automotive History, Design/Style, Sp Coupe


Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe up for auction

Filed under: Design/Style,Audi,Auctions,Automotive History,Coupe,Classics Continue reading Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe up for auction Rare 1960 Auto Union 1000 Sp Coupe up for auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Tags: Auctions, Classics, Autos, Audi, Coupe, Auto Union, Automotive History, Design/Style


Trick Your Family Into Learning About Cars While Everything’s Closed

With health concerns keeping everyone largely indoors, you may have spent this morning asking the mirror how you intend to get through the next few weeks with your sanity intact. We’ve been asking ourselves the same question. There’s not a lot going on out there and little reason to risk infection so you can witness […] The post Trick Your Family Into Learning About Cars While Everything’s Closed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Activities, History, Museums, Autos, Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft Projects, Family Fun, News Blog, Automotive History, Kids Stuff, Automotive Education


BMW Gets Another New Logo, Insists Symbol Never Stemmed from Aviation

BMW is updating its logo for the modern era. The old glossy emblem with the dated lighting effects the company has leaned upon for the last 23 years will be replaced with a new transparent image that nixes the black background entirely while maintaining the lettering and central blue-and-white roundel. You’ve probably already seen it on […] The post BMW Gets Another New Logo, Insists Symbol Never Stemmed from Aviation appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Marketing, History, Autos, Bmw, New Logo, News Blog, Automotive History, Iconography, Brand Emblems


Looking back at women in the auto industry...

Women were never as prominent as men in the auto industry, but there were still a lot of them working as inventors, engineers, and adventurers over the years. If you've never heard of women like Mimi Vandermolen, Helene Rother or Dorothee Pullinger, find out more in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Auto Industry People, Automotive History, Mimi Vandermolen Helene Rother, Dorothee Pullinger


Here are the brands Ford used to own...

What do Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, and Mazda all have in common? At one time, they all belonged to Ford. Find out how that happened -- and then how it un-happened -- in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Jaguar, Lincoln, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Volvo, Mazda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Luxury Vehicles, Rearview Mirror, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover Volvo


An Era Ends: Final Porsche 911 From The 991 Generation Assembled

English poet and author Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with the phrase “all good things must come to an end.” Chaucer’s words from Troilus and Criseyde ring especially true today for Porsche fans, some 640 years later. The 991 series, the most commercially successful generation of the Porsche 911, is ending. The final variant, a 911 Speedster bound for the United States, rolled off the assembly line recently in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart. At The Drawing Board Before its 2011 debut, the...
Tags: Frankfurt, United States, Magazine, Porsche, Autos, Targa, Local Motors, Detroit Michigan, Porsche AG, Achleitner, Porsche Cars North America Inc, Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer, International Motor Show, Michael Steiner, Automotive History