First drive: 2019 Mustang Bullitt chases legends in San Francisco


    By: Mark Phelan\Detroit Free Press (Video By Roadshow) SAN FRANCISCO — The greatest chase scene in movie history would’ve ended a lot sooner if Steve McQueen could’ve got his hands on a 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The Dodge Charger that eluded McQueen’s 1968 Mustang fastback for 12 minutes of brilliant filmmaking never wouldContinue reading “First drive: 2019 Mustang Bullitt chases legends in San Francisco”

Don’t be surprised when these 3 types of cars flood the market


(Photo: General Motors) By: Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press Get ready for a flood of new vehicles unlike what you’ve seen before as automakers explore three market niches that are primed for growth. As car companies de-emphasize production of low-profit sedans, at least two new classes of SUV-type vehicles are coming — prestigious midsize and basic transportation.Continue reading “Don’t be surprised when these 3 types of cars flood the market”

Give me a car with a stick….. NO SUV’s for me!


One wonders what Henry Ford, would think?  The car company bearing his name, will soon stop making cars.   With the exception of the Mustang (The Chinese love Mustangs) and a Chinese built Focus, that’s it.  Ford Motor Company will build Suv’s and Trucks. Ford wasn’t the first.  Chrysler unofficially killed the car in 2016.  TheContinue reading “Give me a car with a stick….. NO SUV’s for me!”

Chrysler is alive……for now


Chrysler is alive, for now.  At yesterdays FCA meeting the company’s five year plan is to invest into the brands that make money for Chrysler. Seventy five percent of FCA investment will go to Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. What that means, if you the current, Chrysler, Dodge or Fiat vehicles you will likeContinue reading “Chrysler is alive……for now”

Is Chrysler Dead?


Could it be true?  An American Icon gone? Walter Chrysler founded the car company bearing his name over 100 years ago.   Like General Motors, it absorbed other car companies Plymouth, Maxwell, Desoto,and Dodge.  In 1987, it merged with American Motors Corporation which owned Jeep. 1998, it merged with Daimler (Mercedes Benz)  that marriage ended inContinue reading “Is Chrysler Dead?”

May 2018 : May be the time to trade old Betsy in*


*As long as your not trading her in for an SUV. With a few exceptions, Passenger Cars aren’t selling well.  Is all about Trucks and SUV’s. Now if your like me, that may be a good thing.  Auto Manufactures are offering deep discounts on passengers.    With a little nudging a savvy shoppers can getContinue reading “May 2018 : May be the time to trade old Betsy in*”

Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?


A few years ago, familiar American nameplates started to disappear, Plymouth, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac victims of overcapacity.    These models share most components with other corporate models.   Plymouth shared engines, suspensions with Chrysler and Dodge. Mercury with Ford and Lincoln.   Chevrolet, Buick shared parts with Oldsmobile and Pontiac. American manufactures have long struggled building fuelContinue reading “Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?”

Big Luxury SUV’s “Detroit is Crushing Competition”


Top Row, Lincoln Black Label Navigator Bottom Row Cadillac Escapade  By Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press Detroit knows big SUVs.  It knows how to make ’em. It knows how to sell ’em. Automakers based in Detroit or Dearborn have built nearly one of every three large luxury SUVs sold this year. Still, orders for the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac EscaladeContinue reading “Big Luxury SUV’s “Detroit is Crushing Competition””