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””

Electric Cars Are Evil (The Economics of Car Production)


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric By: John Voelcker\Greencarreports.com   “Electric cars are disasters. They are evil.” Not something you’d hear every day, certainly not from a powerful executive in the auto industry. Yet those are the words of Ha Bu-young, head of the Hyundai motor union, both the largest and the most powerful union in SouthContinue reading “Electric Cars Are Evil (The Economics of Car Production)”

Honda: Ugly at no additional charge?


I like Honda”s, the company builds very competent vehicles that do most things well.    While Mazda’s are more fun to drive, Honda are more livable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any Honda. The Honda Accord has been around for more than four decades.  No car, Mercedes Benz, BMW,has appeared on Car and Drivers Magazine’sContinue reading “Honda: Ugly at no additional charge?”

Ford Woo’s Baby Boomers and Dog Owners


(Photo: Ford Motor Company) By: Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press Ford is to unveil its redesigned 2019 Transit Connect Wagon on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, positioning the seven-passenger vehicle as an affordable alternative to the minivan for entrepreneurs, pet owners and grandparents. “Not everybody needs the DVD player and built-in vacuum,” saidContinue reading “Ford Woo’s Baby Boomers and Dog Owners”

Big Man Rides 2018 Kia Nero


With gasoline prices being what they are, one would question why would Kia bring a small hybrid to market, when Toyota can’t give the Prius away?    However, this is the same company that has just introduced the Kia Stinger at a time when the public are buying SUVs. Nearly two decades ago I rentedContinue reading “Big Man Rides 2018 Kia Nero”