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My Favorite Malaise Era Vehicles

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern I grew up at the right time – the Malaise Era, to be exact. The industry was in the midst of change. Some of it was instigated by the oil-producing nations across the ocean. … Continue reading

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Quickies: As Published Elsewhere (Part III)

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern The summer may be turning its hottest corner, but that does not mean there’s no cooling down of content. In this batch “As Published Elsewhere” Quickies reviews, the selection of vehicles turn towards the … Continue reading

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Commentary: The New Chevrolet Blazer and The Future of the Crossover/SUV

Tweet You know what they say: “just when you least expect it…” At a private media event in Atlanta, Chevrolet rolled out their latest addition to its lineup of SUVs and crossovers. It was an ongoing rumor that the nameplate … Continue reading

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Historiography: The “X” Factor

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern In 1975, Cadillac took an important step to reclaim lost sales of their larger, more iconic automobiles. They introduced the Seville. The Seville represented a new kind of Cadillac – trim, small, but had … Continue reading

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Quickies: From the 45th Twin Cities Auto Show

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern So, the 45th Twin Cities Auto Show…how was it? In my opinion, it is much better than before. Perhaps the best that I attended since 2005. I saw more engagement with two interactive ride-along … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Centennial of a Bitter Rivalry

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern A hundred years ago, the truck market grew by two luminary nameplates. In 1917, Ford introduced their first truck – the TT. The next year saw Chevrolet answer with their One Ton. Both trucks … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Misapplication of Issigonis’ Engineering Breakthrough

Tweet The first application of Sir Alec Issigonis’ engineering breakthrough – All Photos by Randy Stern, except otherwise noted Remember Sir Alec Issigonis? The innovation he created by switching the orientation of the engine, changing the traditional transmission to a … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: The Screaming Yellow Zonker

Tweet 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT Coupe – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda Throwback Review of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt You know, YouTube is a good place to get material for my writing. For example, I watched … Continue reading

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Throwback Review: The Impala Phase

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The Taurus was…the Impala is.

Why the reference to the Ford Taurus? With the exception of the reconstituted Chicago-built Five Hundred, the Taurus was the automotive equivalent to comfort food. Maybe not the last couple of examples of fleet-only afterthoughts, but every Taurus I drove like a comfy old friend bound for adventure.

The only other car that felt that way was the 1995-2000 Chevrolet Lumina. It was also built to gobble miles in pleasing comfort. In my time in Washington, DC, I enjoy my turns in the Lumina without embarrassment. In fact, I love those drives!

What’s left in today’s market? Is there another traditional American sedan that will seat full-sized adults for long periods of time? Is there another car equaling to comfort food for me? Continue reading

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Historiography: The American Compact Car

Tweet Ford Falcon – All Photos by Randy Stern By the Fall of 1959, the North American automotive industry came to their senses. The rise of Volkswagen ushered in a period where the domestic automotive industry had to respond to … Continue reading

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