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Geneva 2017: Intrigue in Switzerland

Tweet The Geneva International Motor Show never disappoints. It is not just the intriguing products that will never come to North America. This show also includes those that will come here, but with a certain flair designed to engage and … Continue reading

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Commentary: GM – Opel/Vauxhall + PSA = ???

Tweet Just before PALEXPO opened up to the world’s automotive media for the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, there was some major news to report. General Motors and the PSA Groupe – the parent firm of Peugeot and Citroen – … Continue reading

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My Favorite Forbidden Fruit – Round Two

Tweet Over the past few years, the gap between things we (USA people) cannot have and could possibly get have narrowed. Part of it due to the limitation on importing vehicles outside of the country – whether the regulation is … Continue reading

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The Speculator: Envision This!

Tweet Wait, that Buick rendering sort of looks like me! All Photos by Randy Stern You hear that cheering in the background? It is because General Motors is going ahead and replacing one of its more popular vehicles. Though reports … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Cars Worth Importing Into The USA

Tweet Imagine driving this in ‘Murica… 1978 Opel Senator – Photo (c) 1978/2013 GM Want to stand out in a crowd? How about driving in a car only a few have ever heard of. How? According to the United States … Continue reading

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Five Favorite “Brief Appearances”

Tweet All photos by Randy Stern O, Five Favorites, we hardly knew ye… Frankly, the old Five Faves have been set aside somehow thanks to Auto Show coverage, going Way Off Road and whatever floats V&R’s boat…er, car. That does … Continue reading

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WWRD? It Begins

Remember “Toonces The Driving Cat?”

You have to admit that was one of Saturday Night Live‘s most brilliant ideas during the Phil Hartman era. The concept of having a cat that drove the family car even with Victoria Jackson and Steve Martin in it was something else.

You know who else loves to drive? Me! Yet, compared to Toonces, I avoid any cliff as humanly possible.

The point here is a new fun and interactive way to develop crowd-sourced content towards further engagement for V&R. I call it “WWRD?” Translation: What Would Randy Drive?

How this works is simple. Via V&R‘s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, I will ask the question for WWRD? submissions. The submissions are compiled and delivered with 3-5 vehicles as called out by YOU.

On your end, just give me a vehicle – any car, truck, SUV/crossover, van of any make, model and year. What I do is compile what I know of said vehicle and give you an answer why or why not I would drive it. I’ll also explain why. Continue reading

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Five Favorite….Captive Imports?

Captive imports…and why did they exist anyway?

At a time when the call was to tune down the horsepower and prepare for an oil crisis, a recession and a never ending war overseas, domestic automakers figured it was high time to build another round of compact cars. By going smaller, there were two routes to take: Build them domestically or import them from a global partner somewhere. Three out of the four North American automakers chose the latter.

Chrysler had been selling Simcas and Sunbeams alongside Barracudas and Imperials through the 1960s. Simca and Sunbeam were a part of growing European operation for the Pentastar. In turn, Chrysler looked high and low to match the incoming compacts from General Motors, Ford and American Motors. They went across both the Atlantic and Pacific for their answers. Ford sold some European products at their dealerships in the past – the Cortina was the most popular and the Capri was a mainstay at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. GM sold Opels at Buick dealers, but would soon play the captive import game as early as 1976.

You could also stretch the captive import involvement to AMC – that is if you include the subcompact Metropolitan that was jointly developed between Nash and Austin. They actually sold Metropolitans with the Hudson badge for a bit. At one time, Mitsubishi imported the Hyundai Excel for some of its dealers in the USA. Continue reading

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Frankfurt 2011: Fünf Lieblinge von IAA

Oh, to be in Frankfurt in September…

Frankfurt? Why would I want to be in Germany, let alone Europe? I have not been to the old world…ever. Is that a bad thing to say?

Opportunities…I had a few. But, I stuck to my “discover North America first” travel mantra for too long. I’m not a young man, anymore… Continue reading

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Magna Snags Opel…Next?

TweetYou may have never heard of Magna. You may have heard of Opel, though. Perhaps you may have heard the news that Magna International reached a tentative agreement to acquire Adam Opel AG from General Motors as brokered by the … Continue reading

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