My Favorite All-American Machines

The rules are strict here – their final assembly must be solely done right here. That eliminates a lot of favorite cars, I am afraid. It also eliminates some of the best cars ever built because they were built elsewhere included in the USA.

Commentary: The Fall of HAAH

I first reported that HAAH was looking for a production facility to build vehicles under the T.Go and Vantas brands from Chinese automaker Chery. They would come from its Tiggo and Exeed lineup with mostly North American components by the middle of this decade. 

The Speculator: We're Not Product Planners, But…

Those of us who are not working for an automaker or supplier to the industry think we know better than any of these people. We think we know how to improve upon a vehicle. The way it looks, operates, how some functions should work, how it should perform, and so forth.

Commentary: Unpacking Stellantis's EV Day

There is a lot to unpack here. However, Stellantis made this a bit easier for me to navigate their strategy through the slogans that goes with each brand. The slogan is the messenger for what exactly they plan for each brand. Some of them are too tasty to read. Others fit what they are doing already or plan to do in the future.

Commentary: About Those Rainbow-Infused Social Media Icons…

While some communities are celebrating on the month commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969 – the real powder keg that projected the LGBTQ Liberation Movement into orbit worldwide, others are on hold. Plans are in effect for a July, August, September, even October Pride festival or some sort of celebration.

Commentary: Musings On A Changing Automotive Landscape

The first twenty years in this business (the last ten as V&R) has seen some astounding revolutions and evolutions. The automobile is a work of art that has gone through so much that it is still recognizable as a self-propelled vehicle.

Commentary: Ford's Maverick Strategy

For one, the former compact pickup truck has grown into a mid-size one. Full-sized pickup trucks have grown tremendously, especially when you consider how big the Heavy Duty versions are. Not to mention how prices have soared for pickup trucks – period.