We've all seen this, as we see ourselves thinking we can fit – or gracefully exit – a supercar. Its never easy for a larger body to get in, sit down, and exit a car with a very small cabin. Or, something that looks like we can fit in and find ourselves wedged in-between the steering wheel and the seat.
The Nuovo Cinquecento was an interesting piece of automotive culture. It's arrival into the European market in 2007 sparked a revival for the brand with its retro design onto a modern platform. Fiat was turning around and creating better vehicles for the markets it served by that time. The 500 was indeed the one layer of the cake that truly made it great.
The 1950s lifted this victorious country out of austerity and rationing. We had to do so in order to survive a massive war fought on two major fronts. Once our troops came home, our country began to climb out of this period and into overdrive. We were optimistic of the future thanks to our victory in the war.
"Standard of the world" dictated a level of luxury one expects from the crest of the Cadillac family as applied to each automobile since 1903. Some would argue that its level of luxury would only be eclipsed by a chosen few – Rolls-Royce, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Marmon, to name some of the few. It had its contemporaries, such as Packard and Lincoln. Even Chrysler's Imperial would match Cadillac's level of luxury during its time as the top model in the company's lineup.
The noise has died down a bit. Perhaps to a point where I can think clearly about Thursday's big reveal at the Marine Air Force Base in Tustin, California. Granted, I was not there. General Motors did a huge push for the rest of us to watch live as they revealed the eighth generation of America's remaining true sports car – the Chevrolet Corvette.
At the Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally back in May, Nissan sponsored one of the meals for the gathered journalist members and manufacture representatives. They used their spotlight to announce the results of a survey they conducted regarding the state of the automotive industry and the millennial market.
Today, the world converged upon New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It is to celebrate World Pride, the annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community as it continues its movement towards full societal inclusion. Yet, it is still a distinct culture that adds to the fabric of our nation and many countries worldwide.
My childhood was dictated by a few well-known facts about the USA automotive market. One, I lived in California. This was a very convenient place for importers to start their operations first, as its ports were across the Pacific from Japan and the Republic of Korea. Also, the state's market had a track record of customer acceptance of Japanese and Korean imports. Toyota and Nissan started in California and saw their fortunes grow there over time.