20 years ago: Audi launches RS2 Avant super-wagon
1990s / Audi / German

20 years ago: Audi launches RS2 Avant super-wagon

As Audi grew increasingly confident with its ability to take on Mercedes-Benz and BMW, it turned its attention to applying the knowledge it gained from its rally program to performance-oriented models that were fully street legal. After launching several evolutions of the quattro coupe, the automaker took the first step towards building a full-fledged lineup … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Station wagons
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Topical advertising: Station wagons

Station wagons were once a common part of the automotive landscape because they were the most practical way to comfortably carry a full family and their gear. There was no unwritten law about what could or couldn’t be morphed into a wagon and a look back over the past few decades reveals there were some … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Old vs. new
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new

Automakers commonly bring historic models from their own collection to media events in an attempt to create a link between the past and the present. Sometimes the connection between the two cars on display is evident, sometimes it’s a little more heavy-handed. A photographer generally shoots the old car next to the new one but … Continue reading

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally
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The 2014 Monte-Carlo Historique rally

The 17th annual Monte-Carlo Historique rally kicked off a little over a week ago and ended yesterday when a Belgian team at the wheel of an orange 1978 Opel Kadett GTE won the event. This year, the participants left from six European cities (Barcelona, Glasgow, Monte-Carlo, Oslo, Reims and Stockholm) and the common stages took … Continue reading

Color-coded advertising: Blue
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Color-coded advertising: Blue

Blue is one of the oldest colors in the automotive industry. It was offered on many pre-war cars built around the world and it even made a brief appearance on the Ford Model T before Henry Ford implemented his famous all-black policy. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Snow
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Topical advertising: Snow

It’s officially winter time in the northern hemisphere.  Ski stations are gearing up for their busiest seasons, holiday preparations are in full swing and annoyed commuters are getting ready to fire up the snow blower. What vintage car would you rather drive through the snow?  What one would you trust the least? Continue reading

Topical advertising: Off-roading
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Topical advertising: Off-roading

Automakers portray cars off paved roads to highlight a specific vehicle’s off-road capacity, to establish a link between rallying and other forms of racing, to convey a sense of freedom that can’t be found in crowded cities or to tout a car’s handling characteristics. We’ve compiled a gallery of period press shots showing cars going through … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany
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Ran When Parked visits the Zeithaus museum in Wolfsburg, Germany

Following our visit to the Volkswagen brand museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, we trekked over to Autostadt in the center of the city to visit the museum there.  Autostadt (a name that literally translates to “car city” in German) is a Volkswagen-themed visitor attraction that houses a museum, a pavilion for the SEAT, Škoda, Audi and … Continue reading