Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1980s / Alfa Romeo / American / Aston Martin / Audi / Bitter / British / DeLorean / Electric / Ferrari / Fiat / Ford / French / Irish / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Lamborghini / Land Rover / Lotus / Maserati / Mazda / Mercedes-Benz / Merkur / Mitsubishi / Nissan / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Rolls-Royce / Sterling / Subaru / Swedish / TVR / Vespa / Volkswagen / Volvo / Yugo / Yugoslavian

Time traveling: 1980s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. … Continue reading

Time traveling: 1970s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show
1970s / American / Aston Martin / Austin / British / Citroen / Datsun / DeTomaso / Ferrari / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Jaguar / Japanese / Jensen / Lamborghini / Lambretta / Maserati / Mercedes-Benz / MG / Opel / Peugeot / Piaggio / Porsche / Renault / Subaru / Swedish / Triumph / TVR / Vanguard / Volkswagen

Time traveling: 1970s European cars at the Chicago Motor Show

The first edition of the Chicago Motor Show was held in 1901, making it one of the oldest car shows in the world. The Chicago show was once one of the nation’s largest automotive events but it is overshadowed today by bigger, more important industry trade shows held in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. … Continue reading

Ten 1970s concepts that should have been built
1970s / American / Autobianchi / Bertone / BMW / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Honda / Italian / Japanese / Mercedes-Benz / NSU / Peugeot / Swedish / Volkswagen / Volvo

Ten 1970s concepts that should have been built

A few weeks ago asked our readers what vintage concepts they would have liked to see built. At the time, we suggested the 1501 Coupe designed and built by French coachbuilder Heuliez would have made a great addition to the Simca lineup, though it probably wouldn’t have been enough to save the company. Your responses inspired us … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Australian / Citroen / Dacia / DAF / Dutch / East German / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Goggomobil / Italian / Mercedes-Benz / Peugeot / Renault / Romanian / Talbot / Volkswagen / Wartburg

Topical advertising: Car-based vans (part two)

Car-based vans have been incredibly popular in Europe and abroad since the end of World War II. Generally cheaper to buy, register and insure than larger commercial vehicles, these city-friendly vans and pickup trucks have been widely used as delivery vehicles, work mules and passenger haulers over the past couple of decades. Almost every automaker … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering
1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Alfa Romeo / American / Australian / British / Citroen / Czech / Dacia / Datsun / Fiat / Ford / French / German / Holden / Honda / Innocenti / Italian / Japanese / Kia / Land Rover / Lotus / Mazda / Nissan / Oltcit / Peugeot / Premiere / Renault / Romanian / Saviem / Skoda / South Korean / Suzuki / Toyota / Triumph / Volkswagen

Topical advertising: Badge-engineering

Badge-engineering is one of the best ways to illustrate the microeconomics concept of economies of scale. Simply put, the average cost of each unit goes down as quantity goes up. Selling the rights to a car or even to a component like a chassis or an engine can save automakers a substantial amount money in … Continue reading