A quick look at the Kia Elan
1990s / British / Kia / Lotus / South Korean

A quick look at the Kia Elan

Less than 1,000 examples of the Kia Elan were built. Continue reading

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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

Rust in peace: Forgotten cars on the streets of Beijing
1980s / 1990s / Chery / Chinese / Citroen / Daewoo / French / German / South Korean / Suzuki / Volkswagen

Rust in peace: Forgotten cars on the streets of Beijing

We recently traveled to China to attend the lone press day of the hectic Beijing Motor Show.  Walking around the city in our downtime, we were surprised to find that there are more abandoned cars in Beijing than we initially thought.  Most of these cars are hiding away in residential neighborhoods, you won’t see them … Continue reading