Monday, May 30, 2011

What kind of a car is a Saab, anyway?

EL CANADU: 'American Taliban' by Pearl Abraham: "(An El Canadu Book Review)

One thing that made the book a little unbelievable from the start is that the main character drives a Saab. I mean: What kind of a car is that, anyway? And if you own a Saab what happens if the muffler falls off? Do you take it to the former Hummer-Saturn-Isuzu dealer so the guy there can tell you that GM has downsized and gotten rid of a lot of nameplates but, he doesn't think they ever sold that kind of car?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ugly NYC Taxi Cabs?

The Checker Marathon was the iconic taxi cab for so many years and is something many still think about when they think about New York City.

But the Checker Motor Company couldn't go on building the durable car forever. Production ceased in 1982 after more than 20 years. The last yellow Checker NYC cab was retired in 1999.

Since then yellow Chevrolet Caprice's and then the Ford Crown Victoria have been common sites on NYC roads.

But the age of the big sedan may be coming to an end and minivans may seem like a better people mover. NYC has chosen the Nissan NV200 as the next vehicle cab companies will be painting yellow.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nissan Builds the Q-Ship

The year was 1990 and automobile enthusiasts were waiting on a new line of luxury vehicles from Japan. Lexus was a brand new marque that made very conventional looking cars. To compete, Nissan came out with Infiniti. To advertise the new flagship Q-45, Nissan ran a series of print ads which never showed the vehicle. Instead you'd see a picture of nature and font that boasted how timeless the car would be. People later quipped that the reason they wouldn't show the Q-45 was because it was so ugly. It had a belt-buckle logo on the grill and oval door handles.