Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Retro is in: The Mitsuoka Viewt

Car buyers in Japan will be able to buy a brand new 1960s Jag! However, it only looks like the real thing from a distance. The Viewt is based on a Nissan Micra.

Car Spotting: 1986-1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

I saw this car in Kitchener, Ontario.
Does anybody remember that in the 1980's GM made two different two-seat sports cars? The Corvette, ofcourse, and the Pontiac Fiero...
Because of the oil crisis of 1979 caused by the Iranian revolution, General Motors saw the need to build a fuel efficient car that was fun to drive for people who'd spend a lot of time commuting by themselves. This was definitely not a vehicle that you could car pool in!
The Fiero was also unusual because it was an American car with a mid-engine, meaning the power plant was almost right behind the driver. It was certainly a unique car!
The Fiero pictured is a GT model. While the original came with a 4-cylinder engine, these had V-6's. The GT also looks sleeker than the base version which was boxy in design.
While the Fiero outsold its main competitor, the Toyota MR2, and also made a small profit for Pontiac, GM killed the car line in 1988. At the time there were manyFieros around and they were incurring a bad name for quality and durability issues. Today, however, they are an interesting collectible!
1984 Commercial for the original Fiero...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Square was in in the 1980s and when GM released it's first all-new Corvette in 20 years, the theme was square...And so was the dashboard. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

What is it?

It's called a 'Mitsuoka Orochi.' Maybe it'll crawl back to the sea from where it came.