The Regal is now in its 6th generation. The first two were RWD A and G-body cars. The second two were “sport sedan” developments of the W-body. And the most recent two have been Opel-based. FUN FACT:
Someone on my street has a ‘72 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop with this poem taped inside the passenger side window. Only in Portland.
Not sure if the LGBTQ rainbow sticker that I put on the back after Pulse Orlando had anything to do with it. But here we are. How much cash am I out to fix this? How much will this buff out?
Haters step off. My beloved Buick Verano (I own a ‘13 model) is rated by Consumer Reports as the best entry-level luxury car on the market. Still. In its 6th and final model year. The CLA is rated the worst.
Great LaFayette’s Ghost! SIMCA bought Ford of France in 1954. Chrysler bought SIMCA and Rootes in the ‘60s to form Chrysler Europe. PSA bought Chrysler Europe in 1978. Now PSA has bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM. Collect them all!
Just yesterday, I posted a small appreciation of the Lancia Ardea. In it I explained that the sweet little thing had the smallest displacement V4 ever.
It’s the first mass-produced car with a 5-speed (1948). It’s got the smallest V4 production car engine (903cc) ever made. It clung to RHD when almost all of Continental Europe drove on the right. It’s the grandfather of the Fulvia and the great-great grandfather of the Delta.
Every time the CJ/Wrangler has been designed or redesigned, a different company has done the work:
Buick was the US division that initially reconnected GMNA with Holden. The 1995 XP2000 was the result and would have gone into production had Cadillac not worried it’d murder their upcoming and completely forgettable sales dud of a Catera.
Just spotted on the streets of downtown Portland. Mismatched wheel covers? Check. Heavy clearcoat peel? Check. Black carriage roof? Check indeedy.
I take a lot of shit on the FP for being a Buick guy. I post this knowing full well that even a whisper of favor given a big, new Buick over the new and worshipped S90 is going to come off as sacrilege around these parts. And I am not afraid.
Tire has slow leak that worsens in cold weather:
The kid that gets this beige 2003 Corolla and silver 2001 RX is almost guaranteed to end up an actuary.
It looks like the folks at Vox.com have a new video up about the history of car design. And it’s wrong about, or oversimplifies, almost everything. Including the years of the vehicles in its opening graphic.
In the past, I’ve written posts sniping at Buick’s social media efforts when they get their own history or product line wrong in their advertising. I’ve used those discussions to ask open questions about what mistakes like these mean for a marketing team that is tasked with relaunching a once storied, yet recently…
Today, I’ve been inspired by the designs of the Buick large car concepts of the late ‘80s.
The 1980-85 Buick Skylark was an advanced design with a flawed translation to production. Like the other FWD X-cars, it had trouble with loose front subframes, torque steer, and bad rear brake balance and wheel lockup. The standard Iron Duke four was doggedly slow and rough, while the 2.8 V6 had major cooling problems…
For all the shit I take in life (especially on the FP) for being an intense Buick fanatic, it’s so nice when an industry design giant like Ian Callum (F-Type, DB9, etc) shows love for the same thing you do.
I give you GEO (1989-97). Over 9 model years, GEO padded Chevrolet dealerships with nothing but rebadged cars from 3 different companies: Toyota (Prizm), Isuzu (Spectrum and Storm), and Suzuki (Metro and Tracker).