The common conception is that Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964 to incredible success, and the folks at arch-rival Chevrolet simply copied the concept to make public the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966 for the 1967 model year. Though, fact is, the rumour is not quite as simple as that. Despite commonly held notions, if one takes an indirect look at history, one might stress that Chevrolet, not Ford, actually introduced the small, personal sport coupe or “ponycar” and that Ford was the company that was playing catch-up when it introduced the Mustang.
Ford took a page from Studebaker and the American Motors and designed what was essentially a scaled-down American car, which it named the Falcon. GM’s method was more “reach-out.” Taking a page from the VW book, it entered the Read more . . .
Sometimes even the perfect ideas need a second chance, and so it was with the Chevrolet El Camino. The concept of a extremely styled, civilized pickup truck was definitely not new when the El Camino was introduced to the public in the 1959 model year, and it turned out that the ’59 Camino was more an artistic triumph than a commercial triumph, but that does not diminish the importance of the vehicle. After getting its second chance, it produced a line that would extend for 25 years.
Passenger Cars versus Trucks
Panel trucks and pickups based on car platforms were relatively ordinary in the 1920s and 1930s. Since practically every vehicle on the road in those days used separate body-on-frame construction, it was a fairly uncomplicated task to build truck-like bodies and place them on car chassis. Hudson, Willys, and Studebaker were among the American manufacturers who offered car-based pickup trucks direct from the factory during those years, and panel truck and pickup conversions of passenger cars done by aftermarket body-builders were far and wide available as well. Read more . . .
Pundits have been predicting that 2008 won’t be kind to auto manufacturers. But a quick tour of the year’s first two major auto shows — the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the Chicago Auto Show — demonstrates that manufacturers plan to do anything but pull in their horns. (And when it comes to Chrysler, we can say that quite literally, since its Detroit show press event featured a full-on cattle drive.) Read more . . .
Think of a time when things were going so well for the American car manufacturers that one of them could produce a new model based on what many might view as a practical joke. And then imagine that the version that resulted from that joke–the Chevrolet Nomad–would go on to be acclaimed by legions of fans around the globe as the ultimate station wagon, a car that turned the station wagon stereotype on its ear because it was so utterly cool. Read more . . .
According to Chevrolet, three words characterize the all-new, sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette–power, precision and passion. Certainly, previous editions of the legendary Corvette offered all three, but in this newest version of Chevrolet’s 50-year-old icon, its engineers and designers have aimed to give the model serious enhancement in each of these key categories. Thus, the new car is gifted with a heavily revised small-block V-8 engine offering a potent combination of 400 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower, more elegantly expressive styling and a closer attention to fit-and-finish details that are designed in. Read more . . .