Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Ford sales down, Fiat Chrysler up in April as auto industry cools off U.S. auto sales were expected to decline in April, compared with a year earlier, as the industry continues to cool off from a record pace set in 2016. Edmunds.com projected a sales decline of 6%, while Cox Automotive predicted a decline of 3.6%. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY Published 9:59 a.m. ET May 1, 2018 CLOSE There is a good time to buy a car so that you save the most money, according to car experts. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more. Buzz60 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE … [Read more...] about Ford sales down, Fiat Chrysler up in April as auto industry cools off
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2010 was widely expected to be a year of rebuilding auto sales, and analysts will be keeping an even closer eye on the numbers in 2011 to see exactly where this industry and economy is headed. January’s sales figures continue to roll in, and Chrysler is pleased to report they’ve sold 70,118 total vehicles last month, a 23-percent increase over 2010. Traditionally one of the weaker months in terms of overall volume, Chrysler experienced a 30,000-unit drop over December 2010, though December’s sales are undoubtedly helped by the usual dealer year-end sales push. Nevertheless, there has been growth in 2011, presumably helped in large part by the rash of refreshed product. Ram – 13,020 units total, up 18 percent We start the numbers game off with the reigning Chrysler Group vehicle leader: the Ram pickup truck. The full-size truck line sold 12,197 units, which is more than the entire Chrysler brand alone. Ram trucks were up 22 percent in January, with the aged, … [Read more...] about Chrysler’s January Sales Up 23 Percent, Rides Strong Truck, SUV Sales into 2011
Shortly after Chrysler‘s initial minivan success, now almost 15 years ago, virtually every manufacturer rushed in with their own interpretation of the genre. There were aggressively styled minivans, minivans with car-like swing-out side doors, huge truck-based minivans, svelte compact minivans, and mini-minivans. None significantly diverted buyers away from today’s Dodge Caravan. It seems the American public has a rigid minivan dress code: car-based platform, front-engine, front-drive, center aisle, room for seven adults, dual sliding doors. This left the radically styled, mid-engine, rear-drive Toyota Previa, which was also underpowered (or, horrors, supercharged!) and overly expensive, as an also-ran. For the past several years, competing manufacturers have been dropping their diverse interpretations of what a minivan could be in favor of ever-more-Caravan-like designs. The latest attempt to duplicate the class master is the all-new Toyota Sienna: The first time a … [Read more...] about Dodge Grand Caravan SE Sport vs. Toyota Sienna LE
The live announcing of drag racing is an art practiced by lots of weekend amateurs and very few professionals. At the top of that list is Jon Lundberg, who from 1959 until 1982 was The Voice of Drag Racing. During his career, Lundberg has announced at more than 130 dragstrips in North America, and estimates that he spoke more than 100 million words about the sport and the people in it. Lundberg saw his first hot rod on the streets of East Lansing, Michigan, in 1949 and was hooked then and there. “I was thunderstruck,” he says. He and his buddy John Hicks learned about hot rods from the owner of that car, who lived up the street. They sent away for a So-Cal Speed Shop catalog and memorized it. They rode their motor scooters to their first drag race, at Capitol City Airport in August of 1950, a showdown between the Genesee Gear Grinders, from Flint, and the Lansing Pan Draggers, their local club. The race was run by the Strategic Air Command, one of many drag and road races … [Read more...] about Jon “Thunderlungs” Lundberg: The Voice of Drag Racing
The growth of STREET RODDER will forever be linked to the loyalty of you, our readers. Coupled with this is an important ingredient to the wellbeing of SR and the hobby. Barely noticeable in the ’60s, it began to come into its own in the ’70s and then enjoyed enormous growth throughout the ’80s. It’s this birth of an industry and its continued growth that has us where we are today. Senior Editor Ron Ceridono said it best when he pointed out, “As raw building materials from wrecking yards and other traditional sources began to disappear, the fledgling aftermarket developed new products to replace them. As a result, today it’s possible to build the street rod of your dreams from all new parts.” In an attempt to give you a look at 40 years of SR we thought we would present the timeline of a magazine and an industry. We have selected 40 products from the past 40 years that didn’t exist before SR but came about because of a rapidly growing … [Read more...] about Street Rodder’s 40th Anniversary – Time Flies
Found. Eric Arnette had no idea a 1932 Ford coupe he bought in an Arkansas barn hid a special heritage stretching back to the late 1940s and the very roots of the hot rod movement in California. Arnette, who lives in Athens, Texas, said, “These early hot rods are more than automotive history. They are a part of American history.” He got the lead for this ’32 Ford by accident while atending the Long Star Roundup in Austin, Texas in April 2014. There, Eric’s 1932 Ford roadster caught the attention of Clem Johnson from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Johnson talked about selling a ’32 Ford, a coupe with modifications from the late 1940s and early 1950s that had survived unchanged. Arnette was interested. But the old Ford was just so far away, and at the time Johnson didn’t know how much he wanted for the car. After a few weeks of haggling, Johnson finally quoted a price, and Arnette drove 400 miles to Clem’s place in the country. The ’32 Ford was … [Read more...] about After Appearing on the First Cover of Rod & Custom, this 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe Vanished for Decades
Austin, Texas Feature Car: 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Sold At $14,040 S/N 105379W705806 The Story Behind The Sale The Chevrolet Corvair was an American original. A small unibody car with its all-aluminum engine in the rear, it was introduced in the fall of 1959 as an alternative to the Volkswagen Beetle, which was then making everyone more conscious of fuel efficiency. And yet as the Corvair evolved to its final year of production in 1969, it had become a kind of sports car.Volkswagen model). Corvair wasn’t just a car; it was a way of life. Yet when the second-generation Corvair was introduced in 1965 with its sleek styling and Corvette-style independent rear suspension, it became more like a Ford Mustang than a VW Beetle. 1979 Porsche 911SC Sold At $25,300 S/N 9119200749 Some say the three scariest words in the English language are “Porsche at auction.” But with Porsche 911 prices dramatically on the rise over the last three years, can you pay too much? Yes, you … [Read more...] about The 2015 Mecum Auctions in Austin
It’s race night at Ocala Speedway in Florida, and the odor of exhaust and rubber mix with the smell of boiled peanuts and beer and cotton candy and grilling hamburgers. The stands, capacity 3500, are filling. The little racetrack has been here for a long time. There are grandparents in the stands who first came as children. Friday night without Ocala Speedway? Hard to imagine, but it almost happened. And it has already happened in so many other towns. “There was a time when, if you could talk the county commission into letting you carve out a racetrack on your property, you were instantly rich,” says Rich Pratt, 38, a third-generation race-car driver who lives just up the road. “Those days are over.” Ocala’s owner, Mike Peters, stands at the entrance to the pits, wearing his aviator Ray-Bans. Peters, 39, is a jet pilot who flew Boeing 737s for an airline, but he quit to buy the speedway and run it. He admits he really … [Read more...] about So You Want to Own a Racetrack?
Mike Alexander, the surviving member of Detroit’s preeminent custom car builders, the Alexander Brothers, passed away in July at the age of 80. Mike and his brother Larry made some of the most famous and influential customs of the 1960s and because of a new toy called Hot Wheels and a Beach Boys song & album the “A Bros” ultimately affected American culture and how the world sees us. They were as important to the world of hot rods as Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry were to rock and roll. I had the great privilege of interviewing Mike Alexander last year as part of a project I’m working on about the Dodge Deora show car, and then meet him in person at the 2013 Eyes On Design show, where I was in the right place at the right time to witness Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo hand Mike a blue ribbon for the Deora, which was on display as part of a group of Alexander Brothers’ cars at that show. Mechanical and fabricating geniuses, Mike and Larry … [Read more...] about Preeminent Custom Car Builder Mike Alexander 1935-2014, R.I.P.
By 1957, not only had Ford and Chevy brought modern styling to their traditional pickup truck lines but Ford had also introduced the Ranchero car based pickup and Chevy featured the Cameo Carrier, a conventional pickup that sported many automobile styling trends. Dodge’s trucks, in comparison, were starting to look a bit dowdy. The solution was to create the Sweptside pickup, with tailfins that emulated Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner Sr’s “Forward Look”, which fully flowered in the ’57 model year. One could be forgiven for assuming that the Sweptside Dodge and the nearly identical Fargo trucks sold in Canada were the product of Exner’s design studio. That wasn’t the case. Supposedly “Ex” wasn’t even interested in restyling the trucks. In fact the Sweptside pickups had nothing to do with Chrysler’s design team. They were the result of a parts-bin project of Joe Berr, the head of Dodge’s Special … [Read more...] about Forward Look Fargo (and Sweptside Dodge): Trucks With Fins