Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. In this special edition of QOTD, I answer your search engine queries with all the sincerity I can muster. So let’s start with your above question: Where is Silverado made? The answer is simple. Silverado, the alt-Western starring basically the cast of The Big Chill, was filmed on location in New Mexico.Let’s roll the tape and see what else you asked.how many cts v wagons were made in blue: You should ask Jonny at Motor Trend. They gave him a free trip to Dubai so he could drive the CTS-V wagon on the Dubai F1 course, presumably because the barriers were too far off the racing surface for even a moron to hit. Then they gave him a free CTS-V wagon for a year. He used it to carry craft beer. I don’t know if it was blue.suzuki aerio 2007 serpentine size: It’s possible to put all but the largest pythons in a Suzuki Aerio.ford recalls 2017: With some satisfaction, but also with a sense of loss, I’d imagine. … [Read more...] about QOTD: ‘Where Is Silverado Made?’
The average transaction price of a new car in America has long since blown past $30,000 and currently sits at $31,400 – after incentives, naturally – in the first quarter of 2017.But who wants to buy just one car? Everyone here has a short list of what they’d buy given an unlimited budget. For today’s QOTD, let’s imagine – just like that Community Chest card in Monopoly – you’ve received a bank error in your favor. The amount? You guessed it: $31,400.Trucks and large SUVs are the major reason for the steady march of average car prices. Thing is, though, there are plenty of great new cars on lots today with a Monroney less than that average transaction price. The Focus ST is a great example. The Toyota 86 is well under the limbo bar, too.So here’s the challenge: using the average transaction price given above, choose a new car for yourself and then spend the rest on used wheels to eat up the rest of your budget. Forget about … [Read more...] about QOTD: A Garage Full of Speed
Let’s say you had around $50,000 to spend on a vehicle purely as an indulgence. In this indulgence, you desire a somewhat rare SUV that’s basic, yet carries substantial prestige. In the same way, your SUV of choice would be very capable off-road, but you’d never take it there (as it’s simply too valuable). This vehicle would be for around-town jaunts on sunny days only.A tough and specific decision for you, as imaginary well-heeled buyer of this used SUV. But never fear, as we’ve narrowed the choices down to two for today’s QOTD.So, between the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, which do you choose to lighten your wallet?This isn’t the first time we’ve presented the B&B with a Pick Your Poison Question of the Day. The inaugural honors go to the Lincoln versus Cadillac QOTD. But before we cover the two options, let’s go over the very simple rules of this engagement — there are only two … [Read more...] about QOTD: Land Rover Defender vs. Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon – Pick Your Poison
Would a minivan with all-wheel drive, added ground clearance, and wheel arch cladding ever stand a chance of being called an SUV?It’s not so far-fetched. There was a time when the Subaru Outback was perceived as nothing more than a wagon, but times changed.What about the other way around: does the Chevrolet Tahoe Grande’s sliding doors necessitate a minivan designation for America’s top-selling full-size SUV? In other words, is a full-size SUV with sliding doors no longer an SUV? No, the Chevrolet Tahoe Grande isn’t a real thing. It’s a rendering completed by TTAC’s own Matt Posky, merging a Tahoe with a Dodge Grand Caravan, after a discussion about sliding doors in TTAC’s Slack virtual HQ. Why have these profoundly practical design elements been forced into limited use by only a handful of new vehicle nameplates?What if sliding doors made an appearance on a full-size SUV like the Chevrolet Tahoe, or a smaller utility vehicle like the … [Read more...] about QOTD: Do the New Chevrolet Tahoe Grande’s Sliding Doors Make It a Van or an SUV?
Ever since I was a lad, growing up maturing getting older in a community of about 1,200 souls and 90 minutes from any sort of car dealership, I’ve been fascinated by cars. Grasping every copy of a car magazine that found its way into our rural mailbox with my grubby little hands, I’d read each one cover to cover until the pages fell out. I knew what each person in our town drove; when someone showed up with new wheels, I’d invariably appear in their driveway asking if I could look at it. That wouldn’t fly today. Good thing everyone knew each other.Thanks to this dearth of youthful car-related entertainment, 30 years later I now find myself checking out every single car show I happen to find, quenching a long simmering thirst for cool wheels.Some shows are organized to the nth degree: wait in line, pay the cover, and be herded into a dimly lit stadium like beef cattle for the privilege of seeing the same cars that were there last year. … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s Your Favorite Type of Car Show?
About three weeks ago, my Question Of The Day focused on public statements about Mazda’s future plans. The statements came from the CEO of Mazda North America, as reported in an article by Tim Cain. Many of you responded and agreed with the assertions and opinions I put forth, while some were brave enough to disagree. By and large, it was a fairly productive conversation, with over 150 replies in the comments.Now that some time has passed and the comments have largely ceased, I can fulfill a request made by commenter slow_poke: a summation of your top recommendations, in our first Mazda QOTD FU (follow-up). Let’s see what you had to say.We’re going to breeze past the opinions I put forth in the QOTD article to focus solely on your suggestions. Below are the most popular suggestions, per my very scientific methodology: I reviewed all comments on the article and counted the mentions of each general suggestion. Each suggestion mention counted as a … [Read more...] about QOTD FU: Your Suggestions for the Future of Mazda
Last month, I brought to you a Question of the Day about resurrection; saving something from an untimely death. Naturally, we were talking about car brands — specifically, which dead brand you’d select to bring back to life in a modern world, with a modern lineup.In the well-established TTAC interest of balance, fairness, and equality in all things, now we ask the opposite question: Which car brand deserved its death?I don’t want anyone to claim the beloved Eagle (my answer to the resurrection QOTD) deserved its death at the hands of Chrysler, which was committed only to Jeep for the production of new and exciting utility vehicles. Consider if you will, the following as an example of a brand meeting a timely and deserving death.Pictured above is a Sterling 827, part of the oft-forgotten and rather awful Sterling offerings which graced roughly 135 Sterling dealerships for the brand’s 1987 launch. Austin Rover Cars of North America … [Read more...] about QOTD: What Dead Car Brand Absolutely Deserved to Die?
Use whatever designation you must, but you know what we’re asking. In 2017, is Buick one of America’s premium brands? A competitor for Lexus and Audi? A rival for BMW and Jaguar?On July 19, Buick released the first images, specs, and pricing details for the next-generation 2018 Buick Regal GS. While dropping the price of the basic Regal to $25,915 — not that much money for a 250-horsepower 2.0T midsize hatchback — Buick apparently improved the sporty GS in every way. The result: the GS is only ten bucks away from being a $40,000 car. The more powerful Ford Fusion Sport is $5,510 cheaper. The Audi S4 is some $12,000 more costly.But Buick is more than just an intangible no-man’s-land price point. Buick is also a brand that sends mixed messages: advertising that suggests it’s not worthy of praise on the one hand; the new Avenir sub-brand on the other.What say you: is Buick just another luxury wannabe, or is Buick selling premium goods at … [Read more...] about QOTD: Is Buick a Premium, Luxury, Upmarket Auto Brand in America, or Not?
We had a 1970s movie-car QOTD last week, and that was so much fun we’re doing it again! So, here we go: in the beginning of Smokey and the Bandit, when Big Enos challenges The Bandit to fetch 400 cases of that Colorado Kool-Aid, a wad of cash of unspecified thickness gets handed over for expenses, including a “speedy car.” As we all know, The Bandit headed straight to the nearest Pontiac showroom and bought himself a brand-new 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. In the film, that car seemed to be the fastest imaginable motor vehicle (thanks to the magic of engine swaps, stunt drivers, and special effects). In reality, however, the ’77 Trans Am was kind of a bloated Malaise Era slug, and The Bandit probably had a lot of better escape-the-smokeys car choices available.So, in his shoes and with a ’77 Trans Am-sized stack of C-notes, what car would you have bought for that run to Texarkana and back?Now, the list price of a 1977 Firebird Trans Am was $5,456, but … [Read more...] about QOTD: It’s 1977 and You’re The Bandit. Do You Buy a Trans Am… or Something Else?
I don’t get invited to many press events, but when I do, I often find myself surrounded by people wearing Hawaiian shirts, khakis, and black shoes. And that’s not even the weird part.The last event I attended I was representing a blog that rhymes with “La Hop Stick.” This made me a virtual magnet for every forever-alone-Dockers-wearer in attendance, all of whom were nearly twenty years older than I, and all of whom wanted to tell me all about their blogs, which were ususally named something like “MOTORSANDROTORS.TV” and had audiences of approximately fourteen uniques a month. Despite the fact that neither you nor I, nor anybody not sharing a blood relation with these people had ever heard of any of these guys, they all get invited to all of the press events.“Oh, yeah, I haven’t even been home in weeks,” I heard one humble-complaining, despite the fact that he was dressed like a flood victim and was … [Read more...] about QOTD: Do We Really Need So Many Car Blogs?