In my QOTD post two weeks ago, I asked you to share the story of the most unreliable vehicle you’d ever owned. Most of you were quick to point out that I should’ve turned that into several different Questions of the Day, so you could specify different types of unreliable vehicles. The sheer number of comments (over 240 of them) showed me that the B&B love to share a bad story.I see no reason not to return to form this week, and ask you about your worst childhood automotive memory. Mine involved a GMC Safari — in a situation which was nowhere near as decadent as above.Tossing this question idea to the TTAC staff on the Slack channel last week triggered immediate memories: Seats in the way-back, hot vinyl on legs, or perhaps an experience with a third-degree burn from a solid metal seat belt buckle. Mostly, I realized through this quick survey that my worst story wasn’t that bad. Anyway, it sticks in my mind so you’re gonna hear about it.The … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s Your Worst Childhood Automotive Memory?
Today’s an easy one: what, in your opinion, is the best car movie ever made?We’ll even let you choose your own yardstick. Your selection can be a film that’s totally based in the car genre or it could simply have a phenomenal car chase at some point during its running time. Maybe it’s a unique take on the industry, or some sort of documentary based on real life events.You know I’m going to toss Days of Thunder out there for consideration, if for nothing else than the beach scene where the two lads lay waste to a couple of rental cars. I remember watching this flick as a 10-year old, sitting on the hood of dad’s old Chevy Blazer at B&L Drive-In Theatre in Boyd’s Cove, Newfoundland. Being an impressionable young boy, it’s arguable my infatuation with cars was cemented in that gravel parking lot.More recently, the documentary A Faster Horse provided the world with what I think is one of the best conversations about managing a team ever … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s the Best Car Movie (or Auto Industry Flick) You’ve Ever Seen?
Back in December, Matthew Guy penned an interesting QOTD post soliciting your picks for the most outrageous new car introduction. In the case of the new-for-1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Bob Lutz drove Chrysler’s new (and important) SUV up a set of stairs at Cobo Hall and through a plate glass window. History revealed the hype to be justified: the Grand Cherokee became an instant success, finding its way into suburban middle-class driveways across America.Sometimes, though, the new product doesn’t live up to the manufacturer’s hype before introduction. Let’s talk disappointment.Hold on, that’s not the disappointing bit — it’s the thing that created the subsequent disappointment years later. As your heart rate settles back down, let me explain. Honda wanted to bring a new sporty car to the market for 2011.The idea behind said new vehicle was very promising, and very simple. Honda wanted to resurrect the ever-desirable CR-X (1984-1991) … [Read more...] about QOTD: Which Cars Failed to Meet the OEM’s Hype?
It’s NAIAS week in Detroit, signaling a parade of press conferences and more shrimp than what’s found in all the North Atlantic. While buzzwords this year are “mobility” and “disruption,” the Detroit Three still found time to show us new versions of machines in my favorite segment, the full-sized pickup truck market.Chevy showed off a new Silverado with an octet of trims, Ram dropped its new non-Freightliner pickup, and Ford promised an oil burner for the F-150.Now we’ve seen them all, here’s my question to you: if forced to choose one, what would you select?And, no, you can’t say “none of the above.” This is not a first-year civics course at community college. Nor can you jump on the Nissan or Toyota bandwagon. Those two trucks are capable contenders but they’re not the focus of today’s QOTD.Jeez. I think that’s the first time in my five-and-a-half years of writing here I’ve ever deployed my Dad … [Read more...] about QOTD: Is This Truck For You?
Have you driven a Ford, lately? I haven’t — but Ford has nonetheless been on my mind. Last week, my QOTD inquired about the upcoming Bronco, and whether Ford would mess up the established Bronco formula. The majority of you seem to think they will. That same day, we ran a post about the cancellation of a Fusion redesign.And that’s left me with even more Ford questions, and fears about future Fusion fates. Let’s discuss.The program in question was called CD542N and its goal was the creation of the next Fusion, supposedly hitting lots in 2020. We’ve heard some recent murmurs (unsupported by Ford) that Fusion production would move from Mexico to China — the coffin nails seem to be piling up. At stake are the Fusion, its international variant (known as Mondeo), and Lincoln’s MKZ. The Fusion and MKZ aren’t spring chickens, having entered their sixth model year in 2018. The Mondeo variants (sedan, liftback, wagon) are a year younger, … [Read more...] about QOTD: Can You Crystal Ball Future Ford Fusion Fortunes?