Sometimes these How Hard Can It Be? pieces write themselves. You see the desiccated remains of Jaguar or a 1920s Dodge sedan and the words just starts flowing like a river of boogers during a literary sinus infection. Some are more difficult, especially when there is an emotional tie to the subject matter, as happened with the slab-sided Audis. Then an Edsel shows up. An Edsel! And not just an Edsel, but an Edsel station wagon! In a field, no less.
Excuse me while I reach for my literary handkerchief.
So, you’ve got two hours to kill? Well BMW is asking you to reconsider watching re-runs of Seinfeld all day and instead, they want you to use your time to drive their cars. And their competition’s cars. For those two hours. For free. For Canadians only. For serious.
You see, the 3 series is considered the benchmark in the luxury sport sedan segment. Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and even Cadillac have long been plotting to take BMW’s crown, and they all think they have done it with their respective compact sedans.
Turns out that BMW doesn’t like this, and is going straight to YOU, the consumer, to prove that their 3 series is still the king.
Find out how you can get in on the action, after the jump.
By all accounts, the new LSA-powered Cadillac CTS-V is a monster. It even won a recent comparison over at TTAC against the M3, RS4, IS-F, and C63 AMG. Unfortunately, with the recent announcement from GM that their High Performance Vehicle Operations would be dissolved, it didn’t appear that we would be seeing any more V-variants any time soon. Well, we were wrong because Brenda Priddy and Autoweek have found some spyshots of the upcoming CTS-V Coupe! Details after the jump.
The full-scale Elvis Presley – the King to you and me – has been immortalized in many memorable media. The most prevalent is the wax Elvis made popular by the Madame Tussaud’s chain of paraffin zombie shops. Occasionally, someone will mock up a life-size Elvis in cheddar cheese or scrap wood or Bondo. More recently, a Lego Elvis invaded Austria.
Elvis was a motorhead known to keep a collection of cars and motorcycles ranging from a herd of Cadillacs to a flock of Harley-Davidsons, as well as several BMWs he leased while stationed with the Army in Germany. He also gave away cars like they give out pepperoni pizza samples at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club.
Now a bronze Elvis will be forever riding one of his beloved Harleys, a 1956 KHK thought to be one of the first big-ticket items to which the then-newly-wealthy King treated himself.
It’s not easy being a car these days. No one wants to buy you. You haven’t been updated or refreshed in eons. Your manufacturer is scaling back your production. The laundry list goes on and on. But nothing, nothing is worse than getting the axe. This list is a compilation of cars that won’t be available after the 2009 production year. So get one while you can.
And you thought NFL players had well-armoured vehicles. Well say hello to President Barack Obama’s new Cadillac One. While it might look like a normal Cadillac DTS, it actually sits atop a GMC TopKick truck platform. The standard DTS just couldn’t handle the extra weight of safety and communication equipment. I’m not about to start to list everything that makes Obama’s Caddy so unique, because I know you can read. I will, however, share a couple of non-cross-sectioned photos of the upcoming President-mobile. You can also see the One at the President’s inauguration on January 20.
Just so we’re on the same page, that pun hurt me just as much as it hurt you. Unfortunately, in my attempt to bring you all the latest news from the Detroit Auto Show as quickly as possible, I don’t have the luxury of taking a whole afternoon to come up with a less obvious title.
The vehicle you see above is really just a good-looking version of the Chevrolet Volt, called the Cadillac Converj. Heinous spelling aside, this vehicle is only a concept right now. If it were to make it to production, something we sincerely hope is possible, it would have the same powertrain as the Volt but with a more upscale interior and only two doors. This would hardly make the Converj the most sporting of Cadillacs but if you can be this green in a car this sexy, we’re not complaining. More pictures and details after the jump.
I’ve just returned from Cuba with the kind of tan that an Albertan farmer would be proud to own. Cuba is a fascinating country that has had many of its road-going machines frozen in time for the last 50 years. It was fifty years ago that Che Guevera, Camilo Cienfuegos, Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and their revolutionaries declared victory over Fulgencio Batista’s oppressive, corrupt, and US-backed regime. Since then, what we would consider classic cars have been kept running for lack of a better alternative. A United States embargo, a restrictive communist government, and a lack of discretionary spending have necessitated that ’58 Bel-Airs, ’59 Cadillacs, and Fiat 600′s roam the streets of Havana as we speak.
Interestingly enough, the last few years have brought increased freedoms and foreign currency into the island nation. This has resulted in the ability of residents to buy new cars (that aren’t decrepit Russian Ladas) for the first time in their lives. For most people, this means the choice between a Peugeot 206 and a Hyundai Elantra, as these are the only two new cars the average person can buy. To get your hands on something else, you have to be either very wealthy, a foreign ambassador, or a very good smuggler.
If you get the chance to visit Cuba, and manage to get away from your lush resort, you’ll find that there are also a fair few horse-drawn carriages. These became more popular after oil became tough to obtain subsequent to the instant collapse to the USSR, Cuba’s preferred trading partner for, well, everything.
I’ve included a mega-gallery after the jump, to share with you what I’ve seen.