2000

2000 Dream Cruise, Day One
2000 Dream Cruise, Day One

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Or, gun them. Or, as hundreds of kids already lining the streets of Detroit’s Woodward Avenue were obviously taught by their fathers to say, "Light ‘em up!" The Dream Cruise doesn’t officially begin until today, but that didn’t stop cruisers from at...Read More»

Woodward Dream Cruise
Woodward Dreaming: Dream Cruise 2000

Stretching from the Detroit riverfront to downtown Pontiac, Woodward Avenue is the heart of the Motor City. It divides east and west, and serves as one of Detroit’s busiest commuter and shopping corridors. But for one weekend each year, the wide stretch of tarmac becomes Motown’s Memory Lane...Read More»

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Car Clips: Aug. 14, 2000

Joy sticks for cars Click image for larger view Here's a hint to make your next museum visit more interesting. Take a look at the early turn of the century autos and try to figure out how the controls were manipulated. One thing that you will learn is that there was no common control mechanisms on...Read More»

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Week of August 7, 2000

GM TO MAKE HYBRID PICKUPSFORD CONSIDERS DROPPING FIRESTONEFOCUS RATES POOR IN CRASH TESTFORD OPENS ALUMINUM CASTING PLANTFORD JOINS TELEMATICS RACESUPER DUTIES RECALLEDDC UPS INCENTIVES AGAINGM ANNOUNCES NEW ENGINE PLANTEXXON MOBIL EXPANDS JOB CUTSPRICELINE TO OFFER AUTO INSURANCENISSAN PUTS OFF...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
Car Clips: Aug. 7, 2000

Soap Box Derby 2000 Click image for larger view With all the distractions and complications of modern life, it is seldom that there are events that involve parents and children as equal participants in bonding activities that are also fun. One of these is the Goodyear sponsored Soap Box derby. The...Read More»

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Week of July 31, 2000

PT CRUISER MIXED BAG IN CRASH TESTSFORD TO CLEAN UP SUVSFOCUSING ON THE WORLDLEASE LENDERS LOSINGBECKER TO HEAD BMW SMALL CARSGM AND FORD INTERESTED IN PROTONAUTOMAKERS PROPOSE DISTRACTION GUIDELINESHYUNDAI CONFIRMS PLANS FOR N. AMERICA AND EUROPEMERCEDES-BENZ TO EXPORT CARS FROM S. AFRICAINTEREST...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Car Clips: July 24, 2000

Dae-who? Ten years ago, most buyers had not heard of the J.D. Power reports. Now you can't read any collection of auto ads without seeing some reference to these independent surveys of buyer opinion. Now that the first 2000 Customer Service Index rankings are out, and a lot of readers are asking ...Read More»

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Week of July 24, 2000

REPORT SAYS SOME SUVS HIGHLY LIKELY TO ROLL OVER FORD AND SHELBY GO AFTER REPLICASSAAB ROADSTER GETS GO-AHEADGM BUYS HONDA ENGINES FOR SATURNBELVIDERE MAY MAKE CRUISERNAVIGATION SYSTEMS DISTRACTINGGM EARNINGS UPDC GOES AHEAD WITH NEXT-GENERATION A-CLASSFORD POSTS LOSS DESPITE HIGHER REVENUESDC BUYS...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Week of July 17, 2000

DC LOOKING AT CHRYSLER BUILDINGLOPEZ WILL FIGHTDC'S LH CARS TO GO REAR-WHEEL DRIVEHYUNDAI CONSIDERING NORTH AMERICAN PLANTNISSAN SELLS SHARES TO JOHNSON CONTROLSLARGE LOSSES ON MIDSIZE SATURNLEXUS TOPS DEALER SERVICE STUDYDC TO SELL HYUNDAI IN MEXICODELPHI PLANS MAJOR CUTSBMW WILL BUILD NEW PLANT...Read More»

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Ramblings for July 17, 2000

GMC and the brand-management shakeout There is a shakeout underway among the U.S. car companies, with Eagle and Plymouth already falling by the wayside, and Mercury’s future is in doubt. Yet GM is intent on saving all their brands, and has brought in a whole crop of outside brand specialists to...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Ramblings for July 3, 2000

Grands Prix pass the century mark Click image for larger view Recently, the racing fraternity celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the race that led to the creation of the Grand Prix series. The race — a 351-mile jaunt from Paris to Lyon, held on June 14, 1900 — was considered by many to be...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Week of July 3, 2000

FORD WINS BIDDING WAR FOR DAEWOODC AND HYUNDAI FORM ALLIANCEMICHELIN AND GOODYEAR JOIN FORCESLEAR TO HELP MAKE GM VANSBMW WILL EXPAND IN SOUTH CAROLINAAUDI ISSUES RECALLMESA PROVING GROUNDS TO CLOSEHYUNDAI FLIP-FLOPS ON STRATEGYNISSAN TO RESTRUCTURE FINANCIAL ARMWISCONSIN LEGISLATORS TRY TO BLAME...Read More»

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Ramblings for June 26, 2000

Prowler’s final days The 2000 Woodward Edition Prowler(Click image for larger view) Chrysler is changing their image with the departure of Plymouth, and the Pentastar logo is getting replaced by the old winged badge. But the Prowler is doing quite well, thank you, as it approaches the end of the...Read More»

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2000 Turin Auto Show

The Turin auto show, which opened in the Northern Italian city on June 10, is no longer the international event it once was. As Italy's manufacturers coalesce under the Fiat banner and withdraw from important foreign markets, the show no longer attracts much attention outside Italy. Except, that...Read More»

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Week of June 19, 2000

HYUNDAI SAYS DC PARTNERSHIP IS IN THE BAGGOVERNMENT QUESTIONS REFINERSSATURN RETAILERS HELP EBAYMICROSOFT CONQUERS DRIVEOFFDODGE DUMPS VAN FOR SUVAUTOMAKERS POST SLIGHT CAFE IMPROVEMENTGM EXPANDS FLEXIBLE FUEL OFFERINGSCAR THIEVES LIKE MERCEDES-BENZ MODELSGOVERNMENT CUTS RESEARCH PROGRAMGM TO GIVE...Read More»

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Ramblings for June 5, 2000

Cars are the stars BMW has captured the public’s interest by introducing their Z3 and Z8 sports cars in James Bond movies, but Porsche's 2000 911 sports cars will be well represented in four of this summer's hottest movies: Mission: Impossible 2, starring Tom Cruise; Hollow Man, starring Kevin...Read More»

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Week of June 5, 2000

SALES DOWN FOR U.S. AUTOMAKERSLAYOFFS HIT FLAT ROCKSATURN CUTS WORKFORCE FOR THE FIRST TIMECIVIC HYBRIDNISSAN INVESTS IN SOUTH AMERICATOYOTA TO BUILD CARS IN CHINADAEWOO FACES COURT COMPLICATIONSCHARGED UP IN CALIFORNIAINDUSTRY AGREES ON SIDE AIRBAG TESTSWAGONER TAKES OVER AT GMUNOCAL ROYALTIES...Read More»

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Ramblings for May 22, 2000

Ford’s inner SUV turmoil Ford has a difficult time projecting an image as a caring, conscientious company. Their most popular products are large trucks that seem aimed at allowing the buyers to look in their mirror and see urban cowboys looking back. (No wonder that recent products have been...Read More»

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Week of May 22, 2000

RESTRUCTURING FORD OF EUROPESATURNS GET SIDE AIRBAGSAOL SELLS CARSRENAULT AND NISSAN COMBINE EURO SALESGM SEEKING AUTOVAZ DEALSUDDEN ACCELERATION HITS THE WALLMILBERG SUPPORTEDSEMA OPPOSES CAFE THAWEPA PROPOSES TOUGH RULES FOR BIG-RIG EMISSIONSMERCEDES-BENZ MAY MAKE VANS STATESIDEEXCURSION...Read More»

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