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The Chevrolet Impala's Improbable history

From the start, the Impala was the flagship of the Chevrolet line. Debuting in 1958 as the top trim level in the pricey Bel-Air line, the Impala came in hardtop coupe and convertible body styles with a V8 that produced up to 315 horsepower. The following year, the Impala became a full model range.

The full-size car is alive and attempting a comeback

Several years ago, I asked then-GM vice-president Bob Lutz what he thought the prospects were for full-size automobiles, which were once the heart and soul of the American market. “The full-size car is dead,” he said.

The full-size car is alive and attempting a comeback

Several years ago, I asked then-GM vice-president Bob Lutz what he thought the prospects were for full-size automobiles, which were once the heart and soul of the American market. “The full-size car is dead,” he said.

When summer starts to sizzle, there’s only one way to stay cool: Drop, top & roll

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the promise of warmer weather – and convertibles. Surprisingly, most drop tops cost little more than a plebeian family sedan or bland crossover SUV. Better yet, most affordable convertibles are iconic nameplates, offering looks that are sure to resonate with you.

A tale of the midsize five-door hatchback

When my brother Alan was ready to buy his first new car, the ride he really wanted was a Saab 900. Although its design was aging, he admired the Saab’s contrarian nature.

Roomy. reliable. sensible. economical. improved.

Over the past four decades, the Honda Accord has earned a reputation as the sort of sensible sedan that most Americans desire. It’s roomy inside, but not too big on the outside. Its look is stylish, but never daring. And its fuel economy is budget-friendly.

No stamp of approval for mail-order automobiles

In an era when most any item can be bought online and shipped to your door, you have to wonder why you can’t buy a car from Ford Motor Co. and have it shipped to your door. Well, that’s due to automotive franchise laws. Still, it’s not a new idea. In fact, it’s almost as old as the automobile, but it never succeeded.

Four cylinders that pack a surprising punch

If you agree that, all things being equal, Americans will buy the largest car their fuel budget will allow, then you will understand the thinking behind the updated 2013 Ford Taurus. For the new model year, Ford is offering an optional engine. But in a deviation from the norm in Detroit, the extra-cost power plant doesn’t have more horsepower than the standard engine. It has less.

Something to RAVe about

Phoenix In describing what makes the redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 different from the model that preceded it, Toyota officials use the Japanese term “waku doki” – which they say means a “heart-pumping, adrenaline experience.”

Toyota is rarely credited for its innovation in the industry

Respect is a hard commodity to come by these days. A lack of respect seems more common than admiration for a job well done. Consider Toyota.

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