How Honda and Toyota took over the U.S. market.
In the past fifty years, the US auto market has declined tremendously. With the recent bankruptcy and unsteady industry forecasts, Americans feel uneasy giving their hard earned money to a faltering establishment. As a result, foreign auto makers like Honda and Toyota are capitalizing on the prospect, raking in all of the U.S. auto business. In addition, Honda and Toyota continue to break the barrier of new technologies which astound the industry time and time again.
Honda has enjoyed much success in the U.S. auto markets. With the introduction of the Civic in 1975, Honda’s popularity rose with each passing year. The new, lighter Honda Civic rivaled its U.S. competition with its low weight and small exterior. Furthermore, the EPA, in order to reduce emissions, required the addition of expensive catalytic converters in all cars manufactured for the United States auto industry. As a result, sticker prices rose while consumer demand plummeted.
As American auto makers rebuilt their exhaust systems, Honda busied themselves with the creation of the new CVCC stratified charge engine. Cars built with these new engines passed the required emissions tests without the need for expensive catalytic converters. This charge engine technology burst onto the scene with the 1975 Honda Civic, a car met with extreme consumer demand. With the rising costs of gas and auto insurance, Americans turned their focus to the Japanese auto maker to save money.
Karmann was of course made famous by the strange and interesting Karmann Ghia, which used Beetle underpinnings with a much prettier and more interesting body shell to create something interesting with. Of course the company went on to build other cars with VW, and with other companies (Let’s try to forget that Karmann built the Chrysler Crossfire convertibles…which were truly terrible).
The company went bust recently, and now VW has announced that they will be buying all of the assets, and also will plan to build a ‘new’ car using their facilities. Maybe they’ll bring back a ‘modern’ Karmann Ghia? That would be damn interesting. Most likely suspect is the upcoming Bluesport roadster.
Full article here from Motor Authority:
Lamborghini Espada interior.
The Honda S2000 is dead. I’ve got a sneaking feeling that it WILL be back quite shortly, in altered and new form of course. These are some interesting renderings from Grid/3dLuvr about a possible idea. Note that they have a striking similarity to the outgoing model, however it’s all tweaked up with added styling cues. Reminds me alog of the MB Gullwing that was debut’d recently…
One of THE most beautiful Grand Prix cars, the 1950-51 Talbot Lago T26c
(click fotos 2 times to get hi-res)
Autoweek is reporting that a 79 year-old former FIAT executive named Gian Mario Rossignolo is plotting to bring back the legendary De Tomaso name. Apparently he purchased the rights to the name from a bankruptcy court in Italy recently.
The launch lineup will consist of a crossover (????), a luxury sedan, and a coupe starting in 2011. Yeah, it doesn’t sound all that promising by words, but here’s hoping they ditch the sedan and crossover idea and concentrate on coming up with a cool sports car for consumption.
What do you do when you have too many Porsches? Hang it up on the wall of course. I’m not quite sure what to think of it…a bit flaky, overall.
After Top Gear, one of my favourite automotive shows is Wheeler Dealers. Broadcasted out of the UK (as expected), it starts Mike Brewer and his trusty mechanic Ed. They buy cars cheap, do some work on em, fix em up, and try to sell em for a proflit. They pick up some pretty great stuff. Makes me jealous of the UK used market!
In this episode, they get the rare-in-the-USA BMW E30 Touring for 900 quid!
(PARTS 1 through 5).
What a weird photo. 1972 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV.
Porsche is running a contest on their website to see if people can tell which Porsche makes which exhaust note. Can you tell? The winner gets to participate in a Porsche Evolution driving event! So go try it now!
James Corbett makes cool sculptures, and the coolest part about the sculptures are that the materials used to make them are entirely from recycled auto parts!
check out his homepage at— http://www.jamescorbettart.com/
to see what works of his are on display at the John Davies Gallery (Derbyshire, UK)—
thanks to Pistonheads for the original article—
Fantastic new book written by Bruce Taylor outlines the story, development, and information behind the Alfa Romeo Montreal. One of my all-time favourite cars, this book looks outstanding! Will have to pick up a copy when my wallet fills up again.
You can preview most of the book on Google Books:
convinced? wanna pre-order a copy at Amazon.com
It’s been a great year for IEDEI. What started off as a blog getting 500 unique hits a month is now getting 500-1000 hits a DAY. It’s nice to know that there are still readers and petrolheads watching little blogs like this one, to get some cool photos or a cool video or link to add to their day.
I have alot of fun putting this blog together. The blog was redesigned last month with a custom coding, and I think it’s working quite well. There are some small modifications that will keep happening over the coming months, but the template is set.
KEEP ROLLIN AND KEEP MOTORING!
FOURTITUDE has a great article profiling both cars, along with some great writing about each of these cars. Some cool photos too!
“While 1984 may have marked the last year for that early B2 bodystyle, fast forwarding 25 years finds the B8 A4 in its first year of production and times have changed. Audi has matured as a car manufacturer and technologies have come a long way. Materials used to build today’s A4 are some of the finest in the industry and the chassis is more capable than any Audi sedan to date. Pricing has gone up considerably from the ’80s but the car has grown in size while power and efficiency have also made great strides.”
Check out the rest of the article with more fotos HERE