Monthly Archives: January 2001

Used Vehicle Review: Chrysler Intrepid, 1998-2001

Back in the fall of 1997, leading auto analyst Joe Phillippi put it this way: “Chrysler has a five-year edge in styling and these cars are exceptional. They’ve taken cues from their concept cars and turned them into production cars. You see one of these things going down the road and you’ll know what it is; it’s the new Chrysler.” Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Chevrolet Silverado, 1999-2001

General Motors did some pretty smart engineering when it completely re-made its pickup trucks for the 1999 model year. Continue reading

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Ford to raise cash by selling non-core businesses.

January 16, 2002 Ford to raise cash by selling non-core businesses Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company is evaluating the sale or partial disposition of Kwik-Fit, its European maintenance and light repair business, and two U.S.-based businesses: Collision Team of … Continue reading

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K5 comeback concept

click an image to enlarge In 1969, Chevrolet introduced the Blazer, a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a detachable solid top. The name K5 was attached to the full-size Chevy Blazer from then until 1995 when it was replaced with the all-new … Continue reading

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K5 comeback concept

January 15, 2001 K5 comeback concept click an image to enlarge In 1969, Chevrolet introduced the Blazer, a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a detachable solid top. The name K5 was attached to the full-size Chevy Blazer from then until 1995 when … Continue reading

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BMW X coupe

January 15, 2001 Reinventing the sports carBMW X coupe Based on the BMW X5 SUV platform, the X coupe concept car offers sports car performance, on or off pavement In a surprise debut at the North American International Auto Show … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2001 Lexus IS300

Click image to enlarge The Lexus IS300 is an attractive alternative to the German sports sedans, but it is unlikely to persuade the buyer for whom all out sports car handling in a sedan is a priority. On the other … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Winter Tire Time

by Jim Kerr As I accelerated around the corner onto the freeway, the soft sounds of Paul Simon’s Slip Slidin’ Away came from the radio. A sudden gust of wind and a flurry of leaves made me think of how … Continue reading

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Subaru unleashes high-powered Impreza WRX

January 11, 2001 Detroit auto show: Subaru unleashes high-powered Impreza WRX Click image to enlarge With styling cues borrowed from the Impreza World Rally Championship race car (which won the World Rally Championship three times), Subaru’s all-wheel-drive 2002 Impreza WRX … Continue reading

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Ferrari shows 550 Barchetta Pininfarina convertible and 360 Spyder

January 11, 2001 Detroit auto show: Ferrari shows 550 Barchetta Pininfarina convertible and 360 Spyder Ferrari took the wraps off two new convertibles: the 2001 360 Spyder, and the 2002 550 Barchetta Pininfarina convertible – the latter is named after … Continue reading

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Infiniti FX45 crossover SUV and Q45 unveiled

January 10, 2001 Click for larger image2002 Infiniti Q45Infiniti FX45 Detroit auto show: Infiniti FX45 crossover SUV and Q45 unveiled Infiniti surprised many with the introduction of a new crossover luxury SUV vehicle called the FX45. The striking FX45 features … Continue reading

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Mazda displays four-door, rotary-powered RX-8 ‘sports car’

January 11, 2001 Detroit auto show: Mazda displays four-door, rotary-powered RX-8 ‘sports car’ Click image to enlarge Based on the four-door Mazda RX-EVOLV concept car first shown at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, the new Mazda RX-8 concept car is … Continue reading

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Audi ‘Project Steppenwolf’ – off-road sports car

January 11, 2001 Click for larger image Detroit auto show: Audi ‘Project Steppenwolf’ – off-road sports car ‘Project Steppenwolf’, Audi’s compact, two-door, four-seat all-wheel-drive concept, is designed to “feel equally at home in the outback as on the highway,” says … Continue reading

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