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    1. 15 years ago, in the early Vortex age, we all...

      15 years ago, in the early Vortex age, we all talked about how GM had bolted quantities of cheap-looking plastic onto certain cars (Pontiac among the worst offenders), and then there was the Aztek...
    2. Not only does the rear transaxle setup results in...

      Not only does the rear transaxle setup results in excellent weight distribution that results in amazing handling (and it was these cars as much as any which made Alfa Romeo legendary in that...
    3. From one "Vortex veteran" to another, beautiful,...

      From one "Vortex veteran" to another, beautiful, beautiful, beautifully said. The upscale creep of GM's brands took place over many decades - you could always get a loaded Oldsmobile, Buick or even...
    4. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz lost me a while back...

      Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz lost me a while back but anyone familiar with my years on the CL will know that. The reason I back Cadillac right now is because of how far they have come along in our...
    5. Speaking of Impalas et al, let's not forget the...

      Speaking of Impalas et al, let's not forget the last time a full-size RWD Cadillac existed:
      http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/95cad/bilder/2.jpg

      Was essentially a stablemate of this:...
    6. Firstly, "design language" is key - you can see...

      Firstly, "design language" is key - you can see with any number of manufacturers that most products from top to bottom share unmistakable design cues in each generation. Toyota has been instructive...
    7. A LWB model will have to be worthy of this:...

      A LWB model will have to be worthy of this:
      http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/66cad/bilder/4.jpg
      http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/49cad/bilder/8.jpg
    8. A large RWD Cadillac? Count me in! 14-15 years...

      A large RWD Cadillac? Count me in!

      14-15 years ago, when the VW Vortex community was in its youth (I was rather more active on it then!), it was a pipe dream. Today it's reality. Progress at last...
    9. And the latest... Qatar Airways executive hits...

      And the latest... Qatar Airways executive hits out at Delta Airlines:...
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      Suzuki to launch Alto Turbo RS

      http://www.s-alto.jp/teaser/rs/img/img_L01.jpg
      http://www.s-alto.jp/teaser/rs/img/parts/4.jpg

      More than a few eyebrows were raised when Suzuki launched the latest generation of its basic Alto Kei...
    11. 2 stars is overall a poor rating and you have to...

      2 stars is overall a poor rating and you have to look at the breakdowns. They are quite brutally honest about US and European airlines and their often self-inflicted problems. They also lavish praise...
    12. As brutally honest reviews you will get of...

      As brutally honest reviews you will get of airlines:
      http://destinationtravel.info/flights.html
    13. No I just think it's the head-in-sand attitude of...

      No I just think it's the head-in-sand attitude of the entire airline industry. US airlines have allowed themselves to fall from grace, often treating staff and passengers with contempt, and Americans...
    14. Sour grapes from Delta: CEO blasts Arab airlines

      http://www.arabianbusiness.com/delta-airlines-boss-blames-arabian-peninsula-9-11-terrorists-for-bankruptcy-582428.html?message=3#.VONC_fmUd8E

      I've heard Qantas people do the same. And it's no...
    15. Market segmentation in Japan and Europe is, more...

      Market segmentation in Japan and Europe is, more often than not, defined by such factors as tax brackets which tends to create all kind of niches. Secondly, companies like Toyota and Nissan (and to a...
    16. There was and is an extensive sharing of...

      There was and is an extensive sharing of platforms and drivetrains.
    17. Cresta of a Wave: Toyota's upper middle class sedan after the Cressida

      http://www.wald-licht.com/~oldcar/gazou/92_t_cresta/cresta_03l.jpg

      Since 1968, the Toyota Mark II which began as a spin-off of the Corona filled a gap in the model range between the Corona and...
    18. Chrysler turned the A-Body platform into its...

      Chrysler turned the A-Body platform into its "World Car", at least the Dodge Dart for Spain, Argentina and Brazil:

      http://www.pruebas.pieldetoro.net/web/fotos/fotospruebas/fotos4/Dodge3700GT-1.jpg...
    19. For direct comparisons at the time: BMW - E23...

      For direct comparisons at the time:

      BMW
      - E23 735i and E28 535i had 218hp in European form
      - E23 745i which was upgraded to a 3.4-litre turbo in 1983 had 252hp
      - E28 M5 had 286hp
      ...
    20. I think in the last decade or so, the gap between...

      I think in the last decade or so, the gap between domestic and export variants has narrowed somewhat. They've pared down domestic ranges in Japan too. The domestic market doesn't seem as exciting for...
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