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    1. 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...
    2. As brutally honest reviews you will get of...

      As brutally honest reviews you will get of airlines:
      http://destinationtravel.info/flights.html
    3. 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...
    4. 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...
    5. 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...
    6. There was and is an extensive sharing of...

      There was and is an extensive sharing of platforms and drivetrains.
    7. 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...
    8. 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...
    9. 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
      ...
    10. 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...
    11. Nissan and the New Age of Speed: the Turbo wave hits Vee and Six for 1984

      I was supposed to do this at Christmas. But since my computer was left out of commission by unforeseen circumstances, better late than never
      ...
    12. Having just noticed this, bring back the...

      Having just noticed this, bring back the Continental name for a car worthy of the name. A RWD Lincoln sedan will do.
    13. You can see why after having turned Chrysler's...

      You can see why after having turned Chrysler's fortunes around in the 80s, the K-Car nearly brought it down again. The Dynasty/New Yorker and the longer Fifth Avenue/Imperial became the "upper end"...
    14. Oh and as I say don't get me started on that era...

      Oh and as I say don't get me started on that era at Toyota. The cost-cutting in the second half of the 90s into the new millennium is something that can be seen and felt on mainstream Toyota products...
    15. The Celica Camry was built on the 2nd gen...

      The Celica Camry was built on the 2nd gen Carina/Celica platform (A40) and is essentially a slightly tweaked Carina. The Corolla network needed a bigger 4-door sedan, so the Celica Camry was it....
    16. http://www.wald-licht.com/~oldcar/gazou/87_t_camry...

      http://www.wald-licht.com/~oldcar/gazou/87_t_camry/camry_06l.jpg
      http://www.wald-licht.com/~oldcar/gazou/92_t_scepter/scepter_12l.jpg

      Those two generations (the wide-body US version was sold as a...
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      The Daihatus Applause, produced from 1989 to...

      The Daihatus Applause, produced from 1989 to 2000, was a hatchback in the silhouette of a sedan:
      http://www.wald-licht.com/~oldcar/gazou/89_d_applauze/apllause_03l.jpg...
    18. The cynic in me is inclined to believe that these...

      The cynic in me is inclined to believe that these days, one might be paying more money only for the name, as opposed to an "all the luxury car you need" which the Genesis seems to fit pretty well....
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      To have some perspective: - GM built the...

      To have some perspective:

      - GM built the downsized B-Body from 1977 to 1996, with a major restyle in 1991.
      - Ford built the Panther cars from 1979 to 2011, with major restyles in 1992 and 1998....
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      Ford's problem in the 50s was that it didn't...

      Ford's problem in the 50s was that it didn't really know what to do with Mercury and Lincoln, and this left them short while GM was racing ahead with its genial brand strategy of a clearly defined...
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