James Raia

What's In A Car Name? For The Thunderbird, Try A New Suit

thunderbirdOnce again the automotive channel on America Online has come up some unique content. This time, it’s a piece on the naming of cars. One prime example is cited at the beginning of the article. It details a contest won by designer Alden Giberson. In 1954, he proposed the name Thunderbird for a powerful new Ford product and won.

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Jaguar E-Type (XK-E) Named Most Beautiful Car In (London) Daily Telegraph Survey

no.1jagSeveral friends have owned or currently own Chevrolet Corvettes. But given the choice, it might be the last car I’d select on The (London) Daily Telegraph’s recently announced list of the “100 Most Beautiful Cars.” I’ve never been a Corvette guy. Among those who appreciate classic automobiles, I’m in the minority, however, particularly among respondents to the London newspaper’s recent survey.

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Ford, Volvo, Honda, Acura dominate Institute For Highway Safety's 34 Vehicles Top Pick

Ford, Volvo, Honda, Acura dominate Institute For Highway Safety's 34 Vehicles Top Pick 1The Institute for Highway Safety has selected its 2008 Top Safety Pick award recipients, and automakers have more than doubled the number of vehicles that meet the criteria. The award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on ratings in the Institute’s tests.

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Audi A4, 2008: The Weekly Driver Car Review

Audi A4, 2008: The Weekly Driver Car Review 2Since its debut a decade and a half ago, the Audi A4 has built a reputation as a versatile entry-level luxury car. It’s strong on design, with superb handling and personality. The Audi 4 offers a lot to different car buyers.

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Volkswagen Touareg 2, 2008: Weidel On Wheels

Volkswagen Touareg 2, 2008: Weidel On Wheels 3Adolph Hitler commissioned Ferdinand Porsche in 1934 to construct a small, inexpensive vehicle. It was a dubious start, but the original beetle-shaped Volkswagen debuted two years later.

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Ferrari, Jaguar and VW Karmann Ghia (Really!) On London Telegraph's Top-100 car list

Ferrari, Jaguar and VW Karmann Ghia (Really!) On London Telegraph's Top-100 car list 4My father liked the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and he recommended I purchase the one I owned for a few years nearly 30 years ago. It was a 1966 edition, dark green with all chrome trim. The windshield wipers didn’t work well, nor did the heater.

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Ford Mustang, Bugatti Share Daily Telegraph's Most Beautiful Car list (No. 60-41)

Ford Mustang, Bugatti Share Daily Telegraph's Most Beautiful Car list (No. 60-41) 5Several years ago, a friend bought two handmade Bugatti replicas. They’re Bugatti blue, beautiful and pristine miniatures of the real deal. But by their craftsmanship, they’re also a real deal unto themselves and great collectors’ items.

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London Newspaper Selects 100-Most Beautiful Cars (Introduction)

London Newspaper Selects 100-Most Beautiful Cars (Introduction) 6Newspapers publish polls and reader surveys on all kinds of subjects — favorite recipes to family memories. Sustaining readership, enticing new subscribers and keeping advertisers happy is the name of the newspaper game.

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Acura MDX, 2008: Weidel on Wheels

Acura MDX, 2008: Weidel on Wheels 9A day trip, weekend adventure or a week or more of vacation time, I love to travel. It’s all good — getting away, investigating a new area or returning to the scene of great memories. It’s even better in an Acura MDX.

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GMC Yukon XL, 2008: Weidel on Wheels

GMC Yukon XL, 2008: Weidel on Wheels 10A friend who owns a huge sport utility vehicle swears he needs it. No argument here; He’s got six pre-school aged or younger kids and prefers not leaving any at home when the family heads out.

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Tata Nano, '79 MG, '82 Ram Charger, '01 VW Jetta: For $2,500, You Make The Call

Tata Nano, '79 MG, '82 Ram Charger, '01 VW Jetta: For $2,500, You Make The Call 11The anticipated debut of the Tata Nano, the controversial $2,500 wonder car from India, has generated a lot of interest. With the average price of a new car in the United States now $30,000 and the price of gas approaching $4 per gallon, the arrival of a $2,500 vehicle in another, poor part of the world should certainly stimulate the Indian economy.

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