Let’s pretend for a second that you are shopping for a luxury car. You probably have Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Tesla high on your list of preferred brands, followed by Lexus and maybe Jaguar or Volvo. Cadillac is unlikely to be high up on that list, if it’s on the list at all. I think this is a real shame, because the Cadillac CT6 is a seriously good luxury sedan that more people should consider before buying another BMW or Merc.
In 1996, Ford released the first generation Ka, intending it to be their smallest, cheapest car. And it was, but it was also one of the best and most original automotive designs in years. It is a wonderful future classic, and it was so good and so popular that Ford ended up making it until 2008. That is an eternity in the world of modern cars, but it speaks to two things. One, how good the original design was. And two, how bad all of its replacements were.
For example, here is the original Ka
Crossovers are pointless and largely terrible cars. So why do people keep buying them in such huge numbers?
There, I said it. I honestly do not understand America’s love affair with the crossover. Basically, what car companies do to create them is to take your average garden-variety hatchback or wagon, put new bodywork on it, and raise both the ride height and the price. Because these cars are higher off the ground then their hatchback cousins, they are worse to drive and get much worse gas mileage. They are also rather unappealing to look at; styling-wise, they are the car industry’s equivalent of a blobfish. Or would that be Ted Cruz? Same thing, I suppose.
Following the demise of the Volkswagen Beetle, Rory looks at retro hits and misses of the automotive industry.
It’s old news by now, but I’m sure you have all heard that the Volkswagen Beetle goes out of production this year. The Beetle is one of the last remnants in the auto industry of a craze for “retro” cars, cars that imitated the styling of an older product by that automaker. There are some retro cars still coming out today, but the trend is not nearly what it was. Still, I thought I would take a look at some of the retro hits and misses of the industry.
If you are reading this piece, you likely saw the headline. And if you saw the headline, you likely scoffed at the absurdity of the notion that a carmaker would deliberately be making terrible cars. I did too, but after eliminating all the other options, I had to go with the only remaining one.
Rory Cahill is a highly sarcastic teenage car enthusiast and amateur automotive journalist, who is especially interested in 80s/90s cars, classic off-roaders, and anything weird. He owns a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbodiesel. He is also very interested in rock music and politics, and wrote this whole bio in the third person because he is a filthy, filthy snob