Tuesday, April 05, 2005

There is a such thing as a practical convertible

What makes a practical convertible? Right now, GM is pushing its new G6 hardtop convertible in the US as the utlimate in convertible practicality. But if you're really looking for practicality, hop over the pond and check out the Opel/Vauxhall Tigra roadster. This pint sized roadster comes complete with a retracting hardtop and a very practical 1.3-litre diesel engine. Yes, you read that correctly - a diesel engine. There are a few other diesel convertibles available in Europe, but none are as cute and cuddly as the Tigra. Packing a pint sized 70 hp, the Tigra isn't going to win over true driving enthusiasts, but in terms of practicality you can't beat it.

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Another look at the two new TVRs ( ... sigh)

Here is another take on TVR's two new monsters. Beautiful set of pictures too. I only wish they would make the jump to America. Quality issues aside, there has to be a market for this type of raw motoring experience. Maybe if the dollar wasn't so weak?

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

GM fails to surprise

Designed, developed, and engineered in Australia, the Holden Adventra looks the part. But just like GM's American brands, it falls short of the competition. Part Opel, part Cadillac Catera, this Allroad competitor is all Astrualian and certainly has an appealing look. It's amazing to think that Holden developed this car exclusively for the Australian market, when not one of its brands in the US has a true wagon crossover. Once again GM is missing an easy opportunity to expand its base with a nice niche product. A Pontiac or Saturn version could have competed quite nicely against the Allroad or Outback. Oh well. Just another missed opportunity by GM. Nothing new there.

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