Mid-Week Reading: Volvo, Benz Do New Models; Audi, Ford Do Interiors. Saab 96 Does Boston

[hr] [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s time for a little mid-week reading, combing through the more interesting news and entertainment from the automowebopshere. This week, Ford and Audi take interior functionality in two different directions. Volvo and Mercedes Benz show some new product, both real and imagined. And there’s a couple of nice Saab stories, too. — Let’s start with one of those Saab stories. The more obsessive Saab nuts would be familiar with this old publicity shot from the launch of the Saab 99 back in the late 1960’s. Via the Saab Museum’s facebook page comes this story, reuniting the three ladies that […]

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Fantasy Friday – Ford Falcon XP Coupe

Fantasy Friday is for cars that you might want to add to your dream garage, featuring a car that’s actually for sale right now. This week: the Ford Falcon XP Coupe. It was the early 1980’s and I was taking some additional trumpet lessons from a teacher not far from my home in Macleod, a suburb of Melbourne. The teacher had this old red car sitting in the driveway and the big bird-like hood ornament (an option, not shown on any of these cars) grabbed my eye as soon as I walked up the driveway. When I walked further and […]

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On Ford Closing its Australian Operations

We had some really sad automotive news here yesterday. Ford will close its Australian manufacturing operations in three years’ time, after around 90 years of manufacturing in this country. The Fords, built in Australia between now and October 2016 will be the last Fords ever built here. Ford will close its engine building plant in Geelong and its vehicle assembly plant in Broadmeadows. It’s estimated that 1200 direct jobs will be lost, with the flow-on effect being up to several thousand more. Ford will continue to retain a vehicle development division here in Australia to work on global Ford vehicles. […]

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