The 70s were a so-so decade for the automotive industry. While some cool cars were developed in that era, it became more well-known for its huge share of heaps of junk that were on the road at that time. Here are a few 70s cars that nobody is going to miss, though just trying to decide which ones were the worse is a hard task.
1. Ford Pinto
Starting off with one of the most infamous cars ever made, the Ford Pinto. By now, most people will know why this car is considered so bad – it was a deathtrap. The gas tank was positioned at a very bad angle so that when the car would be hit from behind, even a slight collision, the tank would usually catch fire. This led to numerous incidents and the reputation of the Pinto and Ford, in general, was not helped by the rumor that the company knew about the problem but chose to ignore it because paying for wrongful death settlements was cheaper than fixing the tanks.
2. Ford Mustang II
Seeing as how the original Mustang is still one of the most successful cars of all time, Ford had some high expectations to meet with the new model. Suffice to say that it failed in every way: the new Mustang was less uglier, an and powerful overall embarrassment to the legacy of the Mustang.
3. AMC Gremlin
The Gremlin took the cake, even though aMC made a number of terrible cars in the 70s. It is fitting that the car was released on April Fools’ Day as it was just a giant joke – horrible in every way with equipment that would fall off the car during the ride.
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Check out These Crazy Chinese Vehicles – Which ProbablyWon’t be Coming to a Showroom near You Anytime Soon
… anytime soon! You’ve got to be a little bit careful, perhaps the heading should read “Truly Bizarre Chinese Vehicles You Probably Won’t be Seeing in America” or “Truly Bizarre Chinese Vehicles You Definitely Won’t Be Seeing in My Driveway / Garage” or even “Truly Bizarre Chinese Vehicles You Won’t see in Chevrolet in Ontario”.
Right, enough of that, let’s take a look at what these bizarre Chinese vehicles actually are.
The whole word is going green and car manufacturers are no exception – there is certainly no shortage of imagination when you discover some of these extremely bizarre and uniquely creative electric vehicles;
Tang Hua – a Chinese car company have come up with a trio of superb efforts, they’ve been rather aptly described as “yellow submarines”. How else could they be described, yep, think Enid Blyton’s “Noddy” car, think Dr. Seuss book illustrations . . . you’re probably getting somewhere close, and in case you were wondering, they really are yellow.
Suzuki PIXY SCC – not sure how to describe this little beauty actually! It’s small (of course), can carry up to 2 people (very social), and opens at the front, in fact the whole of the front lifts up for you to climb in to a rather comfortable chair. It’s got 3 wheels which are totally looks and enclosed extremely futuristic? Alternatively, should that be 1960’s futuristic? You getting the idea . . . if you want to see one don’t go to inlandempire-chevrolet.com because they only have “proper” cars.
And I doubt very much whether you’ll see many of them in your local supermarket car lot anytime soon, bamgoo – I’m cheating here a bit because this unique offering is actually from Japan so it’s not far off and is far too bizarre not to be worthy of a mention. When you’re talking wacky this is surely the wackiest of them all – it runs on renewable electricity (of course) but takes renewable resources even one step further – it’s made entirely of Bamboo. If you don’t quite make it home, you could just pick it up and carry it for the last few miles, it kind of reminds you of some sort of wicker basket on wheels and only weighs 130 pounds, can run for 30 miles on a single charge but don’t worry.
Ecooter – no prizes for guessing what this is, have you guessed yet? It’s an electric Chinese vehicle which is a little bit like a scooter, I did say a little bit like a scooter although it does actually have 4 wheels which are cleverly mounted in a diamond design. It is fully enclosed and, thanks to the innovative wheel mountings is superb for getting into tight parking spots.
Nissan Pivo 2 – okay, this one might be from Japan as well but hey, give me a break! It’s so “cute” it cannot be ignored. This little comic book beauty doesn’t have a reverse gear, and that doesn’t mean that it can’t travel backwards, it just doesn’t need a reverse gear because the four wheels can swivel around to propel the car (I use that term loosely) in all directions, even sideways.
Some of these vehicles really are incredible, seeing is believing but as we’ve already decided, you probably won’t be seeing them in America anytime soon. Perhaps it’s time to book a flight to China and check out some of these outstanding, unbelievable, unique and creative bizarre vehicles. I can’t think of any more words to describe them.
Utility terrain vehicles, also known as UTVs, are some of the most versatile off-road machines on the planet. Not only are these rugged vehicles engineered to tackle tough terrains, but they are also capable of handling a slew of work-related tasks. Whether the owner is working on the farm or blazing down a muddy trail, a UTV promises to get the job done. Although a UTV is certainly an impressive piece of machinery, there are numerous upgrades available to make it even more proficient. Here are the top upgrades for a UTV.
Although the stock tires may be fine for puttering around the yard, they may not be suited to handle extremely rough landscapes. Upgrading to a quality set of aftermarket tires will instantly make the UTV a more capable vehicle. When upgrading the tires, make sure that they are designed for the specific type of riding surface. For example, sand tires will not perform very well on rocky terrains.
Hard cab enclosure
A hard cab enclosure is designed to protect the driver from the environmental elements. A hard cab enclosure is a must-have accessory for owners that frequently ride in adverse weather conditions. It definitely helps to keep the driver warm in extremely cold climates. SideBySideStuff.com will be able to provide some actual examples.
Shopping around for a new family car can be exciting, but it can also be a daunting experience. There is such a wide variety of options out there—and so many different dealerships and car salesmen who will try to convince you that their product is the best—that it can be difficult to locate the car that’s best for you and your family. To help streamline the shopping process, take some time to sit down and set some guidelines and goals for your purchase.
Select a Price Range
Setting a price limit for your purchase is one of the most important steps in narrowing down your options. Make sure to sit down with your family and itemize your income and expenses so you can determine what you’ll be able to realistically afford. How much will you be able to offer as a down payment? Will you be able to pay for the vehicle in full? Will a monthly car payment fit into your family budget? If so, what is the maximum amount you’d be able to pay? If you’re shopping around for a used car, you’ll also want to decide how you’ll use these price limits in your negotiating strategies.
Select a Size
The ideal vehicle size will depend largely on the size of your family. If you are married with four children, for example, it would not make much sense to purchase a compact car or a convertible. Instead, you’d want to investigate prices for SUVs or minivans that would comfortably seat six people. An SUV or a hatchback can also be a good option for families who take a lot of camping or skiing trips, as these vehicles will accommodate the equipment necessary for these excursions. Mid size sedans can be a viable option for families of four who primarily use the car for local travel and commuting purposes.
Consider Safety Features
When choosing a family vehicle, safety is most likely your number one priority. Thus, before heading to the dealership or used car lot, conduct some research into the cars that boast the best safety features in the industry. The Ford Fiesta, for example, comes with built-in stability control that keeps a car from veering off the road if you have to hit the breaks quickly. The latest Honda Accord models come equipped with collision and lane departure warning systems to help keep you alert. Air bags, anti-lock breaks, park assist, and other features are also worth taking into consideration when making your purchase.
Each year, U.S. News publishes a list of the top family vehicles, so it can also be helpful to consult these to inform your decision. Once you’ve done the necessary research, you’ll also want to test drive a few different vehicles to determine whether or not they will be a comfortable fit for your family. If you have a teenage driver in the house, it’s also a good idea to bring him or her along for this to be sure that they will also be able to safely handle the car you end up choosing.
About the author: Samuel Hoyt is a freelance writer and a car owner who like to travel with his family. He usually writes articles related to car sales and other automotive topics.
The version with two doors on the S-Class will no longer be called CL. It returns the old name – S-Class Coupe, after 15-year break. Its premiere was held today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the S-Class Coupe appear in conceptual form. Product version should be ready for exhibition in Detroit in January. The coupe is the second modification of the new generation S-Class, but in any case will not be the last. Already been presented sedans with short and long wheelbase, and soon we should see super prime Pullman and convertible version. For all of them we can expect distinctive, different design that demonstrates the presented today coupes. Compared to the sedan, S-Class Coupe looks much more dynamic and sporty. Arches are wider and shelter wheels measuring 21 inches. The front is completely new, and features a new bumper, headlights, grille and hood. Even more significant is the change back, where the naked eye can not recognize the car as the S-Class. Lateral line, of course, is a completely new, as it comes to a car with two doors. The salon also differs from that of the sedan S-Class, but according to people familiar major changes in the production version will be made right there.
Citroen showed the first images of the updated concept Cactus, which was first introduced in 2007 under the name C-Cactus. The prototype has been significantly grown in size coupe attractive but intelligent design and some interesting ideas. The designers are built into special door outer panels with pockets that protect the door from annoying scratches. Furthermore, the model does not mean columns, which improves the overall appearance.
The company reported that the ride height is 21 cm, and the dimensions of the body are as follows: 4.21 meters long, 1.75 meters wide and 1.53 meters high. In addition four full-size seats, the interior has a fully digital control panel, which displays all information – the speedometer to the movement of energy flow. The prototype used by gasoline- air hybrid system called Hybrid Air. It combines a conventional internal combustion engine and the propulsion technology to compressed air.
Jaguar has revealed all the details of the crossover concept C-X17, which was presented in Frankfurt. It turns out that the body is 4,718 mm long, 1,649 mm high and 1,959 mm wide. The wheelbase is 2,905 mm. With these dimensions the new SUV is somewhere between the BMW X3 and X5, although its main competitors would be more expensive models, Porsche Macan, for example. Jaguar had clearly made it clear that they want to totally leave their V8 engines, and instead concentrate on four-cylinder engines. The goal is clear – lower average levels of emissions of the model range. The model C-X17 is based on a brand new aluminum platform, which is expected to go on other models of the company. Why did Jaguar Jeep so far? For the British, who already owned by Indian automaker Tata Motors, feared overlap with models of Brotherly company Land Rover. How exactly do you deal with this problem, and whether it will be able to put C-X17 into production remains to be seen.
In recent months from Honda is often implied that the exhibition in Frankfurt will show inflated version of Civic, named Type-R, but ultimately did not. Instead, the Japanese discovered another modification of the model – a family station wagon. However, fans of the brand can be pleased, as the company revealed details of the long-awaited Civic Type-R. The hot hatchback will get a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine with 280 hp. The purpose of the Japanese Type-R has become the fastest front-wheel drive hatchback.
“We spent a week on the track Nurburgring and recorded a record achievement for the tour”, told reporters in Frankfurt representative of Honda Manabu Nishimae. As for exhibitions Civic Tourer, its main advantages are ecology and economy. The level of CO2 emissions in the vehicle was 99 g/km and fuel – 3.8 l/100 km. The Estate relies on the 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 120 hp.
The models of Ferrari always causes great interest the big motor shows in Frankfurt and this is no exception. Italians officially revealed hardcore version of the 458 Italia, named 458 Speciale. The company is adamant that this car is a spiritual successor to the previously produced 430 Scuderia and the 360 Challenge. Its main feature is a more powerful version of the familiar 4.5-liter V8 engine, which now relies on 597 hp and 593 Nm of torque. Another major weapons supercar is reduced weight. Now Ferrari 458 Speciale weighs just 1,289 kg, which due to the motor allows acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds. The company claims that the machine was over a lap at Fiorano in 1:23.5 minutes, which is 1.5 seconds faster than the Ferrari 458 Italia and only 0.5 seconds slower than the F12 Berlinetta. Best performance – in 1:20 minutes, belongs to the new LaFerrari.
Together with the new generation S-Class, Frankfurt hosted the premiere of the smallest practicable model of Mercedes-Benz. Its name is GLA and will enter the market early next year when it will be presented and its hot version of AMG. Mercedes-Benz GLA is based on a new generation of hatchback A-Class, it has received more muscular appearance and higher ground clearance. Its dimensions are length 4417 mm, width 1804 mm and height 1494 mm. The boot can accommodate 421 liters, while folding the rear seats volume reaches 836 liters. Cargo space can be expanded in another way – bend forward rear seat. So its volume is 481 liters. The interior is also occupied by the A-Class, but it is still equipped with original features that add personality passable vehicle. The engines are known petrol and diesel, which are placed on the hatch. These are the 1.6 petrol model GLA 200 (156 hp) and 2.0 for GLA 250 (211 hp). The diesel options are: 2.2 with 136 hp (GLA 200 CDI) and 2.2 with 170 hp (GLA 220 CDI).