The Saturn division of General Motors has had a short but interesting history. Founded in the late 1980s to permit GM to compete in the small car market, the first years of Saturn were marked by bad design, poor engineering, and poor manufacturing. However, over time Saturn was able ...
February 11, 2011Anthony Luna
Scion is a division of Toyota Motor Corporation. Intended solely for the North American market, Scion cars are models not previously sold in the U.S. The intended market is young and "hip." The marketing hinges on Japanese youth culture, and is slanted toward exclusiveness and coolness by using so-called ...
May 11, 2010Anthony Luna
Porsche is just another auto maker, or so some say. The truth is that Porsche uses processes and components that aren't found on other cars. Even the Italian exotics lack the extreme precision found in Porsche's products. This makes the parts issue a difficult one for mechanics and owners. Mechanically, ...
May 10, 2010Anthony Luna
Plymouth was the bargain alternative to buying a Chrysler. Some say that was Dodge's role, and today that is what it has become. But Chrysler couldn't trust that their customers would go down the street to the Dodge dealer. There was too much danger that they would stop at a ...
May 5, 2010Anthony Luna
Peugeot is one of the world's oldest automakers. They haven't sold cars in the North American market since 1991, however, and have no dealer representation. This is a big problem with these cars, since they have no interchangeability with other makes. Aside from a few relays, Peugeot cars are orphans. ...
May 4, 2010Anthony Luna
Nissan has been in the U.S. market for a long time. They sold some interesting cars and some awful cars. There were some brilliant cars that were never exported to America. As with most import brands, U.S. safety and emissions regulations caused them some headaches. When it comes to owning and ...
May 3, 2010Anthony Luna
Mitsubishi is a company with great history, but not especially with automobiles. While the parent company is a huge concern engaged in ship-building and aviation, the automotive division is relatively new and small. The initial product was cheap, small cars. By exploiting co-branding deals with other manufacturers, Mitsubishi has grown ...
April 28, 2010Anthony Luna
Mercury is a division of Ford. It has gone through changes over the years, and its parent company has not always given it the best treatment. But it has been involved in some interesting marketing attempts, and has been the home of several entertaining cars. Ford has treated it as ...
April 27, 2010Anthony Luna
Parts for Mercedes Benz cars can be frustrating. Forethought makes it less of a chore, though. Cost and availability are bugaboos for owners and mechanics, but they needn't be. Knowing who to call and what to ask for are important. Mechanics working on newer cars find that most of what ...
April 26, 2010Anthony Luna
Lincoln is the luxury division of Ford. It is traditionally teamed with Mercury in one dealership. Although Lincolns share basic structures and power plants with Ford, they are not always interchangeable. Buying parts for a Lincoln requires a little planning. Engines in older Lincolns are generally identical to those found in ...
April 21, 2010Anthony Luna