July 2016

Ford has best first-half year sales totals since 2006

(July 4, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s first-half total U.S. sales grew 5 percent with 1,353,048 vehicles sold — its best first-half performance since 2006. June sales were up 6 percent, with 240,109 vehicles sold.

Day Nine on Route 66 — A Wigwam stay and a visit to a famous hotel

(July 2, 2016) The Route 66 crew on Friday covered about 225 miles from Albuquerque, N.M. to Holbrook, Ariz., traveling the Mother Road as much as possible, but missing great swaths of old pavement that were lost when Interstate 40 was paved over top of the old road in 1972 and 1973. But we had enough rolling two-lane left to get the real flavor of what it was like to travel through New Mexico from the 1930s through the 1960s.

This LeBaron's glory years are over

The Chrysler LeBaron became a coupe and convertible from 1987-1995 built on a derivative of the K-car platform. The mid-sized car lost its boxy look from the previous generation with a more aerodynamic design that included covered headlights. Available engines included a base 2.2-liter or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A Mitsubishi 3.0-liter V6 was added in 1990. This example was found in a deteriorating condition in North Carolina.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Honda celebrates four decades of its Accord

(July 1, 2016) In June 1976 Americans were gearing up to celebrate the Bicentennial and pick a new president, singing along to the number one song on the radio, Silly Love Songs and paying just 59 cents for a gallon of gas. Along came the Honda Accord, a fun and fuel-efficient three-door hatchback, beginning a four-decade long American success story.

Special Edition 25th anniversary Dodge Vipers sold out

(July 1, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge Vipers certainly do go fast, both literally and figuratively. After first going on sale Friday, June 24, 2016 special-edition 2017 Dodge Vipers designed with exclusive content to celebrate the 25th anniversary and final year of Viper production are totally sold out.
Leading the selling spree was the new 1:28 Edition ACR. All 28 units sold out in just 40 minutes. All 31 units of the VoooDoo II Edition ACRs had new owners within two hours.

Day Eight on Route 66 — Vintage motels and travel parks

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 1, 2016) Mom and pop motels, camp grounds and trailer courts were filled with visitors during the summer months at the height of Route 66's popularity from the 1930s through the 1960s. So part of the fun of recreating the Route 66 experience from Chicago to Santa Monica is staying at vintage stopovers. There are several and the MotorwayAmerica crew has jumped on the opportunity to discover how it really was to get "your kicks on Route 66."