This is a blog, dedicated to anything to do with the automobile. I'll bring you things like my favorites in a list by importance, different cars, different days. my take on certain cars and their affect on history. I hope to expand my content as ideas come to me.
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Friday, December 12, 2014
December 12: GM kills Oldsmobile on this date in 2000
By the time General Motors announced Oldsmobile would be wound down on this date in 2000, the 103-year-old brand was little more than a letterhead.
In its heyday, when GM sold half of all new vehicles Americans bought, Oldsmobile was one of its stars, known for middlebrow cars full of style and solid tech.
The first true rock-'n-roll song paid homage to the Rocket 88; the Toronado made front-wheel-drive a popular feature, and even into the 1980s, Oldsmobiles remained among the best-selling cars in the country.
Eventually, the flood of import brands and GM's inability to feed all its nameplates with competitive models led to Olds demise in 2004. At least we still have the commercials from 1948: