Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What Rides…Four American Chopper fantasy bikes including a trike

Credit/Hat Tip: Picture from DCI

My Quote: “I am in love with all four these bikes by American Chopper/OCC including the Trike."

All Four Fantasy Bikes pictures, click here..

The First of four fantasy bikes made by OCC for four winning fans of the show. Fantasy bike 1 was an army themed bike and in the end, what a good looking oldschool rigid black/dark green bike made from mostly OCC production parts and two days to fabrication.

The Second Fantasy Bike: Built for a selected female fan from Texas that is painted in a dark green and purple graphic look with a snake on the tank.

The Third Fantasy Bike: Joseph’s fantasy bike that was build off of his old chopper that he had 15 years ago, what an interesting look, its not something I would purchase or have build, but its interesting and its a modern version of his old chopper..

The Fourth Fantasy Bike: its a trike for Brian. What a trike too, this black with green flames trike was featured on the latest episode of CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. A trike with air shifting technology, all I can say is where can I get one..that is nice.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Ganassi Racing wins the Rolex 24 at Daytona & 2006 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

The No. 02 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley captured there first Rolex 24 at Daytona victory with NASCAR Driver Casey Mears & IRL IndyCar Champions Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon behind the wheel with a one-lap lead over second place and setting a new distance record of 734 laps (2,611 miles). (Read — Credit: Grand American)

Image from Chip Foose’s Site

After “Impression” 1936 Ford Roadster built by Chip Foose won the 2005 RIDLER AWARD AT DETROIT’S AUTORAMA back in March, “Impression” 1936 Ford Roadster has just won as the 2006 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in California.

What an incredible 1936 Ford Roadster built by Chip Foose and his crew, I heard that impression is insured for over $1 Million Dollars. I would love to see Impression in person, words can not describe this roadster..

Friday, January 27, 2006

Toyota’s plan for 2007 and beyond, plus Track News, First Car Results and etc.

(from Toyota Motorsports)

Toyota’s six cars in 2007 for Nextel Cup: Earlier this week in a Media tour at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Toyota layed out there 2007 team lineup for when Toyota goes Busch and Nextel Cup Racing with the Toyota Camry in 2007.

Michael Waltrip Racing with field two cars including the #55 NAPA with Mikey in it, Bill Davis Racing will field two cars and Red Bull will field two cars as well making a six cars in 2007. The drivers will be announced at a later date for all three teams. No Busch Series information was released. (Read Credit: NASCAR.com)

Update: More Information about Toyota’s entry into the 2007 Nextel Cup Season including Photos at the Toyota Motorsports site.

2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Media Tour: Photo Gallery of all the new 2006 Cars are available at Racingone.com…Enjoy

NASCAR Track News: After the big problems that the Nextel Cup Series had at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with the track resurfacing, now along with Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s repaving underway, Bristol has too announced a track resurfacing to make the top grove faster off of turn 2 and 4, that makes four tracks with tracks mods going..Las Vegas adding banking and Talladega’s resurfacing..

The Lowe’s Construction is needed after last year’s problems, but why touch Bristol, Bristol is already great, I am interested in seeing what Las Vegas’s added banking will do for racing and the only this that Talladega can do is decrease the banking to varible banking at 18 degree’s to hopefully make them slow down and brake going into the corners otherwise what is the point, I just don’t like to demotion derby and seeing Elliott Sadler flying through the air or rolling over 5+ times.

Wallace to serve as lead analyst for ABC/ESPN: Rusty Wallace will report from the Daytona 500 for ESPN’s SportsCenter along with at least 20 NASCAR race for SportsCenter and the 2006 IRL IndyCar Series scedule including the Indianapolis 500..(Read — from NASCAR.com)

What was your first car — results? I asked this in a post on Jan 12th and what a response..comments on both autoblogger site and on this blog totaling 15..among the first cars was a 1967 Ford Fairlane station, 1977 Pontiac LeMans, 1965 Rambler 660 Classic, 1970 Chevy Chevelle and etc..Interesting choices, what every your first car was and where every it came from, you will always remember it. Thanks for the comments.

Monday, January 23, 2006

NASCAR Press Conference and Johnson’s new ride

2007 Toyota Camry for Busch & Nextel Cup Series Racing

At The NASCAR Press Conference:
1. Toyota will make there debut in 2007 with there entry into the NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup Series racing along with already in the Truck Series..in the Toyota Camry. Teams and drivers will be announced soon.

After seeing one of the cars that they showed during the Press Conference, it looks interesting, Toyota in NASCAR with a Camry, don’t think I would see this.

2. The Car of Tomorrow will make its debut in 2007, the birth of the COT. A couple of notes: 17.5 gallon fuel tanks, driver is 4 inches to the right, fewer cars in owner’s shop and etc..

Who know how much this will cost to build and just how many different cars each team will have to build..different car for different tracks. I got to see more to understand more about this car, cost and what effect if any on the racing..

(Credit: article and image from Marty Smith, NASCAR.COM)

Johnson’s new ride honors late friend: This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, which contains a Randy Dorton-designed engine, was a looker at the 2006 North American International Auto Show.

Dorton-designed engine serves as centerpiece of ‘67 Camaro…

On the today show one day last week, West Coast Customs and Jimmie Johnson unveiled his new ride with Marty Smith standing right behind him, this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS with his friends engine in memory under the hood and a candy-apple red paint job looks incredible..all you can say is jimmie get in, starter up and go cruisen.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Do we hear $4 Million for a GM Futurliner at the Barrett-Jackson?

The 2006 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction on Speed Channel was interesting to enjoy with all of these dream rides one by one heading across the block, but one vehicle was too big to go across the block and that vehicle ended up going for the most money, the previous owner wanted $1 million dollars for it, but that 1950 GENERAL MOTORS FUTURLINER PARADE OF PROGRESS TOUR BUS with only 12 built by GM went for a record-braking $4 Million Dollars.

The most waited for 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car that everyone though would go for more that last years record $3 Million Dollars, went for just below at $2.8 Million Dollars and worth every penny.

Therest of the record-braking top 5 selling cars were all over a million dollars with #3, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda for $2 Million, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Drag Racing Car for $1.15 Million and rounding out the top 5 best sellers was a 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance for $1.1 Million Dollars.

A couple of very interesting cars that came on the block Saturday night was the 2007 Shelby GT500 Fastback for $600,000 that I detailed in a past posting, a Specially built on “American Hot Rod” by the legendary Boyd Coddington with design and fabrication input from Max Cohen, a Make-A-Wish kid created a 1963 Dodge Polara 2 Door thats powered by a new 572 CID Hemi crate motor. All proceedes of the sale of this magnificent Hot Rod go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation that went for $500,000 .

Also an amazing Chip Foose Designed and build by Unique Performance, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Custom 2 Door Couple that went for $240,000 — That should have went for a little more..

The 2006 Barrett-Jackson was incredible, spec on and what a show to kick off the 2006 year, great cars and one huge 1950 GM Futurliner that brought big bucks, how will they top this next year..but for us racing fans, this was only the start, next up is the start of the 2006 motorsports season with the Rolex 24 at Daytona next weekend live on Saturday at noon, the 24 hours of Daytona with Rusty Wallace and Danica Patrick in the Howard-Boss Motorsports #2 entry, thats going to be a great race and I can’t wait..

See Yeah!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Do we hear $600,000 for a 2007 Shelby GT500 Fastback?

(Photo from RSportsCars.com)

What a Saturday at the 2006 Barrett-Jackson so far for Shelby GT’s and you are seeing a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Fastback going for $600,000…

(from Barrett-Jackson) The most powerful factory-built Ford Mustang in history will take to the street next year, and it will be wearing the name of a legend, Carroll Shelby. Designed in the unmistakable image of Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s, the 2007 Shelby GT500 melds Ford SVT’s modern engineering with the big-block performance that made the original GT500 the “King of the Road”. At the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ in January 2006 be one of the bidders in a charity auction for an early VIN 2007 Shelby GT500 coupe, the first one offered for sale to the public. The car will be produced to the successful bidder’s specification, including the color and factory available options, for delivery when production begins later in the year. All proceeds from the winning bid will go in support of the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.

What color and options will the winner get? is a convertible available? who knows…

Random Thoughts on this Saturday - Jan 21th

Welcome to the 2nd edition of what could become a weekly or so column for Racedriven.com, this is just a couple of things going on today.

John Force has released spy photos on his website and by an email he has sent to his fans (including me) of his new 2006 Ford Mustang for testing at Las Vegas. (Read)

NASCAR Headlines: Michael Waltrip and Doug Bawel has just announced the forming of Waltrip-Jasper Racing to field his #55 NAPA Dodge in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Season and has contracted BDR be the source of cars, engines and personnel. (from NASCAR.com)

NASCAR is planning to use a Sunoco unleaded fuel in 2008, according to a newspaper report. (Read)

Two stories that will not die: Toyota and the Car of Tomorrow…Now NASCAR is expected to make announces on both Monday that will be carried on Speed Channel… Basicly who knows what the big announcements are on Monday, it could be Toyota, COT, both or none of the above, I will try to catch this Monday on Speed.

Jimmie Johnson who won the NASCAR engine that was put up for auction with all the money going to the Randy Dorton Memorial Fund, today Jimmie Johnson and West Coast Customs unveiled at the Detriot autoshow live on the Today Show a 1969? Chevrolet Camaro Custom with the engine under the hood, I am looking for pictures and info.

Barrett-Jackson: So far at the 2006 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction that is live on Speed, the highest priced car as of now is 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 2 Door Hardtop for a grand total of $216,000.00, sold last night..is anyone watching and doing the fantasy bid? I am doing both, at least trying to put in a fantasy bid on the website when it works.

Tapscott Behind the Wheel has put up his CARNIVAL OF CARS posting, check it out.

General Motors Survey: One of the things that GM would like to better understand is the level of enthusiasm for rear-wheel drive versus front-wheel drive, particularly for young buyers of compact and sub-compact cars on their GM Fastlane blog. (also found on Leftlane News)

My Comment: I personal want a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive cars, living in Massachusetts with 5-6 months of winter driving, its needed to get around.

Thats it for now, can we please go racing now… the 2006 Motorsports Season is about to start in less than 30 days with the 2006 Daytona 500…See Yeah!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

NASCAR: Car of Tomorrow in 2007?

Credit: Dave Rodman/NASCAR.COM

NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow hit the track last week in testing..NASCAR might layout a plan for the COT to be on track on short-tracks and road courses in 2007. One big thing to note: “Owners will need to scrap their old bodies and chassis to build NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow.” (NASCAR)

But I would like to say congrads to NASCAR for stepping up and created a better, safer car.

Do NASCAR fans like the Car of Tomorrow pictured above? I personal don’t, but if its safer and makes for better racing, its can’t be all that bad..The COT has to be built from scratch and all of there previous 2006 cars are junked, thats a heavy cost for these teams and car manufacturers pay..for a car that doesn’t look like a “stock” car at all and is not attractive either. What I really want to see on track is “stock” cars, cars that look like a true rear-wheel drive car in the showroom that combined with all of the safety and new technology from the COT, but looks like either the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro or the Dodge Challenger for 2010-2012, those are cars…the Car of Tomorrow can be made to look better on track.

Darrell Waltrip has posted an article over the off season about the cost of the Car of Tomorrow and I like DW’s comment: “making the car fit the body and do modifications to the existing chassis that the owners have.” (Read)

That is better for owners since NASCAR might plans to have the Car of Tomorrow on short tracks and road courses in 2007.

One Note: I am hereing rumors about the Car of Tomorrow being dead, but as far as I know, they are still testing it and most car owners/teams have built one for testing.

My idea for NASCAR’s restructuring: Just about everyone of read about NASCAR to Restructure Regional Tours in 2007.. One thing that I don’t see is where Modified Tour drivers go up in the ladder program, There needs to be a major series for them, the NASCAR Modified Series should be added next to the Busch Series, so it would be in NASCAR Major Series: The Craftsmen Truck Series, Modified Series, Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series.. That would be really cool to see.

With that said… See Yeah!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Two-door Custom Dodge Charger and IROC 06 Driver Lineup

Photography: I could not believe it when I saw this from the guys at West Coast Customs, a Two-door Custon Dodge Charger painted up as the General Lee. I am speechless, a two-door charger, not the four-door. Interesting look. Check out this two-door charger and many other hot custom rides at WCC.(Credit: West Coast Customs)

Crown Royal IROC Series Announces 2006 Driver Field: (from IROCracing.com) In the 30th Anniversary Season in 2006, IROC will complete in a four-race schedule that includes: Feb 17th - Daytona International Speedway, April 7th - Texas Motor Speedway, June 29th - The 3.56 mile Road Course at Daytona International Speedway and the finale on Oct. 28 - Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Today the field for the four-races has been announced with a total of 13 drivers, that include a team completing this season.

Mark Martin - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (2005 Crown Royal IROC champion)
Tony Stewart - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup (2005 Series champion)
Martin Truex Jr. - NASCAR Busch Series (2005 Series champion)
Steve Kinser - World of Outlaws (2005 Series champion)
Ted Musgrave - NASCAR Craftsman Truck (2005 Series champion)
Frank Kimmel - ARCA Re/Max Series (2005 Series champion)
*Max Angelelli /Wayne Taylor - Grand American Road Racing (2005 Series champions)
Max Papis - Open-wheel and road racing disciplines
**Ryan Newman - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series — Just announced today
Sam Hornish, Jr. - IRL IndyCar SeriesScott Sharp - IRL IndyCar Series
Matt Kenseth - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

*Wayne Tayler and teammate Max Angelelli will complete as a team in the 2006 Crown Royal IROC series, its a series first.

**Ryan Newman in, Carl Edwards out due to schedule conflict.

This should be an interesting season for IROC..I what about five races in 2007 or racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road-course, that be something to see.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Random Thoughts on this Monday - Jan 16th

These are just some random thoughts on this cold monday night:

NASCAR Pre-Season Testing: is going on at Daytona thoughout this week..Sterling Marlin on top of the speed charts on Monday. Toyota, Honda and Nissan in NASCAR? Speed TV has rumors and comments on it..I don’t know with Toyota people in Daytona’s garage area looking at the Car of Tomorrow.

I just saw Kurt Busch on Speed TV being interviewed with his new Miller Lite suit on, thats weird to see, this will take some time..on a plus side, Rusty Wallace will be driving in the 24 hours of Daytona in the #2 Howard-Boss Motorsports with Danica Patrick as one of his teammates…Cool, can’t wait.

2006 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction: Tomorrow night at 7pm-11pm is the start of the Barrett-Jackson live on Speed with its 33 hours of coverage that goes from Tues thur Sunday. Last year three hotrod created on “American Hotrod” by Boyd Coddington sold at the auction for - The Alumi-tub for $155,000 , Crazy Horse (Ford Mustang) for $145,000 and one of the best hotrods every created, “Whatthehaye” sold for $500,000 dollars, the most for any streetrod at auction…what will be among the big sellers this year and much will they go for..

Dodge Challenger in Production?: (straight from Leftlanenews.com)…According to a report by Speed TV, it would take DaimlerChrysler 18 to 24 months to bring the Dodge Challenger concept to market, if it receives approval for production. Meanwhile, rumors have suggested it could take GM as long as three years to bring the Camaro to market.

(from Leftlanenews).. NBC will air a special on the 2006 NAIAS Detriot Show: Sunday, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m. EST.

CJ: For readers of CJ’s Happy Hour, she has made it to North Carolina and unpacked somewhat, she has a couple of new postings up…congrads to her what is an interesting move, good luck and enjoy NC.

Well thats it for this cold night.. See Yeah!

Friday, January 13, 2006

An Oldsmobile F-88, a MaxHEMI and the Barrett-Jackson!

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 GM Concept Car sold last year at the Barrett-Jackon on Saturday Night for $3,240,000 total and now sits in a museum for all to see.
Credit: Barrett-Jackson.

I can’t vision buying a concept car for 3 million dollars, let along the one and only project F-88, that Oldsmobile created to complete with the Chevy Corvette, its makes you wonder why Oldsmobile/General Motors didn’t put this into production, but what a concept and it look very similer to the 1953-1955 Chevrolet Corvette and I love the first corvette..

The “MaxHEMI”: A Special entry built on “American Hot Rod” by the legendary Boyd Coddington with design and fabrication input from Max Cohen, a Make-A-Wish kid created a 1963 Dodge Polara 2 Door thats powered by a new 572 CID Hemi crate motor. All proceedes of the sale of this magnificent Hot Rod go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Read Lot Number with Photo).

I did watch these episodes of American Hotrod and a 1963 Dodge Polara would not have been the first car that I thought of to make into a hotrod, but thats what makes it so cool..its a hotrod that looks great and was designed by a 16-year old kid, great job.. Boyd Coddington is also auctioning off a 1942 Ford Woody featured on “American Hotrod” too.

Barrett-Jackson: Well its mid-January and that could only mean one big event for car enthusiants, the 2006 Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Live on Speed Channel. Next Tuesday thur Sunday is 33 hours of live coverage and pure enjoyment, check out events here.

BTW: Two things..

The Auto Prophet just got back from visiting the 2006 NAIAS in Detriot anmd has published pictures with his own comments.. click here.

Tapscott Behind the Wheel’s CARNIVAL OF CARS: A Drive Around the Auto Blogs Block for Friday the 13th, 2006 that he publishes about everyweek.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

What was your First Car and your best car?

I have published this article on both this site and at The Blog for Auto Bloggers. comments…

We have all heard the question on Speed Channel to famous people, racecar drivers and speed fans, What was your first car? That first car when you were 16 to 20 years old mostly that you had to pay about $900 for to get you to your first job and school. Also What was your favorite or best car and why?

First Car: For me, I have gone through four cars in my short lifetime and three of them were from family. My first car, I had two, I payed $900 for a 1986 Ford Mustang White, V-6 couple and it was classified as a lemon and drove it once, so my first car was a 1989 Chevrolet beretta 2 door couple, 4cyl, silver with over 150,000 miles and I bought it at Rent-a-wreck for $900. I know a rental car, but by the time I was done with it, I ended up replacing the gastank, air scoop and transmission, by far it was a great car for a high school student.

Best Car: My favorite or bestcar was my second car, a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick, 2 door, 4 cyl with about 85 horsepower, hardtop and 4×4. I could get out of just about any snow, ice or mud problem I was in, It got 25 miles per gallon and took me to college and back everyday, it was just about perfect, that tight turning radius was great and it was fun to drive, If I didn’t get into that car accident, I would still have it today and enjoyed driving it. I wish this was my first car..

How about you?

Big Note: I originall posted this column on my other blog that got 7 comments, the comments couldn't be moved with the posts.

Monday, January 9, 2006

2006 Detriot rollouts

Update: 2006 NAIAS Rollouts from Autoblog.com

The 2009 Chevrolet Camaro Concept Car: Unveilled at the 2006 NAIAS in Detriot.

Now this is a cool looking concept, hopefuly the price will be low and a good powerplant. I can’t wait to see if there is a production model and if looks this good. Chevrolet should have never discontinued the Camaro. (Read Credit: Autoblog.com)

The 2007 Ford Mustang GT500 rollout at Detriot: Check these out with Caroll Shelby on stage. (Credit: Autoblog.com article)

More 2006 NAIAS from Detriot rollouts including the 2007 Jeep Wrangler & Compass, Ferrari FFX, and more…

Thursday, January 5, 2006

The Camaro in 2009?

2009 Chevrolet Camaro Concept: A new production Camaro could be in the works, leave it to the internet to find some leaked photos of what this 1967-1969 Camaro could look like. The debut of the camaro concept could be at the 2006 NAIAS in Detriot. (Read)

A 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in a special paint scheme will be the official pace car of the 2006 Daytona 500 with “The Tonight Shows” Jay Leno behind the wheel. (Read - Autoblog)

IROC: IROC has released a four-race schedule that includes:Feb 17th - Daytona International Speedway, April 7th - Texas Motor Speedway, June 29th - The 3.56 mile Road Course at Daytona International Speedway and the finale on Oct. 28 - Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Read)
Great idea, two trips to Daytona, how original, on the plus side, adding a road course is a good thing for the IROC Series, but I don’t like the removal of Richmond, first the Truck Series and now IROC, who’s next…

But One Thing: As a NASCAR Nextel Cup fan, Now that the Chevy Camaro could be a reality in 2008, I would love the idea of having the Camaro/Mustang/Challenger on the NASCAR tracks completing.. that would be a great sight to see.. plus I like to see something on the track that I can buy in the showrooms, they also look more like racecars that is two-doors and rear-wheel drive…

Update: This question was asked, Am I a fan of the Car Of The Future?NO, It doesn’t look like anything period, it has some good ideas incorporated in to it, but I have seen photos of the cars and they look stupid. I want to see something that looks real in the Nextel Cup Series… Cost is too high and not worth it. Take the safety and go to a better car.

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

The Muscle Car Retro Look

I have published this article on both this site and at The Blog for Auto Bloggers. comments…

What does everyone think of The Muscle Car Retro Look and bringing back old name plates? There a touch of an old classic muscle look with modern technology under the skin.

Examples: The Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger, 2008 Dodge Challenger and a possible 2007 Chevrolet Camaro.

“My Take” First off, the idea of bringing back a Muscle Car retro look with an old name plate is interesting and it all depends on the vehicle’s look itself and whats under the skin that counts.

With that said, here they are….

The Ford Mustang: The Mustang doesn’t fit under this article, but I wanted to comment on it anyway. I love the new look, the style and what ford has done with it, most of the mustangs have looked great over the years including the Shelby’s and a 1968 Mustang Fastback GT as in the movie Bullitt, but the lastest model is perfect. Enough said.

The Pontiac GTO & Dodge Charger: Looking at the GTO from the outside doesn’t do it for me as a 1969 Pontiac GTO The Judge does, under the skin is great, but the outside look, looks like a Grand Prix or Grand-am, its a great sleeper car, but something I would buy. The same goes with the Dodge Charger, I have nothing against it, but the only thing I don’t like is the name plate, the name Charger doesn’t fit, plain and simple. Its a four-door sedan, not a two-door muscle car, next..

Check out this 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge”, damn… looks incredible or would you prefer a stock look

The Dodge Challenger Concept: This is only a concept, but the look inside and out is great, now that’s a muscle car look period.

The Chevrolet Camaro: I don’t know if this sketch is what they might produce or not, but Chevrolet should bring back the camaro to compete with both Dodge and Ford & for Chevrolet lovers everywhere.

I hope I touch on this topic a little, it is something that is going on right now.

But One Thing: As a NASCAR Nextel Cup fan, I would like to see the Chevy Camaro, the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger complete, the term drive on Sunday and Sell on Monday… plus I like to see something on the track that I can buy in the showrooms, they also look more like racecars.

See Yeah!

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Happy New Year 2006 and Whats Next in Automobiles

Happy New Year 2006, This will be a first for me, a couple of notes or predictions for 2006 for Automobiles.

In Automobiles: Like 2005, 2006 will be more of the same with hybrids and better miles-per-gallon vehicles being the biggest sellers, including the Toyota Prius to the Ford Escape to the higher luxury Lexus 400h… also vehicles like the Chrysler 300C/Dodge Magnum with the HEMI engine will be big too. Most Manufactures are going to have to take a page from Dodge with the HEMI engine that creates good highway MPG and still lots of power on demand. For the American manufactures, there going to have to make there vehicles more reliable and a better value. Consumers are looking for QUALITY, RELIABILITY, and VALUE, including the RESALE VALUE and thats something that American Manufactures don’t have much of right now.

(Quote from Andy Rooney article) According to Consumer Reports that tested a lot of cars and gave their highest reliability rating to 31 of them. Of those 31 most reliable cars, just two were American. The other 29 were Japanese. Of the cars that were least reliable, 22 were American made.

Finally: What is the future of General Motors? In the past year, we have seen the Red Tag sale that just ended and the big Employee Discount program for everyone which sold there cars, but they lost big on every car they sold. Now labor problems and slow sales…

For GM’s Motorsports program on the other hand is winning in almost every series they compete in, including a 2005 Nextel Cup Championship with Tony Stewart, can GM transfer there success on the track to there street division? At the end of 2006, there will be a better picture painted as to the future…

Any thoughts on GM’s future or Automobiles in 2006? Comment below..