From extension platform to world domination.
Long ago when the world knew only power and fun, was one car that set the aftermarket world on fire. That car was the 95 Toyota Supra and when shown back in 2001 on the big screen in “The Fast and Furious”, it’s eternal fate was set. It was too bad that soon after the premiere of that movie, would become the downfall of the entire sports car market and with the Supra.
As consumers moved away from sports cars and into sports sedans, we saw a decrease in the amount of sports car on the market. And with that soon came the end for some of the greats within the sports car market. We saw the death of the low-budget cars from the Celica and MR-2 to the S2000 and Del-Sol. But nothing would kill our dreams of sports car freedom as the demise of both the Supra and RX-7.
Rise and fall of the wagon
From its humble beginning in which it put the world’s families on wheels, the wagon is slowly dying in an age of CUV’s and Crossovers. From its high point during the 50’s and 60’s, the wagon has seemed to have come and gone with the times. But today it seems that it may too face total extinction.
With a fall from favour during the rise of the minivan era, the traditional family hauler has held its own in the automotive marketplace. But now with the death toll from sedans rising, the wagon too should meet the grim reaper of the automotive world. Let’s just hope that it’s not forever though.
Now I may not seem like the greatest supporter of wagons as I do own a CX-9, but this is only due to the fact that didn’t want a minivan. When it comes to my own fun car, I chose a rather wagon-esque Rio RX-V. Sure it may not have the power to throw around, but if it came to a choice between a wagon and sedan, I would still rather take the wagon.
Re-Release of the Dakota to the Ram lineup.
It's hard to believe that it has been 7 years since we had a Dakota among us, but it has. Sure the last generation is something that we would love to forget, but the life of the Dakota was a long one that did keep us going for a good time.
The Dakota started life back in 1986 as a step up from the Mitsubishi sourced Ram 50. Sure mini-trucks were all the rage after the gas crisis, but it was now the late 80's and those times were over with and Dodge needed to step up its game. With the likes of the S-10, Ranger and King Cab it seemed that Dodge was missing out on a good thing and finally pulled the gun on the mid-size truck market. With little to no success with the Ram 50 and a depressing attempt at the CUT market with the Rampage, it seemed that Dodge needed to step up its game when it came to the mid-size market. But with Ford, GM, Toyota and Nissan out front, it seemed like it was going to be hard battle. But like Dodge always does, it decided to give it it's all and go for broke with a new name and truck. As the Dakota was released for model year 87 it seemed like it may become the dud of the market, as its looks appealed to more of the grandfather in all of us. But that could have been its saving grace on its next chapter.
With the likes of Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca behind the helm it just seemed inevitable that Dodge would really take the market by the horns and it did. It did this with the release of the Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible and Shelby Dakota in 89. Sure the original truck wasn't the best looking thing around, but it did help launch the Dakota in stardom. But this was only the start of something good as the Dakota soon became the truck to beat in the marketplace. Over the next decade Dodge made a few changes to the Dakota which really helped make the little truck a star. Sure nothing was as great as the original Shelby model, but the Dakota was the sport truck to beat by the end of the century with the V8 R/T version beating anything in sight. And with Toyota and Nissan losing ground in the mid-size market thanks to the potent V8 the Dakota was sure to be the one truck to stop.
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