"American Driver" airs every Sunday night with hosts John McElroy
and Laurel Hess. American Driver gives you an up-close look at the
newest cars on the street…some of the cars that will be coming up in
the future…and demonstrates the technologies that automakers want to
sell to car buyers.
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Show #123 (05/27/01)
Mazda has come out with its first Sport Utility Vehicle since the
departure of the Navaho five years ago. The Mazda Tribute rides
like a car! But, it’s rugged enough…maybe not to take seriously
off-road…but, at least to get you through snow.
First they built the Sedan, and now a 2-door version is available as
well. I’m talking about the Mercedes C-class. The Sedan was such a
big hit, that Mercedes built a baby version too. It’s called the
C-Class Sports Coupe. And, when it comes to performance and design,
this vehicle is cutting edge.
Old Styling, OK Car
For nearly two decades, the Cavalier has been a staple for Chevy
dealers. And, understandably so. It’s good solid transportation.
And, it’s price is low…often less expensive than smaller cars. But,
news about the Cavalier isn’t all rosy. It’s an old car…with an
Rack 'Em Up!
Minivans, sport utilities and pick-up trucks are all about utility
and versatility. They’re designed to carry people and their stuff,
no matter what that stuff happens to be. Yet, we keep seeing more
and more of these vehicles with racks and boxes and platforms so
they can carry even more gear and more equipment. We wondered what
was going on here, so we asked one of the experts in the business.
The Best Get Better!
I’m talking about minivans. Chrysler was the first to roll out a
garage-able, first front-drive minivan, and it has owned that market
ever since. But today Chrysler is facing formidable competition, so
to make sure it stayed out in front, it completely re-designed its
minivans and introduced a number of neat features that its
competitors don’t have.
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