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Bill Vance: High price, competition doomed Hudson's Italia

Bill Vance: High price, competition doomed Hudson's Italia

The Hudson Motor Car Co. was formed in 1909 with financial backing from Detroit department store owner J.L. Hudson. The company quickly established a reputation for building fast, reliable mid-market cars and survived the 1930s Depression.
Bill Vance: Luxurious Royale was beginning of the end for Reo cars

Bill Vance: Luxurious Royale was beginning of the end for Reo cars

It seemed natural that Ransom Eli Olds would enter the automobile business; the trail had already been blazed. His family’s company, P.F.
Bill Vance: Morgan car production is still a cottage industry

Bill Vance: Morgan car production is still a cottage industry

Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan was born in 1884, the son of a vicar. But HFS didn’t follow his father’s calling, he chose engineering.
Bill Vance: Ford Taurus a big gamble that paid off handsomely

Bill Vance: Ford Taurus a big gamble that paid off handsomely

The 1970s and early eighties were difficult times for the American automobile industry as it struggled to meet tightening fuel economy legislation brought on by two 1970s oil crises, and to comply with increasingly stringent emissions standards.
Bill Vance: Continental was engine supplier to the industry

Bill Vance: Continental was engine supplier to the industry

In the early decades of the twentieth century many ambitious entrepreneurs were able to start car companies because entry was fairly easy for a talented blacksmith, carriage maker or bicycle builder.
Bill Vance: Post-war Roadmaster helped Buick stay in the lead

Bill Vance: Post-war Roadmaster helped Buick stay in the lead

Buick has been a respected and proud member of the General Motors family since the establishment of GM more than 110 years ago. It’s an amazing feat considering the number of other brands that have come and gone.
Bill Vance: Bugatti Type 41 Royale was created for European royalty

Bill Vance: Bugatti Type 41 Royale was created for European royalty

There have been some magnificent automobiles throughout history, cars like America’s Duesenberg J/SJ and Cadillac V-16, Britain’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III, Spain’s Hispano-Suiza V-12, Belgium’s Minerva AL, Germany’s Mercedes-Benz 540K, and Italy’s Iso
Bill Vance: Stylish and roomy 1956 Rambler was AMC’s salvation

Bill Vance: Stylish and roomy 1956 Rambler was AMC’s salvation

American Motors Corp. was born with the merger of Nash Motors and Hudson Motor Car Co. on May 1st, 1954.
Victoria's first fast-charging station opens downtown

Victoria's first fast-charging station opens downtown

The City of Victoria unveiled its first electric vehicle fast-charging station on Store Street Friday.
Range aside, Porsche Taycan Turbo is about as perfect as a car can be

Range aside, Porsche Taycan Turbo is about as perfect as a car can be

Before you get behind the wheel of a Porsche Taycan Turbo, some words of warning. First, remember to let your passengers know before you do anything insane — and it will be hard, as a new Turbo driver, to drive the Turbo in a calm, collected manner.