The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 13, 1991 · Page 160
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 160

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sunday, October 13, 1991
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CAR NEW Charting the Changes Chrysler restyles its sports coupes, GM propagates ABS, Ford kills whitewalls. from our staff as, "I could live with this car." Don't mistake that for faint praise; two of the toughest questions we ask ourselves are, "Would I spend my own money for this car?" and "Could I live happily with my purchase?" This year's Bonneville is a gem. Oldsmobile, still pinched imagewise by Buick and Pontiac, hasn't let that stop it from introducing improved products. The Achieva and the Eighty Eight Royale are worth a look from family-car seekers. Buick got there first as you know, and now has cars with the possible exception of the giant Roadmaster that may be called contemporary. Evidence shows them to be well built Which is welcome news indeed for all of us who have an affection for the home team. Chevrolet makes performance lovers happy with a nicely revised Corvette, with 300 horsepower standard. At Ford, we've seen in the Crown Victoria a better remake of a large American sedan than we ever thought possible. Meanwhile, Ford has redesigned the Taurus, not to make it swoopy or sexy but to reduce already-low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness. And you can really feel the difference. There is and there isn't news at Chrysler. We will see no all-new home-grown vehicles this fall, but it won't be long until such wonders as the Viper sportster, the new LH sedans which we've driven on a variety of test tracks and can say will be worth the wait and the damnedest pickup truck you've ever seen will be along. Overall, as you'll see, the technical picture is brighter, too. Detroit's cars are more tasteful and more drivable, and such things as anti-lock brakes and air bags are proliferating. Which is good news. As the leaves begin to turn once again, it's our pleasure to note that some worms are turning as well. Significant changes are upon us. For some time now, often against the tide, we've maintained that the domestic automakers were at least alive, if not altogether well. Moreover, we've hinted at and shown you new products that show a fierce rebirth of Detroit's competitive spirit You have already seen the Cadillac Seville, a car that can stand on its two hind legs in any arena the world can offer. It missed by a year getting the 32-valve Northstar engine, but the current edition should hold the fort in fine style until next year. The new Eldorado is less to our liking, but not because there's anything amiss with the car it's just that we don't properly represent its target market At Pontiac, the Bonneville has elicited such comments Pontlac's supercharged Bonneville SSEI Is the first GM car with a passenger air bag as standard equipment Pontiac says the new styling makes the Bonneville look smaller. October I MS, 1991 SA

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