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This Week in Automotive February 4-February 10

Posted on 04 2013 by Andrew Seifert

to “This Week in Automotive where we take a look at significant moments in the auto from our past. Why the whole in one post? Because we’re not a “Word a Day” desk You want a word for today? There, look it up. Anyways, on the history… 

Monday, February 4

-Ford officially purchases for $8 million. The car company had been only 5 years before by Leland, one of the founding fathers of Prior to the Ford takeover, had struggled to gain traction in the producing only 150 L-Series in 1922.  Henry Ford’s son was given control of Lincoln its purchase.

Under Edsel’s the company took a turn for the The revolutionary Zephyr was introduced in putting Lincoln on the luxury car Lincoln also gained as the maker of presidential limousines, in 1939 with the “Sunshine V12 convertible made for President Roosevelt.

In 2010, Ford CEO Alan made the decision to dissolve and expand the Lincoln lineup.  In they would focus on unique Lincoln models styling that would set further apart from Ford siblings.

Tuesday, 5

1878 — Andre known as the “Henry Ford of is born in Paris. After a gear-manufacturing company, Citroen building cars after War I at his Javel works. He became the European auto company to the Henry Ford manufacturing By 1920, his plant was churning out 100 cars per day. Citroen was known for selling complete straight from the factory.  the norm was to send unfinished to coachbuilders, who would then bodies.

In 1934, Andre lost control of his car company due to debt.  Citroen’s largest Michelin Tire, took and Pierre Michelin became of the French automaker. Michelin decided to focus solely on production, and Citroen was sold to in 1973. Today, the combined partnership is France’s largest and one of the key players in the European automotive

Wednesday, February 6

2009 Honda Insight debuts in Carrying a base price of under $20,000, the new Insight racked up 18,000 orders in the 3 days. Conceived as a direct to the Toyota Prius, the new Insight many of the features that buyers fall in love the Prius, including a roomy 5 hatchback configuration. The Insight was much lower than an Prius, and as a result immediately eating into its sales. The made its US debut a few months selling 20,000 units in 2009.


Thursday, February 7

-Harvey Samuel Firestone, of the tire company that his name, passes away at the age of 69 in Beach, Florida. Born on an farm in 1868, Firestone was a buggy salesman. In 1895, Firestone sold a set of rubber tires to a young Henry who was working on one of his prototypes at the time. encounter led to a long and profitable relationship.

In 1900, the Firestone Tire Company was incorporated in Akron, Soon afterwards, Firestone the official supplier for Henry Model T factories.  By 1910, the corporation was enjoying profits of $1 million a year. Harvey retired as CEO in 1932, and in 1988 was bought out by the Japanese company Tire.

Friday, February 8

-Sir William Lyons, of Jaguar, passes away at the age of 84 in England. In 1922, he co-founded the Sidecar company with his William Walmsley. They out producing motorcycle sidecars but turned to motorcars. In 1935 first car, the SS Jaguar was unveiled. Following World War II, dropped the “SS” from its due to the initials’ negative association the German secret police.

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landmark XK 120 sports car bowed in Thirteen years later, hit another home run with provocatively styled E-Type. The car was so that it became only the car to earn a permanent exhibit at New City’s Museum of Modern

Sir William Lyons was knighted in for his efforts in revolutionizing the British industry. In 1972, he retired to his Five years after his Ford bought Jaguar as of a massive buying spree. a few unproductive decades, Ford Jaguar to Tata Motors of in 2008. Today Jaguar in the luxury car market with midsize XF sedan and full-size XJ. An roadster was announced in 2012, and are expected to begin later year.

Saturday, February 9

-German automotive pioneer Maybach is born in Heilbronn, His mentor was the engineer Gottlieb and together they successfully a high speed 4-… combustion engine. The pair this engine to a bicycle to the world’s first motorcycle. on, they created a motorcar by the same motor to a carriage. In Daimler Motor Company was founded, with Wilhelm named chief designer. years later, Maybach work on the first Daimler

Wilhelm Maybach left in 1907 and later went the car business with his son. first car was the Maybach Type W3, was unveiled at the Berlin Motor in 1921. Throughout the 1920s and Maybach became known as a of high-end custom luxury With the advent of World War II, manufactured engines for German and heavy tanks. After the war never returned to producing although they did still engines. Mercedes-Benz purchased in 1960, and in 2002 the nameplate was

Like the Maybachs of old, the new were ultra-luxurious large individually customized to clients’ Two sedan models were the 62 and the 57. Starting at a little under the cars came with a list of standard features, as as an infinite number of options. did not compete well in the marketplace, due to outdated underpinnings and relatively price. Mercedes terminated the lineup in 2011 after selling 3,000 units

Sunday, February 10

1966 activist Ralph Nader in front of Congress for the first regarding automobile safety. The of Unsafe at Any Speed . the young accused car companies of sacrificing for style and power. He famously the example of the Chevrolet Corvair, a engined sedan that had a for rollovers.

Shortly after Nader’s testimony, he accused GM of sending investigators to pry into his private The allegations put Nader on the national and soon he was a household name. that year, Ralph sued GM for harassment and invasion of and he won the lawsuit, sparking even controversy. Nader’s activism led to the of the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act, which certain safety features on all automobiles.

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