HarleyEarl

Besides GM...

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Obviously we are all fans of GM, but if it didn't exist, which of today's car companies would you most admire?

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Ford.

More Specifically-

Taurus

Fusion

Focus

Taurus X

MKX

MKS

Sable

Flex

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In the mainstream, I like some Ford/Lincoln/Mercury products, some Chrysler products (esp. some Jeeps) and some Hondas.

In the premiums, I like esp. Audi and BMW, followed by Infiniti and Acura. And M-B a bit (though the CLS is the only semi-affordable one that I really like).

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Toyota.

Because it takes balls to lie and cheat.

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Now for my real answer...

I've always had a chubby for Audi.

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Audi_logo25.jpg

Fantastic interiors, great value versus other luxury makes.

I am skeptical of their current design direction though.

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Now for my real answer...

I've always had a chubby for Audi.

So agree....Audi is my favorite....that RS4 when it rumbles by, well it's wood time.

Historically, probably Chrysler then Ford.

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-Simplex

-Packard

-Hudson/Essex/Terraplane

-Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg

-Pierce-Arrow

-Studebaker

....and every other fine automobile that hasn't been built in a half-century or better. New vehicles have no class or substance or style for the most part. But because I HAVE to pick a modern manufacturer(s), I'd say the Germans have me. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi all have a ton of neat offerings. But even then, the older stuff is always better. Pre-World War II Mercedes and BMW's and Audi's stuff from their Auto Union days (think Horch) are way cooler than anything they build today.

BMW gets extra props because they also build fantastic motorcycles. I kick myself to this day for not buying an old coworker's 1970 R75/5. It was beautiful. Could have had it for a song, but I thought it fit to buy another rusty old Cadillac at the time instead!

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Jaguar. They speak for themselves.

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VW

Chrysler

Ford

Honda

Audi

Mazda

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I love Audi's design sensiblities...clean, aggressive styling with class. They look like they are carved out of single piece. I'm seeing more of the S5 coupes on the street...wow, that car is a stunner, beautiful 8 cyl sound.

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Jaguar. They speak for themselves.

Well, If we're talking luxury, then Audi and Jaguar for me. I especially love the A6 and the XJ. Take away Buick and Cadillac and those two are at the top of my list.

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Very Stately

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Very Conservative

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Honda, BMW, Ford...

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I love certain Audi models from the last decade or so. Same with BMWs and Mercedes.I own a Ford and a Toyota, and have a ton of respect for what Honda has accomplished over the last 20 years. So I'd have to say if there were no GM, I'd be pretty much the same, admiring the worthwhile pieces from just about every make. Except Chrysler, they're just crap.

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There is only one other car company I would work for and it's name is BMW!

And drive them too? :AH-HA_wink:

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-Simplex

-Packard

-Hudson/Essex/Terraplane

-Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg

-Pierce-Arrow

-Studebaker

....and every other fine automobile that hasn't been built in a half-century or better. New vehicles have no class or substance or style for the most part. But because I HAVE to pick a modern manufacturer(s), I'd say the Germans have me. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi all have a ton of neat offerings. But even then, the older stuff is always better. Pre-World War II Mercedes and BMW's and Audi's stuff from their Auto Union days (think Horch) are way cooler than anything they build today.

BMW gets extra props because they also build fantastic motorcycles. I kick myself to this day for not buying an old coworker's 1970 R75/5. It was beautiful. Could have had it for a song, but I thought it fit to buy another rusty old Cadillac at the time instead!

Have to agree with all your choices for companies that no longer exist...simply some of the most interesting and beautiful automobiles ever. I especially like Studebaker...such a shame they are not longer with us....they were there right from the beginning.

1936 Studebaker President, so nice:

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Jaguar. They speak for themselves.

Long time no see, Fly. Nice to see you posting again.

So I'd have to say if there were no GM, I'd be pretty much the same, admiring the worthwhile pieces from just about every make.

Pretty much the same. My tastes are diverse and I like it that way. I could never stick to one manufacturer. I love Mazda, I love Audi/VW/Porsche, I love Jaguar, I love Infiniti/Nissan... Even Honda/Acura get some love from me. I could own a vehicle from just about any manufacturer and not have a qualm about it. Except Kia. I couldn't do that. :P

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Shoot, I forgot Datsun (especially if this new small RWD coupe materializes) and BMW.
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I've never been much of a lover of Japanese cars, but have always liked the Datsun 510 which was really kind of a BMW flavored car.

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HE: here's a picture of a 1932 Studebaker President coupe-roadster owned by a friend of mine. I've been up close & personal to this car and even been fortunate enough to ride in it once. Nothing today could ever hold a candle to stuff like this:

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My personal number one, meaning what I would collect if I had Jay Leno money and connections, however, would definitely be Simplex.

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Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Jaguar, and MB. If we're talking extinct car companies, AMC, Hudson, and Duesenberg.

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Do ya really have to ask? :P

Chrysler of course, but most all automakers have things I like...as some o have said I like diversity. However, the stuff at the top is, besides Chrysler, Ford, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Aston Martin.

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