You’ve seen the premiere episode of MotorWeek from 1981, an episode that kicked off American TV’s longest-running automotive magazine. Now it’s time to venture even deeper into the rabbit hole that is the MotorWeek archives. Behold, the original unaired pilot from the height of the Malaise Era!
MotorWeek first came on the air in October, 1981. Since it's been on the air for nearly 35 years, you'd expect that the formula has changed a lot. Well, it has not. And to prove it, here is the very first episode of the show.
What a garbage day today is! It's Friday, the day after Christmas. There's a good chance you're at work even though you feel like you shouldn't be, and nothing is getting done because there's really nothing to do. Screw that. Watch some vintage tests from television's original automotive magazine instead.
In its thirty-odd years of existence, the Audi Quattro has been elevated to the upper pantheon of modern automotive greats. But what did people think of it when new?
Ever wonder how fast the new Nissan NYC Taxi does the quarter mile? Or gets to 60? Or its braking distance? Well, wonder no more, because our friends at MotorWeek just got their mitts on one of the newest taxis.
With a '93 Lexus ES300 with a five-speed manual set to become Jalopnik's next all-conquering racecar, we have to wonder what this car was like when new. Clearly, it was the pinnacle of sports sedan design.
Yes, we stopped MotorWeek Theater a few months ago. But we had to bring it back for this. One entire hour of car information from the people at MotorWeek and Cars.com.
"INBOX: Motorweek Gives Glowing Review To Flashlight." Pat Goss's endorsement is enough to make me go buy the "IMPELtronics' LED Extendable Magnetic Flashlight Tool."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrn2W-... Hello and welcome to the final installment of MotorWeek Theater, we're glad to have you with us!
MotorWeek says this car "doesn't appear out of proportion." That makes me wonder if they know the definition of the word proportion.
The STS-V is bigger than the CTS-V, that's why we like to call it the big brother to the CTS-V. Make sense? I thought it would.
John Davis reports that the Suzuki Forenza has "brisk sales," which means that the Forenza Wagon should also have brisk sales. I don't know about you folks, but I didn't know the Forenza Wagon existed until today. Eight years later.
Or a king. Whatever floats your boat, party people.
It's a bit of a shame that this review is from before the Subaru Justy's most notable feature, the first CVT to be sold in any numbers in America, came around, but that's okay because you at least get to see Motorweek's be-shaded car model shove some gloves in the glovebox. Just like God intended.
You know, I watch enough MotorWeek that I can tell when John Davis is being normal John Davis enthusiastic about the Chevy Cruze or whatever and when he's really excited about a car. This is one of those times where it's the latter.
This thing has success written all over it! Well, not literally, but figuratively. That's because if it was literally on there the car would be ugly.
It doesn't have an aggressive grille, but its more conservative maw still fits the bill. That's an actual thing that was said.
Jeep purists might hate it, but as John Davis explains, there's a lot to love about the new Cherokee beyond what meets the eye.