Yesterday was Game 1 of Baseball’s World Series, taking place between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. The stage was set for a thrilling contest after the Tigers thrashed the New York Yankees 4-0 in a best-of-seven semi-final series while the Giants came from 3-1 down to win against the defending champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. In celebration of the coming together of America’s baseball finest in the World Series, we’ve put together a list that celebrates one of Detroit’s other famous exports – cars.
Jeep Wrangler You know the old saying about Americans having everything big: well the Jeep Wrangler is about as big as it gets. The latest designation JK combines the military muscle which it originally served to provide with some sleek new features to satisfy the more luxurious needs of its customer base like in-car wi-fi. Jeep has a proud history stemming back to the Second World War; the Wrangler neatly reflects both the traditions of its forefathers and some promise of what the future holds.
Ford Focus A new redesign for 2012 has seen Ford’s small family car stock rise after a few years in the wilderness, thanks to increased competition in that sector from the likes of Honda and Chevrolet. The new Ford Focus model is a fairly nifty performer and represents great value for money too – topping a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ lists in the past few months. An electric model is set to be unveiled by the end of this year too.
Cadillac CTS If ever an American car brand screamed luxury, it’s the Cadillac. Subject of many a pop song in the 1980s, Cadillac are bringing back the glory days of driving with their 2008 Cadillac CTS. It’s more evidence in the case for American luxury and comfort, while also handling like a dream – which is what General Motors’ neighbours in Detroit, the Tigers, will be hoping for over the next few days…
Google Driverless Car …while their Californian opponents will be hoping for a little bit of know-how and innovation, as shown by their neighbours in Mountain View. When not busy ruling the internet, Google is working on development of the ‘driverless car’ and has so far invested millions into coming up with a system that will allow a car to drive itself to a destination chosen by its occupants. Having clocked up over a quarter of a million miles in testing so far, Google’s baby has also prompted the states of Nevada, Florida and California to pass a law allowing the use of driverless cars on their roads.