Romantic Names for Components: A Thing of the Past

Recent discussions here led me to wonder about components named after places. It turns out there are not so many and Ford is the most romantic of all in this regard.

Valencia, Spain. The engines are made in the house, centre: www.foundvalencia.com
Valencia, Spain. The engines are made in the house, centre: http://www.foundvalencia.com

What started this was the mention of the ZF gearbox used in later Peugeot 604s. I recalled that the GM Strasbourg unit initially did service in that car, a smooth 3-speeder of ancient lineage even in 1976. It was replaced by a ZF unit in 1981. In 2012 GM sold their Alsatian gearbox plant and among their customers is now ZF. I think naming such components after places rather than giving them technical names is rather endearing. When you think of the Strasbourg automatic ‘box, you think of this: Continue reading “Romantic Names for Components: A Thing of the Past”

The Forgotten Face of Nissan: 1995-2000 200 SX

While browsing through some old Autocars, I found a long-term test of the Nissan 200 SX. Hasn’t Nissan changed a lot since then?

1996 Nissan 200 SX. Rather unsettlingly, this is found at www.driftworks.com
1996 Nissan 200 SX. Rather unsettlingly, this is found at http://www.driftworks.com

The proportions are spot on and the pronounced boot is thrillingly conservative. Autocar complained the available volume was too small and the hinges intruded. They decided it was more of a GT than a sports car and who am I to disagree? I had utterly forgotten this car and indeed that side of Nissan that dared to Continue reading “The Forgotten Face of Nissan: 1995-2000 200 SX”