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Bye-bye Beetle

This past week, Volkswagen made an historic announcement. The original Volkswagen, the Beetle, is going into retirement. Although this isn’t the first time VW has put the Beetle out to pasture, they’re insisting that this time it is final. As we’ve discussed many times here at Cocomats, the Beetle was the preeminent German car of World [...]

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A Brief German History Lesson

At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into four regions with each region under the control of either the United States, England, France, and Russia. The American, British, and French regions were combined to form West Germany, and the Russian section became East Germany. At this time, the British-owned area was home to [...]

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From Britain with Love

At CocoMats.com, we have an unabashed love for British sports cars. In fact, there is probably only one man that loves them more than we do. He is suave, debonair, and a man of intrigue and mystery. That’s right, I’m talking about Bond. James Bond. Although Bond has driven his fair share European marquees, and despite [...]

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The First Pony

I’m always flipping through news articles trying to catch weird or wonderful car news from around the world. This one comes to us from Motor City itself, Detroit, Michigan, via USA Today. As it turns out, the very first person to ever buy a Ford Mustang still owns the car. (Photo: Gail Wise) In 1964, Ford rolled the [...]

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33 & 8C - A Pair or Powerhouses

This year, Alfa Romeo will introduce its new mid-engine sports car, the 8C. While it is named after some of the company’s original V8 roadsters of the 1920s and ‘30s, it has a lot more in common with one of Alfa’s most famous sports cars, the Tipo 33 Stradale.The 33 was designed with racing in [...]

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Sergio Marchionne

This past Wednesday, the world lost one of the automotive industry’s most impressive magicians. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, passed away at age 66.Marchionne had been quite ill over last weekend, but was said to be recovering before his condition took a dramatic turn for the worse. According to Italian media outlet Lettera 43, [...]

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That is What I'd Truly Like to Be

Lately, our blog has focused primarily on some of the fastest and coolest cars ever built. But every now and again, I like to keep it weird. So in honor of its 82nd birthday this past week, I’d like to give a great big shout out to the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.When I was in middle [...]

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Little Red Corvette Part 3

For the last two weeks, we’ve talked about the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. It has always been America’s sports car, but it wasn’t until the last few decades that the Corvette truly started competing at an international level in terms of performance and racing.Starting with the fifth generation C5 in 1994, Chevrolet introduce the [...]

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Little Red Corvette Part 2

Last week, we discussed the origins of the Chevrolet Corvette, so this week, it’s only fitting that we talk about some of the greatest classic models of America’s most iconic sports car, and next week, we’ll look at the modern versions that continue to thrill today.Although the very first Corvette that Harley Earl built was [...]

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Little Red Corvette Part 1

This week, we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, and there is perhaps no greater symbol of that American spirit of freedom and independence than the Chevrolet Corvette. The first Corvette rolled out of General Motors’ Flint, Michigan assembly plant on June 30, 1953, just in time for the July 4th festivities. This [...]

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