Yesteryears Automobiles: 1999


A Look Back at the History of the American Automobile
By Michael Schlee


With the American Auto Industry in a crisis like it has never faced before, I thought we could take a look back at the past 100 years of American Vehicles to see the highlights (and lowlights) of an industry on the edge of collapse.


This is a new feature that will become a regular segment for this blog.

1999 Mercury Cougar

1999 Mercury Cougar


Key Developments 1999:

–  Chrysler Corporation kills off its division Eagle. The cancellation is due to poor sales.

–  Ford buys Volvo’s automotive arm, adding another luxury brand to its portfolio.

–  Ford unveils new options such as back-up warning sensors and power adjustable pedals.

–  Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight and Buick Rivera are in their last year with General Motors.


Top 5 New Models:

–  Cadillac Escalade – Cadillac’s first truck and a huge success for them over the next decade.

–  Chrysler 300M/LHS – New full sized vehicles for Chrysler. They are a new version of fabled Letter cars. They Come with a 3.5L 250HP V6.

–  Mercury Cougar – The Cougar is reborn as a sport compact car with edgy styling for its time.

–  Oldsmobile Alero – Oldsmobile’s new midsize car is vast improvement over the cutlass. A 150HP I-4 or 170HP V6 are offered.

–  Pontiac Grand Am – Bigger and more sophisticated then previous Grand Ams. A 150HP I-4 or 170HP V6 are offered.


Top 5 ‘Hottest’ Models:

–  Chevrolet Corvette – A new hardtop version is available which is lighter in weight. Power continues to be 345HP.

–  Ford Mustang – New Styling emerges. The base 3.8L V6 motor is up 40HP to 190HP. The GT’s 4.6L V8 is up 35HP to 260HP. This is the Mustang’s 35th anniversary.

–  Plymouth Prowler – The Prowler is back and features more power, up to 253HP (up 35HP).

–  Dodge Viper – Continues not much changed, but as cool as ever.

–  Pontiac Trans Am – The optional 320HP V8 continues to pack a punch.


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2 Responses to Yesteryears Automobiles: 1999

  1. Dan says:

    You know it was a rough year when the Alero is listed as one of the top 5 new models…

  2. I actually the website, maintain it up. I uncover this kind of stuff interesting. Seems like an honest mistake on the sales rep’s part, but it truly is some thing that shouldn’t happen.

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