So I was watching Sunday's Top Gear USA episode, in which Detroit native Kid Rock was the Big Star in a Small Car. During the interview, Rutledge asked Kid Rock if he was a fan of the retro movement in car design, and I thought Kid Rock's answer was really interesting:
"Yes, I love the retro stuff," he said. "I love the Challenger and the Camaros, the Mustangs, all that stuff, I think they're great... but at the same time I'd like to see them do something new, that kind of defines our generation, our era, you know. Something that's new and moving in the right way that's not a small box that runs on leaves."
And as Kid Rock said that, the first thing that popped into my mind was "Cadillac CTS Coupe".
The CTS Coupe has been on my mind recently, because it just won the Internet Car of the Year jury award (well, more specifically, the 556 hp CTS-V Coupe won.) I'm a member of the jury, and as you may recall, I didn't vote for the Caddy; I voted for the Hyundai Sonata (which, before you jump all over me for being un-American, is at least built in the US). But I have to agree with Mr. Rock -- I would like to see an American car that defines our generation. I still think the Sonata is the best car for our times, but it's not the car that I want to represent this time and place -- when people look back on the beginning of this decade, the CTS Coupe is the car I'd like them to think of. You can argue whether American automakers do the best when it comes to function, but when you look at the CTS Coupe, you have to admit -- it's hard to beat us on form.
Speaking of Caddies, Kid Rock said something else that gave me a little chill. He was talking about his 1930 Cadillac V16:
"I can sit around, drink beer and look at that car all day long. It just blows your mind, the ingenuity and time and the craftsmanship that was put into it...a guy that built that must go home and be like, 'You should have saw what we built today at work.'"
Amen to that, brother. -- Aaron Gold
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