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Posted By: Richard Nosker
Posted On: Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 4:42 PM
Starting in 1949, Olds had an exciting new V8.
The styling was also distinct from each of the 5 divisions. It started with the regulations: lower engine emissions and safety features. (And I'm not saying these were unnecessary.) Lots of investment in "keep up with regulations" meant lower investment in 5 distinct brands. Plus, each brand became several different sizes of car. In this case, the companies had control over how to handle the expansion of models, and it may have been a mistake to allow each brand to try to be everything to everybody. After a while, engines were mostly shared, along with new technologies, and an Oldsmobile was a Pontiac was a Chevrolet, etc.

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