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On this day: 02-24-1909

Hudson Motor incorporated

The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded by Joseph Hudson, in Detroit, Michigan, was incorporated on this day. Hudson is perhaps most famous for its impact on NASCAR racing, which it accomplished thanks to a revolutionary design innovation. In 1948, Hudson introduced the Monobuilt design. The Monobuilt consisted of a chassis and frame that were combined in a unified passenger compartment, producing a strong, lightweight design with a beneficial lower center of gravity that did not affect road clearance. Hudson called the innovation the "step-down design" because, for the first time, drivers had to step down to get into their cars. In 1951, Hudson introduced the Hornet. Fitted with a bigger engine than previous Hudson models, the Hudson Hornet became a dominant force on the NASCAR circuit. Because of its lower center of gravity, the Hornet glided around corners with relative ease, leaving its unstable competitors in the dust. For the first time a car not manufactured by the Big Three was winning big. In 1952, Hudson won 29 of 34 events. Excited by their success on the track, Hudson executives began directly backing their racing teams, providing the team cars with everything they needed to increase success. The Big Three responded, and in doing so brought about the system of industry-backed racing that has become such a prominent marketing tool today. The Hudson Hornet would dominate NASCAR racing until 1955 when rule changes led to an emphasis on horsepower over handling.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2008SaturnAstra XR8.60016.600Road & Track
2008SaturnVue Green Line10.20017.800motorweek.org
2007SaturnAura Green Line Hybrid10.20017.600motorweek.org
2007SaturnSky Redline6.10014.600motorweek.org
2007SaturnAura XR5.90014.500(R&T May '07)
2007SaturnSky7.30015.900(C&D June '06)
2007SaturnSky Redline5.20014.000(C&D Dec '06)
2007Saturn Sky7.20015.800Road and Track
2007Saturn Sky Red Line5.60014.000Road and Track
2007SaturnAura XR5.90014.500Road & Track
2004SaturnION Red Line Quad Coupe6.30015.000motorweek.org
2004SaturnVUE Red Line7.80016.200motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2004SaturnVUE V-6 (AWD)7.00015.500(C&D Mar '04)
2004SaturnIon Redline6.30015.300
2002SaturnVUE V-6 (AWD)8.40016.600
1993SaturnSW2 Wagon9.30017.100
1992SaturnCoupe SC8.40016.400