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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
2011VolvoS60 T6 AWD5.50014.100Car & Driver
2011Volvo S60 T6 AWD5.50014.100Road & Track
2010VolvoXC606.80015.300Truck Trend
2010VolvoS60T6AWD6.00014.500Car & Driver
2008VolvoV707.30015.600Road & Track
2007VolvoC30 Version2.06.50014.900Road & Track
2007VolvoC707.50015.700Road & Track
2007VolvoS80 V8 AWD5.60014.200Road & Track
2005VolvoXC90 V87.10015.500motorweek.org
2004VolvoS60 R5.80014.400motorweek.org
2004VolvoV70R6.06014.430(MT Aug '03)
2002VolvoS60 AWD7.40015.700motorweek.org
2001VolvoV70 XC (Cross Country)8.50016.500motorweek.org
2000VolvoV40 Wagon6.50015.000motorweek.org
2000VolvoS40 Sedan6.50015.000motorweek.org
1998VolvoS70 T56.40014.900
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998VolvoV70 XC7.80015.900
1996Volvo850 GLT8.80016.600
1996Volvo850 R6.90015.300
1995Volvo850 T-5R6.60015.000
1994Volvo850 Turbo Sedan7.10015.300
1994Volvo850 Sportwagon Turbo7.40015.500
1993Volvo850 GLT9.40017.300
1992Volvo850 GLT9.10016.600
1992Volvo940 SE9.20017.000
1992Volvo940 Turbo8.90016.800
1990Volvo740 Turbo Wagon7.80016.100
1989Volvo740 GLE (auto)9.60017.200
1986Volvo740 Turbo Wagon8.40016.600
1985VolvoGLT Wagon10.10017.500
1984Volvo760 GLE12.30018.600
1982VolvoGLT Turbo10.20017.400
1980VolvoBertone Coupe11.70018.400
1976Volvo245 DL15.50019.900
1975Volvo164 E12.10019.300
1975Volvo242 GL16.20019.900