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27 мая, 14:43

Trump Returns From Foreign Trip To High-Stakes Drama In Washington

If I were a movie critic writing reviews of audience reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump’s performances abroad, they would look something like this: “... a big hit in Riyadh...” “... a smash sensation across the Holy Land...” “... subdued, but a success in Vatican City...” “... a disaster, a flop in Brussels...” Those were the reactions abroad. The White House must be feeling quite good about the trip, since the president played to script and appeared to accomplish multiple objectives. He reset frayed relations and restored confidence with Gulf Arab allies—to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in arms sales and investment in infrastructure. He kept the Israelis swooning and the Palestinian Authority smiling—despite dodging questions about Jerusalem, settlements, and Palestinian Statehood. And he appeared respectful in the presence of Pope Francis, promising to keep in mind Francis’ words, which most certainly dealt with the environment, immigration, and poverty. After telling those audiences most of what they wanted to hear, the president appeared to take a U-turn in Europe, blasting America’s closest allies over their failure to “burden share” and omitting any U.S. commitment to the defense of fellow NATO members. Looking at the dour reactions of the assembled European heads of state, one might have thought Trump had simply tired of telling audiences what they wanted to hear, except for the fact that the audiences for whom he was performing in Brussels were not in those in the room. He was, instead, playing to his base back home and, maybe even to the Russians with whom Trump is also seeking to reset relations. There were, to be sure, a few minor flubs that provided grist for the media mill, but on the whole the trip went as planned. Now, back in Washington, the hard work begins and is compounded by the fact that the president returns home facing even more crises than those he left behind.   function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The Russia affair remains front and center with new questions being raised about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the extent to which this firing was an effort by the president to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Russian efforts to seek influence in the White House. Of special concern to the president, of course, will be the news that his son-in-law has now been ensnared in the net of this investigation. If that weren’t problematic enough, Trump’s domestic agenda is also in tatters. His budget hit Congress with a dull thud and was pronounced “dead on arrival” by leading Republicans. The GOP-led Congressional Budget Office released its evaluation of the recently House-passed and White House-celebrated health care reform bill determining that under its provisions 23 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage. And, more recently, another Appeals Court overturned the president’s executive order banning travel to the US from six Muslim majority countries. Reflecting this bad news, Trump’s favorable ratings continue their downward slide—with most reputable polls showing only a little more than a third of voters now approve of his job performance. Increasingly, Republicans in Congress, who are looking to their own reelections in 2018, are beginning to see Trump, if not quite toxic, at least someone from whom they need some distance. And it is this that must be of the greatest concern to the White House since it will complicate efforts to advance not only their domestic agenda, but foreign policy initiatives, as well. In just the past week, for example, there were signs of revolt. Senators watered down an administration-supported tougher sanctions bill directed at Iran and proposed legislation placing some limits on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. In this environment, it will be problematic for Trump to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace by taking any steps that would challenge Israel’s occupation policies—something Congress would be loathe to support. So while the president had the stage to himself and was able to write his own script last week, he returns to a rather crowded stage in Washington and a high-stakes drama, the script for which is being written by others—Congress, the courts, the FBI and a special prosecutor, and the media. It remains to be seen how he well he will perform in this setting. Follow @jjz1600 for more. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=5921c985e4b07617ae4cbd27,591f1f39e4b0b28a33f62b93,59253604e4b0ec129d308ccd -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 мая, 20:44

3 Top Auto Stocks to Buy Now

While the dream of fully-functioning self-driving cars and other big technologies certainly loom both near and far, there are other facets of the auto industry that investors should make sure do not get lost in the shuffle. With this in mind, check out three vauto stocks to buy now.

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26 мая, 18:53

Знаменитые шины Dodge Challenger Demon оказались чересчур широкими и хрупкими

Одним из достоинств нового суперкара, на которое компания Dodge делала серьезный упор, стали особые покрышки, специально подготовленные для гонок на ускорение. Однако, оказалось, что эти шины могут вызвать проблемы не только при производстве, но и в эксплуатации "Демона".

26 мая, 13:15

Emmanuel Macron Swerves Donald Trump To Hug Angela Merkel Instead

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Did Emmanuel Macron just intentionally leave Donald Trump hanging? Video footage has emerged that appears to show France’s newly elected president appearing to dodge his U.S. counterpart at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. In the clip, Macron walks up a red carpet toward a group of world leaders. He seems to be making a beeline for Trump, whose hands are outstretched, apparently in anticipation of a warm welcome. But just feet away, Macron deftly swerves and embraces German chancellor Angela Merkel instead. He then shakes hands with other leaders, before eventually entering into another fierce handshake-off with Trump.  À Bruxelles, unis avec nos alliés de @NATO. pic.twitter.com/7nyaoI8hki— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 25, 2017 Macron shared the above video via his official Twitter account late Thursday. It’s unclear whether the possible snub was deliberate. But it came amid a summit in which Trump took aim at NATO’s European allies for “not paying what they should be paying.” His post is now going viral, with many fellow tweeters appearing to appreciate his apparent throwing of shade: @RationalPanic - cool dude M. Macron. That swerve to avoid the clutches of Trump & shake Merkel's hand first was quite a manoeuvre ... — Rosh (@roshbeth) May 25, 2017 I'd like to see other world leaders follow Macron's example - walk towards Trump, body-swerve , greet someone else. He'd hate it.— Joan Smith (@polblonde) May 25, 2017 The 'Macron swerve' - fakes out Trump and goes for Merkel. Clear reciprocity for the 'Montenegro shove'. https://t.co/xPd3tQd6X9— W1Girl (@W1Girl) May 26, 2017 The fact that Trump has both hands palms out to greet Macron makes the last minute body swerve to Merkel even sweeter https://t.co/Iu7cYWe9UX— TheAgent (@AgentInTheEast) May 26, 2017 Macron makes a tease, a last-sec swerve away from Trump toward Merkel, and then successfully braces for Trump's psycho hand jerk. Nice. https://t.co/ydLwVcei5F— Abby Normal (@Sexandfoodand) May 26, 2017 To my absolute surprise I felt a milisecond of empathy for Trump at the moment of swerveBut then he tried his handshake bullshit on Macron https://t.co/LtWvQwXpRD— Ed Strafford (@EdNZ) May 26, 2017 @Ex_Dubliner_APJ See Macron play a swerve blinder?Pure joy— paula (@kiwipaula) May 26, 2017 @Surf_Photo The Macron swerve was priceless— Mat (@TR8Mat) May 26, 2017 Fabulous shade thrown by Macron here. The swerve, the handshake order, the alpha arm pat (which Trump tries to equalise). https://t.co/svgcHiiScN— Daniel Maier (@danielmaier) May 26, 2017 @Vallmeister @EmmanuelMacron This is priceless! From the swerve, to how many hands he shakes before trumps, to trump then trying to pull him in forcefully....— Nicole Burns (@NicoleBurns9) May 25, 2017 Trump’s nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe has been marked by multiple awkward moments — from him ignoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wave request and Pope Francis looking super sad in a photo call to other weird handshake incidents with Macron and Tajikistan’s strongman president, Emomali Rahmon. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5927d1a4e4b0df34c35b19fd,5927d7f5e4b01b9a5937e44a,59255c2be4b00c8df2a02ff5,5927cf66e4b01b9a5937de5b -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

25 мая, 21:52

Toxic Masculinity And The Unsurprising 'Body-Slamming' Of A Reporter

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Precisely one month before the presidential election, The Washington Post released audio of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. As the shocking tape spread rapidly across the internet, the media largely assumed the race was over — that admitting to sexual assault would be disqualifying, that we could never elect a man who jokes about violence. It wasn’t, and we did.  Trump chalked his comments up to “locker room talk,” and his supporters followed suit. They insisted this is just the type of banter we should expect of boys and men, this is just the normal stuff guys talk about when girls are not around. Many Republican officials did condemn the tape, but most did not abandon him.  The message sent to the American public was clear: Abuse isn’t fantastic, but it’s not that big of a deal, either. The expectation of basic respect for other human beings diminishes when harmful values are valorized from the top down. Fast forward seven months, and a GOP House candidate is dealing with the aftermath of reportedly body-slamming a reporter. According to an audio recording and eyewitness reports, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs attempted to ask Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, who is running in Montana’s special election, a question about his stance on the GOP health care bill in light of the Congressional Budget Office score.  Fox News’ Alicia Acuna, who was in the room, had this to say about what happened next: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter.”  “I’m sick and tired of you guys!” Gianforte yelled at Jacobs. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 The incident is horrifying, yet given the current political climate, the negative rhetoric about the press, and the attitudes of the man who now sits in the White House, it’s not totally surprising. Americans placed a vessel of toxic masculinity into the highest office in the nation, and now we’re watching the inevitable trickle down. Montana’s Billings Gazette rescinded their endorsement of Gianforte Thursday morning, noting how his past behavior must be looked at differently now. “We’d point out that all the other questionable interactions Gianforte had with reporters, including one case where he joked about ganging up on a reporter, must now be seen through a much more sinister lens. What he passed off as a joke at the time now becomes much more serious,” wrote the Gazette’s editorial board.  Of course, Gianforte’s previous “joke” about wringing a reporter’s neck was no cause for alarm. Because this is what happens when the country rejects a zero tolerance policy when it comes to physical violence. This is what happens when we give abuse a pass. This is what happens when the President of the United States repeatedly calls journalists “enemies of the American people” and encourages his supporters to harass them.  Americans placed a vessel of toxic masculinity into the highest office in the nation, and now we’re watching the inevitable trickle down. No, Donald Trump did not singlehandedly cause Gianforte to become violent, and Gianforte may have lashed out in the same way if someone else were President of the United States. But Trump has undoubtedly encouraged an atmosphere in which groups he targets become victims of violence. “In the past three weeks, political reporters have described being arrested, pinned against a wall, slapped, and now body-slammed,” HuffPost’s Michael Calderone notes.  It remains to be seen whether Gianforte or his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, will win the race. What we do know, is that the conversation surrounding the acceptability of physical violence has shifted since 2015. A reporter was trying to hold a candidate accountable by asking questions ― an action that’s both routine to the function of journalism and necessary for democracy ― and somehow his assault has become a partisan issue, something to debate, something to “take a side” on. Supporters and pundits aren’t rejecting Gianforte’s behavior wholesale, and that’s because the culture our president and his leadership team enforce has given them permission not to. BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel noted the praise he’s seeing on Twitter from Trump supporters: i follow prob 200 pro-Trump accounts. seeing a decent amt of this in my timeline right now https://t.co/haQidD4QqN— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) May 25, 2017 .@GregForMontana sir u are a serious badass, we all salute u sir for the great deed u did today for this country, a true patriot!— Dagny Delinquent (@DagnyDelinquent) May 25, 2017 Fox News’ Laura Ingraham went so far as to compare Jacobs to a tattle-tale child, and asked what other Montana men would do if body-slammed, implying that “real men” fight back: Politicians always need to keep their cool. But what would most Montana men do if "body slammed" for no reason by another man?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017 Did anyone get his lunch money stolen today and then run to tell the recess monitor?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017 And as the Associated Press’ Mary Clare Jalonick reports, a GOP Congressman from California had this to say:  Rep. Duncan Hunter said of MT reporter assault, “It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”— Mary Clare Jalonick (@MCJalonick) May 25, 2017 The notion that being a man requires using brute force to get what you want, what you believe you deserve ― whether that be a woman’s pussy or the ability to dodge a tough policy question ― is all part of one toxic masculine package. These ideas existed before Trump and they will outlast him, but the expectation of basic respect for other human beings diminishes when harmful values are valorized from the top down.  As the narrative surrounding the election goes: It’s not that Trump’s supporters voted for him because he was an abuser, they voted for him despite that. But the unfortunate truth is that intent doesn’t matter. The result is still the same, and a man who brags about sexual violence and calls the press an “enemy” is now running the country. A legitimization of dangerous ideas about what it means to be a man was always going to be part of the package deal.  Greg Gianforte’s assault of a reporter is one more manifestation of Trump culture. This is the country we live in now.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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25 мая, 19:20

Canada's Banks Can't Dodge Housing Risks Forever

Risks to Canadian banks from the country’s housing bubble should not be overstated, but are very real.

25 мая, 17:49

An ORSome wheeze: How becoming a Hong Kong pensioner can save you tax

Print section Print Rubric:  Rich and tax-shy? Try a Hong Kong pension Print Headline:  An ORSome wheeze Print Fly Title:  Tax evasion UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to improve the health of the ocean Fly Title:  An ORSome wheeze Main image:  Not dodging but shuffling Not dodging but shuffling THE global war on tax evasion rumbles on. What began as an American onslaught, with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of 2010, has been joined by more than 100 countries through an initiative called the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). Under this, governments will exchange tax information on their financial firms’ clients on a regular, “automatic” basis, without having to be asked for it, starting this year. Holdouts such as Panama, the Bahamas and Lebanon have, one by one, been frogmarched into line. But tax-dodgers and their advisers are ...

25 мая, 17:49

An ORSome wheeze: How becoming a Hong Kong pensioner can save you tax

Print section Print Rubric:  Rich and tax-shy? Try a Hong Kong pension Print Headline:  An ORSome wheeze Print Fly Title:  Tax evasion UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to improve the health of the ocean Fly Title:  An ORSome wheeze Main image:  Not dodging but shuffling Not dodging but shuffling THE global war on tax evasion rumbles on. What began as an American onslaught, with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of 2010, has been joined by more than 100 countries through an initiative called the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). Under this, governments will exchange tax information on their financial firms’ clients on a regular, “automatic” basis, without having to be asked for it, starting this year. Holdouts such as Panama, the Bahamas and Lebanon have, one by one, been frogmarched into line. But tax-dodgers and their advisers are ...

25 мая, 17:49

Free exchange: What the German economic model can teach Emmanuel Macron

Print section Print Rubric:  France can learn from the success of German reforms, but not duplicate them Print Headline:  Looking east Print Fly Title:  Free exchange UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to improve the health of the ocean Fly Title:  Free exchange IT IS heartening that the euro area has a knack for surviving near-fatal crises. Yet confidence in the durability of the single currency might be stronger if it suffered fewer of them. Europe dodged its latest bullet on May 7th in France, when Emmanuel Macron, a liberal-minded (by local standards) upstart centrist, defeated Marine Le Pen for the presidency. Even so, an avowed nationalist and Eurosceptic captured 34% of the vote, leaving Mr Macron with five years to assuage widespread frustration with the economic status quo. An obvious model lies just across the Rhine, where the unemployment rate—below 4%, down from over 11% in 2005—is testimony to the potential ...

25 мая, 16:23

FDIC-Insured Banks' Q1 Earnings Impressive, Costs Flare Up

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured commercial banks and savings institutions reported first-quarter 2017 earnings of $44 billion, up 12.7% year over year.

25 мая, 12:16

GOP leaders play it safe as Trump scandals grow

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are eager to avoid intraparty fights as they try to muscle through the GOP agenda.

25 мая, 12:07

Montana's wild special election: 6 things to watch

The GOP could face panic in the ranks if it loses in a red state Donald Trump won easily.

25 мая, 12:07

Montana's wild special election: 6 things to watch

The GOP could face panic in the ranks if it loses in a red state Donald Trump won easily.

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24 мая, 21:59

DeVos dodges questions about federal funds going to private schools that discriminate

While testifying before Congress on May 24, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos skirted around questions from Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) about whether she would withhold federal dollars from private schools that discriminate against LGBT students.

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24 мая, 17:35

CUOMO’S GONNA CUOMO. Even after Manchester, Cuomo’s dodging on marching to honor a terrorist….

CUOMO’S GONNA CUOMO. Even after Manchester, Cuomo’s dodging on marching to honor a terrorist.

24 мая, 17:15

Fiat Chrysler to Update Software in 104,000 Diesel Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCAU) has planned to update software in 104,000 old diesel vehicles to reduce excess emissions.

24 мая, 12:15

How Trump killed political mudslinging

The two candidates in Montana's special election are getting pounded by negative ads and oppo research, but voters seem numb to it.

24 мая, 09:55

Минюст США подал иск к Fiat Chrysler из-за манипуляций данными о выбросах

Министерство юстиции США во вторник подало судебный иск против Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), обвинив компанию в использовании программного обеспечения для занижения показателей выбросов в порядка 104 тыс. автомобилей с дизельными двигателями.

24 мая, 03:10

Trump’s Budget Scam

All presidents fudge the numbers. But this one represents a new level of deception.

23 мая, 22:42

США подали иск против Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Министерство юстиции США обвинило автоконцерн Fiat Chrysler Automobiles в попытке обойти контроль за вредными выбросами при помощи специального программного обеспечения в контроллерах дизельных двигателей в 104 тыс. автомобилей, проданных в США.

09 июня 2015, 19:50

Пикапы Chevrolet. История начинается.

Пикапы - самые американские и самые, на мой взгляд, интересные автомобили. Я их люблю и хочу о них рассказать. А чтобы меня не обвиняли в "монетизации" сделаю это на примере марки, больше не представленной на нашем рынке. Не думаю, что GM хотя бы поблагодарит меня за эту публикацию.По некоторым данным, несколько самых первых пикапов Chevrolet были произведены еще в 1914 году. Они предназначались не для продажи, а для перевозки всевозможных грузов по территории автомобильного завода. так сказать, для внутреннего пользования! Понято, что ни один такой автомобиль не сохранился. Первые серийные пикапы были построены в городе Флинт, штат Мичиган, 22 ноября 1916-го и отгружены с завода 2 декабря того же года. Эта дата считается официальным выходом Chevrolet на рынок легких грузовиков. Машина, которую вы видите на фото, это современная реплика одного из первых пикапов Chevrolet 490.1918 модельный год ознаменовался выпуском сразу двух грузовых моделей. Обе они представляли собой грузовое шасси с металлическим капотом, под которым был установлен четырехцилиндровый бензиновый двигатель. В то время покупатели обычно сами оснащали автомобили деревянными кабинами, грузовыми платформами или кузовами, в зависимости от своих потребностей. На картинке вверху, пассажирская модификация модели Light Delivery. Я где-то читал, что в те годы за такой автомобиль просили $595. Немало, ведь это были другие, полновесные доллары, не те, что сейчас... Более тяжелая модель, построенная на той же базе, носила индекс T (Truck). Она отличалась усиленным шасси и ее грузоподъемность достигала одной тонны - вдвое больше, чем у Chevrolet 490. На машину устанавливался 37-сильный двигатель. Его мощности хватало, чтобы грузовик развивал скорость до 40 км/ч. В 1918 году чтобы купить такое транспортное средство нужно было выложить более 1000 долларов!В 1930 году на смену грузовым шасси пришли полноценные пикапы заводского производства. Компания Chevrolet приобрела кузовную фирму Martin-Parry и начала сама производить пикапы со стальной кабиной и установленным на заводе кузовом. Сердцем новых пикапов стал рядный шестицилиндровый двигатель. Его конструктивная особенность заключалась в верхнем расположении клапанов. Такие моторы стали характерной чертой практически всех пикапов Chevrolet следующих десятилетий.На фотографии модель Chevrolet Roadster Delivery, который впервые "засветился" в музыкальной кинокомедии "Follow Thru", вышедшей на экраны в 1930-м году. Видимо, в этом фильме что-то было связанно с гольфом, не случайно же сидящие в кузове актрисы держат в руках клюшки!К середине 1930-х полутонные автомобили с заводскими стальными кузовами стали основой рынка пикапов, где фирмы Mack, Studebaker и International конкурировали с Chevrolet, GMC, Ford и Dodge.В середине 1930-х годов, когда экономика США начала восстанавливаться после Великой депрессии компания Chevrolet вывела на рынок новые модели легких грузовиков обтекаемой аэродинамической формы, которая до сих пор считается эталоном дизайна той эпохи. Помимо прочих усовершенствований, модели образца 1937 года обрели усиленный кузов и более мощный 78-сильный двигатель.Этот пикап Chevrolet образа 1937 года с честью выдержал изнурительное путешествие длиной 10 245 миль по Соединенным Штатам, проходившее под наблюдением Американской автомобильной ассоциации (ААА). Кстати, средний расход топлива составил 11,3 л/100 км - неплохо даже по современным меркам!В начале 1947 года Chevrolet представила легкие грузовики серии Advanced Design – первые среди всех автомобилей корпорации General Motors, полностью обновленные после Второй мировой войны. Замысел рекламщиков и производителей состоял в том, чтобы сделать утилитарные машины более яркими, выразительными и привлекательными для потребителей. Дизайнеры компании, действую по команде маркетологов, шире расставили фары, установив их на крылья, а также подчеркнули решетку радиатора пятью горизонтальными планками. Получилось неплохо! На фото - полутонный пикап Chevrolet Advanced Design 1947-го модельного года.Машины, выполненные в этой, удачно найденной, стилистике, продержались на конвейере с 1947 по 1953 год, а затем, в начале 1955 года, был обновлен дизайн передней части (на фото вверху).После выхода на рынок моделей серии Advanced Design предпочтения американских покупателей стало постепенно смещаться в сторону пикапов. Если перед войной соотношение между продажей пассажирских автомобилей и легких грузовиков составляло примерно 4:1, то 1950 году уже 2,5:1. Пикапы стремительно набирали популярность! В середине 1950-х годов, полностью восстановившаяся после войны Америка переживала потребительский бум. Покупатели стали еще более разборчивыми и требовательными к дизайну и техническим характеристикам автомобилей. В связи с этим, в 1955 году Chevrolet представила публике совершенно новую линейку пикапов Task Force, дизайн которых перекликался с престижной легковой моделью Chevrolet Bel Air. А в качестве опции на пикапы стали устанавливать более мощные двигатели V8.В 1955 году была выпущена специальная версия пикапа Cameo Carrier. Это была уже не "рабочая лошадка", а стильный автомобиль, более уместный на подъездной дорожке к роскошному особняку, чем на ферме или заводской площадке. Можно считать, что именно с этого момента большие американские пикапы перестали быть чисто утилитарными транспортными средствами. Модель Cameo Carrier производился относительно недолго, всего лишь до 1958 года. Но ей на смену уже шли новые еще более роскошные пикапы. 1959 год. Красавица Chevrolet El Camino просто очаровала публику эффектным дизайном с характерными для того времени «килями» как у легковых моделей Chevrolet и функциональностью полутонного пикапа. Впрочем, грузить в такую машину сено и солому вредил кто-то стал. "Фермерской" эта машина могла быть только на постановочных рекламных фотографиях а в повседневном использовании ее практичность, как говорится, оставляла желать... Вскоре это поняли и покупатели. Восторги поутихли и производство El Camino по-быстрому свернули, для того... чтобы возродить через три года! Но уже в новом качестве. С мощным двигателем V8 под капотом Chevrolet El Camino 1964 модельного года стала одним из первых маскл-каров компании. Еще за два года, до появления легендарного Camaro! А в 1968 году появилась спортивная версия пикапа. Ее назвали El Camino Super Sport. С тех пор все самые "заряженные" модели Chevrolet стали носить индекс SS.Но я как-то забежал вперед. Помимо El Camino в 60-е годы встречались еще более причудливые пикапы. Например Chevrolet Corvair Rampside 1961-го года.Интереснейшей особенностью этой модели стал второй откидывающийся борт, находящийся сбоку, как дверь у микроавтобуса. Да и внешне пикап Chevrolet Corvair здорово напоминал автобус. А еще он был заднемоторным - шестицилиндровый опоенный двигатель находился под полом. Конструкция получилась слишком уж оригинальной и покупатели ее не оценили. Источники утверждают, что таких машин было выпущено всего-то около 800 штук. Тем не менее, своей страницы в истории пикапов Chevrolet модель Corvair достойна!На этом мы пока остановимся. Продолжение следует!