Vehicles in the 1990's
The 1990's in the automotive world were all about power and performance. While the 1980's and 1990's brought many challenges as the government put in place safety and environmental standards, it also brought a period of great progress. Some of the most iconic super cars in history are produced in the 1990's like the McLaren F1 and the Lamborghini Diablo. Cars that have curved new lines and stance that screams performance and sound that can not be matched.
The 1990's also enhanced the cars the average American can afford with the introduction of the Dodge Viper in 1992 Corvettes new design with with the ZR-1 model. Cars were getting faster and better looking in the 1990's, but they were also getting more niche. Big powerful military spin off vehicles like the H-1 Hummer is born in the 1990's showing off these new more powerful engines in a different way - ultimate off-roading (or grocery shopping).
Like most industries in the the 1990's the speed in which technology is being introduced dramatically impacted the styling, design and direction of new builds throughout the 1990s. It was a constant battle between power and safety and finding the right balance takes time and experimentation.
Task 1: Watch the Introductory Video to this Unit (5 minutes)
Task 2: Review the provided images and attached links for Vehicles during the 1990's (15 minutes)
Task 3: Watch a Video on the Rise and Fall of the Hummer in American Culture (15 Minutes)
Task 4: Go to Google Classroom and complete the Google Slide project on vehicles in the 1990's (15 minutes)
Select ONE (1) vehicle from the 1990’s that best represents the industry during the decade (it does not need to be one of the selections on the vehicle page for the 1990’s)
Years in Production (Number Produced if available)
Standout Features (Unique features, new trends, design changes, upgrades)
What makes this car representative of the 1990’s
A Look at Super Cars of the 1990's
The high performance supercar market went from niche to mainstream in the 1980s. Supercars like the Lamborghini Countach, Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 had collectively wowed car fans the world over in the late 1980s and with Wall Street humming and the global economy in good shape, the appetite for exotic cars only grew going into the early 1990s. It is impossible to talk about the 1990s supercar era and not mention the impact of the mighty McLaren F1. The F1 did not just beat the other supercars at the time, it blew them away so convincingly that it wasn’t until the Bugatti Veyron came along more than a decade later that its acceleration and top speed records were beaten. (https://www.supercars.net/blog/nippy-nineties-the-greatest-supercars-of-the-1990s/ )
1994 McLaren F1
1995 Lamborghini Diablo
1995 Ferrari F50
The 1990s were a magical time for the automotive industry. Carmakers were just beginning to delve into new technologies. The sports car market was one of the first to benefit. Whether you wanted an inexpensive turbo or a V8 powered muscle car there, was sure to be a fit. Many of the nineties sports cars have become cult classics as a result. The birth of the small-block LS1 V8 engine was one such advantage, and the rising popularity of SUVs made sports cars a dying breed. (https://motor-junkie.com/90s-sports-cars-that-are-still-relevant/25900/ )
1992 Dodge Viper
1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
1996 Nissan 300ZX
During the 1990s, Ford had dominated the pickup truck industry, with the introduction of its new pickup truck series line. The 8th, 9th and 10th Generation of Ford F-Series had revamped the market of pickup trucks. Due to the development of engineering experimentation and designs, the Ford F – series better fuel economy and advanced aerodynamics, all the while offering more spacious for passengers within the truck. Dodge also introduced the T-300 series, offering more space for passenger and storage, competing with the spacious Ford F – series. During these years, minivans also became more common in the pickup industry, pickup trucks market were slightly further eroded due to the rising popularity of SUVs. (https://www.carcover.com/blog/history-of-pickup-trucks/ )