Sears & Cars

Back in the early years of the 20th century you could buy a car through the once-venerable Sears catalog.

Back in the early years of the 20th century you could buy a car through the once-venerable Sears catalog. Which is probably not the reason why Sears is exhibiting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

And it is not showing a car, but the new Craftsman CTX tractor line. That’s as in lawn tractor.

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New Craftsman CTX.  Top speed: 8 mph

Says Kris Malkoski, Craftsman vp and general manager, “Because Detroit has given us great performing cars with best-in-class features, we think it is logical to bring a tractor to the auto show that does the same.”

Among the features of the Craftsman CTX is a 30-hp Briggs & Stratton engine that allows the vehicle to go 8 mph forward and 3 mph in reverse. There is a heavy-duty welded frame and a cast-iron axle. There is an automatic traction control system that detects wheel slippage.

And, yes, there is even a cup holder.