Car Reviews

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDi SE w/ Sunroof first drive review: Better with a better TDi

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDi SE w/ Sunroof first drive review: Better with a better TDi

The Volkswagen Passat gets better every year, and although we’re awaiting a full refurbishment of the Jetta next year—the traditional mid-run updating with changes to the front and rear aspects, some juggling of interior appointments and perhaps some mechanical updating—the 2015 Volkswagen Passat gets one new feature that will make VW’s sedan buyers not want […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Mini Cooper S review: Different…but the same

2014 Mini Cooper S review: Different…but the same

We know the Mini. You know the Mini…or if you don’t, take 48 seconds and watch this. We’ll wait. You’re back. We bring all this up because the Mini Cooper, the one arriving in 2001 under BMW’s ownership,  is entering its third generation—yes, already—and there are significant changes. Not that most people would notice the […]

September 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Golf Boys…one good, one bad…well, you know the story

The Golf Boys…one good, one bad…well, you know the story

Sunset at the Ranch Howdy, pardner. So glad you stopped by. Set a spell, and let me get you some sarsaparilla. It’ll cool ya right down. People in town said you was riding West, visitin’ towns, on the look out for a good yarn. Well, I got one for ya. I know I’m just a […]

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Nissan NV 200 Taxi Review: More than fare…

2014 Nissan NV 200 Taxi Review: More than fare…

Near downtown Dallas, I’m at an intersection in the middle of rush hour – a classic misnomer if ever there was one. In the next lane sits a nondescript Chrysler minivan, its faded yellow paint quietly speaking to it intended mission: soliciting fares. As you’d guess, it’s not even in ‘fair’ condition, with bald tires […]

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

New ‘top end’ Cadillac sedan announced; arrives late 2015

New ‘top end’ Cadillac sedan announced; arrives late 2015

Cadillac has needed a premier model to complement the Cadillac CTS, the model that’s the linchpin of the brand’s revival. The CTS—sedan, wagon and coupe—has been joined by the compact Cadillac ATS and the full-size Cadillac XTS. But to square off with competitors such as the Audi A8/S8 requires Cadillac to go even further upmarket. […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jaguar XE debuts in London theater-like production

Jaguar XE debuts in London theater-like production

To introduce the 2016 Jaguar XE sedan, the British carmaker presented an almost two-hour stage production worthy of a Broadway, designed to close after for a one night stand and only in front of invited glitterati and important people.  Along with anyone who signed on to watch it live on the internet. And the Jaguar […]

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cars with Personality: We pick the top eight

Cars with Personality: We pick the top eight

Cars with personality, you know what that means. Cars with attitude and a twinkle in their headlights. Often these are special vehicles built on the same platform as an ordinary sedan or crossover. The car with personality is not for the timid because they will be noticed. In the witness protection plan? Forget it. You […]

September 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
2016 Mazda Miata breaks cover in Monterey, we have the facts

2016 Mazda Miata breaks cover in Monterey, we have the facts

Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s director of design, introduced the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata at simultaneous events in Spain, Japan and—where Jenkins actually was—Monterey, California. While admitting that getting the opportunity was a dream-come-true type of thing for a designer, the next thought he had was “I hope we don’t screw this up.” From our first look […]

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

When I was boy, a visit at Uncle Henry’s was always special. Uncle Henry, you see, had every copy of Mechanix Illustrated ever printed—or so it seemed—and ever copy of Mechanix Illustrated , in addition to Mini-clad-in-overalls-that-covered-as-little-as-possible in those days modelling some clever and undeniably useful device while simultaneously showing a lot of leg, had […]

August 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

  Paranoid. That’s what a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi’ Cud makes you. Paranoid. You carefully scan the road ahead, alert for the telltale roof-mounted light bar. You watch the mirrors to see if there is a police car behind you. You check the cross streets as you pass, and examine the car alongside at a […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks I can see in the rear-view mirror, it urges “faster, faster,” and my right foot is all too ready to comply. The seat of my pants is on full alert and my neck muscles are […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

When the final history of the Nurburgring is written, when the last word have been spent on that asphalt serpent writhing 14 miles through the tall dark evergreens, its great story told once and for all, no grander chapter will there be than that on the BMW 3.0 CSL, lightweight conqueror of the Capri, champion […]

June 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has cornered 90 percent of the American automotive diesel market, a remarkable achievement, especially considering the diesel engines now in everything from BMW and Audi to even the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Cruze. To be fair, Volkswagen has had an exclusive on smaller diesel engines in the U.S. No one else has […]

September 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda finally recognized what everyone else saw from the beginning—that the sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid is too slow—and is finally correcting the shortcoming with a factory-developed supercharging kit that will boost horsepower output to a max 197 horsepower. Back in 2011, when we first drove the Honda CR-Z, we liked it, not only the irreverent […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel could be considered the first full-size pickup with a diesel engine. Or it could be considered the first diesel in a full-size pickup. That’s not a tautology. There is a difference. The latter is an engine with a truck around it. And it’s a great truck, as […]

August 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Not everyone will be able to visit the Museo Lamborghini—the Lamborghini Museum—in person. More is the pity, particularly for the Lamborghinisti among us. It is the mothership, after all. But the good news is that Lamborghini has created a virtual tour of the museum, allowing the digital visitor to stroll through the museum and even inside […]

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

“America on Wheels” might seem to be reaching a bit far for a museum that doesn’t cover at least several acres, but for a well-presented collection occupying considerably less square footage, it’s still a worthwhile visit. The theme for America on Wheels, located on a bank of the Lehigh River in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has a […]

June 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
2013 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance a festival of American and foreign cars

2013 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance a festival of American and foreign cars

It seems one of two things will always happen at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. It will either rain—or have rained—or it will be hot. This year it was hot, but with a breeze off the Long Island Sound, it was tolerable…as long as you weren’t in the lee of the Bonham’s auction tents that unfortunately […]

June 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety Tip of the Day: Don’t set the armpit hair of the driver of the vehicle you’re in on fire while he’s driving at high speed at 5:30 in the morning and none of the five of you in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. But what makes a humorous lead for a Roadkill article […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

We don’t know whether to file this under What Kind of a Mind Thinks Up Something Like This, or What Kind of Person Would Drive Something Like That? The “this” and “that” in this case is Mercedes-Benz’s Smart fortwo—a Smart Car—powered by a 1.5-liter Toyota four-cylinder engine from a Toyota Paseo. We don’t know the […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Based on almost two millions auto insurance claims, the most dangerous drivers in Great Britain are…surgeons. They are, at least, the most likely to file an “at-fault” claim on their car insurance. And the safest drivers? Building society—savings and loan—clerks. That’s the finding of a study by Moneysupermarket.com, as reported by The Guardian. Furthermore, nine […]

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Shades of the United Autoworkers Union not allowing “foreign” cars—in an increasingly internationalization of the auto industry a truly difficult thing to define—in any of its parking lots: Fiat wrapped non-Fiat cars owned by employees parked outside its factories in clear plastic with the message that the driver is breaking the company’s heart. “To see […]

April 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
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