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2015 Toyota Yaris Preview: The newness permeates…really

2015 Toyota Yaris Preview: The newness permeates…really

Toyota’s Yaris product team, charged with doing something to reinvigorate the sales of Toyota’s entry-level Yaris, apparently stuck to the “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater” dictum, ‘cuz their baby is still there. Despite new sheetmetal (“a bold new look”), interior upgrades (see headline) and a ‘distinct European flavor’, there’s still but 106 horsepower […]

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

By David Boldt (posted by BJ Killeen) I first knew him as Bret Maverick in the series of the same name. And while that series constituted a nice respite (long before knowing what a respite was) from the Gunsmokes and Bonanzas of the day, it was James Garner’s role in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix that […]

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Mazda2 Preview: ‘B’ Somebody

New Mazda2 Preview: ‘B’ Somebody

In the U.S., predicting success within the subcompact class (known in the industry as the B-segment) is – at best – a prickly proposition. BMW’s Mini, based on sales, niche and profit, would seem to be the gold standard, but with the novelty worn off (Pippa gets more ink…) and offshoots proliferating, it was only a […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Road Race Motorsports M1 Fiat Turbo: Rubbing Out ‘Cute’

Road Race Motorsports M1 Fiat Turbo: Rubbing Out ‘Cute’

When we last visited with Rob Tallini at Road Race Motorsports, he (or more accurately, his aggressively modified Fiat Abarth) was contesting the Silver State Classic at some super-illegal speed. Regrettably – at least for the Road Race developmental budget – that wasn’t enough; Rob and his team have recently unveiled the M1 Fiat Turbo. […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Preview: New Edge Gains An Edge – or Two

2015 Ford Edge Preview: New Edge Gains An Edge – or Two

Dearborn, MI – Ask for the name of the one company that best defined America in the last century and, in my mind, it’s a no-brainer: Ford. From its founding in 1903 to its introduction of the Model T, $5/day and Model A, no one company in America established a broader global footprint prior to […]

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Jaguar XE sedan debuts in September, goes after BMW 3-Series

New Jaguar XE sedan debuts in September, goes after BMW 3-Series

Jaguar throws down the gauntlet with the Jaguar XE sedan, challenging the supremacy of the BMW 3-Series in the premium mid-size sedan market. Long anticipated, the forthcoming Jag sedan will debut in London on September 8. Although artist impressions and spy photos abound—testimony to the interest stirred by Jaguar XE—Jaguar has not released any photos […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite: Homer hits the road?

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite: Homer hits the road?

To be sure, I wasn’t there. But if fading memory serves, Odysseus did his ten years of outbound wandering (see The Odyssey) solo, with little more than what we now call a messenger bag for support. That the folks at Honda would tag their minivan ‘Odyssey’ speaks far more to marketing hype than historical accuracy. […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
VW to add new mid-size SUV at Chattanooga plant; new model for U.S. market

VW to add new mid-size SUV at Chattanooga plant; new model for U.S. market

Volkswagen will build a new 7-seat mid-size SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the same plant where it currently builds the U.S.-market Volkswagen Passat. To give an idea of what the new SUV will look like, VW trotted out a picture of its CrossBlue concept, which it says will be the basis of the new vehicle. […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jeep Renegade looking good to continue Jeep sales boom

Jeep Renegade looking good to continue Jeep sales boom

Jeep sales are skyrocketing right now, with sales up 45 percent for the first half of 2014, with the Wrangler, the new Cherokee and even the venerable Compass having their best month ever. But how to keep that momentum going? Mathematics would suggest that at some point, things have to level off. But for the […]

July 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0: The Born (Again) Identity

2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0: The Born (Again) Identity

It is, in a word, gorgeous. But don’t simply focus on the visuals, for Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis – in 5.0 V8 guise or the more pedestrian V6 – has much more going for it (and for its purchase) than simply sheetmetal. Instead, it enjoys a depth of engineering and preponderance of features rare at any level, […]

July 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
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