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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance of a two-door truck.
Fast forward to the current model, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show …

Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
The VW tradition of a fabulous send-off, however, continues with the 2019 Beetle Final Edition SE. Just like in 1979, when the United States said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the final original Käfer, or Bug, with triple-white cabrios, the 2019 Final Edition comes with special trim, equipment, and colors as both a coupe or droptop.
Our absolutely …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

Shown as a concept car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production version of the second-generation QX50 was unveiled later that year at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2019 model.
The good-looking SUV – which has all the sharp creases that are de rigeur in an Infiniti – emphasizes the premium aspect of the vehicle, as does the crescent kink in the D-pillar. What’s …

At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life billboard underneath and a selection of older Cadillac model cars on display, all in their glorious tailfin glory.
Tailfins were introduced …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will open to the public on April 19 and run through April 28.
Expect …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including the elegant rectangular grille with a large Lincoln star emblem.
It’s important to note that the former MKX, despite the not-so-glamorous …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Nissan Kicks SR

The uncomplicated Nissan Kicks was unveiled in 2014 as a concept car and was introduced in 2018 in the United States as a replacement for the quirky Nissan Juke. Similar to what Nissan offered with the Juke, buyers can customize the appearance of their Kicks by adding a front lip finisher, side mirror caps, door handle covers, and rear roof spoiler if desired.
Our Deep Blue Pearl 2019 Nissan Kicks SR …