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2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

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In the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe, king of the hill if you would, it used to be cut and dried: one of the leading car magazines of the period would pit a Cadillac against a Lincoln and select the winner.
More recently, the contenders have been BMW and Mercedes, with the BMW 7er the clear driving enthusiast’s choice and the Mercedes S-Class the choice of those seeking …

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

It's ok to go a drop faster now.

Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they are increasing the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway in the state to 70 mph (112 km/h) effective Tuesday. The change impacts 396 miles (637 kilometers) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 miles (644 kilometers) of five state highways.
The state had already raised the speed limit on 200 miles (322 kilometers) of highway from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 70 in 2014.
Officials …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

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The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus marque in the United States.
The first LS hybrid came in the form of a concept car, the LF-Sh, or Lexus …

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Review and Road Test

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The original Volt reached showrooms at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model. Introduced not as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, General Motors called it an “extended-range electric vehicle.” Most of the roughly 85,000 sold in the United States were sold in California. The current Volt, which began to light up the streets last October, is a completely new model with a much more elegant exterior and well thought …

Exclusive Interview and First Look: BMW’s All-New BMW Connected Mobility App

The app will automatically start the car's navigation with the desired destination.

BMW of North America announced a new complete new BMW Connected app at the Microsoft Build developer conference Thursday. The new app is intended to go beyond typical vehicle functionality and integrate (and ingratiate) itself into the driver’s schedule and daily routine.
Frequent Business Traveler sat down with Randy Cavaiani, director of partner and product marketing at BMW, to discuss the implications of BMW Connected as well as what the future …

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid – Review and Test Drive

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When BMW first introduced the X5 in 1999, purists were shocked. The Bavarian automaker was known for sports sedans, not trucks, but the Sport Activity Vehicle, as BMW called it to differentiate it from a less sporty SUV, garnered accolades left and right.
Now in its third generation, introduced in 2013, the basic premise of the X5 continues while the range of models has increased dramatically from the original inline six …

At the New York Auto Show, Everything Old Is New Again

BMW painted its past to celebrate the future.

NEW YORK—Low fuel prices and strong economic growth are propelling vehicle sales in the United States at a record pace and automakers are scrambling to exploit every possible angle by offering an increasing number of models in categories ranging from small electric vehicles to supersized sport utility vehicles.
At the New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public this weekend, automakers not only put their new wares on display …