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2015 Lexus RC 350 – First Look and Review


Lexus was first introduced in the United States in 1989, and I can think of no better way for the luxury car brand to celebrate its 25th anniversary than with the launching of the new RC 350 and RC F, and doing so appropriately enough at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in New York. (Lexus says RC stands for Radical Coupe but we don’t think the location was a coincidence.)
The RC 350, …

Photo Essay: Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance

1972 BMW CSL race car

HILTON HEAD ISLAND – Lowcountry is a region along the coast of South Carolina, known for its historic sites and great natural beauty. In addition to such prominent cities as Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, favorite places to visit include Kiawah Island, St. Simon’s Island, and Hilton Head Island.
Once a year, thousands of automotive enthusiasts descend on Hilton Head Island for a weeklong festival known as the Hilton Head …

Report from Paris: BMW’s Drop-Top and X6, Audi’s 4-Door TT, the AMG GT Edition 1, and a Plug-In Lamborghini

BMW i8 at the Paris Motor Show

BMW unveiled the new 2 Series Convertible as well as the new X6.  The 2 Series Convertible is the successor to the 1 Series Convertible.  The new drop-top starts with the 2 Series Coupe, with similar powertrain options, and adds open-air touring to the mix.
The new BMW X6, while fully recognizable as such, shows the influence of the new X4 in its rear and the front shares its grille, hood, …

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

VW at a recent Paris Motor Show

On the eve of the start of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, several automakers got a jump on the show’s opening with private unveilings of their concept cars.
Infiniti showed off its Q80 Inspiration concept, a very large luxury flagship, Wednesday evening.
“Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a production intent associated with it,” said Francois Bancon, a vice president at the automaker, in introducing the vehicle. “The naming …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review


While the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been on sale in Europe since late 2012, it’s first arriving in the United States now and is being built in Puebla, Mexico (alongside the new Beetles and Jettas) for the U.S. market.
In the U.S., the Golf is available across all variants as a four-door hatchback; the entry-level ($17,995 MSRP) gasoline-powered Golf 1.8T comes as a two-door as well. VW has stubbornly clung …

The Official Guide to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo European Delivery Programs


Every year, thousands of travelers go to Europe and return with a larger-than-average souvenir: a brand new automobile. Indeed, since the 1960s, several hundred thousand Americans have visited Gothenburg, Ingolstadt, Munich, and Stuttgart with that goal in mind, mixing in a driving experience while taking in the local food, world-famous museums and art galleries, and the Gemütlichkeit of western Europe.
These tourists aren’t importing the cars themselves nor are they purchasing …

Elvis’ Lost BMW 507: A Special Exhibition at the BMW Museum


MUNICH – The King may be dead but the King’s car is back. BMW unveiled the mythical BMW 507 that originally belonged to singer Elvis Presley at a ceremony at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Called “Elvis’ 507: lost & found,” the special exhibit opened on Wednesday. It will be open to the public for two weeks and will feature the King’s original BMW 507 in its unrestored condition.  Following the …