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Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, 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.
Here’s a brief look at what …

Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

CarPlay, Apple’s innovative standard that brings iPhone functionality to your vehicle, is slowly and quietly taking over in-vehicle infotainment.
Having CarPlay lends a certain amount of consistency to life in and outside of one’s vehicle, thanks to the ability to use the car’s touch screen, steering wheel controls, or Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
Think of it as providing a stripped down, bare essentials version of your phone, albeit one that lets you get directions, …

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered …

Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

If you worried what Chinese ownership might mean for the venerable Volvo brand, you needn’t fret. Since Geely took control in 2010, the Gothenburg-based automaker has become nothing if not more Swedish than it was, has sold more cars (it set a record in 2015, when it sold over half a million worldwide), and developed the 90 Series of cars, wagons, and SUVs.
What’s that you say? The 90 Series? Isn’t …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

The new Cadillac CT6 – the first car to adopt Cadillac’s new product naming conventions announced in 2014 – is more than just a new name with a pretty face.
Indeed, when Cadillac first announced the new product designations – each will start with the letters “CT” followed by a number that indicates its place and size in the lineup – it was greeted with a collective sigh of relief. The …

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2017 in Europe as the first important international auto event for car manufacturers. The show opened to the media at the beginning of the week although the big news – the sale of General Motors’ Opel unit to PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën – came from Paris on Monday.
Automakers put forth an unending display …

First Look and Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h

When the striking LF-LC Concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2012, few if any thought it would make it into production relatively unchanged. Indeed, the LF-LC, which stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – in the guise of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 – is coming to a Lexus showroom near you shortly.
Lexus introduced the LC 500 to the world at last year’s …