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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review


OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given how much fun the Golf is to drive, even lacking wood paneling, we were optimistic about the SportWagen and weren’t …

2015 BMW X6 M – First Look and Review


Misunderstood. That’s the one word that seems to best characterize BMW’s behemoth M cars, the X6 M and mechanically identical X5 M. The launch of these models at the end of the last decade did raise eyebrows among purists but BMW has sold almost 20,000 M SUVs (excuse me, SAVs) since 2009, nothing to snicker at with a base price of around $100,000.
The X5 and X6 Ms are back, and …

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify


Apple, notorious for being one of the most secretive tech companies, may be planning to build an electric vehicle that would become available by the year 2020.
The veil of secrecy was pierced last week when the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Project Titan, an EV project that hundreds of Apple employees are working on. Since then, news of Apple’s recruitment of automotive industry experts has surfaced and, according …

Report from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car

The Chicago Auto Show, first held in 1901, correctly bills itself as the largest auto show in North America, with over one million people attending each year.  It also has the distinction of having been the first auto show to have been held 100 times, a milestone that was reached in 2008.
While the Detroit show, held in January, is more about new car launches and debuts, the Chicago show is …

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips


The recent onslaught of severe winter weather means that drivers have to take extra precautions.
Here are five tips that will ensure a safer drive.
1.) Winter tires
Make sure to have winter tires (which were used to be called “snow tires”) fitted to your car. They provide significantly better performance in snowy conditions than all-season tires and are necessary for those cars with summer/performance tires. Be …

2015 Nissan Murano – First Look and Review


There are few vehicles on the road that stand out from the crowd as much as the third generation Nissan Murano. Based on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show, the 2015 Murano hews close enough to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives speak of it as a “concept car on wheels.”
The original Murano so influenced Ken Lee, the automaker’s senior creative manager, that …

Final Report from Detroit – Day 2 of the 2015 North American International Auto Show


DETROIT— The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) entered its second day of press previews on Tuesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Porsche, Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, and Accura.
Here is our final report from Detroit.
Acura presented the all-new Acura NSX supercar. The production version of the NSX (the concept version made its debut in Detroit in 2012) is powered by a twin-turbocharged mid-engine and a …