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

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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

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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 …

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 1984 Rabbit GTI – First Look and Review

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Having thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf last summer, I was looking forward in particular to driving the new VW Golf GTI, so much so that I could not get the “Kleiner GTI” song out of my head en route to its launch in the Bay Area.  It’s hard to believe the GTI is turning 30 this year in the States.
Kleiner GTI is a song from …

2014 Porsche Boxster Hertz Dream Car Rental – Review

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One of the fun aspects of renting a car in Southern California is that visitors can rent fun-to-drive, sporty cars, especially those without a top, and make driving in Los Angeles traffic a fun experience.
Travelers can rent what Hertz calls “the world’s most elite Dream Cars” at over 40 Hertz locations around the country. The cars offered include Aston Martins, Bentleys, BMWs, Ferraris, Mercedes, Porsches, and Telis.  I opted for …

Chevy Cruze Diesel Named Diesel Car of the Year

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NEW YORK — Readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, a sister publication of Frequent Business Traveler, named the Chevrolet Cruze the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, the first time an American automobile has attained the honor.
The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker and garnered an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast.
Chevrolet was named the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, receiving 45% of …

Report from the New York International Auto Show

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NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing 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 run through April 27.
The show highlights the rapidly increasing pace of change …

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro Sedan – First Look and Review

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The Audi A3 was introduced in Europe in 1996 as a three-door hatchback, as was its successor in 2003.  In the United States, it was sold as a five-door “Sportback,” and, as my colleague Dan Collins noted in our sister publication The Diesel Driver in 2012, it “stood relatively unchallenged as a compact premium five-door hatchback,” with an optional diesel powerplant.
Hatchbacks, as it turns out, are not overly popular in …