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Review and Test Drive: 2016 Kia K900 Luxury V8

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A year can make all the difference. When we last looked at the Kia K900, we found it wanting in some areas. Elegant styling and advanced technology can only get you so far if all of the pieces in the puzzle don’t quite fit together.
With the 2016 Kia K900, however, Kia has nailed the rear-wheel drive luxury sedan market. It’s not what Kia has added for 2016 – although a …

First Look: 2017 Buick LaCrosse – Review and Road Test

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In my childhood, my family had a strong preference for Buicks and Opels. In the States, it was always the Buick Electra, while in Europe it was the Opel Senator.
Buick, the oldest American marque still in production, was known as “the doctor’s car” because physicians didn’t want anything as flashy as a Cadillac when making house visits (yes, physicians would actually call on a patient). It’s still, as a 1969 …

Review: 2016 Buick Cascada and Chevrolet Camaro SS – A Tale of Two GM Droptops

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Summer is in full swing and that’s usually our cue to talk about convertibles. This year we looked at two from General Motors, the Buick Cascada, designed from the top down as a convertible, and the Chevrolet Camaro SS, a classic pony car.
While both start in the $36,000 range (although our Camaro, in SS guise, costs substantially more), the two are very different animals and are intended for two different …

BMW Plans Self-Driving Car, But Not Until 2021

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MUNICH — Just weeks after the driver of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle died in a crash in Florida while the car was in its Autopilot mode, BMW announced plans to offer a “self-driving car,” although it won’t be available until 2021 at the earliest and it will use markedly different technology than that which is currently used on the Tesla and other current vehicles with similar features.
BMW is …

German Cities Consider Ban on Diesel Passenger Cars

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German diesel owners may yet face another challenge much greater than Volkswagen’s Dieselgate: German cities are considering banning diesel-powered vehicles.
The ban would come about because many metropolitan areas cannot meet the requirement for nitrogen oxide, or NOx, emissions and the Deutscher Städtetag, the German Association of Cities, is sounding the alarm. As a result, drivers in cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich may find a ban in place.
The news was …

2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

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Exactly one and a half years passed since I spent time with the previous generation of the Audi A4. The 2014 Audi A4 was a sophisticated and well-engineered mid-sized premium sedan. However, to compete against other premium competitors, such as the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes C-Class, it lacked state of the art infotainment and safety features. In order to catch up, the all-new A4 generation received Audi’s latest …

2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – Review and Road Test

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Ever since I saw the new Volvo XC90, in particular the sporty R-Design model, I knew I wanted one. I’m not an SUV or crossover person, although I have a fondness for station wagons, but this was different and had my attention. The previous generation XC90 had been around since 2003 and was overdue for a complete overhaul.
Little did I know, however, that the XC90 not only represents the future …