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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 …

Report from Detroit – The 2015 North American International Auto Show


DETROIT— Just as it has in past years, the 2015 North American International Auto Show. kicked off the international car show year.. The show has been held since 1907 in Detroit, Michigan (except for the years from 1943 to 1952) and is originally known as the Detroit Auto Show.
Regardless of name, the Detroit show remains one of the industry’s most important events and is followed by other international shows in …

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe – First Drive and Review


NEW YORK – The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe celebrated its world premiere at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January and competed since then in the premium coupe market with the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 and the Lexus RC coupe. Cadillac offers its ATS coupe customers a choice of four different lines, namely Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium, as well as two engine options.
We …

2015 Kia K900 – Review and Test Drive


Once upon a time, a car designer brought a BMW 5 Series, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and a Lincoln Town Car into the studio and secluded himself for several months. When he emerged, he was driving the new 2015 Kia K900 sedan.
Admittedly, the idea of a $66,000 Kia was intriguing. The reasonably elegant design and luxurious interior clearly indicate Kia’s plans to bring the brand upmarket somewhat. But what does $66,000 …

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, …