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2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Road Test and Review


The calendar may say it is fall, but with blue skies and temperatures in the 80s F (high 20s C), it was still summer as far as I was concerned and the perfect time to motor around town with a droptop Mini Cooper S.
There was no rain in the forecast, but we needn’t have fretted. The latest Mini Convertible will alert the driver of impending precipitation with sufficient time to …

Report from Paris: Here Come the EVs

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The Paris Motor Show, or Mondial de l’Automobile, was the world’s first auto show and continues to be one of the most important shows in the industry.
This year, many automakers used the occasion to show off their plans for electric vehicles that boast a driving range similar to petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
Before the event even began, Volkswagen showed off its I.D. electric concept that it went on record saying that …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

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The Toyota Prius Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid and the successor to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid that the Japanese automaker introduced in 2012. It’s far more efficient than the outgoing model, is replete with new technology, and can travel greater distances on all-electric power.
While the Prius Prime’s styling is still futuristic for some, it’s noticeably more conservative than the basic Prius.
Slated to go on sale by the end of …

Road Test and Review: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription

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Of all the places I had imagined I’d drive a Volvo – Alaska, Gothenburg, even New England in the snow – I never thought of the car as a desert warrior. But there I was in Palm Springs, California, in a Seashell Metallic S60 T5 Inscription and the temperature had cooled down for the evening to a comfortable 102° F (39° C).
With images of melting Vikings on my mind, I adjusted …

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test

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The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built on the same platform as the Lexus ES, and also shares a hybrid design with the Camry Hybrid.
Refreshed for 2016 …

Left Lane Hogs: Speed Up, Stay Right, or Get a Ticket

In the right lane on the Inntal Autobahn A12 near Kirchbichl

Growing up partially in Europe, where the majority of my time behind the wheel was on the Autobahns of Germany and Austria, I was struck by the poor lane discipline exhibited by drivers in the United States when it came to driving on the right and passing on the left.
Lane courtesy, or lane discipline, which essentially means that slower traffic should yield to faster traffic, is a dying art but …

Review and Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKX

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Mention the Lincoln brand and many immediate think of the legendary 1961 Lincoln Continental, a masterpiece of design by Elwood Engel, thanks to its elegant and restrained lines and restrained use of chrome at a time when Detroit was madly in love with flamboyant tail fins.
Built on the underpinnings of the Ford Edge, the 2016 Lincoln MKX, a completely redesigned version of the first MKX that hit the auto show …