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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, …

Report from Paris: Infiniti Flagship and Ducati-Powered VW

VW at a recent Paris Motor Show

On the eve of the start of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, several automakers got a jump on the show’s opening with private unveilings of their concept cars.
Infiniti showed off its Q80 Inspiration concept, a very large luxury flagship, Wednesday evening.
“Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle, but there is a production intent associated with it,” said Francois Bancon, a vice president at the automaker, in introducing the vehicle. “The naming …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review


While the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been on sale in Europe since late 2012, it’s first arriving in the United States now and is being built in Puebla, Mexico (alongside the new Beetles and Jettas) for the U.S. market.
In the U.S., the Golf is available across all variants as a four-door hatchback; the entry-level ($17,995 MSRP) gasoline-powered Golf 1.8T comes as a two-door as well. VW has stubbornly clung …

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


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


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


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


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 …