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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 …

Number of Diesels in U.S. Up for 2015 Despite Dieselgate

Sales of diesels by manufacturers such as BMW were impacted by Dieselgate in 2015

The number of diesel passenger cars, SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks on the road in the United States increased slightly in 2015, although a combination of lower fuel prices and an emissions scandal caused many buyers to purchase petrol-powered cars.
Dieselgate brought the diesel market in the United States to a virtual standstill when Volkswagen exited it in September after admitting it had installed software that lowered vehicle emissions during tests …

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan – Review and Test Drive

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In the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe, king of the hill if you would, it used to be cut and dried: one of the leading car magazines of the period would pit a Cadillac against a Lincoln and select the winner.
More recently, the contenders have been BMW and Mercedes, with the BMW 7er the clear driving enthusiast’s choice and the Mercedes S-Class the choice of those seeking …