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Dear Reader: Please Wear a Seatbelt in the Back of a Taxi

A London taxi

The crash that killed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, highlighted a largely overlooked safety issue in travel: many people do not wear a seatbelt when in the back seat of a car.  The Nashes, who were ejected from the back seat of their taxi while returning from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to their home, were not wearing seatbelts.
While almost all states in the …

Report from the 2015 New York International Auto Show


NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday and runs through April 12. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
On Wednesday, the first press day, multiple automakers showed a mix of large luxury and performance vehicles from Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln as well …

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review


OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given how much fun the Golf is to drive, even lacking wood paneling, we were optimistic about the SportWagen and weren’t …

2015 BMW X6 M – First Look and Review


Misunderstood. That’s the one word that seems to best characterize BMW’s behemoth M cars, the X6 M and mechanically identical X5 M. The launch of these models at the end of the last decade did raise eyebrows among purists but BMW has sold almost 20,000 M SUVs (excuse me, SAVs) since 2009, nothing to snicker at with a base price of around $100,000.
The X5 and X6 Ms are back, and …

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify


Apple, notorious for being one of the most secretive tech companies, may be planning to build an electric vehicle that would become available by the year 2020.
The veil of secrecy was pierced last week when the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Project Titan, an EV project that hundreds of Apple employees are working on. Since then, news of Apple’s recruitment of automotive industry experts has surfaced and, according …

Report from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car

The Chicago Auto Show, first held in 1901, correctly bills itself as the largest auto show in North America, with over one million people attending each year.  It also has the distinction of having been the first auto show to have been held 100 times, a milestone that was reached in 2008.
While the Detroit show, held in January, is more about new car launches and debuts, the Chicago show is …

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips


The recent onslaught of severe winter weather means that drivers have to take extra precautions.
Here are five tips that will ensure a safer drive.
1.) Winter tires
Make sure to have winter tires (which were used to be called “snow tires”) fitted to your car. They provide significantly better performance in snowy conditions than all-season tires and are necessary for those cars with summer/performance tires. Be …