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Photo Essay: BMW’s New Performance Center West Driving School

It is said that a picture is worth 1,000 words and there was much I wanted to tell about the new BMW Performance Center West Driving School in Thermal, California.
The new facility opened a little over a year ago and offers the same programs as its counterpart in Spartanburg, South Carolina, including the two-day Car Control Clinic in which I had enrolled.
Click continue for a look at the amazing experience at the …

5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.
The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.
Regardless of whether you are embarking upon a long journey or merely staying local, being prepared for all eventualities and exigencies is crucial.
Here are five …

2017 Acura RDX – Review and Test Drive

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the once plain Jane Acura RDX was first presented to society at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The makeover did much to help the RDX stand out in a crowd.
New for 2016 were the cool-looking Jewel Eye LED headlights with light piping on the front fascia (the rear gets LED taillights), a more distinguished bumper thanks to new character lines, and some finer sculpting …

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

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 Mazda CX-9 Signature – Review and Test Drive

The Mazda CX-9 was completely new for the 2016 model year and is on its own, no longer sharing the Ford CD3 platform, and even a casual glance shows its designers bestowed on it a new level of refinement and excitement that makes it gravitate towards the luxury-car segment, competing with the Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX. Indeed, next to our short-term Machine Gray CX-9, the two looked somewhat boring …

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Look and Photo Gallery

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 …