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2016 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – Review

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

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

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

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 …

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they are increasing the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway in the state to 70 mph (112 km/h) effective Tuesday. The change impacts 396 miles (637 kilometers) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 miles (644 kilometers) of five state highways.
The state had already raised the speed limit on 200 miles (322 kilometers) of highway from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 70 in 2014.
Officials …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus marque in the United States.
The first LS hybrid came in the form of a concept car, the LF-Sh, or Lexus …

2016 Honda Civic Touring – Road Test and Review

As an avid reader of American car magazines, the Honda Civic’s history is quite familiar to me. The Civic – first introduced in its home market in 1972 as a 1973 model – was the prototypical Japanese econobox in its earliest guise and it’s the second-oldest continuously available nameplate from a Japanese manufacturer, exceeded only by the Toyota Corolla, introduced in 1968.
It’s amazing how far the Civic has come in …