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Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

With the launch of Apple iOS 12, Apple introduced the ability to support Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the new CarPlay framework that allows developers to provide detailed maps, search, and other navigation functions.
Google released version 5.0 of the iOS version of Google Maps on September 18, just days after the release of iOS 12.  The update didn’t come up in the App Store under updates but …

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, Apple provides some significant updates to CarPlay as well. The updates revolve around two of the most popular types of apps used by drivers, namely audio and navigation.  The overall user interface remains largely unchanged.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone and was introduced at the 2014 Geneva …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

The new 2018 Mazda Mazda6 is confusing. While we do love Mazda – and have appreciated how all Mazdas seem to share a common DNA in handling, à la BMW – we weren’t fully prepared for the makeover that Mazda has bestowed on the Mazda6, giving it the aura of an entry-level German luxury sedan.
While it is merely the beneficiary of a mid-life refresh, it looks like a new model. …

Volkswagen to End Production of Iconic Beetle in 2019

After three generations and seven decades, Volkswagen will end production of the Beetle come next year.
To commemorate the final year of production, Volkswagen will add two commemorative models, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced it would not replace the current Beetle with an updated model but declined to provide specifics.  Now the Wolfsburg-based automaker has made it clear that the end is in sight.
But …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

The striking LF-LC Concept – LF-LC stands for Lexus Future Luxury Coupe – made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in 2012 to thunderous applause although few believed it would ever make it into production relatively unchanged. It defied the odds, however, and was introduced as the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h, the latter behind the hybrid variant.
Indeed its swoopy design gets attention wherever it …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus RX 350

Introduced some 20 years ago, the Lexus RX 350 is now in its fourth iteration. RX stands for Radiant Crossover and the RX was a pioneer in the luxury crossover segment. The updated RX (unveiled in 2015 at the New York International Auto Show) builds on this foundation, sporting a new “floating roof” design and Lexus’ updated spindle grille.
Indeed, the RX, Lexus’ best-selling nameplate, is manufactured in North America, namely …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

The Infiniti Q50, which made its debut in 2013 as a replacement for the Infiniti G sedan, became much sportier two years ago with the introduction of the Q50 Red Sport.
The Q50 Red Sport is equipped with a powerful engine, quick-shifting transmission, sporty styling, performance brakes, model-specific Red Sport 400 19” alloy wheels, and model-specific red ‘S’ badging. Inside there’s contrast stitching, semi-analine leather seats, and what the automaker refers …