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Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Rabbit –intended 46 years ago to be the successor to the vaunted VW Beetle, which never quite left the scene until the past year – is now in its eighth generation and is essentially all-new for 2020, having had its reveal in October 2019.
It’s important to keep in mind that VW introduced the Golf as the “Rabbit” at first in the United States, largely because, as the successor …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is typically the smallest and least expensive vehicle it offers.  In the case of the Stuttgarters, this would be the A-Klasse, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Reviewing cars during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic here in the New York area was one of the few things I could really look forward to and the temporary drop in traffic made far longer day trips possible as a perverse form of compensation.
Every spring, like clockwork we have added a Mazda Mazda6 to our short-term press fleet and its arrival was always greatly anticipated.
One reason is because all …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

It’s hard to imagine that the Toyota Avalon has been around long enough to be in its fifth generation but the elegant family sedan continues to carve out its niche in the United States, now sporting a massive grille à la Lexus. Built on the new TNGA platform shared with the Camry, the latest Avalon has a sporty look to it thanks to the fastback-like rear windscreen that slopes gently …

BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October 17, 2007 with 800 guests in attendance, followed by a Tag der Öffenen Tür – or Open House – on …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

If you think gasoline-electric vehicles are a non-starter, you haven’t driven the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE.  While Toyota has manufactured the Camry since 1982 – that’s almost 40 years if you’re counting – this is decidedly not your father’s Camry.
The eighth generation of the Camry – known internally as the XV70 – was introduced in early 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It went on …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – which should not be confused with the Mitsubishi Outlander (yes, I know) was first introduced in 1991 as the RVR, which stands for Recreation Vehicle Runner, in its home market of Japan and was sold in the United States under several Chrysler nameplates between 1992 and 1996 including the Plymouth Vista Colt wagon.
Now in its third generation – after a hiatus between 2002 and 2010 …