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Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the Murano comes with an impressive array of standard equipment. New for the current model year are an 8” touchscreen with …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the name “Golf” was not chosen because of the sport but due to VW’s practice for naming its cars after winds, …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s resident behemoth, the Land Cruiser, is the Japanese automaker’s longest running model, dating back to 1951. Since then, it has been produced in a variety of forms including a convertible, hard top, and station wagon. It’s one of the most popular vehicles sold in Australia (Toyota tests it in the harsh Australian outback), it’s great for dune bashing in Qatar (something I can attest to personally), and its mammoth …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

The Dodge Journey, which has been around since 2009 and received a minor facelift in 2011, is Dodge’s time capsule. Change has been slow for Dodge’s smallest SUV: it’s soon to enter its ninth year without any major changes yet its popularity has only grown. Indeed, in 2013, the main change was the addition of Dodge’s new logo.
The Crossroad, introduced in 2014, is distinguished from other Journeys with chrome accents …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 15 and 16. After two industry preview days and a charity day, the …

A Tale of Two Jeeps: 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit 4×4 and 2017 Compass Limited 4×4 – Review and Test Drive

The Jeep brand goes back to the Willys-Overland MB Jeep of the Second World War and the name “Jeep” itself was slang for an army vehicle even before that.
After the war, Toledo, Ohio-based Willys-Overland introduced a civilian version, the Jeep CJ for “civilian Jeep,” and, as the first sport utility vehicle, history was made. When Willys merged with Kaiser, then CEO Henry J. Kaiser saw the value of the Jeep …