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2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro Sedan – First Look and Review

The Audi A3 was introduced in Europe in 1996 as a three-door hatchback, as was its successor in 2003.  In the United States, it was sold as a five-door “Sportback,” and, as my colleague Dan Collins noted in our sister publication The Diesel Driver in 2012, it “stood relatively unchallenged as a compact premium five-door hatchback,” with an optional diesel powerplant.
Hatchbacks, as it turns out, are not overly popular in …

Report from Hannover: Electro-Mobility and Autonomous Driving Take Center Stage at CeBit

HANNOVER — The world’s largest information technology show, the CeBIT, opened its gates Monday at the exhibition center in Hannover, Germany.  The show focuses on new trends and technologies in the information technology sector and runs through Friday. The show isn’t open to the public and only accredited visitors have access to the show.
Since the integration of information tech into the car of the 21st century is moving quickly ahead, …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Road Test

GENEVA — The idea of “infotainment” in a car is a relatively new concept and its origins can be traced back to the granddaddy of such systems, BMW’s iDrive, which was introduced in the 7 Series in 2001.
Before that, cars had a radio, perhaps a navigation system, and sometimes a built-in car phone but there was no platform supporting the various functions.
Today, there is so much technology in cars that …

Report from the 84th Geneva International Motor Show – Day 2

GENEVA —The 84th Geneva International Motor Show entered its second day on Wednesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Volkswagen, Audi, Jeep and Ford.
Here is our final report from Geneva.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP
Volkswagen introduced, the Volkswagen GTE, powered by an electric engine and a combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid completes the Golf lineup with a fifth available power selection (gasoline, diesel, electric, natural gas and plug-in hybrid). The power …

Report from Geneva – The 84th Geneva International Motor Show

GENEVA — The Geneva International Motor Show or Salon International de l’Auto marks the start of the year in Europe as the first significant motor show for car manufacturers. The show celebrates its 84th anniversary in 2014 and expects to welcome more than 700,000 visitors this year, as well as showcase multiple European and world premieres.
Since the economy in Europe, along with the European car market, seems to be improving, …

2014 Buick Regal GS AWD – Review and Winter Road Test

MIRABEL, QUEBEC — “When better cars are built, Buick will build them” is an advertising slogan that goes back roughly one hundred years.  One better car coming from Buick is the 2014 Regal GS AWD.
This clearly isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile, or even Buick for this matter.  From the driver’s seat, I would say it’s the best-handling sedan to come from GM.  This may be partly due to its German heritage: …

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 Run Flat Winter Tires – Review and Test Drive

There are some conditions that even the best winter tires can’t cope with.  This includes some of the severe weather the U.S. has seen over the past two months.  Once the roads are usable, winter tires are a must, and in many places outside of the U.S. the annual change from summer to winter tires is as important as resetting clocks.
Some of the New York area’s miserably-maintained roads were the …