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Report from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show, first held in 1901, correctly bills itself as the largest auto show in North America, with over one million people attending each year.  It also has the distinction of having been the first auto show to have been held 100 times, a milestone that was reached in 2008.
While the Detroit show, held in January, is more about new car launches and debuts, the Chicago show is …

5 Winter Storm Driving Survival Tips

The recent onslaught of severe winter weather means that drivers have to take extra precautions.
Here are five tips that will ensure a safer drive.
1.) Winter tires
Make sure to have winter tires (which were used to be called “snow tires”) fitted to your car. They provide significantly better performance in snowy conditions than all-season tires and are necessary for those cars with summer/performance tires. Be …

2015 Nissan Murano – First Look and Review

There are few vehicles on the road that stand out from the crowd as much as the third generation Nissan Murano. Based on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show, the 2015 Murano hews close enough to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives speak of it as a “concept car on wheels.”
The original Murano so influenced Ken Lee, the automaker’s senior creative manager, that …

Final Report from Detroit – Day 2 of the 2015 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT— The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) entered its second day of press previews on Tuesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Porsche, Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, and Accura.
Here is our final report from Detroit.
ACURA
Acura presented the all-new Acura NSX supercar. The production version of the NSX (the concept version made its debut in Detroit in 2012) is powered by a twin-turbocharged mid-engine and a …

Report from Detroit – The 2015 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT— Just as it has in past years, the 2015 North American International Auto Show. kicked off the international car show year.. The show has been held since 1907 in Detroit, Michigan (except for the years from 1943 to 1952) and is originally known as the Detroit Auto Show.
Regardless of name, the Detroit show remains one of the industry’s most important events and is followed by other international shows in …

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe – First Drive and Review

NEW YORK – The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe celebrated its world premiere at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January and competed since then in the premium coupe market with the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 and the Lexus RC coupe. Cadillac offers its ATS coupe customers a choice of four different lines, namely Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium, as well as two engine options.
We …

2015 Kia K900 – Review and Test Drive

Once upon a time, a car designer brought a BMW 5 Series, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and a Lincoln Town Car into the studio and secluded himself for several months. When he emerged, he was driving the new 2015 Kia K900 sedan.
Admittedly, the idea of a $66,000 Kia was intriguing. The reasonably elegant design and luxurious interior clearly indicate Kia’s plans to bring the brand upmarket somewhat. But what does $66,000 …