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First Look: BMW M6 Gran Coupé

First Look: BMW M6 Gran Coupé

BMW M has always been synonymous for sporty and luxurious automobiles. When the BMW Motorsport GmbH was launched in 1972, the target was clearly defined: development and production of a powerful car that can serve as the basis for a motor sport racing car. The result of six years of engineering  premiered in 1978 and is still the most famous car of the M brand, the BMW M1. The BMW …

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

DETROIT—General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla all introduced new electric vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
On Tuesday, GM, the nation’s largest automaker, unveiled the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and said it would be offered for sale later this year.
Nissan, in turn, announced a less expensive Leaf, trimming the price by 18%.
Also on Tuesday, Tesla premiered its Model X SUV, an electric …

Report from Detroit: German Auto Makers Attack Both Ends of Luxury Market

Report from Detroit: German Auto Makers Attack Both Ends of Luxury Market

DETROIT—German automakers announced plans to target both ends of the luxury market by launching new, lower-priced entry-level models which target first-time and less affluent buyers, as well as introducing high-end models.
On Monday, the first day of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, BMW announced the BMW 320i, a new version of its top-selling sports sedan.  The 320i will be priced at $4,000 less than the BMW …

Report from Detroit: The North American International Auto Show 2013

Report from Detroit: The North American International Auto Show 2013

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show is one of the largest and oldest auto shows in the world.  It was first held in 1907 and, with the exception of three years during the Second World War, has taken place every year since.  Given its proximity to the headquarters of the Big Three, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, it has particular importance and it is also considered the only true “international” …

2013 Scion IQ – Review and First Look

2013 Scion IQ – Review and First Look

The diminutive Scion IQ, Toyota’s – I mean Scion’s – “premium micro-subcompact,” is a kind of paradox.  It is by far the smallest car I have ever driven but I began to see this as an advantage the second day I had it, when I was able to park in two different on-street parking spots where no other car could have possibly fit.  In other words, it’s tiny.  Inside, however, …

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Platinum Edition – Road Test and Review

Since its initial introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned twice, and each time it has separated itself more from its less costly cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Now in its third generation, the Escalade is available in two wheelbases, two- and four-wheel drive, and with a choice of powertrains, one of which is the hybrid that tested.
Discerning the difference between the hybrid and gasoline-powered Escalade is …

2013 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost – Review and Test Drive

2013 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost – Review and Test Drive

Lincoln’s latest flagship sedan seeks to bring the brand’s tradition of luxury into the 21st century. Replacing the Town Car, a vehicle that was driven more often by chauffeurs than executives, the MKS blends Lincoln’s new design language and parent Ford’s latest technology. In doing this, the Lincoln MKS is better suited to compete in the large luxury sedan marketplace, where technology, convenience and efficiency play equally important roles as …