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2012 Volkswagen Golf R – Review and Test Drive

2012 Volkswagen Golf R – Review and Test Drive

From a distance, it is easy to mistake the Volkswagen Golf R for its tamer sibling, the GTI, or just an entry-level Golf. It is not until you see the twin-center-exit exhaust, black mirrors and LED running and taillights that the difference becomes clear. The primary difference however is shown once you start to drive it, preferably around a curve, when the purpose of the highly bolstered sport seats and …

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Look and Review

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Look and Review

The Nissan Pathfinder was one of the first mid-sized sport utility vehicles to enter the marketplace nearly thirty years ago, and for 2013, Nissan has unveiled an all-new model. The 2013 Pathfinder will be the first model to ditch the truck-like body-on-frame frame construction and, with numerous other technological advances Nissan hopes that this will make the fourth-generation Pathfinder a leader in what has turned into the highly competitive and …

2013 Lexus LS 460 and Lexus LS 600h L – First Look, Review, and Test Drive

2013 Lexus LS 460 and Lexus LS 600h L – First Look, Review, and Test Drive

TUCSON—The luxury car market is a competitive one.  Just ask Mercedes-Benz or BMW, and especially Lexus, which led the field for over a decade until the earthquake in Japan made things challenging, to say the least.
For 2013, Lexus is reinventing its flagship sedan, now in its fifth generation, complete with the new Lexus spindle grille and an elegant, understated look.
Lexus states that 50% of the LS’ 6,000 parts are brand …

Paris Motor Show: 5 Cars to Watch

Paris Motor Show: 5 Cars to Watch

PARIS—This year’s Paris Motor Show saw the introduction of more than 100 new models in the first two days of press previews. At press conference after press conference, car executives extolled new features and highlighted fuel efficiency and performance figures as the wraps were quite literally pulled off the new cars.
Much of the news had already been leaked in the weeks prior to the show but the excitement was still …

Report from Paris: The Mondial de l’Automobile 2012

Report from Paris: The Mondial de l’Automobile 2012

PARIS—The Paris Motor Show, or Mondial de l’Automobile, was the world’s first auto show and remains one of the most important shows in the industry.  Many manufacturers use the Paris show to debut their wildest concept cars and latest production models. 2012 has brought no changes to this tradition, and dozens of automakers from around the world took the opportunity to show off their new cars. What has changed, however, …

2013 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost AWD – Review

2013 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost AWD – Review

Appropriately enough, a silver Lincoln MKT was waiting for me when I returned from spending several days in Dearborn getting an update on the Ford Motor Company’s future strategy.  Once I slid behind the wheel and spent some time with the car, I realized that the MKT was indeed a big part of the automaker’s future.
The MKT, Lincoln says that the “T” stands for Touring, is a seven-passenger luxury crossover …

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth – Review and Report

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth – Review and Report

Fiat has wasted no time as it re-entered the U.S. marketplace, and this includes bringing us the 500 Abarth. Taking the standard 500, which we reviewed last year (albeit in cabriolet form) and subjecting it to Fiat’s Abarth performance division results in a similarly compact yet potent package.
Abarth, designated on my car with a red and yellow badge overlaid with a black scorpion, can be traced to Italian sports car …