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2012 Jaguar XJ and XJL – Review

2012 Jaguar XJ and XJL – Review

We last looked at the Jaguar XJ family almost two years ago and I was thinking about Jaguar’s origins in the U.S. while watching a recent episode of Mad Men, where the partners of Sterling, Cooper compete for the newcomer’s business.
To those who follow the show, saying that the ad agency wooed Jaguar would be an understatement but the winning pitch was the slogan “Jaguar. At least, something beautiful you …

Saab to Live On as Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Saab to Live On as Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Saab Automobile, which filed for liquidation last December, was sold to a group of Chinese, Japanese, and Swedish investors earlier this week.  The new owners, which had formed National Electric Vehicle Sweden to acquire the company, will turn Saab into an electric-vehicle manufacturer.
The sale of Saab, which is based in Trollhätten, was announced in a statement by Saab’s bankruptcy administrators, Anne-Marie Pouteaux and Hans L. Bergqvist.  The terms of the …

2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – Review

2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – Review

Volvo and safety have been synonymous since the company’s launch in 1927.  The company’s founding directors, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson are said to have proclaimed that safety will be “the guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo” that year.
Volvo firsts include the first production three-point safety belt (invented by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin, which became standard on all Volvo cars in 1959) and the first rear-facing child seat, …

2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Review and Test Drive

2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Review and Test Drive

The all-new Infiniti JX35 was released last month, filling in a gap in the automaker’s lineup between its mid-size FX and full size QX. The JX35 is a new, family-friendly luxury crossover that seats seven.
The exterior design of the JX is based on the Infiniti Essence concept car from 2009, and the new car is clearly derivative from it. From the JX’s wave-like body to its double-arch grille, the design …

Cultural Icon: The London Taxi

Cultural Icon: The London Taxi

When I was young, one of my favorite places to visit was London.  No, it wasn’t to see the Beefeaters or Buckingham Palace.  It had a lot more to do with London’s transportation systems, namely the red double-decker and the ubiquitous black London taxi. (Incidentally, there is no requirement or law that says that the taxis have to be black, they simply are black by tradition.)
Hackney cabs, as they are …

BMW X5 Named Diesel Car of the Year, Volkswagen is 2012 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

BMW X5 Named Diesel Car of the Year, Volkswagen is 2012 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

The BMW X5 xDrive35d has been named the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year and Volkswagen has been picked as the 2012 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year by readers of The Diesel Driver magazine here at The New York International Auto Show.
The votes came from over 100 countries with 67 percent cast by readers in the United States, five percent from Canada and three percent from Germany.
In the voting …

BMW Launches Amphibious Mini Cooper Yachtsman

BMW Launches Amphibious Mini Cooper Yachtsman

BMW’s Mini USA unit will unveil an amphibious Mini at the New York International Auto Show this week.  The Mini Cooper Yachtsman will make its debut at a pier alongside the Hudson River.
The Mini Cooper Yachtsman is not the first amphibious Mini.  That honor goes to a Mini Moke that crossed the River Thames in the 1968 film Salt and Pepper starring Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford and it …