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2012 BMW 328i Sedan (F30) – First Look and Review

2012 BMW 328i Sedan (F30) – First Look and Review

It all began when I moved to Munich to study history at the university.  I bought a used silver BMW 3 Series (pictured below) and I never looked back.  Since then, I’ve owned 10 of them, which covers every generation of the 3 Series since its inception, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the car.
The 3 Series, or 3er, has evolved greatly since the first generation.  Some …

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged – Review

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged – Review

The arrival of a Land Rover or Range Rover in my driveway always seems to herald snow and a recent Fuji white Range Roger Supercharged did not disappoint.  Land Rover, it should be noted, is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (only Jeep is older) and the Range Rover is the automaker’s largest and most luxurious SUV. First introduced in 1970, it is now in its third …

2013 Lexus GS 350 Review and Test Drive

2013 Lexus GS 350 Review and Test Drive

Twenty-two years ago when Toyota introduced the Lexus LS 400 as the automaker’s first luxury car the emphasis was placed squarely on customer service and value.
At a December press preview of the new Lexus GS 350, which launches in February as the fourth generation of the sport sedan, Brian Smith, Vice President of Lexus Marketing, described the introduction of the car as “a lot more than the launch of a …

Lincoln Introduces Elegant Simplicity with MKZ Concept

Lincoln Introduces Elegant Simplicity with MKZ Concept

I first saw the MKZ Concept at a preview in New York City in December and I kept noticing one thing, the mirrors. They were razor sharp and elegant, as was the car itself.
When I was young, our neighbor had an “antique” 1964 Lincoln Continental, a car I consider one of the most elegant American cars to date.  While the MKZ is thoroughly modern, it nonetheless has the flair of …

The Complete Guide to European Delivery Programs

The Complete Guide to European Delivery Programs

How to Pick Up Your New Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, or Volvo in Europe, Drive on the Autobahn, and Save Money
For the latest information on European Delivery programs, see our 2014 Official Guide to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo European Delivery Programs.
When I was 10 or 11, I accompanied my parents to the local Mercedes-Benz dealer for them to discuss ordering a car.
Unlike the way my friends’ parents purchased …

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Review and Test Drive

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Review and Test Drive

I first saw the new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, built on the same platform as Acura’s TSX sedan, at the 2010 New York Auto Show.  In introducing the car, John Mendel, Acura’s executive vice president of sales, pointedly said that the TSX Sport Wagon was for drivers “seeking a vehicle with utility.”
It’s unfortunate, of course, that you don’t see that many station wagons out on the road these days. …

2012 Fiat 500c Review and Test Drive

2012 Fiat 500c Review and Test Drive

La Dolce Fiat: Does the world need another cute small car that handles well?
Fiat’s “Drive-In” commercial clearly plays to the company’s attempt to transport us to 1950s Italy, showing an original 500 on a drive-in’s movie screen (in black-and-white) while a couple who bring their modern-day 500 to the same drive-in are shown undertaking the same activities as those on screen.
While the 500 may be a novelty to Americans, it’s …