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Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo C30 R-Design

Two words you don’t often hear together are “Volvo” and “excitement.”  With the snazzy (there’s another word you don’t often hear) Volvo C30, drivers are in for a new kind of Volvo, hopefully a harbinger of things to come.
The C30 oozes cool and hip from any direction.  The large glass hatch, which contributes to excellent visibility from the driver’s seat, gives the rear a unique look that recalls the highly …

2009 Subaru Forrester

2009 Subaru Forrester

Is it a station wagon or eco-friendly SUV?  The 2009 Subaru Forester continues Subaru’s tradition of reliable and relatively nondescript vehicles.  For 2009, the Forester has been completely redesigned, shedding its somewhat nerdy exterior for a plain but attractive look.
Interior materials are of high quality; the cloth seats were cool in very hot weather.  The longer wheelbase makes the car feel incredibly roomy.  The panoramic sunroof, spanning front and rear …

2009 Jaguar XF

2009 Jaguar XF

The XF is the first of a new generation of Jaguars and introduces Jaguar’s new elegant design language.
The interior blends old-world craftsmanship with twenty-first century materials and technology.  Wood paneling on the center console is complemented by an elegant, textured aluminum on the dash, giving this traditional British motorcar a Scandinavian cool.  All instruments and controls glow in a bluish color.
Starting the Jag is a bit of theater: depress the …

BMW 7er Series

BMW 7er Series

THE NEW KING OF THE BUSINESS TRAVELER HILL
Last September we looked at the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes S550, two leaders in executive-class luxury.  Next month, BMW will introduce the new 2009 7er Series in the U.S., the automaker’s fifth generation of its über-luxury sedan.
Invited to drive one of the first production cars, I planned a trip befitting the aristocracy of this automobile.  I chose as my destination the city of …

2009 Lincoln MKS

2009 Lincoln MKS

I’ve always thought of a Lincoln as a car that takes me to the airport but I never pictured myself behind the wheel.  Until now, that is.  Now that Ford has sold off Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin, Lincoln remains its sole luxury division.
Indeed, the Lincoln MKS is the first recent model to carry a Lincoln badge that isn’t derived from a Ford (the 3.7-litre V-6 is unique to …

2009 Infiniti EX35

The Infiniti EX35 was all-new for 2008 as a showcase for high tech gear and comes into 2009 largely unchanged.  The Around View Monitor, a feature that made its debut in the EX35, uses four cameras to provide a top-down view of the car’s surroundings (i.e. front, back, and both sides) when parking.  Lane Departure Prevention goes one step beyond now-common lane departure warning systems by not only sensing lane …

2009 Volvo V70

2009 Volvo V70

Station wagons have become so untrendy that at this point they may be becoming trendy again.  Those drivers who do want to give the wagons a chance will want to consider the Volvo V70, which shares its platform and drivetrain with the S80 sedan (reviewed in our October 2007 issue).  The V70 was all new for 2008 and features SUV-like cargo room, decent fuel economy of a sedan, and an …