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Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Sedan

Right before heading down to the warm Arizona sun for Volvo’s launch of the V90 Cross Country, I spent a week with the Swedish automaker’s new S90 sedan in the frozen apple known as New York City.
As I noted in the V90 review, Chinese automaker Geely’s ownership of Volvo has made the automaker more Swedish than it has been in recent history. Indeed, Volvo has seen a dramatic increase in …

Report from the 2017 New York Auto International Auto Show, Where Bigger Is Better

NEW YORK—Showcasing dozens of new domestic and foreign cars as well as hundreds of updated ones, the New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday after two press preview days.
The show, currently at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
Here’s a brief look at what …

Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

CarPlay, Apple’s innovative standard that brings iPhone functionality to your vehicle, is slowly and quietly taking over in-vehicle infotainment.
Having CarPlay lends a certain amount of consistency to life in and outside of one’s vehicle, thanks to the ability to use the car’s touch screen, steering wheel controls, or Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
Think of it as providing a stripped down, bare essentials version of your phone, albeit one that lets you get directions, …

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S60

Having most recently driven a Volvo in the heat of a desert, it was refreshing to drive the 2017 Volvo S60 in a climate that it was certainly more familiar with, namely winter in New York. While the S60 is one of Volvo’s oldest models, it has aged well and its elegant appearance belies the fact that the current generation of the S60 was introduced in 2010.
For 2017, Volvo has …

Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

If you worried what Chinese ownership might mean for the venerable Volvo brand, you needn’t fret. Since Geely took control in 2010, the Gothenburg-based automaker has become nothing if not more Swedish than it was, has sold more cars (it set a record in 2015, when it sold over half a million worldwide), and developed the 90 Series of cars, wagons, and SUVs.
What’s that you say? The 90 Series? Isn’t …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

The new Cadillac CT6 – the first car to adopt Cadillac’s new product naming conventions announced in 2014 – is more than just a new name with a pretty face.
Indeed, when Cadillac first announced the new product designations – each will start with the letters “CT” followed by a number that indicates its place and size in the lineup – it was greeted with a collective sigh of relief. The …