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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

When it was introduced in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover was a sea of firsts. It was the first to make use of the automaker’s Kodo design language, for example.  Introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010, Kodo is something the automaker says is intended to serve as an expression of natural energy. Ikuou Maeda, Mazda’s head of design, said at the time that Kodo was intended to give …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Those not in the know might assume that the typical Volvo wagon driver is a retired college professor, or perhaps a dentist somewhere in New England. Starting with the introduction of the storied automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture and the S90 sedan, Volvo is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, that image has become obsolete.
The new XC60 exemplifies this trend and we spent several weeks with two different XC60 models – the …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn of the last century, electric vehicles had several advantages over gas- and steam-powered conveyances. The EVs of the period were …

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is the latest automaker to offer a car-by-subscription program. Access by BMW was introduced as a pilot in Nashville, Tennessee at …

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

NEW YORK — The auto industry is showcasing dozens of new cars this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which 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, will run through April 8.
Prior to the show’s official opening to the press, BMW’s Mini unit …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

While we love the Volkswagen Touareg, there was always something missing in the Wolfsburg automaker’s lineup: a three-row SUV. Enter the aptly named Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its friends.
We first saw what the Atlas would look …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …