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2009 BMW X6 XDrive50i

2009 BMW X6 XDrive50i

I was a bit conflicted about the BMW X6, given its weight and size.  But with the X6, BMW answers the question of what happens when you build an SUV that handles like a sports sedan.  First, you call it a Sports Activity Coupe, even if it has four doors (the low roofline helps although it limits visibility). Then you endow it with a low center of gravity and a …

Mercedes-Benz S550

Mercedes-Benz S550

What was the first production car to come standard with electronic ABS (anti-lock braking) and an airbag?  The Mercedes S-Class of course.  Today, the 2008 Mercedes S-Class represents a combination of luxury and handling that safely transports driver and passengers with a menu of Mercedes safety innovations such as the crumple zone, safety steering wheel, and seat belt tensioner.  It was all new in 2007 and little changed for 2008.
The …

Top Down: BMW 335i Cabrio, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, and Volvo C70

Top Down: BMW 335i Cabrio, Mercedes-Benz SLK350, and Volvo C70

DRIVE TIME – TOP DOWN
Summer. A time when the business traveler’s mind turns to… convertibles!
Nothing says summer like a bright red convertible.  Unless it’s a medium-blue convertible. Or a metallic grey roadster.
In the automobile’s earliest days, all cars were open; the open car continues to be seen as sporty and adventurous and perfect for hot summer days.  The rest of the time, they were drafty, noisy, and considered less safe …

Lexus LS 460

Lexus LS 460

Three brands lead in executive class luxury: BMW, with the 7er Series, Lexus, with the LS sedan, and Mercedes, with the S-Class.  BMW is introducing a new 7er Series later this year so we’ll focus our attention on Lexus (here) and Mercedes.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, debuted in 1989 with the first-generation LS sedan.  Since then, subsequent generations of the LS have been recognized for their reliability and luxurious appointments.  The …

2008 Infiniti G37, QX56, and M45

2008 Infiniti G37, QX56, and M45

One was too big and one was too small… Jonathan Spira finds an Infiniti that’s just right.
Once upon a time, Jonathan Spira went for a walk and came upon a house.  Instead of three bowls of porridge, there were three Infinitis.  Jonathan was hungry so he decided to drive to a restaurant (given that no porridge was available).
He tried the first Infiniti, a G37 coupe.
“This Infiniti is too small” he …

2008 Cadillac CTS

For more than a decade, Cadillac has been an afterthought to many luxury car buyers in the market it helped create since its founding in 1902 out of the remnants of the Henry Ford Company.  (Cadillac was named after Antoine Laurnet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1901.)
In past years, its place – or lack thereof – was somewhat deserved.  Cadillacs were underpowered, overpriced, overweight, and …

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Driving in an unfamiliar city can be a daunting experience for many.  But add wintry weather conditions into the mix and you need to take extra precautions.  Traveling by car in winter is simply unavoidable for many business travelers, but whether it’s a rental car or your own, there are many simple measures you can take before hitting the road.
If you regularly drive in snow or on ice (i.e. you …