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Volvo Prepares the S90 for Luxury Domination

March 31st, 2016

Volvo S90 Mussel Blue

The luxury sedan market has no shortage of excellent cars, but Volvo is about to introduce one more with which it hopes to shake up the establishment.

U.S. pricing and launch details have been announced for its new S90 flagship sedan.

Volvo has promised a technologically advanced flagship with the looks and safety features to make an impressive dent in the existing market. We know the design is rock-solid, thanks to earlier concepts and teaser images, but how does it stack up on price, performance, and overall value?

Here’s a hint:

The Swedes may have built a masterpiece.

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Dyson, the Vacuum Company, Could Develop an Electric Car

March 30th, 2016
What would a Dyson car look like?

What would a Dyson car look like?

An electric car that doesn’t suck.

It’s a horrible cliche but when a vacuum company is rumored to be developing an electric car, there’s a certain responsibility to dive into the realm of predictable jokes, get them out of the way, and then move on to the bigger news.

In this case the news is that Dyson, the company famous for selling expensive vacuums and the hand dryers found in public restrooms, could be working on an electric car.

The joke potential here is huge, but I will refrain and instead comment on what matters: Another company from outside the car industry is reportedly building a car.

If true, this is big.

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Supercars at the 2016 New York International Auto Show

March 29th, 2016

Koenigsegg Regera

The funny thing about being at a major auto show is that you tend to get tunnel vision. You can be running around the show floor taking notes on crossovers and minivans and not acknowledge that you’re standing amidst some of the most impressive supercars on the planet. Thankfully, that was not a problem for us at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

Fresh from appearances at the Geneva Motor Show, the New York show is the first time some of these supercars have been seen on North American shores, and they represent various corners of the high-end ultra-performance marketplace.

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Genesis Sedan Concept Hints at Coming Greatness

March 28th, 2016

Genesis front

The front end looks like the face of a Cabbage Patch Kid. The rest of the Genesis, though, is a beautifully compelling car that people should genuinely desire. It’s dazzling, even with the squished cheeks and broad smile.

The design direction of Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury brand, debuted last week in New York and seems to have squashed any rumors that the brand’s cars would be nothing more than rebadged Hyundais.

If the production versions of the coming Genesis G70, G80, and G90 look anything like this, we can be sure that affluent young buyers will take notice, and Lexus and the Germans will feel some competitive heat.

Yes, Genesis could be the real deal.

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Day Two at the Javits Center: The New York International Auto Show

March 25th, 2016

Honda Civic Hatchback Concept

Day Two began with the World Car Awards. Backed by a surprisingly loud, club-ish soundtrack and some odd song choices (maybe intended to help attendees wake up after a very long Day One?), the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle got the World Green Car Award, the Audi R8 Coupe took the World Performance Car Award, and the BMW 7 Series won the World Luxury Car Award. Mazda managed to take two trophies, as 2016 World Car Design of the Year and World Car of the Year, with its MX-5 Miata, and having driven the car ourselves, we heartily applaud the WCA jurors’ decision.

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Yes, These Cars Still Exist!

March 25th, 2016

2016_ford_expedition

Sometimes the past has a sneaky way of catching up with you.

You’ll be motoring around, singing a happy song, when you notice something you haven’t seen since 1999. Except instead of looking how it did in 1999, it looks strangely modern. This is what happened to me recently when I got passed on the highway by a brand new Ford Expedition, complete with a temporary dealer license plate.

The last new Expedition I can recall seeing was from the late 1990s or early 2000s and it hadn’t occurred to me that Ford still makes them. Here we are, two decades after the Expedition was first introduced, and it’s still chugging down the production line.

But the old Ford isn’t the only car to remain in existenc long after some of us have forgotten it.

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Day One at the Javits Center: The New York International Auto Show

March 24th, 2016

2017 Porsche 911R

The New York International Auto Show hosts more than a million visitors every year, and we are excited to report on the biggest news from day one. From a 120 MPGe Toyota to a 565-hp Nissan GT-R, an all-new pair of Subaru Imprezas, and a $72,000 Maserati SUV, NYIAS did not disappoint.

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Have CUVs Replaced the Family Sedan?

March 24th, 2016

2016_jeep_cherokee

For every Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Subaru Legacy, and Chrysler 200 sold so far this year, more than two CX-5s, Tiguans, Foresters, and Cherokees have left dealer lots.

The midsize family sedan, once a ubiquitous sight on American highways and in suburban garages, is being replaced by the car-based crossover.

Today’s CUVs offer the same interior seating capacity as sedans, but offer additional cargo space that’s also more accessible. Plus, CUV drivers sit higher and have a better view of surrounding traffic, while available all-wheel drive can handle almost all road conditions.

Have we reached the point where CUVs have replaced sedans?

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New Camaro ZL1 Could Challenge the Mighty 911

March 23rd, 2016

2017_Camaro_ZL1

I’m a Porsche guy now, but I wasn’t always a fan of German-engineered sports cars.

In fact, I started my car-loving life as a devoted supporter of the late-1960s muscle cars, specifically the Ford Mustang.

I spent my early teenage years dreaming of one day owning a Mustang. I wanted a 1965 coupe with the 289 V8 under the hood. I wanted to restore it and love it and keep it forever.

Then I grew up and realized that real motoring perfection came from Stuttgart, not Dearborn. I attributed my muscle car fascination to adolescent hormones and grew into adulthood knowing that nothing drives or handles like a perfectly engineered 911.

That’s why saying this next sentence hurts a little:

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Toyota 86 Finally Coming to America

March 22nd, 2016

2012_toyota_86

I hoped this would happen.

Toyota’s announcement that it would discontinue the Scion brand rippled through the motoring world without a lot of fanfare. An occasional die-hard fan bemoaned the decision, but it was generally regarded as a logical choice that had to be made. Scion had simply lost its relevancy and its sales were caught in a downward spiral.

The upside is that Toyota said some Scion models would become Toyotas, which is probably the best thing that could have happened to the Scion FR-S.

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