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Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S: Ready For A Title Fight!

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S:  Ready For A Title Fight! test 1-1

Throughout the annals of automotive history there have been few cars that last more than a few model cycles. But, the ones that do have proven to be something special indeed. Two examples of these ageless wonders would be the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911. Both have done battle for decades like Rocky and Apollo. The Porsche has always exhibited the Apollo-like grace and lightness on its feet. It is, and has been, a very nimble, agile, strong, and athletic example of engineering that sometimes, through its owners, or perhaps through its own company’s niche, has come across as condescending (in true Apollo Creed-fashion). Owners and fanatics cast aspersions on any and all challengers to the Porsche throne, and, for a time, they were right to question the efforts of its competitors.

Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Trax: The Better Buick?

On: Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 10:16AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2016 Chevrolet Trax test 2

In the ever expanding world of automotive sales, it seems that everyday there is another car or truck vying for a piece of the market. Some months it seems like there are new sports sedans every day, some times it's full-sized trucks, sometimes it seems like there're three more 600-horsepower sports cars on the market. This week, however, there is yet another contender in the very new, but very quickly expanding, mini-SUV segment. This class already includes such vehicles as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and the Buick Encore. The newest edition comes from Buick's sister company, Chevrolet. It seems GM felt the Encore wasn't enough to represent the General, and perhaps they were right. Chevy has a bit more name recognition among younger buyers despite General Motor's recent attempts at renovating Buick's image with commercials starring a good-looking man partying it up at sophisticated locales with equally attractive young women commenting on the man and his exciting ride that they are surprised to find out is, in fact, a Buick. So as a little insurance, GM release what is essentially a rebadged Encore in a Chevy package, called the Trax.

Review of the 2016 Dodge Charger: Harder Chargin'

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 9:05AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2016 Dodge Charger test 2

If we are being honest with ourselves, America, we haven't been very good at producing many sedans worth talking about. Sad to say, but unfortunately it's true. Over the past few decades, Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler have produced a very minimal number of four-door fantasy cars, and instead have come out with things like the Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, and the Chrysler 200, which all leave us simply wanting, and needing more from our domestic distributors. These cars are passable, sure, but they don't inspire us like some of their competitors from BMW, Audi, and even Acura.

Review of the 2017 Nissan Titan XD: Titan or Titanic?

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:13AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2017 Nissan Titan XD test 2

If you haven’t already noticed by now, there is basically a car or truck for every walk of life, every facet of the imagination, every potential and possible need, desire, want, or passing idea. Carmakers are so eager to grab up market share that they will do literally almost anything they can to pique your interest, and then secure your money. Basically, the mantra has been:  If we build, they will come. Over the years, there has been literally one of everything:  You want a nine-passenger mini-bus that can carry your entire extended family? You got it—here’s the Ford Excursion. How about a two-door SUV that comes in a convertible? Try the Nissan Murano convertible. Or maybe you want an SUV that looks kind of like a truck, but drives more like a car, and can smoke anything this side of a ZO6 off the line? Please enjoy the X6 M. Seriously, anything you can think of, it has already been built, or someone is currently building it. But every so often, there just isn’t enough of a market share to warrant… well… a market… for something. Sometimes the 16 people that would buy a specific one-off car or truck don’t really justify the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars invested in researching and developing such a niche automobile. Perhaps, those 16 people would more than likely be okay finding something else, if their ideal car or truck was not available.


Review of the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn: Lavish Excess at its Best

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 12:58PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn test 2

Let’s face it: If you are one of the few people on earth who are lucky enough to be in the market for a new Rolls-Royce, you must have done something right at some point. Whether that’s making the right decision on which way to take your company, or make the decision to simply start a company in the first place and then make it successful. Or it could be just making the right call when it came to the stock market, knowing when to buy and when to sell… Or maybe it was the same case in real estate. Maybe, you were just lucky enough to be born into a family that already has its fortune, and all you need to do is not piss your parents off to the point of jeopardizing your trust fund. Any of these are potential possibilities, and of course there are dozens more. But for most people, even successful ones, getting to the point where you can afford a car that costs more than the median price of a home in a nice neighborhood takes time and effort in one way or another. But when you finally make it to that magical threshold where you can cut a check for that kind of money, what you get had better be well worth it.

Review of the 2017 Volvo S90: Ready To Take On The Big Boys?

On: Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 8:54AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2017 Volvo S90 test 2

This just in: German carmakers are good at what they do. Very good, in fact. Over the last few decades, the big three Germans—BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have dominated the luxury sedan market with a convincing mix of style, poise, posh, attitude, and attention to detail. They took all of the complaints that consumers had about other luxury vehicles and made them into strengths. No longer were people forced to choose between a Cadillac boat, floating along down the highway, or a sorely underpowered Mitsubishi Galant that struggled to get up to the speed limit. Once the populous realized they actually had a choice, and could opt for a more refined, better engineered, and more agile vehicle, the monopoly began and the new Big Three left many cars and companies in their collective wake.

Looking Back: The Nissan 300ZX Turbo - Second-Gen First Rate

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 12:35PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Nissan 300ZX Turbo test 2

Instead of always trying to be ahead of the world on information and breaking news, sometimes it's better to take a deep breath and look back on what has already come to pass. Some may argue that the Golden Age of automobiles was the mid to late 1960s; however, there is a compelling argument that can be made for the mid to late 1990s as either a second Golden Age or perhaps even a Renaissance. Although instead of huge displacement and grossly overrated horsepower numbers, these later cars used forced induction and new technology to compete on the highest level of production vehicles.

Review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR: Unforgettable

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 8:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR:  Unforgettable test 1-1

It’s sad to say, but with the number of new production model cars we’ve seen over the past decade or so, we are almost becoming desensitized to them. It seems like every car company is trying to make one of every conceivable model car or truck. And, in the endless pursuit of trying to capture a piece of every single market niche, some… many… companies have all but abandoned their own identities and their own foundational characteristics. Their mission becomes blurry to consumers and their integrity seems to be sacrificed in the name of the almighty dollar. So, more and more, we see many new cars with familiar badges, but we forget what those car company’s values were built upon. And while that’s happening more and more lately, sometimes… just sometimes… it doesn’t.

Review of the 2017 Nissan GT-R: Godzilla Grows Up

On: Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 3:27PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

 2017 Nissan GT-R test 2

Sometimes there are sports cars that come into our world that perform well, look good, and yet never really succeed at being very memorable. Whether too slow to really stand out, too posh to really be sporty, too bland in character, or maybe just too brief a production run, there are any number of reasons those cars just didn’t stick with us. But then, there are some cars that storm onto the scene with apocalyptic world-ending force.

Maximum Monterey Part 2: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from... everywhere else!

On: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:53PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Maximum Monterey Part 2: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from... everywhere else! test 1-1

Now, don't panic. I know the list of Mecum's Ferrari/Maserati apex predators alone won't spend all of your quarter-billion-dollar inheritance from your granduncle Archibald, but I promise you will be able to spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble the greatest collection of modern mega-dollar performance cars as his will requires.

Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 3:28PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Maximum Monterey Part 1: Mecum markets a multitude of mega-exotics from Italy! test 1-1

My condolences. I heard about your granduncle Archibald's passing. Not to be rude, but wasn't it odd that a recluse who lived in a decommissioned missile silo in the middle of Nowheresville had a quarter-billion-dollars' worth of gold bullion stockpiled? I mean, it's good for you, as you're his sole heir. What? You get the money only if you spend it all in one place, between August 18th and 20th, to assemble one of the greatest collections of mega-dollar performance cars?