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Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Another one?!

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 4:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class:  Another one?! test 1-1

Over the last few years, it feels like every other day we are seeing yet another new SUV, mini-SUV, pseudo-SUV, or whatever new kind of class designation car companies come up with to describe what are essentially small trucks that drive like cars. There is no shortage out there, and the newest fad is 'the smaller-the-better' theory of SUV-making that is becoming all the rage. Car/trucks like the Honda HRV or the Mazda CX-3 are on the forefront of this ever-expanding class. With their recent success, it should be no surprise that higher-end car companies have had the idea that if this compact SUV segment can be successful in the mid-class price range, then surely there are probably plenty of well-off people that might also want a truck of similar proportions, with a bit nicer decor. So in theory, if it's built, they will come. Enter the newest model to the fray:  The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.


FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne sticks to his guns, still claims EVs can't make money

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:42PM | By: Carl Malek


FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne sticks to his guns, still claims EVs can't make money test 1-1

It is no secret that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and EV vehicles are like oil and water. The outspoken CEO has been adamant on his opinion that EV vehicles will not be profitable, and he reaffirmed this commitment in a recent interview with Britain's Car Magazine.


Subaru to unleash new design language

On: Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:42PM | By: Carl Malek


Subaru to unleash new design language test 1-1

Subaru has big plans to drastically increase its global sales; it aims to achieve this by implementing an all-new design language which is expected to make its inaugural appearance on the next generation Subaru Impreza.


Looking for all the minimalist excitement of an Ariel Atom at a discount AND don't fear death? Then have I got the vehicle for you!

On: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 1:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis


1966 Velorex 16/350 test 2

People in my profession—and outside it, too, I suppose—have always railed against government “interference” in the production of vehicles. Sure, the seat belt was a good idea, but airbags, “safety” bumpers, and—more recently—the laundry list of electronic nannies like automatic braking and stability control?


 

Mercedes-Benz confirms G550 4x4 Squared for U.S. market

On: Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 9:49AM | By: Carl Malek


Mercedes-Benz confirms G550 4x4 Squared for U.S. market test 1-1

Mercedes-Benz has annoucned plans to bring the G550 4x4to the U.S. market, where it will slot below the more performance-oriented G63 AMG in the G-Wagen model lineup.


Review of the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: It's about time.

On: Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:10PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder test 2

Nineteen years ago, Porsche inadvertently created a monster. In their quest to bring some new blood into their lineup, they created a car in the Boxster that was actually too good for its time. How can that be, you ask?  Well, because Porsche purists basically worship a flawed god. For the last half-century or so, the 911 has been the face of the Porsche faithful, but its rear-engine/rear-drive setup has always been its biggest source of character, as well as its biggest Achilles heel. It has been something that Porsche engineers have in some ways acknowledged, and have been trying to overcome. And while their progress has been good, the appearance of the Boxster with its mid-engine setup and nearly perfect weight balance seemed to all but set the 911 back decades.  


Audi unveils 2017 A5 and S5 Coupes; duo brings new styling and technology to luxury coupe segment

On: Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 10:58AM | By: Carl Malek


Audi unveils 2017 A5 and S5 Coupes; duo brings new styling and technology to luxury coupe segment test 1-1

When Audi first unveiled the A5 coupe back in 2005, it took pride in creating a vehicle that revolutionized the mid-size coupe segment; then it added newfound levels of performance and flair with the S5 coupe. The 2017 Audi A5 and S5 coupes (first teased by Audi a few weeks ago) bring new levels of technology and refinement to the familiar coupe and serve as the next chapter of the A5's life.


Bentley to phase out iconic 6 3/4 V8

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:34AM | By: Carl Malek


Bentley to phase out iconic 6 3/4 V8 test 1-1

With tightening emissions standards and the march of technology finally beginning to sneak up on its iconic 6 3/4 V8, Bentley has announced that it will cease production of this legendary engine, ending a long chapter in its history.


Mercedes-Benz teases next generation E-Class wagon

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:22AM | By: Carl Malek


Mercedes-Benz teases next generation E-Class wagon test 1-1

Mercedes Benz has released a brief video on its Facebook page that highlights the next generation E-Class wagon which is set to make its debut next week at a private event in Germany.


BMW changes focus of i sub-brand; will target self-driving vehicle segment

On: Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 9:10AM | By: Carl Malek


BMW changes focus of i sub-brand; will target self-driving vehicle segment test 1-1

BMW's green-focused i sub-brand is still relatively new, but for the first time in its short life, the brand is changing its core mission and is shifting its attention from electric vehicles to creating the ultimate self-driving machine. This could be a sign of BMW's bold ambitions for this relatively new segment. It also points towards a new future where i could become a rolling showcase of the company's driverless vehicle technologies.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport: A 1200-horsepower road-going tomahawk

On: Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 3:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Bugatti Veyron 16.4  Super Sport:  A 1200-horsepower road-going tomahawk test 1-1

So that’s it. You created the biggest, baddest, meanest, most brutalizing road-going supercar of all time. It costs over a million dollars, can run 0–60 quicker than most family sedans can go 0–30, and has exactly one pony over 1,000 horsepower being produced from its behemoth 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine. Oh, and the car can hit 253 mph before it runs out of steam. That should be enough. Honestly, that should be enough. Yet, it’s not.