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Test Drive: 2018 Audi SQ5
By Sue Mead Vancouver Island, BC—situated in the Pacific Northwest—is a picturesque location to test drive German automaker Audi’s newest small, upscale SUV. The island is rich with history and culture, and its landscape is nothing short of...
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Chinese Artist Cao Fei's BMW Art Car
by Alessandro De Toni When it comes to the incredible speed of development in China, the other side of the coin is corruption, pollution, social disparity, wild urbanization and more—themes not only tackled by daily news, but explored by Cao Fei...
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Genesis, The Newest Luxury Auto Brand
The auto business is a difficult one to crack in any market segment, but tackling the luxury category is an exercise in the sophisticated art of making, selling and servicing vehicles as well as entering into a business category with its own particularities...
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The Meteoric Rise of McLaren Automotive
by Jason Harper These days, new car companies rarely succeed. For every Tesla, there are 10 would-be companies that never get beyond an initial press release. Five years ago, we test drove the first model from a brand new car manufacturer, McLaren...
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The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors
Written collaboratively by Silvia Anna Barrilà, Nicole Büsing, Heiko Klaas, and Christiane Meixner, The Fourth BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors features 256 private collections of contemporary art that the public can actually view. With collections...
TRAVEL
Roadtripping From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
by Matthew Askari It’s the smoke that first assaults the senses when stepping out of the airport in Hanoi. That, or the countless Samsung advertisements that seemingly stretch to the periphery of the eyeballs. In the van on the way to our hotel...
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Test Drive: 2018 Audi S4 + S5
by Sue Mead A snaking, high-desert road course is the ideal test of the all-new 2018 Audi S4 and S5—cars that are spawned from the petri-dish of their ultra-high performance stablemates, the Audi R8 and RS. (To clarify: the German automaker...
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Test Drive: 2017 Land Rover Discovery
The impressive fifth generation Land Rover Discovery is a ground-up redesign of the brand’s most capable (and likely most popular) vehicle—an all-purpose, family-friendly SUV with brand-defining off-road capabilities and suburban appeal. Sitting above...
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The New Range Rover Velar is Already in a Design Museum
Today Land Rover unveiled their all new vehicle, the Range Rover Velar, at the London Design Museum. While that sounds straightforward enough, it’s especially noteworthy that we’re talking about the global unveil of a new mid-sized luxury SUV—at a...
TECH
Fit and Healthy by Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz can now enhance the wellbeing of its passengers through a coordinated stimulation of the senses in response to the driver’s state of mind. "Fit & Healthy,” which launches in the very near future, connects to a driver’s Mercedes Me...
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Test Drive: Lexus LC 500
The Lexus LC 500 is the production version of the LF-LC (Lexus Future-Luxury Coupe) concept unveiled in 2012, and it looks even better (and still fresh) in street-ready form, busting out of any previously held design stereotypes. Striking outside and...
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Test Drive: Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet
by Aaron Kohn There is something special about cars that should never be. Last week, we got to ride along in one which came close to never being realized: the first-ever Maybach SUV. On the heels of the highly successful AMG G 63 6x6 and G 500...
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Test Drive: 2017 MINI Countryman
by Michael Frank The new 2017 Countryman is a half-foot bigger than its predecessor (making it the largest-ever MINI) but it’s still only VW Golf-sized. The headline appeal is that at the starting price of $26,950 for the front-wheel-drive Cooper...
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100+ Years of British Car-Making at the MINI Oxford Plant
by Michael Frank In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade...
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Inside Cadillac's Escala Concept Car
When it debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance, Cadillac's Escala concept marked their third and final statement in a five-year trilogy of concept cars celebrating expressions of the journey (the Ciel), the drive (the El Miraj) and the...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Tricks To Help You Keep Your Resolutions According to Statistic Brain, just eight percent of Americans will succeed in keeping their New Year's resolutions. Considering most of them focus on self-improvement, many are worthwhile attempts at...
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Cadillac Introduces BOOK, a luxury car subscription service
By Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten For three months this past Fall we had the opportunity to participate in a pilot program exploring a new business concept and consumer experience for luxury car sharing. Today, BOOK by Cadillac goes live in the NYC...
TECH
Best of CH 2016: Cars + Tech
As each year passes, it's more and more difficult to believe just how many technological innovations and upgrades can occur. Even the least tech-savvy of us engages with incredible inventions on a daily basis—from cars to phones and cameras—so keeping...
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Interview: Volvo VP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath
by Michael Frank After Volvo debuted the V90 earlier this year, its loveliest wagon in ages, it has been announced that it will come (in late 2017 in the US) with a slightly lifted version, the V90 Cross Country. It’s penned by the same hand that...
TRAVEL
Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky Festival
by Andrew Maness Joshua Tree National Park lies just 140 miles east of Los Angeles, an easy two and half hours of cruising on the interstate without traffic, or a miserable slog that can take upwards of five hours if you happen to depart at the...
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Jaguar I-PACE Electric Performance SUV Concept
Jaguar, never shy about launching its vehicles, debuted the I-PACE, their first electric model, in an elaborate live VR and video experience with 66 people participating in LA and London. The production version of the performance SUV concept will be...
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London Design Festival 2016: "Forest" Installations
In bustling London, there aren't many places to hide away peacefully, but thanks to a collaboration between Asif Khan and MINI there are now three. The MINI LIVING Forests are located in Shoreditch, as part of London Design Festival, and provide...
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