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Test Drive: 2018 Range Rover Velar
“Design is a balance of things,” says Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern, and that six-word maxim is personified in the brand’s newest vehicle, the 2018 Range Rover Velar. It inherits its name from the first Range...
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Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60
by Sue Mead Motoring along a two-lane roadway in Catalonia that coils through small Spanish villages, the views of Montserrat—a majestic, multi-peaked rocky range located near the port city of Barcelona—are dramatic. The Scandinavian-inspired interior...
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Test Drive: FIAT’s 124 Spider Abarth
by Justin Kaehler FIAT’s 124 Spider traces its history back to 1968, when the original Pininfarina-designed roadster of the same name first hit the world stage. This ’68 Spider was everything an Italian automobile should be: a stripped-down...
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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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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...
DESIGN
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...
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...
DESIGN
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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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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Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza
by Sue Mead If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you've awaited the...
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Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental
We’ve had the opportunity of being among the first to follow the new Continental’s journey—from its concept reveal to a design studio visit and its official début at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. We were likewise among the first to get behind...
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Test Drive: 2017 Honda Ridgeline
by Justin Kaehler Honda is looking to shake up the truck market—again. The company has just introduced its second-generation Ridgeline mid-size pick-up truck—delivering what the brand believes is the ideal blend of real-truck capability with real...
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Test Drive: 2017 Aston Martin DB11
by Matthew Askari On the narrow Tuscan roads, it’s the width of the new Aston Martin DB11 that is especially noticeable, though planting your foot on the accelerator, the brawny 5.2-liter V12 makes a convincing plea of its own. The DB11 (which is...
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Test Drive: 2016 Ford Focus RS
Designing a car is a study in trade-offs. Manufacturers have to balance performance with economy, comfort with technology, cost with quality. Driver input versus computer control. All of these endless compromises are constantly being checked against...
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Test Drive: 2017 AUDI R8
It's an unfortunately rare sight to see more women than men at a racetrack, but that was the case when Audi held an all-women track day at Monticello Motor Club to celebrate their new 2017 R8. Track days aren’t always the most friendly events—there...
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Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt
by Justin Kaehler Chevrolet dreamed big when it first launched the Volt. Designed to be the next big thing in alt-fuel vehicles, Volt gave drivers the ability to travel 40-ish miles on electricity alone. And when the batteries ran out, a switch...
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Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln MKZ
When Lincoln introduced the MKZ sedan in 2013 it was a sign that the brand was serious about reinventing itself. Since then it’s launched some impressive cars—the MKC and MKX crossovers and the new Continental, and recently unveiled the concept for...
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Test Drive: 2016 McLaren 570GT
by Michael Frank GT in theory stands for grand tourer—or “gran turismo,” if you prefer the Italian translation. McLaren, though, races in Formula 1 so their version still loosely translates as "Go Time." Driving the $198,950 570GT ahead of the Goodwood...
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Test Drive: Ferrari GTC4Lusso
by Marco Vermeulen Holding a glass of prosecco, Luca Casarini explains that when he was a child, his family visited the Dolomites every summer and winter. Casarini is Ferrari’s Head of Interior Design, and discussing family—and mountains—is apt...
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Lithium Cycles' Super 73
Anyone toying with the idea of getting an e-bike need not look further than the Super 73 from California's Lithium Cycles, already fully funded on Kickstarter. We took the electric bicycle out on the streets of NYC to test the brand's product claims...
DESIGN
Interview: Volvo's Tisha Johnson
by Steve Siler Beyond the mainstream S90 flagship luxury sedan, Volvo's ostensibly more practical and definitely more interesting counterpart, the V90, is also expected to arrive stateside next year. On the road in Spain, we were impressed with...
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Test Drive: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
by Abigail Bassett There is something romantic about cruising through a place that feels still somewhat wild and untouched. A place that has served as the crossroads for trade, culture, and war for centuries has plenty of stories to tell in its...
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