Achievable Indulgence: 2015 Lexus ES 350

Your pathway to luxury in a Lexus ES 350. Like other premium brands, Lexus has been working diligently to attract and capture new customers. Unlike its competitors, it now has four lines of vehicles to get the job done. Specifically, you can choose a CT200h hybrid hatchback, an NX crossover, … Read more

Sport Sedan: 2015 Dodge Charger SE

Dodge’s brawny sedan also has a more subdued side. I am an enthusiast of traditional rear-wheel drive sedans. Large ones too: my first two cars were a Chrysler Newport Convertible and a Dodge Polara, although I admit having left that palatial reservation for about 10 years to drive econocars. Never … Read more

MTV Says: Millennials Love Their Cars!

Immediately following the Washington Auto Show — where some policy makers insist that young people are getting their licenses later and driving less than their counterparts of even 50 years ago — a study conducted on behalf of MTV strongly suggests otherwise. Indeed, the “Millennials Have Drive” research study — … Read more

Made Across America at the Washington Auto Show

One of my deepest pleasures in covering the auto industry is the pervasive influence it has on the US economy. Some Americans are under the impression that the industry’s best days are behind it, but that simply is not true — manufacturers, foreign and domestic, operate assembly plants in more … Read more

Live, From the Washington Auto Show!

America’s Public Policy Show. Today, yours truly is in Washington, DC, for the annual press day at the Washington Auto Show. DC’s show is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where parking is non-existent and people are expected to get there by mass transit or on foot. Go … Read more

Maybach Returns in the Guise of a Mercedes S-Class

This April, Maybach makes its return…as a Mercedes. Maybach is the quintessential Mercedes-Benz brand, a Daimler marque founded in 1909. The brand disappeared for five decades following the cessation of World War II, then enjoyed a 15-year revival as a collection of luxuriant models were presented. In 2012, Daimler canceled … Read more

IHS Automotive and Customer Loyalty, 2014 Edition

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray finished tops in the luxury sport car segment. Behind the scenes at the North American International Auto Show a number of side events are held. The Automotive News World Congress is one such occasion, the place where automotive executives opine about the very industry they represent. … Read more

Quiet Diesel: 2015 Audi A3 Sedan TDI

A diesel for Audi’s smallest range. A quiet diesel powers this A3 sedan. With gas prices falling below $2 per gallon in most states it can be difficult to argue for the benefit of purchasing any fuel-efficient car, including diesels. Besides, diesel prices remain about 75 cents higher than gasoline … Read more

Looking Back: The Best of 2014 Auto Trends

4×4 fun in a Toyota 4Runner. Sixty models came and went in 2014. Those 60 represented my weekly drivers, an array of utility vehicles, coupes, sedans, sports cars, pickup trucks and vans that I had the pleasure (or misfortune) of driving. All joking aside, even the most sedate of the … Read more

Sportwagon: 2015 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

A new Volvo V60 from Sweden with love. Following a dearth of models from Volvo, three models appeared as weekly drivers in my driveway in about eight weeks time. The Swedish automaker has been working diligently to ensure that it is not an afterthought with media folk and car-buying consumers … Read more

IIHS: A Surge in Top Safety Pick Awards For 2015

The number of vehicles that have received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) two top safety awards has surged from 39 in 2014 to 71 in 2015. For the third consecutive year the IIHS raised the crash and safety testing bar for car manufacturers and quite a few companies … Read more