Tesla Model X Unveiled and Explored

The Tesla Model X is here and this electric vehicle manufacturer has once again thrown down the gauntlet in front of luxury manufacturers the world over. The first SUVs have already been delivered to six eagerly awaiting customers. Three and one-half years is a long time to wait for a … Read more

Diesel Resurrection: How Volkswagen Might Win Back Customers

Five ways Volkswagen might salvage its US operation. Volkswagen is in a world of hurt, but that pain is entirely of the company’s own doing. While some have been making pronouncements that the automaker as we know it is finished, others believe that something can be salvaged. I, for one, stand … Read more

Aluminum Comes to the Ford Super Duty

An all-new 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty at work.   In an absolutely expected move, the Ford Motor Company is dressing the 2017 Ford Super Duty with an aluminum body. Soon, all models bearing the F-Series name will use this lightweight material, with the heavy-duty truck coming in up to … Read more

Avenir Concept Leads to New Buick Design Fascia

The Avenir concept will be reflected in the next generation LaCrosse grille. Buick will soon sport a new face. And that front fascia will be based on none other than the Buick Avenir concept, a large rear-wheel drive vehicle that itself has not been officially promised. On Tuesday, Buick disclosed … Read more

Volkswagen Diesel Cheating May Cost the Company Billions

A Volkswagen Group TDI supplied to Audi. Over the weekend, news that the Volkswagen Group had cheated on EPA emissions testing began to spread across the Internet. By late Sunday afternoon, the extent of the scandal became fully known. On Monday, the commercial markets reacted and dropped the automaker’s worth … Read more

The Provocative, Evocative Range Rover Evoque

British SUV manufacturer Land Rover has divided itself into high-end Range Rover and more pedestrian Discovery lines, with the two aimed at different consumers. Certainly, you could pay upwards of $200,000 for one Range Rover model, but if your SUV aspirations are more down to earth, then the Land Rover … Read more

Potent Ford Focus RS Hits 100 KM/H in 4.7 Seconds

Ford Performance is busy working on new models. The 2016 Focus RS is just one of 12 performance vehicles we’ll see from this specialty shop, the third generation and most powerful RS ever. The 2016 Ford Focus RS may be the fastest mainstream compact model on the market. And with … Read more

Sporty Jaguar F-PACE Utility Vehicle Bows

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show served as the ideal backdrop for Jaguar to unveil its fifth model line and its first sport utility vehicle ever. Indeed, by taking this unique British brand to Germany to face its chief rivals on their home turf — i.e., BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi — … Read more

Shapely Infiniti Q30 Makes its Global Debut

Infiniti introduces the first model from its alliance with Mercedes-Benz. The Frankfurt Motor Show is now in progress and the Infiniti Q30 is one of several notable models making its global debut. The newest model from Nissan’s luxury brand has a crossover look, but it is very much a compact … Read more

New Lexus RX Pushes the Styling Edge

The design for the 2016 Lexus RX is certainly provocative, but it isn’t really surprising. After all, when Lexus slotted the all-new for 2015 NX beneath it, the smaller and deeply chiseled crossover strongly suggested that its larger and segment leading RX kin would get a similar makeover. Even so, … Read more

On the Road With an Infiniti Q50S

Ah, naming convention changes. Lincoln has done it. Cadillac is doing it…again. And Infiniti has also accomplished a change in its own model nomenclature. Car manufacturers, especially luxury brands, have been realigning model names to reflect a more Eurocentric alphanumeric pattern. The change is meant to advance product uniformity, but … Read more

Hyundai Avante Points to Next Generation Elantra

If you are a fan of the Hyundai Elantra, then the Hyundai Avante reveal in Korea earlier this week should have your attention. That’s because the Avante, marketed as the Elantra in North America, will soon benefit from an important update, one that will become evident in the sixth-generation Elantra … Read more

Hot Wheels: Is Your Car More Likely to be Stolen?

Car theft is on the decline, due to better security, including GPS tracking systems. For owners of older vehicles, those models remain targets, largely for the value of those separate parts. Car thieves continue to do their work despite a significant increase in security systems and GPS technologies that can … Read more

Behold! The Fourth Generation Toyota Prius

The all-new Toyota Prius has taken a bow, the fourth generation of Toyota’s most popular hybrid. Last night, Toyota revealed the 2016 Prius to a national press audience in Las Vegas, a model that takes polarizing looks to a new level. This writer turned down an invitation from Toyota to … Read more

GLM ZZ Picks Up Where the Tesla Roadster Left Off

The GLM ZZ at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. Tesla Motors got its start with the Tesla Roadster, an evocative machine produced from 2008 to 2012. Just 2,600 copies of that luscious all-electric two-seater was built, a model based on the Lotus Elise platform, but with little else … Read more

Chrysler 200S: Premium, Mainstream Sedan

The Chrysler 200S supplies premium features to the product line. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne did in 2014 to the Chrysler marque something that should have been accomplished decades earlier: he officially reassigned Chrysler to mainstream brand status, moving it away from its previous premium standing as a one-time direct … Read more

Will NextEV Rival Tesla Motors?

It is only a matter of time before a company rivaling Tesla Motors emerges. Tesla, the envy of many, may soon have a competitor in NextEV, a Chinese company that has won key financial backing from financial investors, including Hillhouse Capital. Hillhouse Capital is an important investor in Uber, the … Read more