2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a keeper

I readily admit that the Golf Mark VI platform is one of my favorite platforms and I have indeed referred to it as the “Mary Poppins of Compact Cars” — practically perfect in every way. German personality throughout, spirited handling,…

2016 Chevrolet Volt: More refined & full of pleasant surprises

The auto industry certainly moves at a fast pace, but this week is the first time a test car has gone obsolete while I was driving it. It seems that Chevrolet is so eager to get the 2017 Volt out…

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: More power, more value

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been behind the wheel of the Newer-Than-New Beetle, so when VW offered up a convertible, I readily agreed. I’ve spent time behind the wheel of all the previous iterations but hadn’t yet…

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car

It’s hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one…

2016 Infiniti QX50: A few inches can make a big difference

Thanks to Infiniti’s random model name generator, the old EX35 crossover is now called the QX50, and is not to be confused with the old FX50 which is now called the QX70 5.0. Have we got that straight? Let’s start…

2016 Chevrolet Colorado: The Undiesel

Compact pickups have come a long way since the days of the Lil’ Hustler. You remember the Lil’ Hustler –the compact Datsun pickup which, along with the Toyota Hilux, created the market for compact pickups back in the 60s, to the…

Shasta Reissues The Iconic 1961 Airflyte RV

How many times have you been asked, if you could bring back one car from the past, what would it be? Of course, the question is moot, and with the stratospheric cost of tooling and all the safety regulations it…

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo: Godzilla With A “Z”

Man had just barely walked on the Moon when the first Z car landed on these shores- October of 1969, to be precise. Of course, back then it was the Datsun 240Z, and it was a remarkably nice, powerful and…

2014 Cadillac ATS: Cadillac Earns An “A”

I was on the press drive to launch the original Cadillac CTS way back in 2002, and they described it to us as a 4-series- Cadillac was aiming at BMW, but somewhat generally as opposed to lining up a direct…

2014 Nissan Versa Note: The Versa Sings a Sweeter Note

Of course it’s going to happen. An inevitable side effect of the gayby boom is that before you know it, little Demosthenes  and Echinacea will learn to drive- and after the price of the first wheel replacement on Dad and…