Last week’s 2013 Detroit Auto Show was a whirlwind of premieres and press conferences. Thankfully, the long, three-day weekend gave me time to reflect and choose some winners and losers of the lot. Below, you’ll find my best-in-show list. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a full gallery — and stay tuned this afternoon for the, um, not so fortunate. Continue reading
Chevy’s Malibu will be “lightly electrified” when re-designed for 2013. “What in batteries does ‘lightly electrified’ mean,” you may ask? Apparently, “hybrid” was too much for the last Malibu to live up to. Its system was expensive and did little to wean the car off fossil fuels. Re-booted and uplifted, the 2013 Malibu ECO with eAssist benefits greatly from junk, err lithium-ion batteries, in the trunk. Continue reading
During the media drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, an auto journalist leaned over and said, “I guess this is the future” with a notable lack of enthusiasm. Stretching only 120.1 inches in length – and seemingly as wide as it is long – the iQ has a squat stance and, yes, it does look pretty futuristic. Yet from the deflated tone of this fellow’s comment, my guess is that he’s referring to the iQ’s modest 94-horsepower engine and extreme packaging solutions for passengers and cargo.
The good news, especially if you’re a Buick PR rep, is that I’ve really enjoyed a week spent with the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist. The handsome 5-passenger sedan is comfortable, quiet, roomy, and it offers an EPA rated 25/36-mpg in city and highway driving. The bad news, also if you’re a Buick PR rep, is that I’m kind of embarrassed to be gushing over the fine attributes of a Buick sedan. Continue reading
Life was pretty boring at Chrysler dealers after the retro-cool PT Cruiser hit the skids. If you wanted a compact car, well, good luck. There were none to be had, at least in Chrysler showrooms.
We admit it: we’re statistics junkies. We compare and contrast. We read labels. And at the end of the month, we look back at our traffic stats to find out which car reviews and news articles you’ve enjoyed the most.
Mercedes-Benz didn’t join the midsize luxury SUV craze, they invented it. The first M-Class introduced Americans to the idea that a luxury car could be a durable all weather, all road condition vehicle without requiring it to carry a six-digit price tag. Now, in its third generation, the M-Class has … Continue reading
Elantra hits it I won’t tell you which one, but I was recently driving a competitor to the all-new Hyundai Elantra when discussing it with an auto-writing colleague. I mentioned how unimpressed I was with the big-name compact I was driving and couldn’t wait to get into the Elantra. He … Continue reading
I Take Myself, My Editor and a Volvo XC60 On a Long and Well-Deserved Vacation The XC adventure began with a flight to LA on a Sunday where I was promptly shipped to the Weston hotel and forced to eat delicious food almost immediately. I mention food because the only … Continue reading
Driving a Bugatti in the Big Apple With its $2.1 million price tag and mid-mounted 1001-horsepower engine, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 GrandSport is one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles. For the price of one GrandSport, you can buy nine Ferrari 458 Italias (and still have cash left for a … Continue reading