The 2014 Volkswagen Eos: Is It Time To Say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’?
The triple-digit days in Palm Springs are fast approaching. It was mid-90s this afternoon, and is still in the upper-80s a little after seven in the evening as the Volkswagen Eos and I head up winding Highway 74 toward the…
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf: The Seventh Time’s The Charm
Recently I was invited up to San Francisco by Volkswagen for the launch of the new seventh-generation Golf and GTI. It was an appropriately urban setting, considering the type of customers they expect the new Golf range to appeal to….
2014 Cadillac ELR: A High (Voltage) Roller
It’s wasn’t by some random act that Cadillac invited us to drive the new ELR coupe in Palm Springs, California- the desert playground renowned for high style and mid-century design was chosen deliberately to serve as a backdrop for the new line of Cadillacs, and the ELR in particular.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Chevy Pumps It Up
Chevy must have poured a whole lot of Muscle Milk into their pony car, because the ZL1 is like no Camaro you’ve ever seen, and muscle doesn’t even begin to describe this supercharged monster.
2013 Volkswagen GTI: Still the One
I don’t buy modern cars these days, because between press cars and the small flock of Mercedes diesels that tend to follow me home, there just isn’t the need. But it’s pretty inevitable at a party, someone will ask me…
2013 Chevrolet Volt: Hold Everything!
The year is winding down and suddenly there’s a flurry of last-minute cars filling my driveway. One that’s always a welcome guest is the Chevy Volt — one of my favorite cars and, in my opinion, nothing less than the reinvention of the automobile. Although I covered it pretty thoroughly last year, there’ve been a couple improvements, so I was eager to take it for another spin.
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: The Un-Diesel
I like the Beetle, and find it much better looking and better trimmed than its “New Beetle” predecessor. And by now, it seems like I’d driven just about every variant of the Volkswagen Beetle except I hadn’t yet been behind the wheel of the TDI, so when the offer was made I eagerly accepted.
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Comes With Some Pleasant Surprises
Fully restyled for 2013, the new Pathfinder finds itself as a full size crossover on a FWD unibody platform shared with the Murano and Quest. The only thing familiar is the name, and that’s a bit misleading now: the only paths I see it following are paved ones. That may turn off some past owners, but the new version has plenty to offer in the full-sized crossover segment.
2013 Buick Encore: A Compact Crossover With The Soul Of A Buick
When I first saw the new Buick Encore, it seemed to me to be the answer to a question that nobody had asked: “Is there really a place in the market for a compact Buick crossover?” Based on the GM Gamma II platform — also shared with the Chevy Sonic — the little bubble of a Buick is an adaptation of the Opel Mokka, and is about to go on sale as the Chevrolet Trax in markets outside North America. First impressions made me wonder if GM’s little Korean crossover was little more than an exercise in badge-engineering.
2013 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring: Roadster With a Z
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been over 40 years since the first Z car landed on these shores — October of 1969, to be precise. In other words, Nissan had a “Z” before Liza did.