Archive for January, 2014

Jan
23
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Our $68,495 (including $895 destination) Range Rover Sport HSE arrived just in time to do battle with Chicago’s winter worst.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

Dates tested: 1/13/2014-1/20/2014

Miles driven: 396

Fuel used: 11.8 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 15.8 mpg

Jan
23
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The 2015 Navigator features new styling and a new power source. Improved fuel economy is expected.

Lincoln today revealed the redesigned 2015 Navigator. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied news of the new luxury SUV.

The Lincoln Motor Company introduces the new 2015 Navigator, offering a fresh interpretation of a classic vehicle that has long defined the full-size luxury sport utility segment.

Jan
22
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The Kubang Concept, unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, hints at where Maserati may take the Levante stylistically.

A famed Italian brand issues its first SUV to challenge the likes of Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport. The premium-midsize Levante is a distant cousin of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but promises to uphold Maserati’s reputation for style, performance, and luxury.

Jan
21
2014 Dodge Durango Limited

2014 Dodge Durango Limited

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2014 Dodge Durango Limited for a video test drive. What did they think of their Hemi-powered test vehicle? Watch and find out.

Jan
20
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The kind of custom plate a deli operator can be proud of.

About a year ago I posted a blog featuring vanity-plate ideas for what I considered to be under-represented professions. It was my contention, then as now, that teachers, coaches, and real-estate agents comprise the bulk of all jobs touted on vanity plates.

Jan
20
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Our front-drive Buick Encore with the Premium Group listed for $30,685, including a $925 destination charge.

2014 Buick Encore FWD-Premium Group

Dates tested: 1/06/2014-1/20/2014

Miles driven: 286

Fuel used: 11.8 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 24.2 mpg

Jan
17
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The 2-Series replaces the 1-Series for 2014. Look for an entry-level front-drive vehicle to assume the 1-Series badge in the not-too-distant future. Shown in the background is BMW’s original sporty coupe, the 2002.

DETROIT — Replacing the BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible for the 2014 model year is the new 2-Series, which so far comes only in Coupe form. As the company’s entry-level car, it becomes the new spiritual successor to the famed 2002 of the late Sixties, something BMW isn’t shy about promoting.

Jan
17
2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon in extended-cab guise. A crew cab is also available.

DETROIT — GM is making a big deal of its industry-unique, three-truck lineup (compact, full-size, and heavy-duty) that will be realized this fall with the return of the compact 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. And GMC is making a big deal of the fact that its Canyon isn’t just a Colorado with a different face.

Jan
16
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Toyota sold 408,000 Camrys in 2013. To put that in perspective, for each Lexus CT 200h the maker sold, it moved 27 Camrys.

Americans bought about two million full-size pickups last year. To put that into perspective, consider this: Roughly one in eight vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was a big pickup. Yet, impressive as that sounds, there’s a vehicle class that handily outsells the pickup.

Jan
15
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Meet the first-ever BMW M4. A stronger six replaces the V8 in BMW’s compact M cars for 2015.

DETROIT — BMW has long been known for its sporting acumen, and the M3 has long been one of the sportiest of BMWs. Ever since the first example appeared for 1986, the M3 has been a legend among automotive enthusiasts.

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