Archive for November, 2015

Nov
30
Mazda MPV AWD

Mazda MPV

Mazda may feel like a relative newcomer to the American car market, but the plucky Japanese carmaker is actually a U.S. sales veteran. In 2020, Mazda will celebrate 50 years of doing business Stateside–and that half-century doesn’t include several years of Canadian sales prior to that.

Nov
30
2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Storm Trooper Camaro

Although it looks similar to the previous-generation Camaro, the 6th generation bows in smaller, leaner form with more-powerful engines and numerous new features.

Scion iMThis was one press preview that was as much about the journey as it was about the car.

That’s not to say the car itself wasn’t worthy of our undivided attention. It’s just that this particular car isn’t one you just “drive”; it’s one you “experience.”

Nov
25
Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Here’s about one half of the 1970-’71 Hemi ‘Cudas and Challengers that were on display at the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. These are the rarest, most desirable, and most valuable regular-production muscle cars in existence.

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolled through Chicago last weekend, taking over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Every year since the inaugural show was held in 2009, MCACN has delivered an unparalleled mix of cream-of-the-crop muscle cars, Corvettes, and racing vehicles, in addition to first-rate attractions such as freshly discovered “barn-find” cars, Schwinn Sting-Rays and other nostalgic “muscle bikes”, and seminars by leading historians and auto-industry luminaries.

Nov
25
2016 Honda Pilot Elite

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

2016 Honda Pilot Elite AWD 2015 Audi Q5

Class: Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 8/17/2015 – 8/24/2015

Miles driven: 235

Fuel used: 12.9 gallons

Nov
24
2016 Nissan Altima

Although the body is unchanged, the face is new. Altima adopts Nissan’s “corporate” V-Motion grille for 2016 along with several added high-tech safety and infotainment features.  

Scion iMThe perennially favorite Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have long been the front-runners in the midsize-sedan race, but it might surprise some to learn that the Nissan Altima is now coming in a strong third. That puts it ahead of such well-known competitors as the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Subaru Legacy.

Nov
23
Mobility Ventures MV-1

Mobility Ventures MV-1

Steve Martin once famously said, “Comedy is not pretty.” Nevertheless, Martin’s album bearing that title would go on to be a smash commercial success—proof that ugliness is a relative thing. And so it goes in the world of taxicabs—well, at least one cab in particular.

Nov
20
Jaguar XJL Portfolio

2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Consumer Guide Automotive 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

Class: Premium Large Car

Dates tested: 6/22/2015 – 6/29/2015

Miles driven: 787

Fuel used: 34.1 gallons

Nov
20
Foton Trucks

Chinese truck builder Foton was established in 1998 and produces primarily heavy-duty vehicles for its home market.

Foton logo As a professional car guy and amateur curmudgeon and skeptic, I miss the early years of the 21st century. I miss them, because those were the years that Chinese automakers were making the most noise about selling cars in the U.S.

Journalists who attended auto shows in the early 2000s where companies such as Brilliance, BYD, Geely, and Changfeng Liebao presented their wares will recall with glee spectacular U.S. sales projections and shockingly tone-deaf video presentations.

Nov
19
2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra

LA Auto ShowHyundai rolled out an all-new generation of its mainstream compact car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Elantra sedan is an inch wider and just under an inch longer than the current model. It maintains a fastback-like profile, but sports a bold rendition of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille. Hyundai claims better NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels, improved structural rigidity, lower weight and improved ride quality and handling.

Nov
19
Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

LA Auto ShowSubaru gave the public a clear preview of what the next-generation Impreza sedan will look like by unveiling the Impreza Sedan Concept at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Impreza Sedan also serves as an indication of the styling direction of other future Subaru models; Subaru refers to the new motif as “Dynamic x Solid design language,” and says that the new Impreza will employ a modular platform that will underpin other future Subarus as well.

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