Archive for June, 2016

2003 Studebaker XUV Brochure

This rendering exaggerates the length of a truck that, in prototype guise, was already very long. 

If you attended at the Chicago Auto Show back in 2003 or 2004, you might have seen a Hummer-like SUV with “Studebaker” stamped on the liftgate. Posed by some rugged-looking rocks in a small Avanti Motor Corporation display, this hulking behemoth was a Hail Mary attempt by struggling Avanti Motor to cash in on the then-booming mega-SUV market. How did such a bizarrely branded vehicle ever come to pass?

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2015 Audi Q52016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 822

Fuel Used: 35.9 gallons

2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring

The new-for-2016 Sport Touring is the only Buick Encore to get a new 153-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine; other models make do with 138 horsepower. Our test vehicle listed for $31,265 including destination and a couple of options.

2015 Audi Q52016 Buick Encore Sport Touring AWD

Class: Subcompact SUV

Miles Driven: 416

Fuel Used: 16.2 gallons

Adam 12 TV Show, Cars of Adam 12

The TV police patrol team of Malloy and Reed enjoyed the services of several different cars during the run of Adam 12.

If you’re a car guy of a certain age, chances are you have fond memories of the original Adam 12 TV series. The half-hour police drama ran between 1968 and 1975, following veteran LAPD patrol officer Pete Malloy (played by Martin Milner) and junior partner Jim Reed (played by Kent McCord) as they went about their job to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles. Cars of Adam 12.

2016 Ford Focus Titanium

2016 Ford Focus Titanium

2016 Ford Focus Hatchback Titanium    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 202

Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons

Scene from Uncle Buck

As seen in the 1989 theatrical release “Uncle Buck,” this beat-up Mercury looked out of place in this upscale Chicago suburb.

by Jack Stewart

The popular 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck has inspired its second TV spinoff this season on ABC. (There was a little remembered TV spinoff in 1990.) Proving the universal appeal of Uncle Buck, there was also a Bollywood movie version titled Uncle Bun.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat revives the “124 Spider” moniker from its past for a 2-seat, rear-drive sports car due on sale this summer at a starting price of just under $26,000.

Scion iM

Ever since Fiat introduced the prototype 124 Spider at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, critics have derided it as little more than a “badge-engineered” Mazda Miata. But although the 124 is indeed based on the Miata’s platform – and built at the same Japanese factory – that’s a vast oversimplification of the truth.

2017 GMC Acadia Limited, Zombie Cars

The current-generation GMC Acadia lives on for 2017 in special “Acadia Limited” guise. It will be sold alongside the redesigned 2017 model.

You think they’re dead, but then you see them up and about again. What gives? I’m not talking about the undead here, I’m talking about car models that have been redesigned or replaced, but are still available in their old form as well.

Chevy IndyCar, Engines Power Today's Indy Cars

Note the slanted engine cover on Chevy’s IndyCar …

Honda IndyCar, Engines Power Today's Indy Cars

… While Honda’s has a more horizontal cover.

Last month’s Indianapolis 500 marked the 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which originated at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911. (The math doesn’t work out for the intervening year span because the race wasn’t run during World War I and World War II.)

While the early races featured many cars that were essentially stripped-down production models – with wildly different specifications – it quickly became a contest between specially built racing machines. And in recent years, those machines have been primarily differentiated by what engine was powering them.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

As with many other Volkswagen models, the Tiguan compact SUV falls between “regular” and “premium” offerings, as reflected in the $25,755 starting price — and standard equipment — of the base front-wheel-drive S model tested.

2015 Audi Q52016 Volkswagen Tiguan S FWD

Class: Compact SUV

Miles Driven: 202

Fuel Used: 7.8 gallons

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