Archive for July, 2017

Jul
31
Collectible Automobile Magazine, Awards

Both Collectible Automobile Magazine and the Consumer Guide® Daily Drive Blog were honored this year by the judges of the International Automotive Media Award Competition.

Road tests and road trips netted a trio of Consumer Guide® Automotive Daily Drive bloggers gold medals when the 26th International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) were announced on July 30, and one of the three picked up an additional “best in class” award.

Jul
31
1987 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

1987 Volkswagen Fox Wagon

Long before the automotive Asian Invasion, German carmakers were happily and successfully selling vehicles in the U.S. The official importation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles began in 1952, though the company’s cars were imported independently for decades prior.

Jul
30
Jaguar I-Pace Concept

Jaguar I-Pace Concept

Jul
27
1969 Dodge White Hat Special

1969 Dodge Polara White Hat Special

For a number of reasons, automakers have been pulling ahead model year introductions lately. It is now not uncommon for a largely unchanged car to be rolled over to the next model year in February or March, for example.

Jul
26
2017 Hyundai Elantra SE in Shale Gray Metallic

2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition in Shale Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 498

Fuel used: 18.4 gallons

Jul
26
1975 AMC Pacer

1975 AMC Pacer

Despite the crushing blows of unleaded gasoline, catalytic converters, and ungainly 5-mph bumpers, 1975 was not actually a boring year, automotively speaking.

Jul
25
Teen Performance Driving School

The author’s daughter queued up for an emergency-lane-change exercise at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

Like most parents, my wife and I are always looking for ways to give our daughter a leg up in life. We closely monitor and support her scholastic, athletic, and volunteer endeavors, we’re openly concerned about her general health and welfare, and we make a point of finding time to chat with the kid about life in general. My daughter would tell you that we’re pests, but she knows our hearts are in the right place.

Jul
24
2017 Honda Civic Si

2017 Honda Civic Si sedan in Aegean Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52017 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 182

Fuel used: 5.6 gallons

Jul
24
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

Hyundai redesigned its compact Elantra sedan last year, but the Elantra’s  hatchback sibling–the Elantra GT—wasn’t included in the party; it was carried over on the previous-generation Elantra platform. For 2018, the hatchback catches up with the sedan as Hyundai introduces a redesigned GT based on the latest European-market Hyundai i30 platform. And, Hyundai has sweetened the pot with a zingy new performance version that shares its surname and its mechanical enhancements with the recently introduced Elantra Sport sedan. 

Jul
21
2017 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver

2017 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver

2015 Audi Q52017 Lexus ES 350

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 1129

Fuel used: 41.0 gallons

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