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DETROIT–On the eve of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a significant update of its venerable G-Class SUV. Looking much the same as it did when the model was originally introduced in 1979, the 2019 G-Class has been brought up to speed with expected luxury-car connectivity and contemporary interior appointments.
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
In 2014 BMW replaced the 1-Series as its premium subcompact in America. The new holder of that job was the 2-Series. The basic idea here was a coupe or convertible with four seats and rear drive. There were two subseries, the 228i with a turbocharged four and the M235i with a 320-bhp turbocharged inline six.
General Motors can lay claim to two of the most noteworthy examples of automotive downsizing. On the success side is the Impala/Caprice redesign for 1977. Leaner and more fuel efficient, the downsized big Chevys found the proverbial market sweet spot, and sold like crazy to full-size-car shoppers looking for something trimmer than they had been driving (but not too trim).
Miles driven: 206
Fuel used: 11.5 gallons
Consensus is overrated. No one walks into a nice restaurant planning to poll the establishment’s other patrons in order to determine what to eat. Likewise, no one can tell you what you think is beautiful.
Audi unveiled a redesigned fourth-generation version of its flagship large sedan in conjunction with the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2019 Audi A8 represents an evolution of the brand’s design language and debuts with a host of all-new technology features.
First available to the American market for the 2006 model year, the Mercedes-Benz CLS introduced consumers to the “4-door coupe” concept. Essentially a heavily restyled E-Class, the CLS enjoyed more rakish styling than that midsize offering, as well as higher levels of equipment and technology. The redesigned-for-2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS–which debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show–carries on the tradition while boasting a new look, a new engine, and new comfort-oriented technology.
The Lexus RX has long been a standard bearer in the premium crossover SUV market, offering a pitch-perfect mix of luxury and versatility in a tractable, sensibly sized package. But one thing the RX didn’t offer was seating capacity for more than five passengers. That changes with the introduction of the 2018 RX L.