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Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2004 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine
By John Biel
The American station wagon has had many transformations over the years. It went from being seen as a commercial vehicle to being accepted as a passenger-car style. Wood body construction gave way to steel. And though four-door convenience made the most sense for such a vehicle, two-door wagons enjoyed a brief heyday that peaked in the mid Fifties.
Miles driven: 321
Fuel used: 13.5 gallons
Mercedes-Benz introduced the final member of the redesigned E-Class lineup at the New York Auto Show.
Nissan’s new 2016 Titan XD pickup is only just starting to hit dealerships, but the company is already exploring new possibilities for its redesigned line of full-size trucks. One example is the Titan Warrior Concept, a muscular off-road themed show truck unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The seventh installment of the ludicrous, ludicrously lucrative Fast and Furious movies hit the theaters last week, and it’s making mounds of money as you read this. As expected, Furious 7 is gleefully ridiculous—a live-action cartoon fantasy of awesome cars, glowering tough guys, bone-crunching fist fights, over-the-top stunts, wanton mayhem and destruction, leering shots of scantily clad babes, AND enough tear-jerking melodrama to shame the cheesiest soap opera. (Note that we’re not counting the movie’s ending among those melodramatic moments—Furious 7 closes with an understated, genuinely touching tribute to deceased star Paul Walker.)
Jeep displayed two concept vehicles at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, both based on the soon-to-be-released Renegade compact SUV.
2014 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio
Miles Driven: 284
Fuel Used: 9.2 gallons (premium required)
Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway