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Mar
27
2013 New York Auto Show

2014 Buick LaCrosse

Rather than hold individual launches for each of its divisions at the 2013 New York Auto Show, General Motors rolled them together into a 1-2 combo from Buick followed by an uppercut from Cadillac.

Mar
27

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche is using the 2013 New York Auto Show to celebrate the 50th birthday of its most iconic sports car. Part of the festivities include the debut of the 2014 911 GT3.

The GT3 is basically a sportier version of the standard 911 Carrera. How do you make an already sporty car even more so? By giving it more power, better handling, and more expressive styling.

Mar
27
CLA45 AMG

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

As the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class approaches its on-sale date, the German manufacturer unleashed its high-performance sibling at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

Mar
27

BMW Concept Active Tourer

Three BMW vehicles are making their first appearances in the United States at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The company is also announcing some major updates to its ConnectedDrive telematics suite.

Mar
27
2014 Highlander

2014 Toyota Highlander

The redesigned 2014 Toyota Highlander bows in New York. The Japanese brand’s 3-row crossover gets a major styling overhaul, a new interior, and new features.

Company officials say the revamped highlander has 30 percent more sound-deadening material, making the cabin quieter and less prone to vibration and harshness.

Mar
27
Forte Koup

2014 Kia Forte Koup

Kia is debuting three products at the 2013 New York Auto Show, which completes the company’s plan to launch seven new or significantly freshened vehicles during the four major U.S. auto shows (Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, New York).

The debut of the 2014 Kia Forte Koup in New York marks the final new model in this compact car’s stable. Kia has performed a gradual rollout of the 2014 Forte, starting with the sedan’s launch at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and following with the 5-door hatchback at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Mar
27

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Following its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is giving North American audiences their first look at the next-generation Golf compact car. While it might not look radically different than the car currently on sale, the “Golf A7” (7th generation) is a clean-sheet redesign with a new chassis, body structure, engines, features, and assembly plant.

Mar
21
Coolest cars of 1998

Chevrolet Corvette (“C5” generation)

Reading blog posts by Consumer Guide’s esteemed Publisher Tom Appel makes you really think about the cars of your past. Again, I will borrow a page from his book and reminisce about the cars I most greatly desired in 1998, my senior year at the now-closed Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison, Illinois.

Feb
07

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO

If you thought the quirky Juke hatchback could use even more personality, Nissan just might have your ride. Following its world premiere at last month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the company brought its high-power Juke NISMO to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Also on display at Nissan’s stand was a freshened 370Z NISMO and a more-racetrack-ready edition of its high-end GT-R sports car.

Jan
23
 Best Car Companies

The redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 is the latest vehicle to benefit from the brand’s SKYACTIV technology and KODO “Soul of Motion” design language

Be sure to read The Inaugural “EdWards for Automotive…Anything”; Part One: The Products.

The “Two Left Foot Ballerina Award for Most Missteps”
Let’s move away from the actual product and talk for a bit about the companies that make them. This “prize” goes to the firm that had the roughest 2012, at least in this writer’s humble opinion.