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Audi Q5 To Debut With Impressive Towing Capacity, Mediocre MPG
Audi Q5 To Debut With Impressive Towing Capacity, Mediocre MPG

All hail...another thirsty German crossover. The new Audi Q5, making its debut at Audi dealers in March, boasts the firm's impressive 270-horse 3.2-liter FSI V-6, expected Audi luxury trappings, and reputedly tenacious handling. But, weighed down with numerous infotainment features, quattro AWD...Read More»

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
2009 Porsche 911 Carrera To Sport Variable Volume Exhaust System

Want to hear the guttural growl of Porsche's flat-six with even greater intensity? Starting in February, for $2,500 you can outfit your 2009 911 with a new factory sports exhaust system that is driver-selectable for either more or less of the singular snarl. I'd probably have it on full blast just...Read More»

2009 BMW Alpina B7
BMW Alpina B7 To Sport Twin-Turbo V-8 With 507 hp

Seven's the magic number for the range-topping Alpina version of BMW's 2009 7-series, the Alpina B7. Seven horsepower, that is. Eschewing the last Alpina B7's 5oo hp, supercharged 4.4-liter V-8, the new version will use twin-turbos to huff out a rumored 7 hp more. Above is a teaser sketch of the...Read More»

Baja Race Touareg TDI - Baja 1000
Diesel Dominance In Dakar

Those Germans and their diesels. As if the LeMans-winning Audi R10 TDI race car wasn't enough, corporate sibling Volkswagen made its own diesel history, claiming the gold and silver medals at the Dakar Rally with TDI Touaregs and marking the first time diesels have placed in the event's thirty year...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
VW, BMW, Mitsubishi Cut Production And Hours At Factories

Joining the growing list of automakers forced to scale back in response to a dismal market, Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are taking measures to reduce the cost of their operations. Volkswagen is responding by trimming hours for five days at the close of February. Roughly 2/3s...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Audi And Prada Announce Joint Projects In Sport And Culture

Audi, "THE luxury brand for these times," stated Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen in an address from the Detroit Auto Show, has taken the fashion-forward step of announcing joint projects with famed Italian design house Prada. Will such a move add further sparkle and shine to the...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD
Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car

With the introduction of its S400 BlueHYBRID occurring this summer, Mercedes is set to become the first automaker to offer extremely efficient lithium-ion battery technology in a mass production passenger automobile. Significantly, Mercedes bathes the notoriously hot-running lithium-ion cells in...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
BMW Inline Sixes Earn Spots On Wards' 10 Best Engines List

Last Wednesday, BMW accepted two Ward's Automotive Group awards for its engines: both are twin-turbo inline sixes, one powered by gasoline and the other by ultra-low sulfur diesel. Direct injection, low-mass twin turbochargers, and high-strength aluminum construction enable both powerplants to...Read More»

VW Chico
VW Confirms Next-Gen Polo Coming Stateside

VW's Development Chief Ulrich Hackenburg announced to Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show that the Polo minicar is bound for the U.S. in its next-generation form. "The small-car segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S.," he said, noting that there is an "increasing enthusiasm...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Veggie Across America: Trial, Error, Stupidity, And Success.

Attempting to drive to Los Angeles and back in an old car with over 330,000 miles (the odometer has stopped countless times over its life, so true mileage is probably above 350,000) and with a recently-converted fuel system designed to burn waste vegetable oil is asking for trouble. But I like a...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Veggie Across America: 1982 Benz 300TD Gets Makeover

In addition to driving 3,000 miles on waste vegetable oil in an old-skool Benz that I converted, the December cross-country adventure had an admittedly vain component; a desperately needed makeover for Marlene, the stalwart 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon I've been using as my daily driver since the...Read More»

2001 BMW Z8-Series
BMW M Video: Germans Love Horsepower and Techno

From an American perspective, German tastes in entertainment sometimes seem quite bizarre. For one, they adored cheezy David Hasselhoff and Baywatch. And second, although this perception may be off-base, we keep getting reports that they love their techno. Whether it's the legendary Sprockets from...Read More»

2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI
Audi Equates Change With Progress: Sponsors Inaugural Coverage

Audi is making possible limited advertising on ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts during Obama's inauguration next Tuesday. They're also doing an 8-page (!) "Progress is Beautiful" newspaper insert in the USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class 4WD 4-door 5.5L Audio System
Happy Birthday To Ute: Mercedes G-Wagen turns 30

On February 5th, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (or G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen, or cross-country vehicle) turns 30. And, incredibly, it sits on its original chassis and retains many of the same stampings for frame and body pieces. This is a vehicle that has not only withstood the test of time, but...Read More»

2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept
2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept

Two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche announced its plans for building a hybrid version of theCayenne sport-utility vehicle. Now, at the L.A. Auto Show, Porsche showed the concept for the vehicle, which is due to arrive before the end of this decade. To give the public an idea of what...Read More»

2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept
2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept

Initially we were skeptical about the truckiest of its concept cars due at Makuhari Messe — the X-HEAD, a Tonka-like take on the mini-pickup. However, a stroll around it and a look at Suzuki’s commercial flatbed trucks of approximately the same size that run on Tokyo ’s streets has us...Read More»

2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept
2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept

Two years after the debut of Nissan’s original Pivo concept — at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show — a second version has been unveiled. The first Pivo was something of a cult hit. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, it featured a unique rotating cabin — meaning no reverse gear was required...Read More»

2007 Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai Veloster For Real?

The Hyundai Veloster is one of the Frankfurt Motor Show’s more striking concept cars. But according to the company it’s not as outlandish as you might think and is a real production possibility. A spokesman for the Korea firm explained: “The Hyundai Tiburon will be replaced next year with a...Read More»

2007 Opel Flextreme Concept
2007 Opel Flextreme Concept

While there are more than enough muscle cars to go around at this year’s Frankfurt show, “green machines” are everywhere, as well. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the General Motors stand, where virtually every new product had an environmental spin, ranging from flex-fuel vehicles to a...Read More»

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