Wagons

Fiat Swoops In As Chrysler Clears Bankruptcy, 'New Chrysler' Already Operating
Fiat Swoops In As Chrysler Clears Bankruptcy, 'New Chrysler' Already Operating

Fiat is back in the U.S.A. now that it has completed its strategic alliance with Chrysler. The deal went forward almost immediately upon the Supreme Court's release of Chrysler from bankruptcy proceedings yesterday. The 'new' Chrysler says it is positioned to take on the market, focusing on the...Read More»

Renault Laguna
Irony Alert: Four Renault Models Banned From China Over Safety Issues

It's only Wednesday, but get ready for a Freaky Friday switcheroo: China has banned four Renault models from import due to 'serious safety risks' and failure to comply with Chinese regulations and standards. The Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet are all part of the ban. China's...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class Luxury 3.5L 4MATIC AWD
Luxury No Defense Against Weak Market, But Germans Cautiously Optimistic

Hyper-luxury European car brands like Rolls-Royce are seeing steady sales, but their more attainable counterparts - BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz - are still riding a downward slope through May. But all is not yet lost, as there may be an end in sight. BMW's Ian Robertson, the company's board member in...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2009 Audi Q5: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2009 Audi Q5 is among the safest vehicles on the road. The IIHS--an insurance industry-funded testing body that crash-tests new vehicles--says the 2009 Q5 earns "good" ratings in all three of its tests. The agency uses front-end...Read More»

2011 BMW X1
2011 BMW X1: The Tease Begins

  BMW's big product year continues with the 2011 BMW X1 sport-utility vehicle, shown here in photos from their Facebook group for the X1. The new sport-utility vehicle--or is it a crossover?--is being readied for a fall debut, possibly at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. BMW is releasing information...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Second Drive: 2009 Toyota Venza

Follow-up drives with a vehicle—when we revisit a new model in our own driveways, following our normal drive routines and familiar roads—almost always prove worthwhile. When we first sample many new vehicles it’s part of product-launch events, with routes cherry-picked by the automaker. You...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva
2011 Chevrolet Viva: Aveo Successor Takes On Fiesta

The replacement for the Chevrolet Aveo could be the new compact car GM CEO Fritz Henderson acknowledged in future plans as GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. That new car may be called the Viva, according to a report from Motor Trend. GM's Henderson said in this morning's press...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris 5-door
2009 Toyota Yaris: No Hybrid, No Diesel, No Hypermiling, Yet 41 MPG!

With all the talk about hybrid systems and clean-diesel powertrains as the current be-all and end-all for green-car shoppers, it’s easy to forget that there are a few simple small cars out there that are nearly as frugal—without paying thousands more. You still can get a basic, lightweight...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect - media event in NYC, May 2009
Driven: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

We don't usually break much automotive news here in New York City, unless it's in bankruptcy court (where Chrysler is now, and GM may be next week). So we took great pleasure at driving a 2010 Ford Transit Connect before our colleagues in Detroit and Los Angeles, which are the more usual venues for...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Polo
2011 Volkswagen Polo: Wagon, Coupe, and a New GTI?

The new 2011 Volkswagen Polo just might be the small car VW needs to restore its reputation for inexpensive fun. The German automaker may not leave that to chance, if it adds a Polo GTI model and a two-door coupe to the subcompact lineup, as Motor Authority reports. The new Polo will spawn a range...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus Rendering
2011 Ford Focus Preview

If you know where to look, Ford Motor Company has told the world plenty about the upcoming 2011 Ford Focus. According to Ford, the Focus we'll get is based on the model currently sold in Europe. Auto journalists over there like it plenty. The current 2009 Ford Focus — really quite a good small...Read More»

Volkswagen Polo Challenge by Fish Labs
First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Polo (On the iPhone, That Is)

The wait is over--the 2011 Volkswagen Polo is here and we've driven it. That is, if you count the iPhone-based "Volkswagen Polo Challenge" that's been ticking off a million-plus downloads since it launched in March. The iPhone app puts the new Polo through its paces on a set of eight driving...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, Wagon On Track

The new Benz E-Class family is arriving two models at a time--and contrary to reports elsewhere, the next pair of mid-size Mercedes vehicles aren't taking the long way to market. This year, Mercedes is launching the new 2010 E-Class Coupe and sedan. We brought you our first drive of the 2010...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
2010 BMW 5-Series GT: More Photos, More Details

We've shown you photos of the Geneva motor show concept--now, the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT has been confirmed in a raft of new photos and releases that detail its engine and features for the first time. Visually, the 2010 5-Series GT is virtually identical to that Geneva concept. It's a striking...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Compared: 2010 Toyota Prius Vs. 2010 Honda Insight

In the race to dominate the hybrid market, there really are only two players--Toyota and Honda. While Ford and General Motors ramp up to speed with gas-electric vehicles, it's the Japanese duo that's been selling hybrids in the U.S. for more than ten years and has captured the most buyers. This...Read More»

Euro-spec Volkswagen Golf TDI - 5/09
We Drive The 2010 VW Golf…Sort Of

It’s certainly not often that we get to sample the European-spec version of a vehicle on this continent, but that’s what we got from Volkswagen just over a week ago in Seattle—months before the U.S. version of the new sixth-generation Golf goes on sale. The current fifth-generation Golf saw a...Read More»

2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 Base
$10,000 Buys a Brand-Spanking New Car, With Few Frills

Remember the Yugo? When it was introduced in 1986 and priced at only $3,990, it was the epitome of the no-frills car. But it sure wasn't alone in the 1980s, when to keep cars moving at that other turbulent time for the auto market, a number of automakers sold stripped-down, bargain versions of some...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Spy Shots: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

There's a new 2012 Volkswagen Passat in the works, and early spy shots of prototypes hint that it'll be longer and wider than today's car. The giveaways, according to our colleagues at Motor Authority, are the wheel arches on their spy-shot car, as well as a wider B-pillar on the test mule. The...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Driven: 2010 Mazda3

We've told you a few times about the 2010 Mazda Mazda3 (redundant? Ask Mazda and Chrome Data about model names) and published our hallmark Bottom Line and Full Review, too. But a trip to southern California gave us a perfect excuse to seek out the "other" Mazda3, the less powerful base car that...Read More»

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