Henny Hemmes, Editor

An expert auto veteran, Henny serves as European Bureau Chief of The Car Connection. Besides being one of Europe’s most prolific and well-regarded autowriters, she can boast more than 20 years of experience as race driver, race-instructor and anti-skid instructor. She started racing in 1975, after winning a talent contest in Belgium. A year later she finished second in her first 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. It was to be the first of many podium finishes during her career in long distance racing. She won the Dutch Championship twice (with Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (400 hp) and Ford Merkur Cosworth). Henny works as test driver, automotive writer and photographer for the Dutch magazine AutoWeek, has her own page in the Dutch lifestyle magazine Living, writes a column in the bi-weekly Automobiel Management and contributes to The Washington Times (AutoWeekend section). She is a member of the Jury of the Towing Car of the Year (organized by the Dutch AAA) and of the Jury of the Business Car of the Year.

Articles

2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid
2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The schedule of press conferences for the Geneva auto show is packed, with each brand getting only fifteen minutes for its presentation to the press. So it's no surprise that manufacturers want to use the evening before to draw attention to their new model. Last night, Saab chose to preview its...Read More»

2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Ferrari F430 Scuderia On Sale in ‘08

Ferrari’s newest berlinetta, the 430 Scuderia, made its North American debut at last week’s auto show inLos Angeles. The Scuderia is the ultimate performance version of the F430, which already has a respectable 490 hp. The Scuderia offers more performance with its 4.3-liter V-8 engine, tuned in...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 Mercedes-Benz S400 Bluetec concept
Hybrids, AMG Coexist Peacefully at Benz

The Mercedes stand at theLos Angeles auto show was a study in contrasts: on the one hand, a diesel-powered S-Class hybrid concept, and on the other, the blazing-fast C63 AMG that TheCarConnection.com reviews next week. The S400 Bluetec Hybrid combines a V-8 clean diesel engine that develops 265 hp...Read More»

Saleen S302 Extreme
Saleen Goes Extreme With Latest ‘Stang

Longtime Mustang tuners Saleen took to the runway during this week’sL.A. auto show to introduce their latest rorty rendition of the Ford pony car, the S302 Extreme. The runway in question was, of course, at Irvine’s El Toro airport, one of the few places spacious enough to let us run wild with...Read More»

2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Jetta Gets Clean Diesel TDI in ‘08

There are more details on the upcoming VW Jetta clean diesel model due in the U.S. next year. Volkswagen confirms that the Jetta sedan will be the first of the company’s vehicles to get its new clean diesel engine in 2008. The clean-diesel Jetta TDI bows in the fourth quarter of this year...Read More»

2007 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
2007 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Road Test

Until 1966, Dodge’s reputation in America was squarely mainstream. It built affordable cars and usually, plain ones. The introduction of the Charger marked a new era. In 1964 Chrysler had come out with a 7.0-liter V-8 engine that was also used by Dodge; the powerplant was enormously popular with...Read More»

2007 Suzuki SX4 sedan
2008 Suzuki SX4 Sedan Preview

with reporting from Ken Zino Conventional wisdom in theU.S. market says hatchback configurations are less desirable than the more formal sedan in the compact car market. The SX4 hatchback is the least expensive, all-wheel-drive vehicle here and its sales at 15,000 units annually restricted by...Read More»

Dr. Klaus Draeger
BMW Bringing Clean Diesels, X6 and

BMW is a diesel force in the European car market, but in North America, it’s stood back while Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have weathered the changes in regulations and technology. In 2008, though, BMW will re-enter the U.S. diesel market. Recently, TheCarConnection spoke with BMW AG’s new...Read More»

2011 Audi A3 Sedan Concept
Audi’s New Plant for the A1?

Audi will re-enter the subcompact market with a new A1, according to European reports. The new vehicle will likely be built in the Belgian plant that Audi will take over from Volkswagen. Audi had previously fielded the A2 compact, which was taken out of production when sales fell short of...Read More»

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