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New Toyota RAV4 Grows Up

New Toyota RAV4 Grows Up

Toyota helped define the “cute-ute” segment with its original RAV4. And it is hoping that the all-new crossover making its debut at this year’s LA Auto Show will help redefine the increasingly popular compact CUV segment. But there’s no question that competition is...
Marchionne Planning to Drop Lancia Brand

Marchionne Planning to Drop Lancia Brand

After years of struggling to revive the ailing brand, Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appears ready to pull the Lancia brand off life support. “The brand will be reduced or eliminated,” the executive revealed during a conference call discussing plans to improve...
First Look: Suzuki S-Cross

First Look: Suzuki S-Cross

Suzuki may not mean much as a brand in North-America, but iit is a well-established name in the Old World. Hence, there was plenty of interest in the maker’s new S-Cross Concept debuting at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The new crossover is intended for city use,...
VW Rolls Out Battery “Bugster,” and Hybrid Passat

VW Rolls Out Battery “Bugster,” and Hybrid Passat

Volkswagen bugged out on its Detroit Auto Show news conference, the maker introducing the Beetle-based E-Bugster concept car, along with a hybrid version of its popular Jetta model. Both are intended to show that despite its slow entry into the world of...
Scion Gets Your Drift

Scion Gets Your Drift

When Scion decided it wanted to take its new FR-S sports car out racing it decided it might not a few extra horsepower.  About 400 more to be exact, which is what it’s likely to take to  make the little FR-S competitive in the Formula Drift series later this year....
First Drive: 2013 Mini Countryman Cooper S John Cooper Works

First Drive: 2013 Mini Countryman Cooper S John Cooper Works

You’re likely to be halfway down the slopes by the time you can pronounce the full name of Mini’s newest – and fastest – crossover model, the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works.  Take our word for it, as we had our first chance to check out the Countryman JCW during a...
Fiat Muscles up with Abarth 500

Fiat Muscles up with Abarth 500

Just a year after tiny little Fiat 500 made its American debut at the L.A, Auto Show, Olivier Francois, Global head of the Fiat Brand and chief marketing officer, stepped on the stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to unveil the latest version of the Italian...
Volkswagen Hints at Production Plans for Beetle R

Volkswagen Hints at Production Plans for Beetle R

You think only the Chinese are good at copying?  Well, take a closer look at what the Germans have in store, notably the folks up at Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, where they appear to be readying their own version of the vaunted BMW M series, shifting down the...
First Drive: 2013 BMW M5

First Drive: 2013 BMW M5

When the first BMW M5 was introduced, back in 1984, it was the fastest production sedan in the world, largely hand-built on the same chassis as the 535 but given the modified M1 engine under the hood. Time and again, each generation of M5 has gotten a bit more...
Citroen Delivers Another Reason to Want Them Back

Citroen Delivers Another Reason to Want Them Back

To check out the new offerings from most makers at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, reporters have had to squeeze in and wait for the requisite press briefings.  But with Citroen’s newest model all they had to do was catch the shuttle. That’s because the French maker’s...