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First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

When one thinks of sporty premium mid-size sedan, BMW’s 3-Series likely hops immediately to mind. Well, Infiniti has been trying to change that perception for years with the G35–now G37–and after a stint behind the wheel, one could make the case that...
VW Unveils More than Just the Beetle

VW Unveils More than Just the Beetle

The 2012 Beetle may be the biggest news story to emerge from this year’s New York Auto Show, but it isn’t the only new Volkswagen being shown at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. VW is planning big, the maker hoping to double U.S. sales, to 800,000 annually,...
Mazda Debuts SkyActiv Powertrain With ’12 Mazda3

Mazda Debuts SkyActiv Powertrain With ’12 Mazda3

Mazda is making significant changes to its powertrain platform, starting with the 2012 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch grabbing the spotlight at the New York Auto Show. Subtle styling changes are in store, as well. The grinning grille has a somewhat reduced happiness...
Kia Pulls a Surprise With Rio and Rio5

Kia Pulls a Surprise With Rio and Rio5

When Hyundai unveiled its next Accent subcompact on the first press day of the 2011 New York International Auto Show, almost all in attendance expected that Kia would follow with the debut of the related Rio sedan and Rio5 hatchback. After all, the two brands have...
First Look: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

First Look: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

A sure sign of the automotive industry’s recovery is the return of the pointless car. The pointless car—or SUV—is a vehicle that is built to excess, just because the automaker can. Generally high on fun and low on practicality, the pointless car/truck/SUV exists so...
Jeep Balancing Off-Road Chops and Fuel Stops

Jeep Balancing Off-Road Chops and Fuel Stops

As pundits write endlessly about the resurgence of Chrysler, they talk mostly about the influx of new product at the company’s Dodge and Chrysler brands. But the troubled U.S. maker’s turnaround will also rely on its off-road brand, Jeep. Despite being the first one...
Carrying the Torch: Dodge Seeks its own Identity

Carrying the Torch: Dodge Seeks its own Identity

Chrysler is in the midst of a major turnaround – or so it hopes — and of the company’s five marques, perhaps Dodge, which has been repositioned the mainstream performance brand, is the biggest torch-carrier for the company. A lot of the credit for that arguably...
Dodge Puts the R/T into New Focus

Dodge Puts the R/T into New Focus

Dodge is bringing back the R/T designation.  Well, sort of. After all, it’s not like the R/T trim ever really went away. The 2010 Dodge Charger, for example, was available in R/T guise. But Dodge president and CEO Ralph Gilles admitted that the R/T name—which stands...
First Look: 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8

First Look: 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8

When Dodge unveiled the redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger last fall, it was almost a foregone conclusion that an SRT8 high-performance version would be on the way. Dodge made good on that assumption at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, where the 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8 made its...
Buick Verano Aims to Expand Brand’s Reach

Buick Verano Aims to Expand Brand’s Reach

It’s a Cruze, it’s a Regal….no, it’s the Verano. The 2012 Buick Verano shares its platform with the Chevrolet Cruze and its engines with the larger Buick Regal, but despite those facts, Buick folks are quick to point out that the Verano isn’t just an exercise in badge...
First Look: Kia KV7

First Look: Kia KV7

Are minivans back in vogue? Maybe, maybe not. But Kia is testing the waters with the KV7 Concept that it unveiled in Detroit at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The boxy KV7 has the same squared-off profile as the Ford Flex “people mover,” albeit with...
First Look: Hyundai Curb Concept

First Look: Hyundai Curb Concept

Hyundai must be serious about improving the fuel economy of its fleet. How else to describe the wave of small cars that are on the horizon for the Korean automaker? There’s the Veloster hatchback, which was introduced at the 2011 Detroit auto show, and Hyundai has...