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  • Tire-squealing 300S shows why stately hardtop has maintained its staying power after all these years

    Are the sins of the father always repeated by the son? I sure hope not, otherwise the burnout I did in Chrysler’s 2016 300S might return to haunt me someday. It was technically my son’s fault; he asked me to do it. The 300S happily obliged.It was too easy. …

    August 24, 2016

  • With beefy looksand smooth V-8 power, this Titan is the real deal

      CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — Nissan knows it’s going to take more than swagger to get truck buyers to consider its Titan pickup. It knows, too, how loyal pickup owners can be to the Big Three and that to get tradesmen and burly truck buyers into Nissan’s half-ton pickups, mere statistics and …

    August 19, 2016

  • There's more to this big twin than just a video screen

    LAKE LURE, N.C. — Indian Motorcycle’s public-relations team wants me to focus on the new infotainment system, a wondrous combination of seven-inch capacitive LCD screen and powerful — “the fastest in the industry,” it says — microcomputer.The team wants to talk about it, wants me to write about it and …

    August 12, 2016

  • Sand buggy

    When was the last time Volkswagen did something bold? Sure, Volkswagen AG contains Porsche, Bugatti and Lamborghini, who all produce nutty cars on occasion, but when was the last time VW made a car that made people step back and say, “Wow, that’s gutsy”? While the emissions-dodging was brazen, we might have …

    August 5, 2016

  • Competitive crossover

    Given the success Ford’s Escape compact crossover has enjoyed, one expects updates to the model will be modest, and that’s exactly what Ford has done for 2017. Year-to-date sales figures put the Escape second only to the Toyota RAV4 in Canada. And yes, that’s ahead of Honda’s CR-V. There are small …

    August 5, 2016

  • Tweaks to Ford Fusion make a good car better

    HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, B.C. — What do you get when you take 20 automotive journalists, a handful of Ford employees, a few tubes of various colours of acrylic paint and a bunch of canvases with the outline of a Ford Fusion already pencilled in? You get one, courtesy of Ford’s …

    July 29, 2016

  • Mercedes-Benz Metris a refined cargo hauler

    There I was cruising in the latest two-seat Mercedes-Benz — thinking about how surprisingly nimble it was for such an affordable vehicle. For less than 40 grand buyers get the company’s ubiquitous longitudinally mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Though there’s no manual offered, the …

    July 22, 2016

  • GTC4Lusso perfecto for a fast and furious tour of Italy

    PIETRASANTA, Italy — Until Ferrari, iconic constructor of the most lustful sports cars in the world, inevitably succumbs to the temptation of building some ultimate version of sport-utility vehicle, its new GTC4Lusso will have to stand in as the most family-friendly, all-season-capable vehicle in its lineup.The car, a replacement for …

    July 22, 2016

  • New Camaro a blast, even with V-6 engine

    A print advertisement for the 1974 Chevrolet Camaro featured pictures of the redesigned coupe with its new government-mandated five-mph bumpers and stated boldly, “With Camaro, you can be practical. Or go bananas.”In the mid-1980s, a friend of mine bought a used 1974 Camaro, a car whose details float vaguely in …

    July 15, 2016

  • Toyota's RAV4 gets well-deserved updates for 2016

    Toyota says only minor changes were made to the interior of the 2016 RAV4 over the 2015 models, but I swear an engineer snuck some extra padding into the front seats.Sure, they’re noticeably upgraded to SofTex synthetic leather on the RAV4 SE AWD, but the fit, support and comfort of …

    July 15, 2016

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