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September, 2019

  • 17 September

    Review: The Mercedes-Benz G550 Is Your Entry into High Society

    You probably won’t be surprised to know that those of us in this automotive journalism industry look at most vehicles within a given segment—outside of perhaps sports cars, supercars, and hot hatchbacks—as thinly sliced examples of similarity. There are certainly class leaders and losers, but stepping from a McLaren 720S …

  • 16 September

    The Mercedes-Benz Vision Simplex Concept Is a Hypermodern Throwback

    Open a new automotive design center, release a concept car to celebrate—it makes sense to us. In this case, the company in question is Mercedes; the design center is in Nice, France; and the car is the Vision Simplex, which also serves to honor the man who named the brand …

  • 13 September

    Subaru New Cars for 2020: What You Need to Know

    Finally, America gets something Japan can’t have. We’re talking about the Subaru WRX STI S209, a U.S.-exclusive road rocket that celebrates 30 years of the STI brand. We drove a camouflaged example at Japan’s Fuji Short Track and found it to have unbelievable levels of grip thanks to wide tires …

  • 12 September

    Porsche Taycan Debut: Thoughts from the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show Floor

    So maybe you’ve heard, Porsche’s just introduced an electric car called the Taycan. And no matter how you pronounce it, the Taycan has sparked the public’s interest in a way few electric cars have before or since the Tesla Model 3. After you check out our Taycan drive review, keep reading …

  • 10 September

    My California Adventure in the 2019 Infiniti QX50

    I’m used to driving 1960s-era cars, to the point that my Mazda 3 commuter regularly gives me a sense of future shock. So when I asked for a car to drive from Los Angeles to my home town of Copperopolis, California, then onward to San Francisco before returning to Automobile’s …

  • 7 September

    E-tronathon: Audi’s Future EVs Are Poised to Blow Minds

    Things are about to get very, very interesting in the electric-vehicle space. The choices are multiplying rapidly. The competition will be fierce. And the future is far from assured. Audi, for one, has made it quite clear that, come what may, it’s charging ahead (pun intended) into the electrified fray. …

  • 2 September

    Driven: The European VW Passat Wagon Is Solid Goods

    Back in 2001, my father bought a new Volkswagen Passat. Fun to drive and refined, the mid-size VW carried an upmarket interior and a 1.8-liter turbo that sipped fuel and offered plenty of poke. And his car had a five-speed manual gearbox and was a wagon—double bonus points. That generation …

  • 1 September

    Driven: The 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 Is a Paranoid Android

    I first drove Volvo’s all-new-for-2019 XC40 at last December’s 2019 Automobile All-Stars competition. The cheeky subcompact luxury crossover (ours was outfitted with the sporty R-Design package) didn’t make it to the winners’ rostrum, but it impressed a lot of us with a unique combination of practicality, clever design elements, and …

August, 2019

  • 31 August

    2019 Ford Focus Review: How Good Is the Car We Don’t Get?

    I’ve long been a fan of the Ford Focus. I’ve spent extended time with the first-generation hatchback in Europe, as well as the more recent Focus ST and RS here in America. But now the Focus is no more on our shores, as the redesigned all-new car has been reserved …

  • 28 August

    Ferdinand Piech, Former Volkswagen Group Chairman and CEO, has Died

    Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group and one of the modern day automotive industry’s most recognizable executives, has died. He was 82. The grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, Piech was born in Austria in 1937 and brought up in an automotive mindset which would define his …