Sportback is the name for Audi’s sedan with coupe-like styling that features a hatch to access the cargo space. Audi developed it on the midsize A5/S5 model line a little more than a decade ago, but it is just now arriving on U.S. soil.
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Twenty years ago, Toyota announced its large pickup would be named Tundra. It launched a year later and over the past couple decades it has seen quite a few changes including some nice updates that arrived on our recent 2018 Tundra 1794 review model.
I know it has been said before that sedan sales are on the decline, but just a little over a year ago Chevrolet quoted that hatchback sales had seen a 9 percent market growth. On the heels of that, Chevy introduced the Cruze Hatch and for 2018 they now offer it with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel power plant.
The compact crossovers at General Motors have undergone major makeovers and they are now better than ever. Given the surge in CUV sales lately these improvements could not have come at a better time for the automaker. We recently tested the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain Denali.
If there is still any doubt about the selling power of crossover utility vehicles, let us take a look at luxury automaker Lexus. For 2017, its popular RX CUV outsold the entire car lineup and the compact NX outsold the ES midsize sedan. We recently tested the new 2018 Lexus NX 300.
When the Honda Ridgeline showed up in the test driveway recently it was like an old friend had come by for a visit. Ridgeline has become my favorite new midsize pickup and spending another week behind the wheel in the new 2018 model was as enjoyable as ever.
About a year ago, Toyota rolled out a new Camry midsize sedan in front of journalists gathered for the big auto show in Detroit. I, like many of my colleagues I am sure, thought, “Here we go again, another Camry, probably as boring as the ones before it.” Boy, was I wrong.
I never thought I would pay one large for a cellphone – ever. Damn you Apple, but that is exactly what I did around the time we turned the calendars to the new year. So to protect my investment there was one name at the top of my list in cases – OtterBox.
It has been no secret that passenger car sales are dwindling, and automakers are doing everything they can to hold on to what few car customers they have. Case in point Hyundai and its Sonata midsize sedan that sees a refresh for model year 2018.
This just in – Mitsubishi is still selling automobiles in North America. I know, right? There may not be very many different nameplates in the showroom but you can still purchase new Mitsubishi vehicles here in the U.S., and the 2018 Outlander is one of them.
Apparently, automakers are bucking tradition at this year’s big auto show in Detroit as several held pre-press day preview events at which they launched significant new vehicles. These included Chevrolet, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz.
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has not even officially opened its doors yet, and already there are debuts and big news coming from the Motor City. Chevrolet and Ford have held pre-event events and trucks are the big news.
The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling cars in the world. This model year marks its 52nd year of production and it is currently on its 11th platform. We reviewed the 50th Anniversary Edition a year ago and for 2018 there are some minor upgrades that make Corolla safer than ever before.
In January of 2008, I was invited to attend the big auto show in Detroit courtesy of General Motors. Thing is, I was invited along with a group of new online media professionals, AKA bloggers. This was a new thing, on new digital platforms, and even the terminology got much debate during that trip just 10 years ago.
Since its debut nearly three years ago, the CT6 sedan from Cadillac has been at the top of my list of vehicles I could not wait to test. We can check that one off the list as I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the new 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum Super Cruise with all-wheel drive.
There are hundreds of new cars, trucks, and SUVs for consumers to choose from when purchasing a new vehicle. I do my best to evaluate as many of them each year and this can be a daunting task. Of the vehicles reviewed this past calendar year, here is a listing of my five favorites.
I had a lot of fun driving what has been nicknamed “The Santa Van” by my coworkers. And yes, we had fun using it to deliver toys to good little girls and boys. If the sleigh breaks down, the fat jolly guy could use a vehicle like this Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to finish his appointed rounds.
Several years ago, Infiniti went through a corporate renaming of its cars and SUVs. At that time, most of the product merely went through a name change with little else being updated. Recently the luxury division of Nissan has finally debuted its new sport coupe, dubbed Q60.
If anyone doubts the popularity of crossover utility vehicles one has to look no further than the current list of best-selling vehicles. Vaulting ahead of stalwarts Camry and even CR-V is the Nissan Rogue that has climbed to No. 4 in recent months. And for 2018 the Rogue is even better.
It was about this time last year when we got our first look at the newest nameplate in the Jeep family (via Italy) in the form of the Renegade Trailhawk. This time around, we spent a week with the Renegade Limited.
Subaru is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in our fifty states, and as they do so they are rolling out the second-generation Crosstrek utility vehicle. Launched earlier this decade, Crosstrek now rides on a new global platform with a new design, and it’s busting at the seams with new features, capability, and comfort.