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At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

The Volvo S90 – first unveiled in 2015 – continues to stand apart when it comes to design and passenger comfort four years later.  The striking exterior seems as fresh as it was at launch and the interior continues to be a benchmark for tasteful and functional design.
The S90 – …

Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Review:  1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Classic. Iconic. Few vehicles are deserved of such exultations as the fourth generation Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Continental Convertible.
Introduced in 1961 with the marque’s first rear-hinged doors in a decade, the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible was America’s only four-door convertible, not just in that model year but for the entirety …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

Kia may very well be onto something, namely that luxury can be something that very few know about and have. After a one-year hiatus, the K900 is back with a new look and a higher price point.
Completely redesigned for 2019, the K900, which in some markets is known either as the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima is now in its fourth generation, which went on sale in late 2015. It was designed by Kia Chief of Design Peter Schreyer, who cut his teeth at Audi.  Schreyer also designed the game-changing previous generation of Optima. A facelifted design was introduced at …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus NX 300h

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus NX 300h

Lexus named its then entry-level crossover the NX explaining that “NX” stands for “nimble crossover,” and it’s clear that the Department of Naming at Lexus knew what it was talking about.
The NX is slotted below the RX, RX, GX, and LX, although the new UX has taken over the entry-level …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Nissan Kicks SR

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Nissan Kicks SR

The uncomplicated Nissan Kicks was unveiled in 2014 as a concept car and was introduced in 2018 in the United States as a replacement for the quirky Nissan Juke. Similar to what Nissan offered with the Juke, buyers can customize the appearance of their Kicks by adding a front lip …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

First announced at the 2000 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid version was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in it third generation, the Toyota Highlander continues to offer a hybrid powerplant in an all-wheel …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The Mazda CX-9 is a rare bird, a good looking three-row crossover with a level of refinement, elegance, and excitement that gives it a decidedly upscale look. It’s clear Mazda’s designers had their eyes on the luxury-car segment – Infiniti QX60 and Accura MDX come to mind – and the …