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17 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 40 views

By Don Hammonds

The new year brings one thing we all love here at Automobile Journal—-glitzy auto shows that have long awaited unveilings for next year’s car and trucks.

So we are proud to present coverage of two of America’s best known Auto Shows–one in Detroit and the other in Chicago–and a sneak look at the third one–the New York International Auto Show, which begins in April.

This year, we are giving you more information–straight from the mouths of the car companies themselves, …

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17 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 65 views
New York Auto Show: Latest and greatest?

Big doings are aleady underway for the 2015 New York International Auto Show, and it promises to be one of the biggest and most important shows in the Big Apple for years.

The show gets underway at Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Street between 34th and 40th Streets from Friday April 3 to Sunday, April 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to10  p.m. Monday through  Saturday and 10 a.m.to 7  p .m. Sundays.

One of the most awaited world premieres in decades will …

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17 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 239 views
Chicago International Auto Show: Top Drawer

Looking for the coolest, most comfortable and largest auto show? Look no further than the Chicago International Auto show, now  underway through Feb. 22. Car writers,  car fans, and  just about anyone who’s into plenty of elbow room while enjoying all that shiny metal on wheels, will tell you Chicago is the place to be. And no wonder. Based at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, the show has more  than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit …

Acura, Auto Shows, Buick, Chevrolet, Convertibles, Dodge, Ford, Hybrids, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Nissan, Toyota, Trucks, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

16 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 295 views
Detroit:2015 North American International Auto Show

This year’s North American International Auto Show—also known as the Dtroit Auto Show-took a U turn away from hybrids and compact cars–and unveiled a slew of big cars, huge trucks and flashy sport car with blistering performance. Everyone from Ford and Buick——that’s Buick’s stunning concept car, the Avenir, just above– to Acura and Lexus unveiled products that represented a huge departure from the sorts of cars seen at the last few Detroit Auto Shows.

Just about the only brands introducing products that …

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29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 80 views

Automobile Journal has hit the YouTube!

For the first time, there will be road tests of new cars and trucks by Automobile Journal on the popular YouTube website.

There will be a road test of the popular 2015 Mercedes GL250 CUV beginning today. You can view it by going to the link http://youtu.be/2UJFzyEUFNA.

We will publish video road tests of significant new autos and trucks, and you will  still be able to read our popular road tests on our website as well.

During the …

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5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 151 views
2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV: An automotive Jack of All Trades

By Don Hammonds

Let’s say you are looking for a family car.

You want something that’s nice looking, with all the features you need, and good gas mileage, too.  But you DONT want anything boring, slow, or dowdy looking.

We’ve got your car right here—-the 2015 Nissan Altima.

 

Even with a four cylinder economical engine, the Altima is anything but slow. It drives much lighter than it is in reality, with a smooth, quiet ride. And even the cheapest Altima in the lineup looks …

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18 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 171 views
2015 Subaru Outback Limited: Subaru love, baby!

Subarus can be intriguing to categorize.

Take the Impreza for instance. Imprezas are compacts with a lot of capability. But they are way more sporty to drive than other compacts. And of course, its flagship, the WRX/WRX STi is one of the world’s most desirable high performance compact sedan, so it doesn’t seem quite right to simply categorize the Impreza as just another compact.

Then there is the Outback, the subject of today’s review. .They may be family haulers, but these Outbacks …

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20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 158 views
2015 Honda Fit: Or why other subcompact carmakers are “Fit” to be tied

By Don Hammonds

Successful  design  and value in an automobile will “out” every single time .

Lord knows Honda’s been making compact cars for years. But this year’s all new 2015 Fit takes the whole game to whole “nuther level”.

 

Beautifully redone inside and out, the new Fit is miles ahead of most of its other counterparts, in terms of fit and finish, quality of materials, space, fun-to-drive qualities and styling as well.  The car looks substantial and feels substantial, and that fact …

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12 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 217 views
2015 Kia K900: Swinging for the automotive luxury fence

By Don Hammonds

More’s the better for automakers when it comes to deciding whether to introduce their brand to a new market niche.

It seems these days whenever one brand goes after a new set of buyers,  here come all the others to hopefully get their share of the market pie, too.

     So it is that Kia.

 Better known as a maker of dependable, economical, sporty, good looking compacts and one  stunning family car, the Optima, it was only a matter of time …

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3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 371 views
2015 Jaguar F-Type convertible

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By John Heilig
Model: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Convertible S
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged V8
Horsepower/Torque: 495 hp @ 6,500 rpm/ 460 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Wheelbase: 103.2 in.
Length x Width x Height: 176.0 x 75.7 x 51.5 in.
Tires: P255/35R20 (F)/P295/30R20 (R)
Cargo: 7.0 cu. ft.
Economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21.7 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 19.0 gal
Curb Weight: 3,671 lbs.
Sticker: $96,313 ($925 delivery, $3,388 options)
The Bottom Line: There’s no question that the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is impressive, in looks, in its …

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