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3 May 2015 | No Comment | 125 views
2015 Chrysler 300 Limited: Luxury the classic way

By Don Hammonds

Luxury cars these days seem all of a kind to some of our observant eyes. Semi fastback roofline. elongated, horizontal taillights. And increasingly, lots of bling. But there’s t least one classic among us that resolutely gives us another way: The Chrysler 300. Everything about the 300 says classic American luxury.  The sumptuousness of the seats.  The layout of the dashboard. The chromed dual exhaust in the back. The square shouldered, handsomeness of the design itself–you won’t …

Ford, Sports Cars, Uncategorized »

29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 67 views
2015 Mustang

By John Heilig

AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL:

2015 Ford Mustang/Mustang GT ENGINE: 2.3-liter Ecoboost I-4 (Mustang):5.0-liter V8 (GT) TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic/6-speed manual HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 310 hp @ 5,500 rpm/320 lb.-ft. @ 2,500-4,500 rpm (Mustang): 435 hp @ 6,500 rpm/400 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm (GT) WHEELBASE: 107.1 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in. TIRES: P235/55R17 (Mustang): P255/40R19 Front, P275/40R19 rear (GT) CARGO: 13.5 Mustang/11.4 GT ECONOMY: 21 mpg city/32 mpg highway/18.5 mpg test (Mustang): 15 mpg city/25 mpg …

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29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 81 views
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE: Fun and gas miserly

By Don Hammonds

If I was to take  road trip back to my hometown under the Gateway Arch–St. Louis–I’d want the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE as my four wheeled companion.

Why?  Phenomenal gas mileage. We’d hit the St. Louis riverfront with tons of gas to spare–from Pittsburgh, almost 600 miles behind us.  It’s an incredibly comfortable car with lots of room, so we would arrive there with the family intact with no battle scars from being too close together.

The Jetta TDI …

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26 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 71 views
Honda at the New York Auto Show: Home run!

By Don Hammonds

Few people would question that Honda builds some of the most solid lineup of auto products in the industry, wdith sporty driving  and handling, rock solid reliability and resale value and popularity most companies would kill for. But one of  its biggest challenges is styling and design.

The cars are attractive enough, but they have often needed that extra dash of design panache, that extra individuality and “gotta have it” appeal to keep up with the pack.

A case in …

Cadillac, Chevrolet, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Uncategorized »

26 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 271 views
2015 New York Auto Show: Best show in town wasn’t on Broadway

By Don Hammonds

When auto shows begin their annual displays of razzle dazzle  in this country, most auto writers think they know what to expect.

Detroit will be a busy, hectic, but important show where we will see what’s on tap from the U.S. in coming years. Chicago will host a far more expansive and comfortable car show, earning its stripes as the circuits most enjoyable venue. but its unveilings may not be quite ground breaking as the Detroit show.

And New York …

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20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 54 views
Ram Promaster Citywagon: A pleasant shock and full of surprises

By Don Hammonds

If we were able to award a prize for the most surprising vehicle for the year so far, it would go to the 2015 Ram Promaster City Wagon. We know that it’s  designed primarily for a commercial crowd, but with its six seats, tons of room behind thhe back seat, huge window for visibility, and countless other things, we shocked ourselves into saying that this is one small van that would be heartily welcomed into our family as …

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7 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 133 views
2015 Golf TDI SEL:Compact car gold standard

By Don Hammonds

If you haven’t heard by now, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup has been selected as the 2015 Car of the Year by the widely respected Motor Trend Magazine. Of course, when anything or anyone is ranked at the top, detractors and competitors love to seize the chance to knock the winner off the pedestal. Well, if Volkswagen Golf’s competitors wish to mount an assault, they’d better prepare for a big fight. This newest Golf generation beats its competitors …

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2 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 127 views
Volvo V60 T6 R-Design: One word: YUM!

 

 

By Don Hammonds

 

Guess who’s got the sexiest wagon on the market these days? Volvo.  Yes Volvo. Maker of those sturdy square chariots of the upper class. They’ve long since gone sexy on us, but now they’ve outdone themselves with the way cool, all-new V60. Actually, we did better than that. Our tester was the rare and ultra fast, limited production V60 T6 R Design–lovingly massaged by Polestar, Volvo’s Swedish racing arm. There was no mistaking that our tester meant business, …

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12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 186 views
2015 Chevy Colorado: Best truck–of them all

By Donald Hammonds

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015  Motor Trend Truck of the Year, is quite a revelation on the pickup state of the art these days.

Quiet, smooth as silk, passenger car-style maneuverability and almost the perfect blueprint for a smaller, easy to drive, yet eminently practical truck of the future.     And as far as we can tell without having test driven its newest competitor, the totally redone 2016 Toyota Tacoma (Ford is out of the …

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17 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 213 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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