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Bentley, Infiniti, Luxury Cars, Sports Sedans, Uncategorized »

23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 121 views
2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0t AWD: Long name, “hella” car

By Don Hammonds

 

Everybody knows red is the color for passion–and sex.

We have never thought that Infiniti products needed a name that exudes passion. The cars do that for themselves, thank you very much.

But this special iteration of the Q50–not a car noted for being cold-blooded OR slow—adds a lot of spice to a product already blessed with a reputation for being an enthusiast’s ride.

Frankly, we think Infiniti to stand to cut a few words out of the long name–every time …

Compact Cars, Fiat, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 67 views
2016 Fiat 500x:  Hey, ya gotta love it!

By Donald Hammonds

You know the routine.

You buy a new car and it just seems like the same old, same old. Three Box design, five to six seat space, nothing special on the equipment list, and is so boring that you yawn just thinking about it.

Well—if you can reduce your size expectations, juice your adventure quotient as high as you can, and prepare yourself for a ball of fun to drive–we have a car you may want to look at. And …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 66 views
2017 Nissan Pathfinder: More power, more tech, same pizazz and good value proposition

By Donald Hammonds

I remember Nissan Pathfinders from days gone by long ago.

Back then, it was a kick-ass offroader that seemed to be at home in the outback, so to speak.   It was a nice looking, ruggedly built SUV that had a bouncy ride, okay but not flashy interior and seemed to last forever, based on the number of old ones we would see —and still see–on the road.

But the Pathfinder of today  has been transformed  into a classy looking family car …

Lexus, Uncategorized »

17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 129 views
2016 Lexus RX 350: Style leader and then some

By Don Hammonds

Few auto companies can claim a dramatic, across the board styling transformation as Lexus can these days.

No matter where you look, Lexus products are generally at the head of the pack when it comes to contemporary styling with a flair in the luxury business right now.  And that’s a far cry from the days of modestly styled, “good” cars that were pretty much  subdued.

No more. With the striking spindle style grille, the use of what I would call …

Chrysler, Minivans/Station Wagons, Uncategorized »

17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 119 views
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited:One of the best new cars on the market

By Don Hammonds

We will get right to the point and declare that there is now a new gold standard for minivans: Chrysler’s all-new Pacifica.

Thanks to some creative thinking, a styling design that is second to none, a walth of impeccable workmanship- and controls that are all intuitive, the Pacifica amply shows what happens with teamwork, a blank piece of paper, and a super keen awareness of how the minivan market has changed in the almost three decades since Chrysler founded the …

Acura, Aston Martin, audi, buyer's guide, Uncategorized »

29 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 226 views
2016 Ford Mustang: Bold, wicked fast and gorgeous to boot

By Don Hammonds

 

My first Mustang was a little one—as in 1:25th scale, purchased over 50 years ago.

At the very bottom corner of the first ad for Mustang back in 1964, kids were invited to send in money for their own miniature Mustang. or 2016, Ford adds some more flavor, color and interest to Mustang.

Me and my next door neighbor both bought them –his was baby blue and mine was beige. And mine has a place in honor inside one of …

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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 200 views
2016 Lincoln MKX: Class, class and more class!

By Don Hammonds

Movie buffs might recall the subtle, slinky sexiness of the late actress, Lauren Bacall.

She was never flashy–just confident, arresting, and altogether the center of attention in whatever movie she acted in. And her call line was something like “If you need me..just whistle… you do remember how to whistle, don’t you?”

Consider Lincoln to be the Lauren Bacall of cars. Never obvious.  Way too confident to call attention to itself. Never gaudy. Always subtle. And impossible to miss.

On a lighter …

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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 617 views
2016Volkswagen Golf R: Everything you’ve heard—believe it

By Don Hammonds

So-called pocket rockets are all the rage these days.

Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX STi, Volkswagen GTI and others mainly designed for overseas markets all have their own loyalists, enthusiasts and advocates.

But we at Automobile Journal had a chance to get behind the wheel of a car that you almost certainly don’t want to put in  your pocket, and as for rocket, well…we strongly suggest you hold on tight. And all those others better run for …

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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 594 views
2016 Infiniti QX60: Making waves–and space

By Don Hammonds

Sometimes small differences can make all the difference in the world.

That is certainly true of Nissan’s 2016 QX60 all wheel drive crossover.

[caption id="attachment_8357" align="alignnone" width="532"] Infiniti has comprehensively enhanced its versatile QX60 premium crossover for 2016, introducing a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seater’s exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.[/caption]

Basically pretty similar in appearance and content to the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 still has …

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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 339 views
2016 Chrysler 200 Limited: Good car, but …farewell…

By Don Hammonds

One of the saddest bits of news over the last few months has been an announcement of the pending departure of the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Dart, two really decent products that, at least here in Pittsburgh, have pretty big followings—and sales.

Our understanding from industry sources is that FCA wants to concentrate on minivans like its highly acclaimed Pacific–which we will soon drive–along with crossovers, trucks and SUVS, and thankfully, they are keeping on their terrific Dodge sports …

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