Articles tagged with: 2016

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

23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 1,650 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 …

Lexus, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 817 views
2016 Lexus NX:  Lexus hits the compact crossover sweet spot

By Don Hammonds

With all of the compact luxury crossovers on the roads these days, you might find it hard to tell them all apart.
Except for one.
The 2016 Lexus NX 200t.
This CUV is strictly its own crossover.

You will probably notice a similarity between the NX lineup and the others out there in a blink of the eye.
Probably you’ll notice that it resembles the RX 350, Lexus’s bread and butter luxury crossover that has been totally redone this year.
The resemblance is totally …

Lexus, Uncategorized »

17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 847 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 …

Dodge, Sports Cars »

29 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 1,616 views
2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack: It Doesn’t Buzz—it Roars!

By Don Hammonds

Guess hell’s a-poppin’ at Dodge  these days.

That’s the only thing I can make out of the huge performance explosion at FCA’s big time fun division.

After all, the company is making cars that are giving nothing but sheer hell to the competition–the Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat. And now if that’s not enough, Dodge has another permutation of its Challenger, the R/T Scat Pack, which is sure to bring the sulphur of Hades to all but the most powerful of sporting cars made in …

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10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 1,167 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 …

Uncategorized »

10 Aug 2016 | No Comment | 1,305 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 …

Uncategorized »

11 Jul 2016 | No Comment | 903 views
VW Beetle Dune: It’s golden–figuratively and literally

By Don Hammonds

The fun thing about Volkswagen’s Beetle is that it can be transformed into countless distinctive versions, each with its own personality.

This time around, some bold colors, striking interior features and some nifty exterior features have resulted in the 2016 Beetle Dune, a way cool version of the Beetle that looks as though it belongs somewhere out west on a vast desert.

 

What VW does is take a basic Beetle coupe, give  it coat of a gorgeous yellow gold color …

Honda, Uncategorized »

3 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 998 views
2016 Honda HR-V: Good car, good value–if you can find one

By Don Hammonds
Honda has this incredible knack to pick just the right product at just the right time.
And they’ve now done it again with the 2016 Honda HR-V.

[caption id="attachment_8001" align="alignnone" width="600"] 2016 Honda HR-V[/caption]
It’s fun to drive, it has plenty of room, it’s got a flexible “Magic Seat” to die for, it’s got this wonderful LaneWatch feature that tells you what’s going on on the passenger side of the car, and it’s really elegant in a sporty sort of way.
And …

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