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1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,664 views
2011 Infiniti QX

Infiniti showed off an all-new 2011 Infiniti QX full-size SUV at a press conference at the 2010 New York International Auto Show today, with more features and plenty more oomph–at a price which matches the 2010 model.

Right off the bat, it‘s clear that Infiniti is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that its new QX is not  confused with Nissan‘s Armada, with which it has shared styling in the past, save for a few more bits and pieces with …

Events, Family Sedans, Hyundai, Ride and Drive, Sports Sedans »

22 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 6,197 views
2011 Hyundai Sonata Ride and Drive

It’s one thing to be fast on the draw with new models–and quite another to do that and do them well.

Hyundai’s a past master at the art, and it’s proving it by introducing new models one after the other, each far better than the preceding generation versions, which themselves were pretty darned good..

The latest example of this is the 2011 Sonata, an all-new family sedan that is guaranteed to mean nightmares for the competition.

First, the Sonata is a looker.

Thanks to …

Auto Shows, Events, Family Sedans, Opinions, Toyota »

12 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 1,893 views
Toyota-More Challenges than Recalls

Can you identify this car?

Of course you can.  It’s a Toyota Avalon, right?

But did you know that this is the 2011 Toyota Avalon, freshly introduced at this week’s Chicago Auto Show?

Neither did we.

Which highlights why, in the long run,  we fear that Toyota’s problems run a lot deeper than the current recalls suggest.

Toyota is proud of its new Avalon.  And they should be.  It’s got plenty of wonderful new features including an industry first reclining rear seat in  its market …

Auto Shows, Events, Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

12 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 2,005 views
Ford Unveils 2011 Edge at Chicago Auto Show

Ford has always been a master of making the best of  mid cycle refreshes—and that’s very much the case with the 2011 Ford Edge, introduced today at the Chicago Auto show.

The car has some obvious changes all around style wise, and it also includes some pretty important new features as well.

“The new Edge demonstrates how a refresh at Ford has become more than just a few design and interior tweaks,” explains Elaine Bannon, chief engineer. “We have taken every element …

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26 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 5,749 views
Fields of Green

New shades of green have exploded into the auto scene at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. After all, strict fuel economy standards will go into effect in 2016.

Toyota, the visionary company that introduced the Prius hybrid in 2001, is quickly getting strong competition. There were 600,000 Prius’s sold in the US last year, and this year, many more companies and models will be vying for a piece of the action – and then some.

At the show was an all new …

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26 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 1,928 views
The Shifting Tide: Family Car Size follows Family Size

No more Hummers. No more mega sized SUV’s. No more showcasing the enormous trucks as the ‘latest and greatest’ vehicles. In just a few years, the trend at the Detroit Auto Show runs a striking parallel to so many other things. Like families, for example.

As families are changing in dynamics and size, so the car industry has finally collided with the changing family. So to speak. Demographics and ethnographics, interestingly, did not lead the way for this shift. Like most …

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12 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 2,443 views
2010 Detroit Auto Show in Review (cont’d)

The byword on the second day of press previews at the North American International Auto Show was luxury, as Lincoln and Cadillac unveiled new models to entice buyers to showrooms.

While Lincoln’s sexy new commercials provided a film noir background, Ford’s finest rolled out a substantially redone MKX crossover. The current model has been a big seller for the company, and it was clear that the redo was a carefully measured one so as not to upset the consumer applecart in …

Auto Shows, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Events, Films, Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen »

11 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 3,092 views
2010 Detroit Auto Show in Review

This year’s North American International Auto Show, while subdued in energy, still popped with unveilings of cars that could figure largely into the upcoming sales year.

Chief among those cars was the all-new Ford Focus, expected to hit the sales floor in 2011 as a 2012 model.  To say that the new Focus is dramatically different from the current model is an understatement of the first order. The new model is snappy and hip looking, and a good example of Ford’s …

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10 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 1,335 views
2009 New York Auto Show

There may be a recession, car sales may dip below the 10 million mark in 2009, and money is tight, but you wouldn’t know it by the way people spoke at the New York Auto show, which runs at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York from April 11-19.

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Speaker after speaker at the press introduction days were optimistic that the industry will not only survive the present difficulties, but will emerge at the other …

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