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  • 2009 Audi A4

    2009 Audi A4
    In 1995, Audi was hanging by a burning thread in the U.S. Thanks to some spectacularly bad cars and a meta-scandal concerning mysterious "unintended acceleration," U.S. sales of VW's luxury division had spiraled down to around 7,000 cars, and it was no...
  • Ford Flex crossover: A square deal

    Ford Flex crossover: A square deal
    In absolute terms, the Ford Flex is squarely brilliant. Here is a six- or seven-passenger spawn hauler with none of the minivan stigma that so evidently traumatizes suburbanites and their delicate eros. Actually, with its blacked-out roof pillars and...
  • Fiat 500: Budget-wise and Mini-splendored

    Fiat 500: Budget-wise and Mini-splendored
    Where are the hot-cool small cars, the drive-all-night cars, the panties-on-the-mirror cars? Where they've always been: In Europe. Here's a look at two of them: The Fiat 500 and the Alfa Romeo MiTo. Milan, Italy Cute? Think a bunny in bib overalls, a...
  • 2008 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

    2008 Chevy Malibu Hybrid
    We have established that GM knows how to make a two-mode hybrid. Witness the Green Car of the Year*, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which utilizes a powerful electric motor in concert with an internal combustion engine. Still, GM continues to build its "mild"...
  • Bullitt: Chasing the detective's mystique

    Bullitt: Chasing the detective's mystique
    Not to go all Pauline Kael on you, but "Bullitt" -- the 1968 crime drama starring a Ford Mustang GT390 and some guy named Steve McQueen -- is a fairly tedious bit of Aquarian cinema: the chicka-chicka-waah soundtrack, the inscrutable plot, the anaerobic...
  • A place in history

    A place in history
    IT was a trip in memory of the Coast Miwok Indians, the gentle hunter-gatherers who inhabited this place for nearly 5,000 years until the late 18th century, when Western civilization wiped them out along with many of the giant redwoods that once...
  • Taking the Mini Cooper to the max

    Taking the Mini Cooper to the max
    It's my considered opinion that the BMW Mini Cooper is the most successful car design of the last 20 years. What can touch it? Here's a car that puts a spearmint thrill through you every time you turn the key, a larking, capering, glass-and-steel nymph...
  • A BMW only a mama could love

    A BMW only a mama could love
    Let's begin with a verity, an undeniable truth that is evident from 3 feet away or from the cold distance of outer space: The new 1-series BMW is ugly. Seriously ugly. Ugly with X-wings locked in attack formation. Spare me your E.H. Gombrich or Helen...
  • 2009 Nissan Murano

    2009 Nissan Murano
    I would like to give my Nissan Murano test vehicle an Advil, or Tylenol, or perhaps I should Simoniz its hood with that HeadOn stuff that you apply directly to the forehead. This thing looks like it's suffering from the world's worst migraine. To signal,...
  • 2008 Porsche GT2: Brute almighty

    2008 Porsche GT2: Brute almighty
    You may recall from your psychology classes the name Harry Harlow, a controversial researcher known for his wire monkey-surrogate mother experiments. One group of baby rhesus monkeys was taken away from its mothers and given a maternal figure made of...
  • FLASH: First pictures of Bugatti's 16C Galibier concept

     
    The question of what Bugatti is going to do with itself once it completes the Veyron's run of 300 cars (and potentially 150 Grand Sports) may have been answered today when Bugatti President (and Bentley Chief Executive) Franz Josef Paefgen......
  • Dan Neil's Frankfurt Auto Show preview

     
    For those who fret about the end of the American Automotive Empire, I???d offer the following consolation. After years of skepticism, resistance and outright ridicule, European car makers are embracing an idea and evolving a technology that Americans...