1955 Chevy Cruise
May 25, 2017

1955: A Great Year to Buy a Car in America

Jim Motavalli

1955 was a year of innovation. With debuts including an all-new Chevy Bel Air, the Ford Thunderbird, the Citroen DS, the Triumph TR3 and MGA, consumers couldn't go wrong.

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May 11, 2017

The Toothpaste Cure: Two Paths to Better Headlights

Jim Motavalli

Yes, toothpaste really is useful to clean your headlights, and if that's too weird you can buy a commercial restoration kit. I tried one out, and here's the results.

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May 02, 2017

If It Can Make It Here: The New Volkswagen e-Golf in Manhattan

Jim Motavalli

VW updated its electric e-Golf with more power and range. Since EVs are supposed to be city cars, I took it into the maelstrom that is Times Square.

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Apr 28, 2017

The Best Green Cars Under $40,000

Jim Motavalli

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery cars are now competitively priced, and also competitive with the best mainstream entries.

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Lucid Koenigsegg
Apr 13, 2017

If You've Got It, Flaunt It: Supercars at NYIAS

Jim Motavalli

Million-dollar price tags and 200-mph were on display at the New York Auto Show.

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SUVs at NYAS
Apr 13, 2017

SUVs to the Front: A 2017 New York Auto Show Report

Jim Motavalli

Automakers are riding high in 2017, and their road to riches is paved with big-ticket SUVs.

New York Auto Show SUVs

Ford Explorer at 2017 NYAS
Apr 12, 2017

Ford at NAIAS: A New Explorer, and a Prediction that SUVs Are Here to Stay

Jim Motavalli

Ford predicts that SUVs (including crossovers) could top 50 percent of the overall market in the next five to seven years. And, oh yes, there's a refreshed Explorer.

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VW Atlas
Apr 07, 2017

Atlas: Will It Hold Up Volkswagen's World?

Jim Motavalli

Under fire, the German automaker has a lot riding on its new made-in-America midsized SUV. Fortunately, this crossover is aimed squarely at the U.S. heartland.

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Amelia Island 2017
Mar 15, 2017

Amelia Island 2017: The Big Star Cars Come Out to Play

Jim Motavalli

Sunny weather, Hollywood star cars, Clark Gable's crankshaft, $20 million classics and $15,000 Miatas--Amelia Island had it all this year (and dodged the rain).

luxury vehicles

Review: Mazda Miata MX-5 hardtop convertible
Mar 06, 2017

Mazda 2017: The Miata's New Retractable Hardtop, and the Quieter CX-5 Goes Upscale

Jim Motavalli

Mazda has only two-percent global market share, but with the new Miata RF and CX-5, it's trying harder.

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