Cruising Well into the AWD 30 MPG Club In our northwest corner of the country, motorists embraced Subarus back when quirky wasn’t hip. We thought Subarus were neat long before Paul Hogan started hauling his “barbie” around in Outbacks or Lance Armstrong cycled his way to becoming the new company spokesman. The Subaru Outback in its natural habitat (when it’s not cruising the highways) We, along with buyers in New England and the Rocky Mountain states, knew for years that Subaru’s all-wheel drive cars and wagons offered superior traction—not just on snowy or muddy roads, but on any slippery or uneven surface. And the decision in 1994 to morph the Legacy wagon into the “world’s first sport-utility wagon” and call it Outback? Brilliant, as consumers in all three markets flocked to dealers. Over the years Outbacks and, indeed, all Subarus, were known for just so-so fuel economy. The automaker has been working to erase that reputation. … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Subaru Outback
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Tweet TweetFor the customers unhappy with Golf’s size, VW offers the Golf Sportsvan. But for those who consider the regular van too boring, the Germans just presented the R-Line pack. It is meant to transform the usual Sportsvan in a more attractive one, thanks to its many exterior elements and to the special materials used onboard. As you know, the R-Line pack is available for various VW models, such as Polo, hatchback and break Golf, Passat, Touran, Tiguan and Touareg. The division in charge with the design, Volkswagen R, prepared two different packages. The exterior pack consist of specially redesigned front and rear bumpers, with still extensions, newly designed air intakes, R-Line logo in radiator grille and on the side panels, anodized silver roof rails, exhaust tailpipes trims in chrome and special dark-red tail lights. The exterior package only costs 1105€.The second pack includes, besides the exterior features, some interior elements: “Race” design seat … [Read more...] about The New Golf Sportsvan R-Line Is Here
I have often been asked my informed opinion of, and sometimes random thoughts on, many cars: to buy, to avoid, or simply to compare. But there are some models that I have seldom been asked about: Toyota Camry is one of them. It belongs to a genre, of cars that sell on their own. Toyota Camry has been sold by the millions around the world – 19 million in 100 countries! In the UAE alone, more than half a million have been sold. The Camry is not a car. It’s a commodity. Safety and reliability are the most desirable qualities in a car. But if you ask “do they make a car desirable?” the answer is irony itself. Safety at its pinnacle seems to lose sex appeal. That’s what happened to Volvo until they decided to re-design their safe carriages. Likewise, when the solid foundation of reliability is built too low, it gets mixed up with mediocrity, as in the case of the most ubiquitous taxi in the region. Popularity has a way of going to the head of people and of … [Read more...] about Toyota Camry 2018 First Drive: Force to reckon with
The trucks that Bill Brown grew up around might be the raw material for a classic project today, but at the time they were utilitarian workhorses used by his family’s grocery store for food deliveries.The incredible 1964 Chevy C30 Panel that he now owns started life that same way. Judging from word of mouth and by stripping layers of paint during the most recent rebuild, Bill’s truck was originally a Maxwell House coffee delivery truck in Los Angeles, used to carry 100-pound bags of beans.Not every chapter in this truck’s life is known, but after its early life hauling coffee, and a few years abandoned in a field, it was converted into a custom, complete with all the style elements associated with the van movement—including captain’s seats, an exterior paintjob in tan and various shades of maroon, and an orange shag carpeted interior. After a few changes in ownership, a few different locations, and assorted modifications, the truck ended up in Traverse … [Read more...] about This 1964 Chevy C30 Panel Once Carried Coffee. Today It Still Delivers A Buzz.
Summon your inner 10-year-old: the order books are almost open for Chevrolet’s Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition. Built to celebrate “50 years of partnership, performance innovation and design,” the ‘edition’ is actually a $4995 upgrade package suitable for the Camaro 2LT and 2SS coupes and convertibles. It goes on sale on February 1. There’s no extra power but the visual upgradery stretches far and wide. The paint is a special colour called Crush, while the twin Satin Graphite stripes have Silver Ice Metallic accents. The effect is meant to mimic Hot Wheels track. The side sill extensions and lower skirts at both ends are finished in matching Satin Graphite, as are the 20-inch milled-face forged alloy wheels. Behind those are special orange-painted brake calipers. The grille has been slightly redesigned, the tail light clusters darkened and the Chevrolet ‘bow tie’ logos are black. Inside and out you’ll find plenty of Hot … [Read more...] about Your Inner 10-Year-Old Will Love The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition