Autoweek in review is where we bring you the biggest stories in the car world that you might have missed this week. Whether you were actually getting some work done or you stepped away from your computer for a moment, here's your chance to catch up and have something cool to talk about over the weekend. Bigger than a breadbox: Toyota brings toaster-like transport to CES The pods are coming and Toyota is bringing them. They’ll haul people around, deliver things, and a cute little one will even bring a pizza to your door.When, you ask? Someday, within a few ... DeLorean down: This DMC-12 blaze is a pop culture tragedy DeLorean DMC-12s might not have been universally loved when they rolled off assembly lines the first time around, but since “Back to the Future” made them cool prices have spiked. ... NASCAR preseason testing begins this week at Texas Motor Speedway Four Monster Energy … [Read more...] about Autoweek in review: Everything you missed January 7-12, 2018
Was it really 22 months ago that I first encountered the fleet-customers-only 2016 Chevrolet Malibu? Indeed it was — and although the rental companies were quick to take advantage of what was presumably an absolutely massive discount on the General’s leftovers, they have not been in a hurry to release their inventory of these cars into the auction lanes.That’s particularly true in the case of our local National Car Rental franchisee, which is actually a Chevrolet dealer in disguise. Which explains why Danger Girl’s final car rental of the year turned out to be a rather well-worn and thoroughly undistinguished example of the fleet-spec ‘Bu LTZ.Why review this car yet again? Simple. You’d never guess it, but my review of the rental-spec Chevrolet Captiva turned out to be one of the biggest articles in TTAC history. A lot of people who were looking at ex-rental Captivas in the used market ended up reading it and (one hopes) learning something about the … [Read more...] about 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Rental Review – Your Next Used Car?
If we were to give it its full name, the bike we have here today would be called the Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi SP ABS. Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? You see, a few years ago, when Suzuki India re-entered the 150cc motorcycle space with a stormer of a naked street bike, it was called just the Gixxer, rather ambitiously borrowing its name from Suzuki’s hallowed litre-class machine. Then came its faired version, and with it the “SF” monicker. And finally, what we have here today is its snazzier sibling, the one with all the bells and the whistles. Fuel injection, new paint job, and the biggest feature that fans have been clamoring for, an anti-lock braking system. Fi, SP, ABS -- in that order. For brevity’s sake, let’s just stick with Gixxer ABS for the rest of this review, shall we? Design and FeaturesVisually, nothing has changed on the latest version of the Gixxer from its standard sibling save for the subtle … [Read more...] about Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi ABS: Road Test Review
Like the past few years 2017 also saw a slew of SUVs get launched in the country. And I'm not even surprised my first review in the new year is that of an SUV, the all-new, 2018 Audi Q5. It is Audi's first launch this year and also probably its most strategic one. When it was launched in India originally in 2011, the Q5 was welcomed with open arms by buyers and was quick to succeed in the then nascent midsize luxury SUV segment. It propelled Audi India to the top of the luxury car game and considering that 2017 wasn't the best of years for it, Audi is keen on getting right back into the numbers game. We got a little taste of the second generation Q5 on Indian soil, after our exclusive drive earlier this year in the UK, and here's what we think. The second generation Audi Q5 looks leaner, sharper and more athletic What is it? The Audi Q5 needs no introduction as one of the most popular midsize luxury SUVs. The last generation model also performed excellently in terms of bringing in … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi Q5 35 TDI first drive review
2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (208 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 258 lb-ft @ 1,200-4,000 rpm)Seven-speed automatic, all-wheel drive21 city / 30 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)10.6 city, 8.0 highway, 9.4 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km)Base Price: $37,700 (U.S) / $38,490 (Canada)As Tested: $46,460 (U.S.) / $48,161 (Canada)Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2,045 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared. Why Infiniti needs a subcompact crossover that shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is a mystery that only the folks at Nissan HQ know the answer to.After all, I spent four days wheeling one all over Los Angeles, from the airport to downtown and back, and I still don’t know the answer to that question.Separating the QX30 from its platform mate and judging it on its own merits, however, is nonetheless … [Read more...] about 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD Review – A Comfortable Compact Oddity