2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class in Depth: The Date-Night Sports Car ""

Calling the Mercedes-Benz SL-class a sports car is only telling half the story. This car offers a compelling blend of passenger comfort and driving excitement. It’s more than competent on a twisty road, and both of its available powertrains—a 362-hp V-6 and a 449-hp V-8—provide plenty of forward thrust. Drop…

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Wendy Sullivan

Driven! 2018 Jaguar E-Pace, Coventry’s Jeep Thing ""

Although adjacent alphabetically in lists of major automakers, Jaguar and Jeep are polar opposites, but that isn’t keeping Jaguar from following in Jeep’s footsteps. Jeep is a pioneer in minting money with overlapping crossover offerings: Its Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee span less than 16 inches of overall length and are…

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Wendy Sullivan

Kian, the AI-Powered Bot, Is Here to Tell You All about Kias ""

Would you want to glean information from an artificially intelligent bot online as you mull your next car purchase? Apparently, plenty of people have done so: Kia said its NiroBot has helped broker the sales of more than 22,000 Niro crossovers. So successful is this Niro-specific bot that Kia has…

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Wendy Sullivan

That Was Fast: Aston Martin Unveils Vantage GTE Racer ""

There is normally a gap between when an automaker unveils a new model and the announcement of its racing spinoff. But Aston Martin is releasing details and images of the new Vantage GTE racer just eight hours after showing its roadgoing counterpart for the first time. Such is the relentless…

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Wendy Sullivan

Next Step: Uber and Volvo Teaming to Build Thousands of Driverless Cars ""

Volvo and Uber will undertake a massive expansion of their partnership involving automated vehicles over the next three years. After spending the past 15 months building prototypes that were subsequently deployed in select cities around the United States with human safety drivers behind the wheel, the two companies signed an…

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Wendy Sullivan

Mini Running Dakar with AWD Rally and RWD Buggy Models ""

Mini may have started life as a tiny front-wheel-drive car in 1959, but that doesn’t prevent parent company BMW from altering that basic concept when it comes to racing. And racing is dear to Mini, especially the Dakar rally, which it won four times in a row from 2012 to…

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Wendy Sullivan

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Manual Test: Hipster Cred, Better Car ""

The Crosstrek has been a sales hit for Subaru, coming in a solid third place after the larger Outback and Forester through October of this year. Although it’s just an Impreza lifted enough to boost it into the nebulously defined crossover category, the hatchback has carved out a segment for…

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Wendy Sullivan