Automobile

2017 Bentley Mulsanne

If you’re rich—really rich—what fills your heart with dread? Not being rich anymore. Which may explain why the ultra-wealthy are drawn to objects that suggest permanence: big, imposing houses that look like they’ve been around forever and big, imposing cars…
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Chrysler 200 V-6 FWD

While the news columns are abuzz about the Chrysler 200 (and the smaller Dodge Dart) going out of production later this year, newly built examples are still arriving at dealerships. Priced low and backed by incentives, they’re poised to tempt…
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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Denim Edition

“If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t really there.” That quote is attributed to a lot of folks who definitely were there, including rockers and acid-heads Grace Slick, Pete Townshend, Wavy Gravy, and Timothy Leary, but the earliest citation extant—1982—credits…
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Porsche 718 Boxster S Manual

That subtle background noise you hear isn’t just the ticking of four cylinders where six formerly lived. It’s the gnashing of teeth over the fact that Porsche downsized cylinder count and piston displacement to a mere 2.5 liters for the…
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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Ever since Land Rover showed the Evoque convertible concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show, it has been compared with one thing—the ill-conceived, overwrought 2011­–2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Given the Evoque’s high-altitude seating for four, all-wheel drive, true crossover stance,…
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Our Autonomous Vehicle Future

Here we are.  We’re tantalizingly close to the realization of the first autonomous vehicles (AVs) to hit the market.  Quite honestly, I thought we’d be far closer to flying cars by this time (thank you, Jetsons reruns), but AVs will…
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VW And Tesla: How Big The Reputation Hit?

Kids today roll their eyes when conservatives point to Solyndra as an example of failed attempts to accelerate technological adoption, but for those of a certain age (specifically, old), the poster child was the diesel Oldsmobile, introduced in 1978 as…
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