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Infiniti QX Inspiration: The Potential of Empty Spaces & The Art of Origami

The QX Inspiration is Infiniti’s foray into the EV market. It has a pair of electric motors and an electric all-wheel drive system. The coach doors, cab-forward design, and other styling elements are inspired by Japanese culture. It’s hard to describe the Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept. After all, we’re talking about a concept car here. From the looks of it, the QX is a small and compact SUV on steroids. However, it does give the Lamborghini Urus and Maserati Levante a serious run for cash in...
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Put A Sock In It! New Tech Makes The 2020 Ford Explorer More Quiet

How do you keep a modern SUV as quiet as a church mouse?  Easy: a state-of-the-art laboratory, a few microphones, and a librarian’s touch.   Ford says the 2020 Explorer is the quietest one yet, calling it “Librarian-Approved.” That’s funny, clever, and probably true. It also shows just how far away from their truck-based ancestors modern SUVs are. It also points out what a modern SUV is expected to be: Civilized and Refined. Ford goes so far as to say that today’s SUV buyers are “seeking peace...
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2020 BMW 7 Series: The Big Boss Gets The Flagship Overhaul

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is the epitome of flagship styling and comfort. An extensive offering of new technology includes a night vision system.  Expect more powerful engines and a plug-in hybrid option.  I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t the new 8 Series the BMW flagship? Not a chance. The 2020 BMW 7 Series is coming to town, and it’s here to show other BMWs who the real boss is. The new 7 Series is a far cry from being a just another traditional luxury-sport sedan. Although previous models wer...
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Mazda Celebrates Miata Heritage With 30th Anniversary Edition Model

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary edition pays homage to the car’s legacy. Unique and exclusive features include Racing Orange paint and special serial number badging. Mazda dropped the 30th Anniversary edition Miata at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show recently. It was, after all, at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show when the Miata first graced the world. Despite all the expected amazement that these little guys have been around since the USSR was a thing, the Miata is still the best bang for your buck...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Ussr, Rays, Chicago Auto Show, Mazda, Alcantara, Miata, Car News, Mazda Miatas, Tony Borroz, Miata RF Mazda, Chicago Auto Show Orange, 30th Anniversary Miata


2020 Kia Sportage: Refreshed & Ready To Mingle

On the heels of an emotional Super Bowl ad for the Telluride, Kia is staying on the gas in 2019. While the Telluride is the largest member of Kia’s house, the Sportage is no couch potato. Refreshed and recharged for another round, the 2020 Kia Sportage comes with a handful of tech and safety upgrades. Those not looking for the space (or cost) of a larger SUV may find the new Sportage does the trick. We would opt for the new S trim personally, which has a more athletic exterior look. Yet, regardl...
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Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition: Nissan Stacks On The Goodies

The Rock Creek Edition jazzes up Nissan’s evergreen SUV. Many of the exterior treatments are blacked-out or darkened.  The special-edition Pathfinder has a V6 engine with direct injection.  Nissan just keeps cranking out the Pathfinder, and why shouldn’t they? I see these things all over the place – yes, I live in a rural area – but the interesting thing is that I still see the original versions from 1987 out there. That’s a testament to durability and longevity that any car maker would love t...
Tags: Autos, Nissan, Chicago Auto Show, Nissan Pathfinder, Car News, Tony Borroz, Nissan North America Power Performance, Navigation and Services SiriusXM Traffic


VW Dune Buggy Concept: Where EVs & The 1960s Meet

VW’s concept is inspired by the American buggies from the 1960s and ‘70s. This modern Dune Buggy showcases the flexibility of VW’s latest EV platform. It doesn’t look like a production version is comming but we won’t give up hope. When I first saw the pictures of the VW Dune Buggy, I thought it was a prop for some upcoming sci-fi movie. Tron II – Electric Tron-a-Loo or something. But no, VW is serious. Or as serious as you can be with a show car. Which is what the Dune Buggy is. You’ll be able...
Tags: Chicago, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Iowa, Autos, Geneva, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, Joliet, Hermosa Beach, Rincon, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, Bruce Meyer


Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition: The Tradition Continues

The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition will receive a limited-production run. Design elements include the original “baseball stitch” and commemorative badging. Available as either a coupe or roadster with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. I must be getting old. Has the Audi TT really been around for 20 years? Maybe I’d remember that if it had kept some of its original pizzazz instead of slowly fading into “just another sports coupe” territory. Or maybe it would have made more of an ...
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Jaguar F-TYPE Checkered Flag: A Limited-Edition F-TYPE For 2020

Jaguar, the most successful of British sports car companies, just announced a new model – variant actually – to their 2020 lineup, the F-TYPE Checkered Flag. The limited-edition model will be available as both a coupe and convertible and, like all Jags, will be as gorgeous as it is fast. Based off of the Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic Coupe and Convertible, the Checkered Flag is offered with either a four or six-cylinder engine. Obviously, I’d go with the six, but theoretically the four-banger could be...
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2019 Nissan Maxima: Athletic. Luxurious. But Too Expensive?

The 2019 Nissan Maxima gets a styling refresh for the new year.  It retains its powerful V6 motor but the transmission is a gray area. The new Maxima is luxurious but the price point may scare buyers off.  Ah yes, the Maxima. This is purportedly Nissan’s four-door sports car. That’s a bold claim if you ask me. However, even past models of the Nissan Maxima came equipped with strong and bulletproof motors. It also came with sporty handling and a taut ride, which is a Maxima trademark. It’s good...
Tags: Autos, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Alcantara, KODO, Máxima, CVT, Jeff Bartlett, Nissan Maxima, Mitsubishi Mirage, Car News, Car Talk, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Jatco, Alvin Reyes


2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE & The Power of Ten

Just when you thought the Detroit Auto Show was over, Chevy drops a rather nice surprise on us. Say hello to the 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, “the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever.” You pretty much had me at “fastest,” but then you had to add “most track-capable Camaro ever.” Track capable you say? And wait, what’s this about a new transmission? Now you tell us!? Money Pits & Stop Watches Look, I’m not much of a track guy. I like going to tracks – love going to tracks, actually – but gett...
Tags: Gm, Autos, Chevy, Car Tech, Detroit Auto Show, Mario Andretti, Brembo, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Goodyear Eagle, Car News, Car Talk, Mark Dickens, Tony Borroz, Chevrolet Black Magic, Milford Road Course, Chevrolet Imagine


McLaren 600LT Spider: One Very Impressive Hair Dryer

In terms of performance, the McLaren 600LT Spider is on par with the 600LT Coupé. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires increase on-track dynamics and driver engagement. The 600LT Spider is the fifth car to carry the Longtail (LT) namesake. McLaren thought it was a good idea if they’d cut the top off their impressive Longtail and turn it into a Spider. Who am I to argue? I love convertibles. Besides, this is no boulevard showboat. With nearly 600 ponies on tap and a 200 plus mph top speed, think of th...
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2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Review: Ideal For Work or Pleasure

92 SOLID 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Overall Impression Luxurious interior.Good car for working professionals.However, it doesn't always like snowy weather. Pros Fuel Economy Ride & Handling Quiet & Comfortable Cons Lacks AWD Option Not Compatible With Android Auto The 2019 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan with lots of room inside, a large trunk for cargo, and standard features galore. The Avalon Hybrid bumps up the fuel efficiency to a level not seen in trad...
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2020 GMC Sierra HD: New Towing Tech & An Allison Upgrade

The 2020 GMC Sierra HD pickup is due later this year with increased towing capacity. The Allison transmission gets a major upgrade on the taller, more robust 2020 Sierra HD. The list of towing technology is impressive: cameras, smartphone apps – the whole nine yards. The 2020 GMC Sierra HD pickup will soon be here, and besides having the design of a Soviet-era apartment building, it’s a pretty amazing piece of work. What’s also amazing is that I get to write about it, because most of the time,...
Tags: Autos, Sierra, Gmc, Allison, Denali, GMC Sierra, Formula Ford, Car News, Carl Anthony, Tony Borroz, Sierra Heavy Duty, Jaclyn McQuaid, GMC Towing Tools GMC, The Auto Electric Park Brake, GMC GMC


2019 Mazda3: Two Flavors & Plenty of Extras

The 2019 Mazda3 comes in two styles, sedan and hatchback. A manual transmission is available in certain combinations. The list of connectivity and safety features is impressive.  Mazda keeps cranking these little guys out and it’s easy to see why. The Mazda3 is the best-selling car for the Japanese brand. I know, that’s kind of sad. I was hoping for the Miata, but it’s not a sports car world I’m afraid. So what makes the 2019 Mazda3 so hot? The usual stuff for Mazda: value and lots of goodies ...
Tags: Alaska, Autos, Hud, Android Auto, Mazda, Miata, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Car News, Tony Borroz, Lane Departure Warning, G Vectoring Control Plus Mazda


2020 Cadillac XT6: Enter The Goldilocks Zone

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a three-row crossover with a laundry list of safety features. Cadillac says “thoughtful technology integration” is central to the 2020 XT6. It’s larger than the XT4 and XT5, but still smaller than a new Escalade.   The 2020 Cadillac XT6 crossover/SUV had its global debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. And all I can say is you better get used to seeing a lot of these around. Not that Caddy was or ever will be a volume manufacturer, just that these SUV/crossover thing...
Tags: Gm, Autos, Jones, Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac, Car News, Tony Borroz, Sport Control, Cadillac Safety Security, HD Rear Vision Camera, Night Vision Rear Camera Mirror, Braking Hitch Guidance Reverse Automatic Braking, Android Auto NFC, Cadillac Interior Treatments


NAIAS 2019: The Most Exciting Reveals & Looking Ahead

The 2019 North American International Auto Show enters its final weekend in Detroit. Here is a look at the most exciting reveals and a few predictions for the future of the show. The 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is often considered the premier event of the automotive industry’s show season. As usual, it was full of exciting new models, innovative technology, and manufacturer announcements. However, this year’s show also left the industry with some questions as NAIAS face...
Tags: Events, Chicago, Vw, Ford, Autos, Las Vegas, Bmw, Detroit, Hyundai, Kia, Richard, Cadillac, North American International Auto Show, Naias, Shelby, Supra


2020 Kia Telluride: The South Korean Range Rover

2020 Kia Telluride debuts at the North American International Auto Show. The Telluride is a luxurious and rugged family SUV with seating for eight. The 3.8-liter GDI V6 motor can tow 5,000 lbs. All-wheel drive is available. Well, look what we have here. The 2020 Kia Telluride. I and the rest of the guys here at Automoblog got our first glimpse of the Telluride during the 2018 New York Fashion Week. It graced Brandon Maxwell’s Texas-inspired fashion collection, so it naturally came with rugged ...
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Supra Vs. Z4: The Fine Line Between Toyota & BMW Sports Cars

The 2020 Toyota Supra is destined for greatness. But there’s a problem. The BMW Z4 M40i is basically the same car albeit with a more powerful motor. Which begs the question: when is a Toyota sports car not a BMW? Where does one end and the other begin? The much anticipated hype is over. In the immortal words of my colleague Tony Borroz, it’s time to stop frothing at the mouth since the 2020 Toyota Supra is finally here. And boy, what a journey it has been, huh? I’m pretty sure Toyota did ev...
Tags: Porsche, Autos, Fiat, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Subaru, Mazda, Supra, GTE, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Toyota Supra, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC


2019 BMW Z4: Turbo 4s & Straight 6s All Day

The 2019 BMW Z4 features two new engines, one of which is nearly 400 horsepower.  With a 50:50 weight distribution, curb weight comes in at 3,443 lbs.; GVW is 4,092 lbs. The electrically-operated soft top can be opened in ten seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. BMW is touting their latest Z4 roadster, fitting since it shares a lot of bits and pieces with the current show-stealer, Toyota’s new Supra. As hot and anticipated as that Supra is, it is best not to overlook what BMW is doing. It’s never a...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Bmw, North America, Supra, Car News, Tony Borroz, BMW of North America LLC, Fuel Tank Capacity


2020 Mustang Shelby GT500: One Slick Snake

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Capable of mid-three-second zero to 60 times and sub-11-second quarter-mile scores, says Ford. Aerodynamics, downforce, and race-tuning the chassis were among the priorities during development. Ford drove all the way over to Detroit from Dearborn the other day, and decided to show off this: The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. It’s about what you’d expect. Big, mean, capable, lots of bang for your buck, (but s...
Tags: Ford, Autos, Michelin, North Carolina, Detroit, Torino, Ford Motor Company, North American International Auto Show, Henry, Shelby, Ford Performance, Dearborn, Brembo, Miko, Mustang Shelby, Car News


2020 VW Passat: Now With “Tornado” Lines

The 2020 VW Passat strikes a balance between new technology and proven performance.  VW says the new Passat’s design is coupe-like with a “tornado line” running through the car.   The 2020 VW Passat is the very definition of a good run-around car. These are cars we buy for driving to work; or for our spouses or kids as they go off to college. We feel relieved when we, or someone we love, is behind the wheel of a good run-around car. We don’t break the bank with the 2020 VW Passat, but we get e...
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2019 Subaru STI S209: Small, Powerful & Rare

The Subaru STI S209 debuts at the North American International Auto Show. Flexible strut tower bar, Brembo brakes, and a powerful engine are among the highlights.   First STI-crafted S-line performance vehicle set for the United States, although numbers are limited. Oh baby! Here’s a tasty piece of automotive engineering: The Subaru WRX STi S209. Wait, scratch that. It is simply called the STi S209, or the 2019 Subaru Limited-Edition STI S209 if you want to be technical about it. But essential...
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2020 Toyota Supra: It’s Finally Here!

The 2020 Toyota Supra debuts at the North American International Auto Show. After a long wait – 21 years in fact – Supra fans finally receive their unicorn. Zero to 60 times are solid and the chassis setup is impressive.     Okay, just calm down, calm down I say! The 2020 Toyota Supra is here. You will get your chance to bask in its glory, including tons of specs and performance numbers, in due time, but until then, you are going to have to calm down. You have been frothing at the mouth for t...
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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S & 4S Cabriolet: More Ponies, More Fun!

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet get a boost in engine performance. Night Vision Assist, a manual transmission, and the Sport Chrono Package are optional.  Hey, the new 911 Cabrios are here! Specifically, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S & 4S Cabriolet. What do you get? What’s so special this time around? Oh, this and that; gizmos and fender flares; a better soft top; improvements to stuff that lives on the dash. Those sort of things. But all you’re really going to care about is t...
Tags: Nasa, Porsche, Autos, Carrera, Porsche Cars North America Inc, Car News, Carrera S Cabriolet, Porsche Communication Management PCM, Tony Borroz, Carrera 4S Cabriolet


2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Just Call Me “Mercedes”

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA is like a personal assistant on wheels. The MBUX interface can recall the latest football scores and stock prices. An overhaul in the suspension department should make for a smoother ride too.   Mercedes is still making these things, eh? The latest iteration of the CLA “Coupe” is here, and it seems to be just as nice as its predecessor, which is good, considering Merc has been getting grief from some quarters. The only real complaint I have with the 2020 Mercedes-Ben...
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2020 Ford Explorer: History Repeats Itself

The 2020 Ford Explorer arrives as Americans demand more and more SUVS. Ford analyzed consumer feedback and designed the 2020 Explorer accordingly.  New, more powerful engines compliment a host of convenience and safety tech. In March of 1990, minivans broke into a cold sweat when the 1991 Ford Explorer moved into the neighborhood. While the two-door Explorer “Sport” helped the single crowd pursue all things 90s, the four-door became a viable option for families. Contrasting the minivan, the Ex...
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Lamborghini Huracán EVO: On The 1s & 2s

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is a noticeable improvement over the prior generation. A dynamic control system optimizes performance and handling be it on the street or track. Lamborghini goes a little overboard describing the car at times, like dating profile overboard.   Lamborghini, finally, is not content to leave well enough alone. The Sant’Agata Bolognese company has a habit of realizing the shortcomings of a given model; then just junking that model entirely and replacing it with a whole n...
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Building Your McLaren Speedtail: Like Savile Row With Horsepower!

The McLaren Speedtail was recently revealed to future owners at a private event. The Speedtail is the first of 18 new cars under the company’s Track25 business plan. It’s the fastest car in the automaker’s history. Now it’s arguably the most personalized.  I think this all started with the McLaren F1. I remember buyers could get their name woven into the carbon fiber, if they so desired. You know, something along the lines of “This McLaren F1 made especially for Sir Manfredjinsinjin” or someth...
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Goodbye Keys! Hello Hyundai’s Fingerprint Technology

Hyundai’s technology allows drivers to unlock and start their vehicle with their fingerprints. An on-board security system helps determine the driver’s actual prints to prevent theft. The technology is another example of how consumers want a vehicle to fit their lifestyle.   It sounds like something out of science fiction. Like those movies where the crew, in order to open the hatch to the spaceship’s next corridor, place their hands on a blue-lit screen. Hyundai is now using that Hollywood ma...
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