July 25, 2014: Porsche reveals the 2015 Cayenne line ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut. Mercedes, meanwhile, pulls the covers off the new smart fortwo and forfour, the first fruits of its highly touted relationship with Renault. We spend a week with Toyota’s Highlander crossover, and come away confused about just how large it is. Audi introduces a fiberglass spring it says will debut on a premium car later this year. Volvo continues to dribble out information about the new XC90. This time, it’s safety technology’s turn on the center stage. In the aftermarket, Mopar introduces an aluminum shaker hood for the Dodge Challenger. Also, the C7 Corvette gets a power boost from Corsa Performance’s no-drone performance exhaust and Lingenfelter’s mild to wild engine packages. We also step back in time to review author A.J. Baime’s book, The Arsenal of Democracy, and to tell time with a watch that evokes classic MG automobiles. And if that isn’t enough, Al Vinikour asks whether today’s full-size cars deserve the description when compared to the cars of his youth.
July 17, 2014: Today, Ford invited us out to learn more about the powertrains for the 2015 Mustang. The
kicker was that a ride in the car around Ford's Dearborn handling course was part of the deal. With no embargo on the information, we jumped at the chance, and rushed back to put it all up on the site while it was still fresh. You can read it all here.
July 11, 2014: Toyota’s redesigned Corolla has a larger back seat, gets better mileage and uses LED headlamps, but does it move the needle on the excitement meter? We find out. Conversely, Hyundai’s Sonata went high style the last time around, but the 2015 model is less brash and more refined. Did Hyundai take the right path? Ford collaborates with an unusual partner to build a composite F-150. Porsche readies a highly modular new range topper, but did it borrow ideas from Ford and Lotus? Magna shows how slouching in the back seat can be good for the bottom line. We review Art Garner’s fascinating new book about one of the deadliest years in the history of the Indy 500. Also, Derek Warwick, one of modern F1’s most unsung drivers, sits down to give an oral history of his time behind the wheel. Finally, Al Vinikour does his best to get something off the top of his head — the sun.