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Thursday
Jul172014

Impressions: 2015 Mustang From the Right Seat

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Ford has been teasing the media — and its followers — with a steady drip of news about the new car, hoping to milk the launch of the sixth generation Mustang for as much publicity as possible. This time, however, the invitation to come to Dearborn to learn more about the 2015 Mustang came with a kicker: the chance to get a front seat ride in the car.

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Friday
Jul112014

On the Road: 2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Though the nameplate has been around for 45 years, Toyota worried that its Corolla was becoming stagnant. A perennial best seller, the small sedan was never high in excitement, preferring instead to provide solid, economical motoring for singles and families on a budget. However, the fight-to-the-death competitiveness of the global car market, which has seen many newer, fresher and more exciting designs enter the market, obviously got the Japanese giant’s attention. It had to respond.

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Friday
Jul112014

First Run: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

By Christopher A. Sawyer

2015 Hyundai Sport has more usable grunt around town.The last generation Sonata put Hyundai at the forefront of the styling sweepstakes. That car had a bold, prominent spear-like character line that swept across the car’s otherwise slab-sided flanks, and gave it character and presence it otherwise lacked. It also broke the mold that had Sonata styling caught in the box it came in; they were as aerodynamic as a brick. This more effusive styling, coupled with Hyundai’s relentless drive to add high-value safety and technology items for a low price, made it a strong contender in the midsize segment; it was talked about in the same breath as the class leaders from Toyota and Honda, and seen as being on par with cars like the Chevy Malibu and Ford Fusion. It didn’t matter that the powertrains were a bit noisy and less refined than, say, Toyota and Honda, or that the car was not up to class leading standards in terms of vehicle dynamics. (The steering was especially poor, and the ride needed help.) It looked good and had a lot of stuff for the money. That was enough for most buyers.

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Friday
Jun272014

Preview: Ram Promaster City

By Christopher A. Sawyer

First came Ford’s Transit Connect, then the Nissan NV200. Now Chrysler’s Ram brand has entered the fray with a small delivery/passenger van based on Fiat’s third generation Doblò small van. It will be offered in two-seat Tradesman cargo van and five-seat passenger Wagon versions. The latter helps explain why there won't be a new Dodge Caravan when Chrysler replaces its current minivans.

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