July 29, 2016: The week opened with Nissan introducing the Titan Single Cab, an entry-level version of its full-size pickup that puts it in the fleet/commercial use segment. Though the true entry-level buyer will have to wait until the V6-powered version becomes available next year. Audi also showed a new model, the 2017 A4 allroad quattro. If you know anything about Audi, you already know this means this is an A4-based, high-riding station wagon with all-wheel drive and unique trim, which makes it the un-crossover. Morgan, on the other hand, announced a partnership with Selfridges to sell a very limited-edition all-electric three-wheeler. And we discovered two cars up for auction that aren’t Virtual Collection material, but are interesting nonetheless. The cars that did make it into the collection, however, have something in common: they’re all Ford GT40s. The week continued with a review of VW’s Beetle Dune that is not much more than a trim package, looked into why more and more young Brits are putting off learning how to drive, and investigated a new motorsport/performance turbocharger from Owen Developments. But the highlight is the week was a film from Carfection on the men and women involved in the DeLorean project. This group — including former Group Lotus CEO and friend Mike Kimberley — tell a tale different from what you think you know about John Z’s stainless steel GT car. It’s well worth a watch.
July 15, 2016: The keen-eyed among you will notice that the section banner has a new addition, Virtual Collection, and that the other section headings have been modified or moved to reflect changes that have taken place in terms of staff, topics and focus. This week’s Virtual Collection looks at the BMW 3,0 CSL and the 1935 Miller-Ford; a front-drive racer that brought together Harry Miller, Preston Tucker and Henry Ford in pursuit of Indy 500 glory. Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey has had plenty of glory on the race track, but F1’s restrictive regulations have left him a bit restless. How better to deal with that restlessness than to design a hypercar to be built by Aston Martin? The imaginatively named AM-RB 001 goes on sale in 2018. If you can’t wait that long, there’s always the drop top version of Ferrari’s LaFerrari supercar. Except that you’ll have to wait for one to hit the auction houses as the allotment has been pre-sold before the car’s official launch. On the technology front, Voyomotive introduced an app and module combination that gives vehicles built since 1996 two-factor authentication for greater theft resistance. Ford and Kuka place a collaborative robot in the Ford’s Cologne, Germany, assembly facility. Opel/Vauxhall add an advanced lighting unit that could make its way to your Buick dealer. And Renault and its U.K. advertising agency use cameras and a vehicle registration database to send personalized messages to target customers. Elsewhere, the folks at WalletHub rate the best and worst U.S. cities for drivers. We drive BMW’s 650i, a large rear-drive 2+2 coupe that is many things to many people, but is it true to what made BMW what it is today? And Audi’s latest TT steps out from behind its “hairdresser’s car” image to create a surprisingly complete and beautiful German luxury/performance coupe.
July 1, 2016: We open the month with a new feature, The Virtual Collection. Compiled by Editor at Large William G. Sawyer (Innovation and the Death of Innocence, Why I Love the Mitty, Never Eat Hamburgers in Manhattan), it’s a look at some of the more interesting race and road cars up for sale, and what made them that way. Next, we look at some potential future classics. First up is the 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition. Nothing says, “Take me to Barrett Jackson,” quite like a limited edition six-figure Le Mans winner lookalike built by Ford. For the less financially well-endowed there’s the road-going version of the Mercedes-AMG GT3, the AMG GT R. Painted “AMG Green Hell Mango” and sporting a toothy vertical bar grille, it’s sure to make the short list. And, finally, the long shot of this group is the Arrinera Hussarya GT, a supercar designed and built in Poland, but powered by a 6.2-liter Chevy V8. Almost as rare, but pushing the aerodynamic boundaries for track day specials, is the Elemental Rp1, which produces hundreds of pounds of downforce through the use of a Formula 1-inspired underbody. Like the AMG, it’s perfect for the Nurburgring. If the idea of traversing that fearsome track intrigues, but you’d rather let an expert do the driving. Jaguar has just the thing for you, the Jaguar Co-Pilot Nordschleife program. Don’t for get your Dramamine. On a more serious note, we delve into the proposed settlement between the U.S. government and VW, and see what consumers could get, and what it might cost. One car that won’t be affected by this accommodation is the 2017 Porsche Panamera. Bristling with technology, the new car is one thing the old one wasn’t: good looking. We also drive Toyota’s RAV4 Limited, a well-equipped small crossover that trades dullness for style. Then we delve into why the Mazda3, like the brand itself, isn’t more popular, and Buick drivers had better cover their ears.