November 26, 2015: This week’s issue is a day early due to the Thanksgiving holiday, and gives you something to read while you’re waiting for second helpings. First up is a surprising comparison of two Toyota hybrid sedans, the Camry and Avalon. Formerly the poster child for old age, the Avalon is now a slick four-door with luxury and style. Is it enough to see off the mechanically identical Camry? Motorcycle racers may appreciate this. Bell has introduced a new Pro Star helmet that is more than 20% lighter than other carbon fiber lids. Staying with motorcycles for the moment, Suzuki recently showed a new GSX-R1000 concept, a revised SV650, and an addition to the VanVan line. BMW channels Sammy Hagar and Montrose with its C 650 scooters. Then it ties up with an Indian company to build a new single-cylinder entry in the sub-500 cc. class. On the technology side of the street, Dan Gurney’s Mode Cancelling 4 Stroke engine may be laid out for motorcycle use, but it has many other potential applications. VW brings 3D glasses into its Wolfsburg assembly plant. Land Rover builds a bridge of paper, then drives over it. DuPont creates a new line of electronic inks for making circuits that are literally printed. Mercedes-AMG shifts production of its twin-turbo V12 in order to keep up with demand. And just before he entered a turkey-induced coma, our own Al Vinikour highlighted the one automotive technology he loves the most, while wondering why it’s not standard equipment across the industry.
November 13, 2015: There’s a lot to cover this week, so let’s get right to it. First up is a First Run review of the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h. Gone are the conservative luxury crossovers of yore, replaced by a pair of enthusiastically styled vehicles with more power, F Sport tech and handsome interiors. Is it enough to keep current buyers happy while attracting new ones? Meanwhile, Cadillac released some information about its replacement for the SRX, the XT5. Does it have what it takes to break through the clutter and challenge the Lexus RX? For that matter, can either claim the sheer impact of Range Rover’s drop top Evoque? Completing the crossover coverage, we take a look at Toyota’s revisions to the RAV4, which includes a new hybrid model and sportier SE. On the car side, our pal and Motorway America editor Jim Meachen brings us his review of the 2016 Honda Civic. Then we compare three separate VW Golf models to see how they stack up against one another and the competition. Chris Sawyer recounts his first encounter with the Saleen S7 as the remnants of that program go up on the auction block. At the recent SEMA show, Brembo introduced a pair of wild new caliper designs created for large cars and light trucks. We take a look at Controlled Power Technology’s new low-cost hybrid system, which promises large fuel economy increases. We’ve given Al Vinikour the week off, but added a new grouping of Internet stories worthy of mention, and round up some of the more interesting and relevant odds and ends.