August 28, 2015: There are a lot of previews this week. First up is the 2016 Honda Accord with a mid-cycle refresh and the same price as 2015. Next comes the 2016 Camaro. Chevy has played it smart and restricted the pony car to just four trim levels, but doesn’t hold back on the goodies. The comes Mazda, which has two new vehicles (CX-3 and MX-5), and plenty of updates for the carry over cars. Plus, Mercedes and AMG give a sneak peek of their respective takes on the 2017 C-Class Coupe that officially debuts in three weeks at Frankfurt. Motorway America’s Jim Meachen takes us along for an off-road ride in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma that shows it hasn’t lost a step even if it looks much the same. We also drive the BMW i3, an electric city car well-suited to the “mega city” life, and compare it to the BMW 328d, a much more rational choice for most drivers. On the tech side, Zircoflex produces coatings that should keep the Bloodhound SSC cool as it tries to break the 1,000 mph land speed barrier. Ford shows us what the multi-modal transportation future could look like, and how cars could be 3D printed sooner than you think. Project LM launches a new line of LED light units at a surprisingly low price point. Plus, our own Al Vinikour complains about those drivers who commit DWO.
August 14, 2015: Whether you are at Monterey or the Dream Cruise this weekend, we give you some Random Thoughts to ponder about the state of the auto industry, and what’s going on behind the scenes. The VW Group has been busy. First, VW releases the changes it will be making to its 2016 lineup. Second, Audi adds a third 3.0-liter V6 engine to the 2016 Q7. Third, the boys and girls in Ingolstadt pump the already potent S8 up a little bit more. Hyundai, meanwhile makes a statement of intent with the Vision G Coupe, but there’s more to this vision than meets the eye. Taylormade Racing introduces a MotoGP-inspired exhaust for the Yamaha R1 and R1M. Plus, there are two Tirades this week. First, former Mini Cooper owner Chris Sawyer reviews the new Mini Cooper S 4-door, and finds it hard to be civil. Al Vinikour takes designers to task for increasing his paranoia by adding a seemingly innocuous item to the back of their cars. Finally, the editor fondly remembers his father on what would have been his 97th birthday.