August 22, 2014: As we went to press, a usually reliable Malaysian website was reporting that Lotus soon will be building a large sport sedan and SUV. We look at what’s wrong with this thinking, and why it could be a disaster. Far from a disaster, BMW’s introductory video for the new M4 is nevertheless not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Mercedes has a new old technology for its diesel engines — steel. Jaguar leaks more information about the XE, and we have video to go with the words. It also is launching a limited edition watch to go with the six Lightweight E-Type recreations it will be building. Speaking of looking to the past, we review Sandro Martini’s novel about the personalities involved in grand prix racing pre- and post-war. It’s fascinating. Less fascinating, but nonetheless interesting, is Toyota’s tough off-roader, the 4Runner. It’s a one of the last traditional off roaders available. Plus, Al wonders where all the road repair money is really going, since it’s not being used to fix the roads.
August 8, 2014: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Historic Races are just around the corner, and BMW is pulling out the golden oldies. Also at Pebble Beach, Aston Martin will pull the wraps off its Vantage S Convertible, DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo concept, as well as the revised Vanquish and Rapide S. On the tech front, Mercedes-AMG reveals the twin-turbo motor that will power the new AMG GT. And NTS Works shows its new Lifetime Rebuildable Battery that could make EVs more affordable. In other news, Toyota introduces the 2015 Yaris subcompact, which has a nice new nose. We test the Lexus IS350 F Sport and come away very impressed. The editor spends some time in front of the camera, and makes ecomentalists' heads explode. Honda introduces a pair of COTA trial bikes, while Tachyon builds a camera specifically for use on motorcycles… or in car. Speaking of cars, Al muses on doors that open, but never wide enough.