October 18, 2013: Honda’s 2014 Accord Hybrid gets 50 mpg in the city, but you need more than great gas mileage to entice people to buy. Does the Accord have what it takes? For that matter, does BMW’s new 4 Series Convertible? Is it worth the higher number or is it just an updated 3 Series with a higher price tag? Prices are high for a nautical brand that bills itself as the “Aston Martin of the seas” and is now available in America. Ditto the Bentley-brand furniture the automaker recently introduced. On the technology front, Volvo has a new structural energy system it thinks could change the game for EVs and hybrids. Harley-Davidson issues a recall for faulty clutches on certain bikes built this year. BMW introduces a new sport bike, the R nineT. Angry bulls and crazy stuntmen chase a Volvo truck through a small Spanish town. An English entrepreneur discovers a family secret when he buys a vintage car for the London-to-Brighton Run. And a convalescing Al Vinikour rambles on about turn signals, and the people who use them.
October 4, 2013: Early this week we were in Minneapolis, Minnesota to drive the 2014 Toyota Corolla. As the second-best selling Toyota, it’s an important vehicle in a fast-growing sector. Does it deliver on Toyota’s
promise to make its cars more exciting and fun to drive? We find out. Mini has spilled the beans about many of the changes taking place beneath the skin of the 2015 Mini Cooper. From new powertrains to a new architecture it shares with BMW, the new Mini is all-new. Arguing about the viability of electric cars and their place in the automotive firmament is old hat, as proven by the latest installment of Cars In Context TV. Looking for a luxury crossover with room for seven that won’t deplete the kids’ college fund? Infiniti just might have the answer with its JX. And Al Vinikour gives his two cents worth about impatient, inconsiderate drivers, and what he’d like to do with them.