Why Infiniti Thinks Formula 1 is Relevant to its Business
  • Why Infiniti Thinks Formula 1 is Relevant to its Business

    October 30, 2016

    As Formula 1 completes its back-to-back North American swing this weekend in Mexico City following last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, Infiniti and Renault executives insist the Japanese automaker’s involvement in the sport is more than a marketing exercise. Instead, they say, there is real engineering know-how behind Infiniti’s partnership with the Renault Sport Formula […]

  • Wheels and Tires: Making or Breaking a Car

    Most car buyers don’t really think about wheels and tires. The donuts made out of black rubber aren’t exactly sexy and are usually only remembered when they fail. Consequently, tires tend to be nothing more than round things on a car for most drivers. Still, people appear to like large wheels that fill the wheel […]

  • Champions Reflect on Audi’s Le Mans Program

    In the wake of Audi’s announcement it will cease its Le Mans Prototype racing activities at the end of this season, I reached out over the past couple of days to three key people responsible for much of the success of Audi’s LMP1 program: Dave Maraj, owner of the Champion Racing Audi R8, and Audi […]

  • 2017 Genesis G90: From Portland to Seattle

    The Pacific Northwest has long been a place for escape — whether it’s hiking through forests thick with fir trees, tasting the saltwater spray from the bow of a whale-watching ship, or simply sitting back and enjoying a steaming cup of good coffee. Lately though, well-off folk have been moving here en masse, escaping their […]

  • SEMA 2016: A Radical Raptor and Some Sick Super Dutys

    More is an understatement at the SEMA show in Las Vegas and Ford is rolling out another round of over the top, after market trucks. Tuners and gear heads got their hands on a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor and a couple of monster-sized Super Duty trucks for the annual extravaganza. Here’s a quick look at […]

  • SEMA 2016: 1,040 Horsepower Hyundai Concept

    October 29, 2016

    Hyundai has added two more vehicles to its SEMA roster and says it will unveil a “skunkworks race project” at the show. The automaker didn’t share more details about the special project, though there’s a good chance it’ll be related to its new N performance brand. Hyundai “Santa Fast” Concept In the meantime, Hyundai unveiled […]

  • Milestones: Jeep Turns 75

    You’ve heard the saying: “It’s a Jeep thing.” There’s something special — and uniquely American — about the brand that traces its roots to the slab-sided, do-anything rigs that helped win World War II. That Jeep is now the most valuable and profitable brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is nothing short of astonishing, as is […]

  • Mexico Says Adios to the Nissan Tsuru in 2017

    October 28, 2016

    The third-generation Nissan Sentra’s claim to fame was the debut of the sporty SE-R variant, but for the most part, the compact was yet another run-of-the-mill econobox here in America. It’s a much different story in Mexico, where the wildly popular compact is still produced (under the Tsuru nameplate), essentially unchanged from 1992. But after […]

  • One Week With: 2017 Nissan Maxima SR

    Nissan needs to stop promoting its Maxima as a “four-door sports car.” That moniker does the car a disservice, raising expectations among those seeking a pulse-raising sedan while at the same time potentially turning away buyers who don’t want a performance-prioritized machine. After a week driving a new 2017 Nissan Maxima SR — the most […]

  • First Drive: 2018 Audi Q5

    As I maneuver the new 2018 Audi Q5, more than a few thoughts cross my mind. I am more than 20 miles away from civilization. I have no water supply and no spare tire. I do not want to be the first journalist to crash this thing, but the soft sand doesn’t look unfathomably deep. […]

  • SEMA 2016: Mazda Bringing Two Sexy MX-5 Miata Concepts

    October 27, 2016

    Mazda will be bringing two MX-5 Miata concepts to the 2016 SEMA show floor. The first is the company’s new retractable hardtop Miata, the MX-5 RH Kuro. The second is a revised version of the MX-5 Speedster that the company showed off last year, dubbed the Speedster Evolution. The MX-5 RH Kuro’s name and paint […]

  • Audi Leaves World Endurance Championship and Le Mans for Formula E

    Following a spate of recent rumors, Audi announced it would withdraw from the World Endurance Championship in favor of participation in Formula E. This marks the end of a 17 year dynasty, an era which saw Audi claim 13 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This shift arrives at the feet of […]