We've been a little disappointed with the Acura cars we've seen lately, so the 2008 Acura TL Type-S surprised us with its fun performance. Last year's Acura RL in particular was a letdown, as its electronics were old and its performance wasn't particularly fun or economical. But the 2008 Acura TL Type-S proved to be a car we wanted to drive. And although its electronics are dated, its audio system is one of the best around.
Cadillac gives a nod towards the environmental set with its all-new hybrid Cadillac Escalade, which gets a 50 percent fuel economy improvement over the standard Escalade. The Escalade has been a symbol of conspicuous consumption, so it seems surprising that Cadillac would outfit it with a gas-saving hybrid powertrain. But this hybrid system, developed in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz and BMW, works very well, and won't detract from the Escalade's luxury image. We've driven a GMC Yukon Hybrid using this same system and came away impressed. Starting out, the truck drives like a Prius, under electric power up … Read more
BMW unveiled two completely new motorcycles and two revised models at the 2007 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan on Wednesday.
The much-anticipated BMW F 800 GS is a middle-weight motorcycle capable of being taken for the occasional off-road shortcut, while the new G 450 X is an off-road racer.
Meanwhile, the R 1200 GS and its heftier counterpart, the R 1200 GS Adventure, have been updated for better endurance. The Adventure also includes a gas tank that doing an average of 56 mph should take you 466 miles before you need to refuel.
When the 2008 Honda Accord EX-L arrived in our garage, we initially weren't sure we had received the right car. The dark-red sedan was too large to be an Accord. The bodywork had more curves than we had ever seen on an Accord. Looking inside the car, we were sure it must be an Acura. It had leather seats and the same multitude of buttons we had seen in Acura models. But with the Accord label on the trunk lid and the Honda "H" badge on the grille, we had to accept this car as the new … Read more
Ford likes the Taurus name so much that it used it on both a sedan and its new six-passenger crossover, the 2008 Ford Taurus X. In many ways, the Taurus X is a much more sensible car than a massive SUV. It's more maneuverable, gets plenty of power from its 3.6-liter V-6, and its lower height makes access easier. And its fold-down seats mimic the utility of a minivan.
Currently, the cheapest Cadillac is the best one you can buy. The all-new 2008 Cadillac CTS, at the bottom of the Cadillac lineup, builds in great performance and superior cabin tech. If it had better emissions performance, it would truly hit the trifecta. Read our review for the full run-down on the cabin gadgets and the performance of the 2008 Cadillac CTS.
You see, the Ferrari FXX Evoluzione, the latest car in the company's elite invitation-only amateur racing program, is not meant to be owned. Admission to this party--rumored to be $2.5 million--only gets you the right to drive the car on Ferrari-supervised tracks.
You also have to be willing to provide extensive feedback in a debriefing session with the Italian automaker. (Though I'm guessing this last condition isn't too … Read more
Nissan created a hit with its 3.5-liter VQ engine, using it in many different Infiniti and Nissan models. What does the company do for an encore? Bore out that engine to 3.7 liters, develop a new variable valve timing system, and drop it in the legendary Skyline, called the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe in the U.S.
With the Infiniti G37 Coupe, Nissan has built a very powerful and good-looking sports coupe. The Infiniti brand also carries a lot of cutting-edge cabin technology, seen in the G37 Coupe with a hard-drive-based navigation system, music server, iPod integration, hands-free … Read more
While testing out an Infiniti G37 on the streets of San Francisco, we sidled up next to an Audi A5, a car that won't be available in the U.S. until next spring. We got our camera phone out and snapped a few pictures, difficult to do in the heavy traffic. There seemed to be a little bit of fate involved, as we were driving the G37, the newest coupe from Infiniti, and the A5 will be the newest coupe from Audi. Both cars were red and have similar designs, although the G37 has more distinct front fenders.
So … Read more
As part of its effort to get its first cars out of the door, Tesla Motors is putting its battery business on ice for a bit.
The electric car company back in January said it was going to sell its battery pack--composed of thousands of lithium-ion battery cells--to third party manufacturers. Interim CEO Michael Marks, however, made the decision to suspend the program in September when he also decided to push out the release of the car and scale back production a bit. Although a few Tesla Roadsters may come out this year, the bulk of the first cars will … Read more