23 Articles by Zac
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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo First Drive | This dream wagon hauls ass

That one time “Why not?” resulted in a practical decision.

Does Porsche need a reason to add another $100,000-ish wagon to its lineup?

This California rally is vintage Japanese car heaven

We drive an '85 Mazda RX-7 among some great classic Japanese metal.

Hot Wheels goes Outlaw with Magnus Walker Porsches

Magnus Walker collaborated with Hot Wheels so a new generation of kids can find their inspiration, just like he did with a Porsche.

Mini Clubman to get the 'Works,' four-door Hardtop not so much

The John Cooper Works label is poised to spread to Mini's most grown-up car, but don't expect a jacked-up off-road version ever.

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2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Second Drive

A techie looks better in a fitted suit than a hoodie.

Few besides the faithful will quickly spot the difference, but the 2017 Audi A4 packs slick advancements in a tidy package to fend off BMW and Mercedes.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is truly a four-season sports car

A Californian that can actually deal with cold weather.

Snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures can't dampen the fun of Mazda's truly addictive roadster.

New owners of Saab don't get to use the name

Saab AB has declined to give National Electric Vehicle Sweden the rights to use the Saab name on new planned models.

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2016 Buick Cascada First Drive

Is It Worth Bringing Home From Vacation?

Despite some minor flaws, the Buick Cascada manages to provide open-top fun without the compromises you might expect.

TVR swipes Autocar render to tease new model

The resuscitated automaker's newest render appears to be a rehashing of an already-published image from a magazine.

Minor updates coming to 2017 Chevy Volt

With Nationwide Availability, Adaptive Cruise Control Coming Soon

While selected markets are getting the 2016 Chevy Volt now, a 2017 model is coming in the spring with additional features.

NHTSA slaps BMW with $40M fine for slow Mini recall

The civil penalty concerns 2014 and 2015 Minis that were not recalled soon enough after failing to meet U.S. side-impact crash protection standards.

Despite hype, Nissan Leaf outsells Tesla Model S 2-to-1

While the Tesla Model S continues to grab headlines with its steadily growing popularity, it isn't the most popular EV yet.

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2017 Audi Q7 Second Drive

Opulent, Effortless, And Too Good For Children

The 2017 Audi Q7 is lighter and more tech-laden than before, making it better equipped to do battle with the growing crop of luxury three-row crossovers.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: 48 mpg for $28,645

With the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, General Motors wants to show it's as serious about mainstream hybrids as it is about mainstream midsize sedans.

Why Kia doesn't need a premium brand

The love of all things "premium" shows no signs of slowing down and it's becoming a join-or-die situation for some companies.

Tesla skips 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla is the latest automaker to say it won't be setting up a stand at the Detroit Auto Show.

By dropping one-child policy China may save the minivan

An increasing appetite for large cars may lead to the minivan's resurgence in China.

It's time for VW to double down on enthusiast cars

The converts brought in under the clean diesel notion may be lost on VW for a while, but the company still has loyalists committed to its other products.

Mini has become the Rover that BMW always wanted

The introduction of the new Mini Clubman has cemented the brand as another premium proposition, rather than the quirky outpost of BMW's small cars.

Which will Dieselgate hurt more, Volkswagen or US diesels?

Diesel as a viable engine choice in the US may go down with VW's reputation among its loyal customers after the automaker's alleged emissions cheating.

The 2016 Honda Civic desperately needs the cool kids

Why is the band Night Riots on stage next to the Honda Civic for the car's reveal? It seems Honda is trying to recapture its former core audience.

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