About Author: Jens Meiners

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  • 2015 BMW 2-series Active Tourer Driven: A Mini-Wagon Reverse-Engineered from Mini

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future: BMW insiders tell us that half of the company’s lineup eventually will consist of front-wheel-drive vehicles. The 2-series Active Tourer is the first such vehicle, and it has so little in common with any other BMW that it could send shockwaves throughout the enthusiast community. It is called […]

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  • 2015 Smart Fortwo Official Photos and Info: Urban Canyon Conveyance

    It was about time. A full 16 years after the launch of the original Smart, and seven years after the second-generation minicar rolled out, the diminutive two-seater is here in its third iteration. The new Fortwo doesn’t come a day too soon to bring a much-needed dynamic back into Smart showrooms; dealers in America will […]

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  • 2015 Smart Forfour Official Photos and Info: Four Doors At Last!

    When people think of Smart, they inevitably think of the diminutive Fortwo two-seater that has roamed European cities for 16 years but is a relatively rare sighting in the U.S. What they don’t think of is a four-door. The brand has been trying to change that for years, and in fact, the new Forfour represents […]

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  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe: For When Eight Cylinders Just Won’t Do

    It seems like just yesterday we were falling over ourselves at the New York auto show debut of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC coupe. The remarkably beautiful and powerful full-size two-door seemed to be Benz’s ultimate answer to the Bentley Continental GT, but, it turns out, for only a moment. Right on the heels […]

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  • 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid Driven: Good, But It’ll Cost You

    Here’s what Audi promises with the new A3 e-tron: a compact luxury hatchback that can achieve 157 mpg but also hit 138 mph. Based on the latest A3 Sportback—that’s Audi-ese for “five-door A3”—this model packs a 150-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 102-hp electric motor, and enough battery storage to enable up to 31 miles of […]

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  • Escalade Escalation: Cadillac Looks At Twin-Turbo V-6 Vsport, Considers Diesel, Too

    Before the end of the year, Cadillac will restore the uplevel Platinum version to its Escalade lineup of luxury SUVs. Moreover, the brand is considering a sporty derivative, a V-6 turbo-diesel, and a twin-turbocharged gasoline V-6. The new engines would complement the model’s 6.2-liter small-block V-8, which remains the backbone of the Escalade portfolio. Although […]

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  • 2017 Audi RS5 TDI Diesel Driven: Blitzen Compression-Ignition Coupe

    Are diesel engines and sports cars mutually exclusive? Most enthusiasts might say so. Compression ignition works well for long-distance cruisers, pack-mule pickups, and SUVs, and in Europe, there are even a few diesel-powered coupes and convertibles for the patient and the parsimonious. Sports cars, on the other hand, are all about aggressive response, charging to […]

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  • Volkswagen’s Passat comes from humble beginnings. Indeed, for much of its life it was merely one of several choices in the mid-size sedan segment. It wasn’t particularly upscale and possessed just average build quality. This changed in the mid-1990s with the B5 generation, which was engineered under Ferdinand Piëch and designed with major influence from […]

    VW Introduces New Passat for Europe, We Hope Ours Eventually Looks Like This

    Volkswagen’s Passat comes from humble beginnings. Indeed, for much of its life it was merely one of several choices in the mid-size sedan segment. It wasn’t particularly upscale and possessed just average build quality. This changed in the mid-1990s with the B5 generation, which was engineered under Ferdinand Piëch and designed with major influence from […]

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  • Dany’s Back: Ex-Lotus CEO Fires Up Ares, a New Tuning House in Modena

    Dany Bahar is at it again: The flamboyant former Ferrari exec and ex–Lotus CEO is the main investor behind a new tuning house called Ares, and some former Lotus managers form his core team. While Bahar’s ambitious lineup of proposed Lotus models were aimed to take on Ferrari directly, Ares—named after the god of war—could […]

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  • Dany’s Back: Ex-Lotus CEO Fires Up Ares, a New Tuning House in Modena

    Dany Bahar is at it again: The flamboyant former Ferrari exec and ex–Lotus CEO is the main investor behind a new tuning house called Ares, and some former Lotus managers form his core team. While Bahar’s ambitious lineup of proposed Lotus models were aimed to take on Ferrari directly, Ares—named after the god of war—could […]

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  • Dany’s Back: Ex-Lotus CEO Fires Up Ares, a New Tuning House in Modena

    Dany Bahar is at it again: The flamboyant former Ferrari exec and ex–Lotus CEO is the main investor behind a new tuning house called Ares, and some former Lotus managers form his core team. While Bahar’s ambitious lineup of proposed Lotus models were aimed to take on Ferrari directly, Ares—named after the god of war—could […]

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  • BMW USA Chief Ludwig Willisch on Diesels, Manuals, and Body-Style Proliferation

    BMW is making a substantial push to expand its diesel sales in the U.S., having added an oil-burner option to the 3-series, 5-series, and, most recently, the 7-series and X3. But it appears as though BMW’s efforts aren’t paying off in the car models—at least not yet. The automaker’s U.S. CEO, Ludwig Willisch, is less than […]

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