German Archive

  • 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d Diesel Tested: Now With More Attractive Pricing and Smoother Operation

    Those of us who have been consuming oxygen for more than three decades can still remember the time when SUVs were mostly working or off-road conveyances, manufactured by mid-brow brands rather than the all-purpose people movers that everyone builds today. For example, BMW’s first SUV—which the company insists is an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle)—didn’t hit […]

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  • Zen on Wheels: 2015 BMW M4 vs. 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera

    If there were a perfect way to construct a car, we would have figured it out by now. In 129 years of automotive development, though, the only consensus in the industry seems to be that four wheels are better than three. The perpetual evolution of the automobile, along with a few steadfast traditions, suggests that […]

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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 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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  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel DSG: Mini-Benz Comportment with a Hatchback Twist

    Once upon a long-ago oil crisis, the VW Golf was Germany’s cubic answer to OPEC and the Honda CVCC. Those of you accustomed to thinking of it as the cheap little heir to the Rabbit, itself the heir to the original hippy-tippy Beetle, need to get up and adjust the rabbit ears on your signal […]

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  • 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Diesel Wagon Long-Term Intro: Long Name, Longer Test

    Yes, a diesel station wagon—could we be more predictable? One of our more fervently held automotive proclivities notwithstanding, we added BMW’s long-haul hauler to our fleet to evaluate the first efficiency-minded 3-series diesel in America in a generation. (The burly 335d from the turn of the decade doesn’t count—it shunned economy in favor of making […]

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  • Autobahn Dos and Don’ts

    DO look after your car. Make sure you check tire pressures before trying any high-speed runs. Gas stations (or “Rasthofs”) can be far apart, especially considering the extra fuel you’ll burn at speed. DO build up gradually. Although we can’t fault your enthusiasm for wanting to know what 150 mph feels like on the public […]

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  • Autobahn Dos and Don’ts

    DO look after your car. Make sure you check tire pressures before trying any high-speed runs. Gas stations (or “Rasthofs”) can be far apart, especially considering the extra fuel you’ll burn at speed. DO build up gradually. Although we can’t fault your enthusiasm for wanting to know what 150 mph feels like on the public […]

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  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S First Ride: Large, V-8 Turbocharged, and In Charge

    A ride-along is the equivalent of a tepid handshake climaxing a hot date. Compared with actually driving a brilliant car, a ride-along evaporates from memory quicker than spit on a hot exhaust pipe. One notable exception is a Mercedes-Benz event I attended about 40 years ago. That triple-header experience involved a spectacular sports car piloted […]

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  • When the shimmering copper Beetle Dune Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, our sources at VW suggested the awesome Bug would arrive in dealerships within a couple of years. That strong hint has just been transformed into fact, thanks to confirmation from Volkswagen that the jacked-up compact will indeed go into […]

    Dune Bug Returns: Awesome VW Beetle Dune Concept Going Into Production in 2016

    When the shimmering copper Beetle Dune Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, our sources at VW suggested the awesome Bug would arrive in dealerships within a couple of years. That strong hint has just been transformed into fact, thanks to confirmation from Volkswagen that the jacked-up compact will indeed go into […]

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  • When the shimmering copper Beetle Dune Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, our sources at VW suggested the awesome Bug would arrive in dealerships within a couple of years. That strong hint has just been transformed into fact, thanks to confirmation from Volkswagen that the jacked-up compact will indeed go into […]

    Dune Bug Returns: Awesome VW Beetle Dune Concept Going Into Production in 2016

    When the shimmering copper Beetle Dune Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, our sources at VW suggested the awesome Bug would arrive in dealerships within a couple of years. That strong hint has just been transformed into fact, thanks to confirmation from Volkswagen that the jacked-up compact will indeed go into […]

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