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Quick Drive: 2011 Audi R8 5.2 quattro Spyder 6MT
May23

Quick Drive: 2011 Audi R8 5.2 quattro Spyder 6MT

By Chris Haak

There are few cars that I am willing to wait in line for a chance to drive when I’m at press events.  The limited criteria for which I’d be willing include things like a) 500- horsepower, b) exotic car looks, and c) something I haven’t driven before.  Yesterday, I waited almost three hours to drive this car (admittedly, I was on a waiting list, and was able to do other things in the interim).  But boy, was the wait worthwhile.

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Report: Buick To Get a Version of Opel Astra GTC Hot Hatch
May18

Report: Buick To Get a Version of Opel Astra GTC Hot Hatch

By Chris Haak

that GM’s reborn near-luxury division will be getting a version of the new Opel Astra hatchback.  C/D’s sources were not clear on where the car would be built – either Germany or the US – but since the car will share its chassis and likely its powertrains with the upcoming Buick Verano compact entry-luxury car, assembly alongside the Verano in the US is a good bet.

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Review: 2011 Toyota Prius IV
May18

Review: 2011 Toyota Prius IV

By Roger Boylan

Press the Prius’s ignition button and the info screen on the dashboard reads “Welcome to PRIUS,” as if flinging open the gates to a mythical kingdom–which in some ways it is. The Toyota Prius has acquired an almost mythical status, worshipped as a lifestyle statement by preening greenies and scorned for the same reason by the diehard SUV- and pickup-driving class. I fall into neither category. Although I have owned, and enjoyed, gas-guzzling SUVs and pickups, I was impressed by my previous exposure to the Prius (the Plug-In version), and I have no greater affection than any other citizen of the West for the Saudi oil sheikhs who hold us hostage to their whims.

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Review: 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost
May18

Review: 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost

The last time I reviewed a Lincoln product—an MKZ Hybrid—my disappointment in the car led to a relatively negative review. In fact, some folks thought I had it in for the brand. So I want to be clear here: In terms of the Big Three, I consider myself a Ford guy. While my father preferred traditional British sports cars from the likes of Lotus and Jensen-Healey while I was growing up, the family hauler was usually a Blue Oval product. We were carted around in a variety of big Fords, from a Country Squire wagon to a Galaxie 500 to a big ol’ LTD. Obviously, those cars aren’t Lincolns, but my point is I do consider that my childhood experiences left me with a rooting interest in Ford that remains today.

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 6MT
May17

Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 6MT

By Chris Haak

A few weeks ago at the New York Auto Show, I remarked to a colleague that I was amused by the proliferation of asterisks in some of the claims that auto manufacturers are making.  Depending on who you’re asking, there are more than a half-dozen answers to the question of “what’s the most fuel-efficient small car?”  To wit:

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