Once upon a time, Toyota sold station wagons. There was one called the Camry wagon, which was based on the Camry sedan. Then, as buyer ditched wagones en masse, Toyota started offering a tall wagon-ish vehicle called the Highlander. Sharing its platform with the Lexus RX, the original Highlander looked very much like the old Camry wagon, only taller. Just look at the shape of the D-pillar compared to the old Camry Wagon’s. But now crossovers proliferate across the land, and many of the Highlander’s competitors are new or refreshed, so it’s time for Toyota to up its game. Meet the 2014 Highlander.
Today in New York, Volkswagen hosted the North American debut of the seventh-generation Golf lineup. We’ve seen photos of these cars online before, but it’s nice to see them in the metal. Built on VW’s new modular MQB platform – which I firmly believe is VW’s not-so-secret weapon for its designs on dominating auto industry profits, the new cars are larger but lighter than the models they replace.
The folks at Audi held a North American “reveal” of the new A3 sedan last night before the start of the New York Auto Show this morning, and we were invited to see just what the Audi folks have going for their newest interpretation of the A3 model line.
First, let me just tip my hat and note that Audi does a great job coordinating these press events, and their treatment of scruffy auto journalists is top-notch. They never load up the attendance list so that you can’t get to any of the executives, and, in fact, everyone is quite accessible to the aforementioned scruffy auto writers.
Let’s move on.
Back in 2003, the Cadillac CTS represented a number of firsts for GM’s luxury brand. The first mainstream car created in Cadillac’s Art and Science design language. The first car on Cadillac’s bespoke rear wheel drive Sigma platform. The first Cadillac to offer a manual transmission since the Cavalier-based Cimarron. The second-generation CTS, launched for the 2008 model year (and of which yours truly is an owner) raised the bar in terms of design, performance, and interior materials. However, after six model years on the market with very few changes, the second-generation CTS has gotten a little stale. Time to shake things up. Meet the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS.
It’s well-known that Buick was on the chopping block during GM’s painful (but quick) 2009 bankruptcy. Buick had a history for years of building cars that old people loved; on one hand, old people tend to have enough money to buy new cars. On the other hand, they tend to die within a few years and not buy any new cars. Catering to old folks with oversized radios a simple technology is simply not a viable long-term strategy. So, Buick has the Regal, which is now refreshed for 2014 to add updated technology and to refine its design.