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February 15, 2016

Cruising the 2016 Buick Cascada in the Florida Keys

2016-Buick-Cascada-Convertible-032-frontview-sSold in Europe since 2013 as the Opel Cascada, Buick is bringing the cute open-top 2+2 to the United States in an effort to capture some of the 125,000 annual convertible registrations. This is the first time in more than two decades that the premium brand has marketed a convertible in its lineup. Buick says the Cascada targets a space most recently vacated by the Volkswagen Eos, Chrysler 200, and Volvo C60 convertibles.

The Buick Cascada made its American debut in early January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and was launched to the media in Key West later that month. As a fan of drop-top driving, I can think of no better way to enjoy the top-down experience of a sporty convertible than to pilot it more than 150 miles along US Highway 1 from Miami to Key West, Florida. My driving partner during this event was Bob Nagy, an old friend from my Motor Trend days. You can read his more technical opinion on the car here at KBB.com. We cruised the highway for hours, experiencing the sun-runner with its top up and down on a variety of road surfaces; alas, the long, straight highway didn’t offer much opportunity to evaluate handling performance on twisty roads.

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Nissan "Winter Warriors" Are Ready For Any Snow Adventure

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If your winter adventures include fantastic romps through deep snow, Nissan would like you to take a look at three concept vehicles debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show made especially for navigating snowfall, ice, and deep drifts. Such conditions would challenge even the most capable all-wheel-drive vehicles, but Nissan boasts these three aggressive concepts could take you anywhere you want to go.

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February 11, 2016

2016 Audi A3 e-tron: A Plug-in Hybrid Wagon for the Eco-Minded

1__2016_audi_a3_e-tron___actionA six-year-old boy greets his dad coming home from work, "Daddy, can I plug in the car?"

Ajay Chawan, manager of Audi's electric mobility program, is excited that his small son is fully charged about the future of automotive driving. Chawan has been commuting to work in the newest addition to the Audi lineup -- the 2016 plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron wagon.

I test-drove the A3 Sportback e-tron with him in Manhattan recently, and was impressed by this hybrid electric car's power and performance. It has the same kick-butt acceleration and precision braking and handling as the "regular" A3, and gets even better miles per gallon than the A3 diesel. I averaged in the high 70s in city driving, where I hardly ever got out of battery mode.

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January 05, 2016

Meet Rich Miller: Nissan's Avid Outdoors Truck Man

1_rich_miller_nissan_titan_truck_driveRich Miller is chief product specialist of Nissan Product Planning for Titan and Armada and is a life-long truck enthusiast. Miller has been with Nissan trucks for over 18 years, and he has an inside view of what a customer wants and needs in the truck market segment.

Before joining the Titan full-size truck project in 1999, Miller had worked with Frontier and Xterra. His strategy was to test the capability of Nissan's first full-size truck with drivers who would take that vehicle to its limits. These early Titans were loaned to cowboys on his family ranch in Idaho, oil riggers, log cutters, and tradespeople in tough, physical work. Each group evaluated the truck in real-world driving and work scenarios, all of which played into the robust Titan pickup.

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December 03, 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Overview: Crossover and Sport Utility Vehicles

2015_LAAS-2016_jeep_grand_cherokee_SRT_nightWe saw so many vehicles at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, we had to break them into three separate stories highlighting the fun cars, the sedans, and the utility vehicles. 

Here is the last installment, highlighting the selection of crossover and sport utility vehicles that were on display.

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December 02, 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Overview: Sedans

2015_LAAS_BAS-IMG_9063-showfloorOne of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show sets the tone for the entire auto show season. 

We saw so many vehicles at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, we had to break them into three separate stories highlighting the fun cars, the sedans, and the utility vehicles. Here is the second installment, focusing on a variety of sedans that will soon be for sale in the United States.

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December 01, 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show Overview: Fun Coupes, Convertibles, and Sport Cars

Los_Angeles_Auto_Show-Connected_Car_Expo-postcards-005-see_the_futureWe saw so many vehicles at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, we had to break them into three separate stories highlighting the fun cars, the sedans, and the utility vehicles.

Here is the first installment, focusing on the fun coupes, convertibles, and sporty cars that will soon be for sale in the United States.

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November 30, 2015

Auto Show Season Begins With 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Los_Angeles_Auto_Show-Connected_Car_Expo-postcards-001-new_cars_player_rulesIt’s been more than a hundred years since the first Los Angeles Auto Show displayed 99 cars at an area skating rink. Since that first show in 1907, the event has now grown so large it occupies the entire Los Angeles Convention Center, drawing hundreds of thousands of auto fans each year. One of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show sets the tone for the entire auto show season. AskPatty’s Chief Editor Brandy Schaffels and President of our Dealer Division Cherie Watters were there to view the highlights.

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July 29, 2015

Taking the 2015 Lexus NX 300h on a Texas Road Trip

Scenic Lake TravisBy Jo Ann Holt

I recently drove from Dallas to beautiful Lake Travis, west of Austin, for a return visit to some of my favorite people and scenery.  Spring rains in Texas brought the lake back up to where it should be, and it’s great to see sail boats, motor boats, and personal watercrafters out enjoying the bright, sunny weather.  

Like most Texas “lakes,” Travis is a man-made reservoir. It stretches 65 miles, and was formed in 1942 with the construction of Mansfield Dam on the Colorado River.  The only natural lake in Texas is Caddo Lake in East Texas, but that’s another story for another road trip.

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July 21, 2015

2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label -- a Perfect Recovery Vehicle

2015_Lincoln_MKC-exteriorWhen Lincoln offered to loan me a Black Label MKC, I wasn’t expecting its delivery to be delayed due to an emergency case of appendicitis. Thankfully, they didn’t cancel the loan, and it became one of the things I was most looking forward to upon my discharge from the hospital.

Let’s face it: I love my little Ford Fiesta, but I didn’t think it would be very easy to get in and out of its low seat, and I wasn’t sure how easily I’d be able to shift its manual transmission, with three fresh laparoscopic incisions in my abdomen. The 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label would be a welcome treat after three days in the hospital.

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