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First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 is a Quick Swedish Escape
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Hybrid Test Drive

Relief. Cliché as it may be, Scandinavian ergonomics expertise becomes even more apparent when sampling global auto brands’ newest tech-infused nameplates back-to-back. At the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo, two full days of drive time still creates a time-crunch when acclimating to each test vehicle’s interpretation of a human-machine interface. Experts face a challenge: adjust the seats, mirrors,…

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First Drive: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Exists Beyond The Odds

Photos by Kevin McCauley/Texas Auto Writers Association Full disclosure: I once ran social media operations at SRT, when Chrysler Group relocated a ragtag gang of amateur racecar drivers to an off-site building, breaking the division off into an independent brand. It was my job to embed myself into a community of passionate owners whose appetite for Street and Racing Technology…

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First Drive: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Inspires a Few Choice Words
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive

Expletives aren’t polite in mixed company — especially if you’re representing a brand. Luckily, I’m now back on the journalism side of the automotive media landscape, where such transgressions might be excused. “Holy This” and “Oh My That” flow freely behind the wheel of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the public relations rep riding shotgun during the Texas Auto…

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Holden On: The Last RWD Commodore Rolls of the Line

Today the last Holden Commodore rolled off the assembly line in South Australia. It's a somber day for automotive enthusiasts and an entire Nation. The company has been churning out Holden products for 69 years in Australia; a legacy halted by the globalization and commoditization of the automobile. With the end of Australian automobile manufacturing, so too ends the affordable…

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2017 Texas Auto Show: Towing in the Lap of Luxury
2017 Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork at the Texas Auto Show

While the world’s most famous auto shows transform themselves into “mobility exhibitions” where automakers restyle themselves as purveyors of a robotic dystopian future, the newly renamed Texas Auto Show explores what wonderment may be created when gas prices are low and the economy is strong. Largesse to excess defines Texas for many, and the State Fair of Texas — home…

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Opinion: I'm Now Optimistic About Automotive Electrification

We all know the automotive industry is on the cusp of seismic change. It seems almost daily another automaker announces plans to electrify its entire lineup, or a nation state announces plans to ultimately ban combustion engines from vehicles in some various form. As an enthusiast, the news is often disappointing; bellwether signs of impending doom, it seems. However, my…

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Frankfurt Motor Show Preview

Auto show season is nigh upon us, with the annual Frankfurt Motor Show first up. This year's Frankfurt show is expected to symbolize the sweeping changes currently taking place in the auto industry, such as electrification and automation. As is usually the case with this particular show, most of the headline reveals have already been, well, revealed. The lineup thus…

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First Drive: 2018 GMC Terrain

PITTSBURGH – The GMC brand is hot; SUVs are hot; compact SUVs are even hotter. At nearly three million strong, the compact SUV market is booming and getting crowded with a slew of new products. One such product is the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain, which is trying its best to stand out from the crowd with a “layered” design theme…

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