2018 BMW X1

The X1 is the entry to BMW’s X-series. Redesigned in 2016, it is unchanged for 2018 except for some option packaging revisions. The only power plant is a 228-horsepower 2.0-L turbocharged I-4 coupled to an 8-speed automatic.

Read more on the X1 right here.

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica – What’s New

For 2019 the Chrysler Pacifica gets some new packages, colors and equipment upgrades.

Read a bit more about the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid for 2019, right here.

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2019 GMC Sierra – First Drive Report

DSC_3165On the invite of GMC I drove the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra full-size pickup in St.Johns, Newfoundland and the surrounding area.

Different by design and different to meet customer demands, the GMC Sierra with its top-of-the-line Denali sub-brand intends to take a bigger share of the big pickup business.

Read more on the new GMC Sierra right here.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Ups the Horsepower Game

From the 305-HP V6 to the 797-HP Hellcat Redeye, the 2019 Dodge Challenger seeks to thrill and make driving more fun than ever.

Catch up on what’s new right here.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack – Drive Review

Save the wagons! Not everyone wants an SUV. VW’s Golf Alltrack “raised wagon” has lots of room for people and things, has some moderate unpaved road capability and is compact on the outside for ease of big-city living.

Here’s some more detail for your consideration. Click here.

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Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm

July 11, 2017; Studebaker Calendar (Photo by Matt Cashore)

The inaugural Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm takes place Saturday August 11 in South Bend, Indiana.

The new event calls itself “the premier celebration of automotive design and styling in Northern Indiana” and is hosted by the Studebaker National Museum. It has been organized in place of the concours formerly held in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The location is the Copshaholm House Museum situated on the grounds of the Copshaholm Estate. The stately mansion, which sits adjacent to the Studebaker museum, is also known as the John D. Oliver House, home of the 19th Century industrialist and his family.  The 38-room Romanesque Queen Anne house is surrounded by 2.5 acres of landscaped Italianate gardens.

About 80 vehicles will be displayed and judged during the Saturday concours. The event also will feature special vintage vehicles from many international marques.

Vehicle classes include Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, Packard, Studebaker Hawks, European Performance Cars, Post-War American Convertibles, Hoosier “Indiana-Built” cars, Microcars, One-of-a-Kind and Unrestored Barn-finds.

Aside from the vehicle displays, judging and awards ceremonies, there will be special attractions held in the Studebaker Styling Studio on the museum’s second floor.

Concours at Copshaholm at a glance:

Saturday August 11

7AM to 9AM – Exhibitor Entry

9AM – Judging begins

10 am to 4 pm – Concours & Museum open to public

Admission: Concours only – $5; Concours and the Museum Campus (The History Museum and the Studebaker National Museum) – $15

Location: 201 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601

From Chicago take I90.

For more information click here.

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2018 BMW X2 – Drive Report

DSC_2499BMW added another Sport Activity Vehicle to their X-Series lineup with the new 2018 X2 xDrive28i. Based on the same platform as the more utilitarian X1, the X2 is very car-like. So much so, I want to refer to it as a 5-door hatchback.

For the urban-type the X2 makes for a nice set of wheels. It has good looks and good versatility. The turbo four is nicely responsive and, as usual, the BMW interior is of high quality.

Read more right here to learn about the new X2.

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