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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2018 Audi Q5 – Drive Review

DSC_2490New platform, more performance, more efficient Quattro AWD system, more interior room all define the 2018 Audi Q5.

The editors at Autotrader praised the all-new 2018 Q5 for its styling and sportiness in the crossover segment and named it one of Autotrader’s “10 Best Car Interiors under $50,000.”

Read more about the new Q5 here.


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Mopar Performance Dodge Durango SRT 392

DSC_2523A recent trip to Denver had me behind the wheel of a Mopar-ized 2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392. Mopar Performance parts installed on this Durango included a black racing stripe down the center, a performance exhaust kit and lowering springs.

More information on this customized Durango is here for you.



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2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec – First Drive

For 2019 the Veloster has a new exterior and interior design, powertrain enhancements, and an array of new and improved infotainment and connectivity features.

The 201-HP Veloster R-Spec with its turbo engine and six-speed manual is a blast to drive. And, there’s seats for four and a decent amount of trunk space.

The R-Spec is priced at $22,900. You can learn a bit more right here.


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2018 Hyundai Accent – Drive Report

The Hyundai Accent has been updated for 2018 with a more stylish look and new features and equipment.

The Accent is a very affordable compact car and budget-constrained buyers should give it a good look. Also, it’s a great choice for a city dweller who will appreciate its compact dimensions. And, I wouldn’t rule it out for a new teen driver, however my recommendation would be the Limited trim with forward collision braking.

Read more on the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Accent right here.


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