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2012 Honda Odyssey Test Drive

First Impressions Honda is the company that took down the first, and long reigning, champion of minivans. Debate the origin of the genus all you like; it was Chrysler Corporation that popularized the concept of a small, fuel-efficient, seven-passenger people mover, not Volkswagen. And for more than 15 years, the ...

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Test Drive

First Impressions A while ago, we read an article about what it’s like to make it big in Hollywood: the changes in your lifestyle, how differently people treat you, and the sudden infusion of cash in your bank account. What was most striking about the story was a quote from ...

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2011 Toyota Venza Test Drive

First Impressions Remember a couple of years back, when Target decided to differentiate itself from other discount retailers by focusing on design? By playing up bold, graphic patterns, attracting high-end designers to create their version of everyday items, and shifting marketing campaigns to reflect emphasis on the want-to-have rather than ...

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Chevy Volt's Place in the GM Product Mix

The last few years, the Detroit hype machine (and the media that feeds off it) has been pretty darn excited at times about the 2011 Chevy Volt, the car that’s supposed to make the plug-in hybrid the next must-have household appliance. But at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, ...

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How to Determine a New Vehicle's Value and Cost of Ownership

Defining “value” is a tricky proposition, because it means different things to different people. Nevertheless, car shoppers tend to agree that when you can get more car for less money without any loss of quality, safety, dependability, or personal satisfaction, that spells V-A-L-U-E in big capital letters. Let’s look at ...

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Feline Eleganc

Just when the British auto industry was showing signs of recovering from the crippling effects of the Great Depression, that little man with the equally little toothbrush moustache, who went by the name of Adolf Hitler, decided to intervene. His increasingly threatening military stance in Europe had all the makings ...

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Topless Beauties. Part 3

part 2 The TC was meant for fair weather driving but since it rained often in England, it is also equipped with a waterproof soft top that can be put in place quickly. However, having the top up takes away much of the fun out of driving a sports car. ...

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Topless Beauties. Part 2

part 1 Gidwani prefers to keep a low profile but his collection is very impressive indeed. Other than his red, yellow, and green TCs, his garage houses a 1928 Ford Model A, a 1947 1.5-litre four-cylinder Jaguar, a 1948 Dodge Sedan, a 1951 Mk V 3.5-litre Jaguar, a 1954 Desoto, ...

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Topless Beauties. Part 1

Shahwar Hussain on the unalloyed joy of driving with the wind in your face in a 1940s car that makes you become one with it – the MG TC British cars before the war, and for quite some time thereafter were seldom manufactured in any great numbers but what delightful ...

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Time Machines. Part 3

part 2 Diljeet has recently bought a 1929 Buick straight eight that is undergoing restoration, as are Ford Woody, the 1935 Buick 90L, 1949 Buick Super Eight and the 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. Anybody with the slightest inclination towards these cars will find the museum a treasure trove. Other ...

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