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Hiring a car has become a vital part of traveling, both at home and abroad for many of us. With the fact that the majority of people will rent a car at one point in their lives, you would think that the process would be a little simpler and more transparent, yet somehow it can be an incredibly complex process. There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to hiring a car, that’s for sure. Is special insurance required? Do I need to refuel the vehicle? I’m not sure what to look for when inspecting the car – what should I look out...Continue reading »

When you get into a car accident, you can often start to panic, even if it’s just a small bump. Even when you’re trying to be as safe on the roads as you possibly can be, the actions of other drivers, severe weather conditions, or even just unfortunate circumstances can mean that you get involved in an accident anyway. When it happens, it’s always difficult to know what to do. Whether you get into a panic and forget how to act, or aren’t quite sure what your responsibilities are in the first place, these steps are generally helpful...Continue reading »

We millennials have it so easy. Our parents—those (you!) know-it-all baby boomers—grew up making “hard” choices such as which two cars to buy for your young family’s commute and weekend escapes. We, the allegedly entitled millennial generation, typically have the attention span (and budget) to buy just the one car. And whether we have Tesla money or Toyota money, we expect our ride to do everything—it must be an economical commuter, a comfortable grand tourer, and a light off-roader, and it should be fun to drive. For...Continue reading »

Toyota has joined the flying car craze by backing a group working on a drone-like vehicle that would soar 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The “Skydrive” is being developed by Cartivator, a startup with around 30 young volunteers working with drone expert Masafumi Miwa from Tokushima University. The aim is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games torch. The 2.9 meter (9.5 foot) long SkyDrive would be the “world’s...Continue reading »

THE EIGHTIES WERE FILLED with great pairing–pudding and Popsicle sticks, Crossbows and Catapults, Darryl Hall and John Oats–but all pale in comparison with the combination of the Mercedes E-class and AMG. The former served as a donor platform for the latter’s most iconic creation: The Hammer. That brutish, rear-drive hot rod, with its 355-hp V8, dusted most leading sports cars of the era. Thirty years on, it still defines everything an AMG sedan can and should be.   So, when I arrived at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in...Continue reading »

The popularity of hatchbacks is finally growing. Successful overseas, hatchbacks have had a hard time gaining ground in the states. Although usually cherished by car enthusiasts, most American consumers shy away from the extra cargo room a hatchback provides. However, things are changing. Chevrolet claims there was a 9 percent increase in small hatchback sales last year. Ergo, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatch. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier sedan performed well in our Big Test of compact sedans by taking the silver medal behind the Honda...Continue reading »

There has been a change of heart in Bavaria. After decades of keeping its 7-series full-size sedan far away from the M division (except for mostly visual M Sport packages), BMW finally has affixed an M badge to its largest sedan. Several M badges, actually—we counted 12 but may have missed a few. Even festooned with badges, the M760i is not a full M creation along the lines of the M3 or the M5. Instead, it slots into the same M-adjacent lineup (BMW calls it M Performance) populated by the M240i, the X4 M40i, and the M550i. Even so,...Continue reading »

The if-it-ain’t-broke approach to fixing things apparently translates well into German because you have to squint your eyes to see how Audi has altered the A5 with this new-for-2018 redesign. Wheelbase and overall length are a touch longer, while height is the same and width is down by a mere 0.3 inch. The grille, headlamps, and taillamps all have broader proportions, and those zeppelin-like creases in the hood are apparently how Audi’s metal benders earn their pay. The clamshell hood is a lovely touch, and we’re also fond of the...Continue reading »

Performance alloys have taken the automotive industry by storm. These alloys are widely used in the manufacturing of car wheels ever since the 20th century. The alloy is generally made up of magnesium and aluminum as they are lightweight metals and tend to increase the performance and speed of the automobile along with adding a shiny touch to it. Ever since its launch in the automobile industry, performance alloys have almost replaced the traditional steel wheels as they provide a range of benefits. They Are Light Weight The primary advantage...Continue reading »

Driving, insist the folks at McLaren, is a pastime that should be invested in and improved. And they’re true to their word: Invest $285,794 in the 2018 McLaren 720S, and you’ll probably find yourself driving smoother and faster than you ever have before, both on the track and on your favorite quiet back road. This new McLaren is as scintillatingly quick as you’d expect a 710-hp supercar to be. But with all that power comes a chassis that both flatters and encourages drivers, regardless of their ability behind the wheel....Continue reading »