Volvo S60: Pretty Swede

Handsome, easy to live with and tremendously good fun to drive

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 16, 2014 2:08 PM |
If I asked you to think of Volvo, where would your mind wander off to? Would it retreat to the 1950s and ’60s, to the gorgeous, curvy P1900 and P1800 sports cars or to the 1800ES station wagon? Or would you think of the boxy wagons and sedans Volvo became notorious for in the ’80s and ’90s? More likely ... [Read]

Watch: Dash cam captures cement truck rolling into minivan in Texas

Enjoy your commute home

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 10, 2014 4:00 PM |
As you settle in for the home stretch of your working day, here's a little something to keep you on your toes for the commute home. A Texas A&M professor, Dr. Guan Zhu, was piloting his Toyota Sienna through College Station, Texas, when a cement truck ran a stop light, flipped on its side and came straight for the ... [Read]

Mercedes teases its Concept Coupe SUV

Aims to challenge BMW's X6 in a battle for "Most Pointless Niche SUV"

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 9, 2014 11:31 AM |
If you thought BMW's X6 was a confusing blend of low-slung coupe and premium SUV, Mercedes-Benz has just announced their intentions to further add to the "who would buy this?" confusion. Yes, the Concept Coupe SUV, which will make its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show later this month, is the latest premium SUV to lose practicality and ... [Read]

Crossed Off

Crossovers are great, but when it's my money on the line I'll take a proper SUV

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 27, 2014 9:50 AM |
As I wound my way through a series of tight corners near Great Falls, Va., over the weekend, I was faced with something of a dilemma. The car I was piloting, an Audi Q5 SUV, was performing admirably. Its finely tuned German chassis attacked the corners with minimal body roll; Audi's venerable Quattro AWD system let me spirit out of ... [Read]

Planning a trip to the Empire State Building any time soon? You might catch a surprise guest atop the former world's tallest building, as Ford is planning to install the 2015 Mustang Convertible on the ESB's 86th floor observation deck between April 16th and 17th. The intriguing stunt, intended to draw attention to the already eye-catching drop-top, isn't the first time ... [Read]

Fueling Efficiency

The terminology automakers use to sell you their fuel-efficient cars is ever-more confusing. We attempt to sort it out.

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 21, 2014 4:18 PM |
There’s a lot of pressure when buying a car. You've got the obvious choices: make, model, color, body style, whether there’s enough space for your friends and if there’s enough speakers to make the most of that Spotify playlist you’ve carefully cultivated. Increasingly, however, there’s one question everyone is forced to ask -- how efficient is it? In a world ... [Read]

Given the rather severe -- and incredibly persistent -- winter weather that has affected most of the United States, this announcement from Volvo sounds incredibly appealing. Anyone who ventured out on the roads during an ice storm or heavy snowfall recently will know how dangerous and precarious it can be. What's more, even when the weather subsides and roads ... [Read]

This year's Geneva Motor Show was much like last year's, and the one before, and the one before that. Namely, it serves as an elaborate reminder of all the cool metal European buyers can take home which we in America can only gaze longingly at. Of course, we have it pretty good. Trucks and SUVS with huge gas engines are ... [Read]

Medals for Motors

Russia treats Olympic winners to Mercedes, as Koenigsegg launches a high-speed rocket and Nissan kindly remembers the masses

By Rhuaridh Marr
March 6, 2014 7:50 AM |
What did you get the last time you won an award? A certificate? Maybe a medal? A nice bouquet? For athletes competing in the Olympics, the awards they receive usually extend beyond the medal they could potentially win. For U.S. athletes lucky enough to place on the podium in Sochi this year, the incentives were strong: $10,000 for bronze, ... [Read]

Anticipating Alfa Romeo's U.S. Return

Fingers are crossed for Fiat to return its sporty celebrity to the U.S. in 2014

by Rhuaridh Marr
February 27, 2014 6:32 AM |
It's a week of birthdays, potential returns and reincarnations in the car world. As one manufacturer takes its first tentative steps back on American shores and another celebrates a significant milestone for one model with a rather tepid party, the National Corvette Museum has revealed plans for the eight cars swallowed by a sinkhole that opened up underneath the ... [Read]