VW Beetle (2013)
Built in Puebla Mexico, the redesigned 2013 Beetle is significantly improved over the previous generation model. We had the opportunity of driving a turbo cabriolet Beetle for a week and found it to be a pleasant surprise all around. The look of the new model is all Beetle, yet seems less polarizing than before. Yes, I will come out and say it, the previous generation Beetle was a girls car!
Text and photos by: Juan G. Robbin
Art Basel Miami has become the place to be the 1st week in December for avant-garde art collectors as well as car manufacturers. This year, BMW presented two special cars in two gorgeous venues. The U.S. introduction of BMW’s 17th Art Car. This particular car being a BMW M3 GT2 race-car done by artist Jeff Koons.
TOKYO (Nov. 20, 2013) — More compact than the pioneering RX luxury utility vehicle (LUV) at 182.7 inches long with a 106.3 inch wheelbase, the LF-NX Turbo concept focuses on the growing segment of smaller, more urban-centric compact premium crossovers. For more information, click here.
TOKYO (Nov. 20, 2013) — Lexus unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe, scheduled for launch in 2014, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The RC raises Lexus’ profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for building quality, refinement and reliability. For more information, click here.
This wild concept features a 503-horsepower engine and gives a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI. For more information, click here.
Pleasantly surprised! This was the phrase I used over and over during my week with the gorgeous red Mazda 6. In the competitive high-volume mid-sized sedan market segment, most offerings are bland and uninteresting. Yet the Mazda 6 has a subtle yet distinctive appeal that makes it stand out from the crowd. Think about it, de-badge the competitive sedans and most, if not all, will be hard pressed to identify.
We were somewhere around Fremont on the edge of Indiana when the rain began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “Are we sure these wipers don’t go any faster?” Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like rain. And a lot of it, at that. Here we were, no more than three hours into our hastily-planned, yet much-anticipated road trip, and God was already trying to piss us off.