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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE Sedan — With peak 677 horsepower


Staggering performance
and an impressive Interior

By Jim Prueter
(June 7, 2023) All-new to the Mercedes lineup for 2023 the EQE sedan tested here is the electrified version of the brand’s traditional E-class sedan. The EQE, albeit smaller, looks basically like the larger EQS Mercedes sedan with basically similar and equally impressive features and appointments.

2023 BMW 760i

INDIANAPOLIS — It seems about every 20 years, BMW gets radical with the 7-Series.  Remember back a couple of decades to the 2003 model that debuted the iDrive infotainment system and “Bangle butt” raised trunklid, named for former BMW design chief, Chris Bangle.  Eventually, though, BMW’s competitors copied the car’s controls and rump.  As BMW configures the 7-Series for an electric future, it gives a radical makeover that nods to the past and future in the 2023 760i xDrive.

2023 BMW M2

MIAMI — BMW’s M2 sports coupe moves aggressively into its second generation with the 2023 BMW M2 Coupe offering the joy of a manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, and lots of technological features to satisfy 21st Century customers. Oh, sure, an 8-speed double-clutch transmission is available, but to experience all that the 2023 BMW M2 Coupe has to offer in the way of driving fun you need to stick with the stick.

2023 Cadillac Escalade

HERNDON, Va. — Some 50 years after Don McLean penned "American Pie," King Cadillac is looking up while the jester, Elon Musk, is looking down and — I’m guessing here — looking ahead. Of course, Cadillac and its GM siblings are planning to catch Tesla in a way only $illon-dollar multinationals can; Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick will be introducing a catalog of EVs, beginning in 2023.

Vehicle of the Week

2024 Mazda CX-90 — A standout three-row crossover

By Jim Meachen Editor

(June 4, 2023) An inline 6-cylinder engine in a Mazda? Very strange, indeed.  And the powertrain is not the only unusual thing with the all-new three-row 2024 CX-90 that replaces the aging CX-9 at the top of the Mazda food chain. It's the biggest crossover Mazda has ever built, and it can be configured for up to eight passengers. And another thing — the CX-90 is rear-wheel biased with full-time all-wheel drive standard.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader names 10 Best Cars for recent college graduates in 2023

(June 5, 2023) ATLANTA — May officially kicked off graduation season, with a fresh new crop of college graduates accepting their diplomas and heading off into the world in the market for a new vehicle to take them down their chosen path. To help new grads sort out their vehicle choices as they embark upon the journey called "real life," Autotrader has named the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates.

2023 Land Rover Defender 130 is a big, comfortable, capable trail wagon

By Casey Williams

(June 4, 2023) Land Rover makes an array of fancy and capable SUVs from the entry-level Defender Sport to the Billionaire class Range Rover.  But, the one that traces its roots to 1948 and gained popularity after World War II is the classic Defender that first appeared as Britain’s take on the Jeep.  Aluminum bodied and loaded for bear, it could assault trails like a soldier in hiking boots.  A couple of redesigns since brings us to the current generation, available in two-door 90 series, four-door 110 series, and this giant broadside, the three-row 2023 Defender 130.

Traveling across the U.S. on ‘America’s Rudest Road Trip’

(June 2,2023) Drivers looking for a laugh have been told how to take the rudest road trip across America as the glorious summer weather approaches. From Poopdeck Street in Alaska to Hanky Panky Street in Las Vegas, vacation car rental experts at have researched the most offensive road names in the country to create the ultimate route for brazen travelers.

Inside the Industry

Ford recalls over 125,000 crossovers, trucks over fire risk

(June 6, 2023) Ford is recalling more than 125,000 crossovers and trucks in the U.S. due to the risk of an engine compartment fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website showed on Tuesday. The recall, which expands on a similar recall from a year earlier, covers some Escape and Lincoln Corsair crossovers and Maverick compact pickup trucks manufactured between 2020 and 2023 equipped with 2.5L Hybrid/Plug-In Hybrid motors.

Chevrolet unveils sixth-generation Camaro final Collector's Edition

Commemorates Panther code
name from Camaro in the 1960s

(June 6, 2023) DETROIT — From the moment it was introduced in 2016, the iconic sixth generation Camaro established itself as the leaner, meaner generation; culminating with the ZL1 1LE track athlete. Throughout the generation, Camaro featured a wide variety of special editions that ranged from charismatic with the 50th Anniversary and Wild Cherry Design Package to edgy with the Shock and Steel and Redline Edition.

Aston Martin Heritage Festival set for Aug. 12

Organizers appeal to owners to create
biggest event in marque’s history

(June 6, 2023) GAYDON, England — Organizers of the Aston Martin Heritage Festival are calling all Aston Martin owners to join the event and make it the largest-ever gathering of Aston Martin and Lagonda vehicles. In the 110th year of Aston Martin and the 25th anniversary of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT), the charity has set a goal of 600 cars on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Last year of the Chevy Task Force trucks

This 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup was discovered in Arizona. The 1959 truck was the last of the second series of the so-called "Task Force" trucks. The C/K series replaced the Task Force in 1960. The'59 pickup could be purchased with a choice of two inline 6-cylinder engines or three V-8s. Three transmissions were offered in1959, a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)