Jim Prueter

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC43 Roadster — Much to like

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 21, 2018) Now in its seventh year of a generation, the Mercedes-Benz SLC, formerly known as the SLK, has not been redesigned since the 2011 model year. However, last year’s name change coincided with a refreshed front end around the grille, headlamps and air intakes.

Refreshed Cherokee – Appealing new face, off-road capability

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 6, 2018) With 9 million sales worldwide and 2 million in the U.S. alone, the compact crossover utility vehicle is “the largest SUV segment in the world,” says Scott Tallon, director of
Jeep Brand. Up against segment leader Nissan Rogue and big sellers like Honda CRV, RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Jeep Cherokee makes up just 9.5 to 10 percent market share in the segment.

2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet — Living the dream with the top down

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 1, 2018) The A5 is an attractive version of Audi’s A4 sedan and is available as a coupe, four-door Sportback, and a Cabriolet, tested here. The A5 Cabriolet is available in a choice of two trim levels: base ($49,600) and the performance-oriented S5 version ($62,300). Both trim levels are luxury drop tops with an attractive exterior and a formal interior.

All new Chevrolet Traverse: When a minivan isn’t a minivan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 26, 2018) For the record, General Motors got out of the shrinking minivan market when it pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana back in 2005, replacing them with a trio of Lambda-platform-based large crossover vehicles named the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and, at the time, Saturn Outlook.

E400 Cabriolet — Everything a convertible should be and more

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 19, 2018) It never ceases to amaze me just how many individual Mercedes-Benz models there are on the Bavarian automaker’s palette. Mercedes currently offers over 85 individual models with numerous additional models being introduced on a yearly basis. If there’s a marketing niche — no matter how small — Mercedes feels the obligation to their loyal clientele to fill it. The E Class Cabriolet is such a vehicle.

Thinking inside the box — GMC Acadia is decent but breaks no new ground

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 15, 2018) The GMC Acadia was all new for 2017 when it downsized from a full-sized sport utility vehicle to a mid-size crossover, a bit smaller than the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango it competes against. For 2018, Acadia is, for the most part, a carryover vehicle, meaning little has changed from last year.

In every respect the AMG C63 S Cabriolet is exceptional vehicle

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 12, 2018) 503 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission. The car is flanked by 19-inch front/20-inch rear AMG forged cross-spoke wheels. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and is brought to a smooth but certain stop with large 15.8-inch cross-drilled and vented ceramic brakes with specially painted brake calipers. All this goodness came wrapped in a gorgeous brilliant blue drop top Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. This car is the bomb.

All-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio: so much dolce vita

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 10, 2018) At over 9,000 feet, Stelvio Pass is the highest and most dramatic paved pass in the Eastern European Alps. While not the most beautiful, it is a stunning road to view, and the wall of 48 hairpin switchback turns running up the north face renders it iconic for car enthusiasts around the world. Befitting the name, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio has terrific handling, agility, steering and power to lend both credibility and worthy kudos sufficient to naming it after Italy’s most famous mountain pass.

Smart Electric Drive Cabrio falls short with low range, high price

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 4, 2018) A year ago, Daimler announced the decision to convert the Smart brand to all-electric in North America, discontinuing gas-powered Smart cars. Smart cars are built by Daimler in France and sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz dealers in the U.S. The current and third generation of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2015 in gasoline form. In June 2017, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive went on sale and was recently followed by the cabriolet (convertible) model that will go on sale in spring 2018.

All-new Nissan Leaf – Is 150 mile driving range enough?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 3, 2018) Most news stories regarding battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are about Tesla and the great things Elon Musk is doing…or not. But what’s known but by a few is that the world’s best-selling electric car to date is the Nissan Leaf. At the start of 2016, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide.