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USA Mercedes. In a historic event on Aug. 11, AM General, operating as Mercedes-Benz’s (MB) first and only contract manufacturer in the U.S., rolled the first M-B R-Class off the assembly line at the state-of-the-art vehicle assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. On hand were Gov. Mike Pence, Sen. Joe...
In the summer of 2014, we drove the Nissan Pathfinder on a long road trip from Washington to California loaded with camping gear for the Redwoods, and it performed beyond expectations. Recently we wrote about the Nissan Murano and its superb capabilities as both a classy city drive and a genuine...
Longer distance. The Renault ZOE is the best-selling electric car in France, and its newly released R240 model is said to have a range of 149 miles on one charge, hence the name R240—149 miles in kilometers. While Renault manufactures several electric models, the new unit with improved electronic...
We recently tested the 2016 Nissan Maxima at a press introduction and found it to be exactly what Nissan calls it: “A four-door sports car.” The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship model, and this eighth-generation version is assembled at the company’s Smyrna, Tenn., plant.             What’s to like on...
With few exceptions, we loved the 2015.5 Volvo T6 AWD we recently tested. Long a fan of Volvo innovations and safety, this unit did not disappoint, though there were some features that we felt should have been standard, not optional. What we like at the top of the list on the XC60 are its...
Chevrolet has announced that it will re-enter the medium-duty market with a low cab-forward truck in 2016 to meet growing demands of fleet and commercial customers. The six new models that will be available are the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500, and 5500HD. They are based on the Isuzu...
We’ve watched the progress of Hyundai closely over the past 20 years and continue to be impressed by the advancement of both model offerings and the quality of products the automaker delivers. And we certainly enjoyed the 2015 Genesis AWD we recently tested. While many are surprised by a luxury...
New York hotties. The New York Auto Show each April always provides plentiful debuts of production and concept vehicles and the 2015 show was no exception. Some of the hot vehicles introduced include the Cadillac flagship CT6; the 363-HP bi-turbo Mercedes-Benz GLE due at dealers this summer; the...

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