Auto reviews

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 SuperCrew

    The Ford Motor Co.’s best-selling product gets a modest external makeover for 2009 plus a host of subtle but important revisions inside and under the hood in an attempt to stay atop the sales charts in a soft market. Ford has stayed with the bold styling that debuted in 2004 while polishing the edges. The

  • Ageless Martin Posts Second Win This Season

    DARLINGTON, S.C. — Mark Martin did it again. The oldest driver in the 43-car field showed the youngsters a thing or two Saturday night in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. “It’s absolutely unbelievable,” Martin said. “This is a big surprise. We had a strong car, but I never expected to win. Alan Gustafson (Martin’s

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    For the first time since 2003, Volkswagen dealers have a minivan offering in the USA. Wearing another African-desert based name, the Routan is a credible performer in a shrinking automotive segment.
    Strangely, Volkswagen — the originator of the whole small-van genre — sources its North American van from Chrysler Corp. Back in 2005, Volkswagen made the decision to abandon its costly Microbus concept van project and elected to continue with fifth generation Transporter vans for most of the world. Meanwhile, VW would partner with Daimler/Chrysler, another German-based automaker, to create an American-sized van for the U.S. marketplace.

  • On The Road Review: Volkswagen Routan Minivan

    For the first time since 2003, Volkswagen dealers have a minivan offering in the USA. Wearing another African-desert based name, the Routan is a credible performer in a shrinking automotive segment.Strangely, Volkswagen — the originator of the whole small-van genre — sources its North American van from Chrysler Corp. Back in 2005, Volkswagen made the

  • Kyle Busch Sweeps Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch celebrated his 24th birthday by winning both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Richmond this past weekend. Busch made his final charge to the front moments after a restart on lap 349 in Saturday night’s Crown Royal 400. He got by Carl Edwards for second place on lap

  • On The Road Review: Kia Soul

    Webster’s Dictionary describes ‘soul’ as the “spiritual principal embodied in human beings”. Can a cute, boxy, sub-compact car have ‘soul’? Webster’s Dictionary describes ‘soul’ as the “spiritual principal embodied in human beings”. Can a cute, boxy, sub-compact car have ‘soul’? Korean automaker Kia certainly thinks so, as it has named its latest front-wheel-drive small car

  • “Old Man” Martin Winds Up in Victory Lane

    PHOENIX — With his win in the Subway Fresh Fit 500, Mark Martin became the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver 50 or older to go to victory lane. The other three were Harry Gant (52), Morgan Shepherd (50) and Bobby Allison (50). Martin started from the pole and led 157 of 312 laps. “I

  • On The Road Review: Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    Most drivers today think of quirky-looking small cars when they envision hybrid-powered vehicles. Originally conceived in Japan — where the streets are tiny, the crowds massive, and resources are strained — the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hybrid cars were technological tour-de-forces designed to create a futuristic yet practical halo car that would lend