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What Will GM Announce This Friday in Oshawa?

Yesterday, General Motors issued a release stating it will announce big news in Oshawa on Friday. According to The Star, that announcement will include 1,000 new jobs at GM’s engineering center, which now focuses on driverless and connected vehicles. Show More Summary

Hold On — Envision Ads Are On the Way, Says Buick

Yesterday, we reported that the 2016 Buick Envision crossover, already on sale in the U.S. and Canada, arrived with no marketing to herald its appearance. That may be true for the early sales period, but with more Envisions now arriving...Show More Summary

TTAC Reverse Bump: Record Audi Q3 Sales In May After Our April Critique

TTAC is the American car buyer’s influencer of choice. We render verdicts, and the masses abide by our verdicts. Why do Americans buy more than 400,000 Toyota Camrys per year? Because TTAC’s Jack Baruth track-tested a Camry and was more than a little complimentary. Show More Summary

Adventures in Recalls: FCA’s Shifter ‘Visor Tips Card’

As a six-and-a-half-foot tall red-blooded male who’s driven in demolition derbies and owns John Deere machinery, I naturally gravitated to a big, rear-wheel drive, future Junkyard Find sedan when it came time to replace our family car four years ago. Show More Summary

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 Review – The Best Benz You Can Buy Today

In 1984, during my Honda-hawking days in Texas, our neighboring Mercedes-Benz dealership was all atwitter upon Daimler introducing the first “Baby Benz,” the 190E sedan. We knew our waiting-list-only Accord was a far superior automobile but that didn’t stop two of our salespeople from buying 190Es while the rest of us stuck with our Chevy trucks. Show More Summary

Buick Envision: A Ghost Unicorn Waiting for the Spotlight

Raise your hands if you’ve seen a Buick Envision, or even heard someone mention it? The Chinese-built crossover is now on sale in the U.S., but you’d be forgiven for not knowing that. Due to a case of odd timing, the model will see a...Show More Summary

8 Things You’ll Need for Your First Track Day

The Wise Guide team writes about things we think you’ll like, introducing you to great products, services and special deals. We do have affiliate partnerships, so we may earn revenue from the products and services you buy. We love the...Show More Summary

Electric Cars = Quiet Roadways? Not so Fast…

Because we’ll all be travelling around in autonomous electric pods any day now, more and more people want to know whether they’ll be able to hear a pin drop on the sidewalk once those nasty internal combustion vehicles are extinct. Well,...Show More Summary

SPIED: 2018 Ford Fiesta, Making a Move Upmarket

An updated version of Ford’s tiniest offering was just spotted on the road, and while the camo is strong with this one, it’s clear the subcompact Fiesta now sports higher-end clothes. Expected to bow in mid-2017 as a 2018 model, theShow More Summary

Jaguar’s Two New Models Instantly Become Jaguar’s Best Sellers, New F-Pace SUV Leads The Way

After breaking its one-year-old sales record with a sharp increase to more than 61,000 sales in 2002, Jaguar’s U.S. sales decline began with a vengeance. Jaguar USA volume plunged 80 percent between 2002 and 2009 and has not since recovered. Show More Summary

Volkswagen Cleared for Big European Diesel Fix; Company Claims No Power or Mileage Loss

Volkswagen can start hauling the first of 800,000 Passat, CC and Eos models off of European streets after a German regulator granted approval to the automaker’s diesel emissions fix. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says there’s...Show More Summary

Model X Crash Details Emerge: Tesla Claims Human Error, Owner Says Otherwise

It’s a good ol’ fashioned case of he said/his electric carmaker said. Yesterday, we all puzzled over the case of the California man who claimed his brand spankin’ new Tesla Model X went Maximum Overdrive and attempted to turn a store into a drive-thru. Show More Summary

Ask Bark: Is It Time To Settle, Or Time To Flex?

John writes: Bark, We (me M52, F39, M15, F10) really need to step up our fleet (2006 Honda Pilot 240K mi, 2005 Honda Element 170K mi). We need to replace the Pilot as family car, and probably (for now) keep both Hondas rolling for my use and, soon, my son’s use too. Show More Summary

Washington Metro Asks Riders To Find Two Things: An Alternative To Mass Transit, And Some Would-Be Rapists

“Just because you’re paranoid,” my father used to joke, “it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” WMATA, the metro rail system of Washington, DC, has long been infamous for subpar service, indifferent adherence to schedule, and a truly staggering amount of crime that includes over 100 reported felony assaults in a four-year period. Show More Summary

Vellum Venom Vignette: The Proliferation of Plastic Cladding

Jeremy writes: I’d love to know your thoughts on the proliferation of plastic cladding on pretty much every CUV/SUV on sale today. I’ve noticed that pretty much everyone does it now – Toyota, Mazda, Ford, Jeep, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, the list goes on. Show More Summary

Bearded Man Uses 77 Pounds of Old Cheese to Land New (Used) Car

One supermarket’s loss was Ehren Thompson’s gain. The Sydney, Australia man was able to use a 77-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese he found at a local grocery store to get himself into a used Peugeot hatchback, according to BuzzFeed News. Show More Summary

Tesla Model X Owner Says His Vehicle Crashed Itself

A California man is looking for answers — and repairs — after he claims his five-day-old Tesla Model X unexpectedly accelerated into a building at full speed as he was attempting to park. Puzant Ozbag took to the Tesla forum to describe...Show More Summary

Lincoln Looking to Build Vehicles in China: Report

After entering the hot Chinese car market two years ago, Lincoln Motor Company now wants to start building its vehicles there, sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg. Lincoln is reportedly in talks with partner Changan Automobile Group to build a manufacturing facility — which would serve as an export hub — as early as 2018. Show More Summary

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon: Keeping the Nuclear Family Dream Alive

The three-row Buick Roadmaster and Chevrolet Caprice wagons of yesteryear are gone, but Mercedes-Benz now offers a modern, refined alternative to minivans and crossovers for the few who want it. The German automaker’s E-Class Estate bows this fall on the far side of the Atlantic (a little later here), in both luxury and sport-minded guise. Show More Summary

The 2016 Mazda 6 Is Still Too Loud, Unrefined, And Slow, But I Just Took The Long Way Home

Stop. Wait a second before you get in. Study the Mazda 6’s curves and tell me this isn’t the best-looking car in its class. Alright, now hop in, depress the starter button, and listen to that sweet honey of a 2.5-liter inline-four purr. Show More Summary

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