Volkswagen Passat GT Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer To add more pizzazz to the aging Passat, Volkswagen debuted a special GT model designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The design was derived from extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers….

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2018 Toyota 86 GT Test Drive

“2018 Toyota 86 GT 2-door Coupe” Scion FRS 86’d by Toyota The Scion brand name has disappeared, now bears the Toyota moniker. The model designation also disappeared, and what was the FR-S is now labeled the 86. We’ll deal here with the 2018 Toyota 86, which was originally the fifth model to join the old…

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2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT Test Ride

“2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT” A Sport Tourer that’s perhaps More Tourer than Sport OVERVIEW The Yamaha Tracer 900 replaces the FJ-09 in Yamaha’s lineup of sport-touring bikes and it has been updated for the 2019 model year, available in both a standard version and as the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT – a premium, tour-ready…

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2018 Volkswagen Passat Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Competing in a class of overachievers, like the latest Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda6, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is holding its own despite its age. For 2018, Volkswagen is upping the ante by adding a new sportier V6 GT version to their existing fleet of six midsize Passat sedans….

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2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Coupe Test Drive

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Premium Armed with more Tech, Performance and Personalization Possibilities The venerable Ford Mustang pony car has been around since 1964 and1/2 and the offerings have changed dramatically over the years, with a multitude of model variations offered, featuring a variety of engines and transmissions, not to mention several body styles…

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2018 Kia Stinger Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer As avid Kia watchers since the brand’s U.S. debut in the Portland, Oregon area, we’ve watched the brand grow quickly, mature and build into an important presence in the North American automotive market. If you don’t think the Kia is a major player just look at the number of Kias…

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe Test Drive

“2018 Aston Martin DB11 Grand Touring Coupe” V8 added to lineup accompanying the V12 – Can Less be More? As Aston Martin progresses into its ‘Second Century’ plan of existence, the iconic British manufacturer is now adding a V8 powered DB11 Grand Touring Coupe model to its lineup as an alternative choice to the Aston…

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2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door Test Drive

“2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door” Mazda3 best selling vehicle globally The Mazda3 heads into 2018 with only subtle exterior modifications, but with new standard equipment and features as well as updated packages. The popular Mazda is still available in two body configurations – a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatch. There are also still two…

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Test Drive

“2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC” A Redesigned and reengineered Premium Compact SUV Mitsubishi’s advertising tagline is “Find Your Own Lane” and the Japanese automaker seems to have done just that with their 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander model lineup, particularly with the top-of-line GT version….

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Test Drive

“2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD” The World’s first and only American AWD Musclecar Coupe Portland, ME – Looking for year-round performance capability combined with safe, confidence-inspiring all weather driving? The four-door Dodge Charger was the first AWD musclecar from FCA. Now there’s a more stylish two-door performance gem joining the Dodge musclecar stable – it’s…

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