2017 Audi A4 Allroad – $50k Ski Wagon Set for Fall 2016 USA Arrival – Blah Exterior, but Hoorah Interior

  The A4 Allroad has carved a nice little niche for itself in the US market, where it replaced the standard A4 Avant among most shoppers seeking a low and sporty wagon.  The current Allroad will gain all the new tech and style of the A4 sedan, but wears a more butch stance all around.  A very macho nose redesign brings vertical grille slats, some rough-rough fender flares and even a brushed-alloy chin spoiler in the nose. We are trying to get on-board with this next-gen A4 appearance.  Really trying. And the Allroad has generally been a great showcase of the A4 Avant’s overall aesthetic appeal. Unfortunately, the new A4 is still just too generic and anodyne for our tastes. It looks like a cheap Xerox of the current models… but designed on crappier computers?  There are good elements: like the longer wheelbase and shrunken front overhang versus the current …

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Subaru Tokyo 2015 – All-New VIZIV Future Concept and Impreza 5-Door Concept

Subaru has a new flagship design concept for the Tokyo Auto Show in early November. And despite its familiar VIZIV name, this masculine and high-tech design theme is very fresh. This third VIZIV Concept Future is an interesting preview of a future LWB Outback with seven seats. The powertrain and seating layout are much more Forester size for this sporty concept car, but the intention is a three-row variant of the large Outback platform, versus the smaller Impreza/Forester footprint.  Or perhaps just a super-lux future Forester. The cabin is shockingly advanced, as is the powertrain. A next-generation hybrid is paired to an all-new boxer turbo.  Yep! Other exhibits include the first look at the 2016 Impreze 5-Door. Officially dubbed a concept, the Impreza 5-door looks like a sleek new model of WRX — not just a change from trunk to hatch. Finally, the revised 2016 Forester’s new headlights make their …

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Track Drive Review – 2016 Buick Regal GS – Flypaper Handling Is Now $3k Cheaper!

Autobahn Country Club might be my “Happy Place.” Recalling this track’s frisky bends, howling tires and full-throttle straightaways brings a smile instantly. Buick invited us to flog their performance flagship, the 2016 Regal GS, around the Illinois track and autocross to show off the machine’s latest updates: new colors and a price that is much more approachable. How approachable!?  A cool $3,300 off the base price for the GS takes the entry level to $35k versus near $38k before.  Three drivetrains continue for 2016: FWD auto, FWD manual and AWD automatic. The GS AWD we tested out still comes in around $39k with delivery, but bas GS manual spec levels are not cheapened. A straight-up price cut is always welcome. In this track drive reivew, we’ll highlight new learnings about the GS, a wishlist or aftermarket mods roadmap, and close with info in Buick’s new 24-hour testdrive program that lets …

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