The Leica T Revisited: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

It’s been two years since the Leica T was revealed. Touting an undeniably sexy unibody design and a brand new lens mount, the T showed that Leica was serious about staying relevant in a technology-focused climate. While the camera was universally praised in most regards, particularly for the body and interface design, there were certainly some unpleasantries in the way of performance. But that was two years ago, and a lot’s changed. Leica has stayed committed to their aluminum wonder, and it has slowly evolved into a serious little machine worth a second glance.

For nearly 100 years, Leica was a company with a pretty singular, conservative vision. While Leica revolutionized photography by, essentially, inventing the 35mm camera, the word “revolutionary” became relegated to a footnote in their history. After inventing auto focus technology in the 1970s, they sold off the patents to Minolta because the idea of auto focus didn’t really fit their principles. Even the Leica M of today

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Photo Comparison: BMW 6 Series GT vs. 5 Series GT

When we first heard about the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, we were expectedly hesitant about the results. Neither the 3 Series GT or 5 Series GT were particularly pretty cars and the 6 Series Coupe was. So when we learned that BMW would be killing off the seductive coupe and giving its nameplate to a Gran Turismo, we weren’t entirely enthused. However, we did hold out hope that it would look sportier than any other BMW GT that came before it. After all, BMW said it would. Though, looking at both cars side-by-side, they share a very strong familial bond.

Okay, so from the front, the two cars are night and day. The new 6er GT wears a similar face to the new G30-gen BMW 5 Series, which is a good thing. That’s a handsome car so it’s a good one to copy. So this

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Ride Assist-e Self-Balancing Motorcycle From Honda Aimed At New Riders

Ohio TV station WCMH warns consumers about failing to do scans …

A Columbus, Ohio, television network has warned consumers about a possible threat to their warranty should they forgo a diagnostic scan of their vehicle.

The piece by “Better Call Jackson” reporter Mike Jackson advises consumers that “if your car’s only a few years old, regardless of its make or model,” it needs a scan after even a “minor mishap” because of the electronic systems inside. (Technically, electronics issues not represented by a dash light date back to at least the 1990s, but as the focus is on factory warranties, we’ll let this one slide.)

“Almost all of us have that in our cars now,” anchor Colleen Marshall notes of vehicle electronics in the WCMH video.

The WCMH segment features Rife’s Autobody manager Mike Troxel, who describes how some insurers will pay for a scan with documentation — while others will acknowledge that the OEM says it’s necessary but “‘we don’t

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Audi A5 review: handsome looks, but can it beat BMW and Mercedes?

Just be aware that a lot of the exciting technology on the A5, such as the Virtual Cockpit display, must be specified as an optional extra, often in conjunction with an expensive bundle of equipment.

Our favourite version

2.0 TFSI Sport S-tronic, list price £33,445

Options you should add: Metallic paint (£645) , Hill hold assist (£75), Technology pack (£1,110 for a larger central screen, 36-month internet subscription and phone signal booster/wireless charging), Virtual cockpit (£250)

Verdict 7/10

The Audi A5 is a very desirable car, but given its sleek styling and powerful engines we can’t help but wish it was slightly more fun to drive. And while the interior is classy, you have to spend a lot on optional extras to get the best from it.

Book a free test drive now to see if you like the Audi A5

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Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Camry

Introduction
Toyota redesigns the popular Camry for 2018, aiming to give the car more style and improved driving dynamics while expanding availability of safety technology and introducing next-generation infotainment systems.

Built on Toyota’s new global vehicle architecture, the 2018 Camry is a bit smaller inside than it used to be, and it sits lower to the ground. The result is a car that is more fun to drive and wrapped in sleeker sheet metal.

2018 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid front quarter right photoThree powertrains are available on the new Camry. The L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE are equipped with a new 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. An upgraded V-6 engine is optional in the XLE and XSE. A more powerful and efficient gas-electric hybrid is offered in LE, SE, and XLE trim.

I headed to

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10 convertibles you can buy right now for under $5000

The first day of summer has finally arrived, and what better way to honour the sun’s climax in our hemisphere than with a cruise in a convertible. Thankfully, there’s a veritable rainbow of cheap convertibles for sale — many for $5,000 or less.

We’re not promising endless hours of carefree motoring with any of these topless cars, many of which have high mileage, but if you’re halfway handy with a crescent wrench and multi-bit driver, and you search hard for one that’s never seen winter or has been meticulously cared for by its owner, you’ll quickly find a cheap way to savour our all-too-brief summer.

Here are some of the more enjoyable convertibles you can buy today for less than $5,000:

Early 2000s Ford Mustangs

In 2002: Mustang stands alone in the marketplace as its two closest competitors  the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird  end production.... read more at: http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/10-convertibles-you-can-buy-right-now-for-under-5000

Ohio TV station WCMH warns consumers about failing to do scans

A Columbus, Ohio, television network has warned consumers about a possible threat to their warranty should they forgo a diagnostic scan of their vehicle.

The piece by “Better Call Jackson” reporter Mike Jackson advises consumers that “if your car’s only a few years old, regardless of its make or model,” it needs a scan after even a “minor mishap” because of the electronic systems inside. (Technically, electronics issues not represented by a dash light date back to at least the 1990s, but as the focus is on factory warranties, we’ll let this one slide.)

“Almost all of us have that in our cars now,” anchor Colleen Marshall notes of vehicle electronics in the WCMH video.

The WCMH segment features Rife’s Autobody manager Mike Troxel, who describes how some insurers will pay for a scan with documentation — while others will acknowledge that the OEM says it’s necessary but “‘we don’t

... read more at: http://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2017/11/20/ohio-tv-station-wcmh-warns-consumers-about-failing-to-do-scans/

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Long-Term Update 2

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It might be strange that my wife and I planned a recent road trip specifically to spend a bit of time in the rain. We usually take at least one weeklong road trip per year; last year it was to the sun-baked red rocks of Sedona in our long-term BMW 650i Gran Coupe. This year, we wanted something different. Something cloudy – even damp.

See, the permanent summer that has taken hold of much of California, especially the southern end where we live, has had as much of an effect on our moods as it’s had on the state’s water reserves. It’s hit me particularly hard, being a transplant from California’s northern climes. I need to see seasons change, even if just a little bit. Winters will always be mild in Los Angeles,

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SMWC students to present ‘Almost, Maine’ on Nov. 3-5

Love is the central theme in “Almost, Maine,” the fall play set for Nov. 3 through 5 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. 

The play by John Cariani will be presented by the Music and Theatre Department in the Cecilian Auditorium of the Conservatory of Music.

“Almost, Maine” is comprised of nine vignettes and depicts themes of love and loss in a small town.

On a cold Friday night in the middle of winter, fueled by the energy of the aurora borealis, residents of the fictional town, Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love. The characters experience happiness, heartbreak and the perils of romance. In 2004, it premiered in Portland, Maine, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

Danielle O’Connor, SMWC alumna and theater director and productions manager, said the play was selected because it is a “wonderful vehicle for college actors. Most importantly, this play displays the magical and healing properties of

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