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2010 Sneak Preview

Warning: the information and images on the following pages might antagonize you to no end. As you read about the most anticipated cars of the next four years, you might become frustrated by wanting what you can’t yet have. Just remember — good things come to those who wait. For now, dig in to the details, the spy photos, the informed illustrations, and the future-teasing concepts of our annual Sneak Preview. Thanks to our probing questions and well-placed sources, there’s plenty to dream about.

Alfa’s U.S. return is still under review, so while we wait for word from Signore Marchionne, we can only dream about a few of our favorite Italian beauties.

MiTo: It may not be as cute as the MINI Cooper, but the Alfa hatchback exudes style that’s unique not only in the subcompact segment but also in the American market. The range-topping 1.4-liter turbo

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What’s Next for the Swedes

So these two Swedes, Volvo and Saab, walk into a bar. Long story short: Plenty of crazy stuff happens before they depart, worse for wear and unable to walk out under their own steam. But, praise Thor and the other Norse gods, they’re still with us now.

Originally an aircraft manufacturer, Saab got into the car business in 1946. An early adopter of front-wheel drive and turbocharging, it has always been known for its uniquely freewheeling ways. For example, in vehicles equipped with its earliest two-stroke engines, the driveshafts were disengaged at speed to save fuel and, more important, to spare the engines from gre-nading. Volvo, for its part, was grounded in more stolid engineering from the time it started building cars back in 1927 (Volvos were rear-wheel drive until the early 1990s, for instance).

By the time they bellied up to the American market during the

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News for August 2016

PhotoFederal and state lawmakers are calling on the manufacturer of EpiPens to roll back price increases that have raised the cost of the life-saving emergency allergy treatment beyond the reach of many families, but some patient advocacy groups are strangely silent. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a letter to the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical, Heather Bresch, that he was “shocked and dismayed” to learn that the price of EpiPens has risen by several hundred percent since 2009 “even though [the product] has not been improved upon in any obvious or significant way.”

Blumenthal pointedly noted that he was a supporter of legislation signed by President Obama in 2013, which encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors on hand to deal with emergencies.

The EpiPen contains about $1 worth of epinephrine, but it costs $600 or more for a package of two in the United

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First Drive: 2011 Lincoln MKX

Ford has smartly sharpened its product portfolio in the past three years, yet the same can’t be said for the Blue Oval’s supporting brands. Just this June, it was announced that Mercury would be put out to pasture after decades of carbon-copy engineering, and Lincoln’s lineup suffers from virtually the same indifference. However, Ford tells us that the 2011 Lincoln MKX is the first vehicle in a product revolution that is planned for the luxury brand’s lineup.

Ford says that the new models will bring genuinely distinctive bodies — not just fascias and soft points — over shared mechanicals, much like Lincoln’s MKT three-row crossover related to the Ford Flex. But for now, the new MKX is simply a refresh that follows the same old formula: a Ford with a nicer interior, different looks, and more premium features.

More style inside and out
While the

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Driven: 2012 Acura RDX

The RDX, Acura’s compact crossover, was previously an outlier in its category. It seemed to have been developed by a bunch of engineers who were trying to channel the Integra Type R. As intriguing as that sounds, the RDX’s buckboard ride and high-strung four-cylinder turbo just didn’t work in a compact, premium-brand crossover.

Larger, but lighter

The new RDX takes

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