Great news: Denmark is cutting the tax rate on new cars to 100 percent

Maybe you’ve just graduated from college and you’re looking for a Scandinavian adventure. Maybe you’re having a mid-life crisis and you want to shake things up a bit. In either case, you might’ve asked yourself: should I move to Denmark?

If so, and if the answer to that question was a resounding “Ja!”, we have some great news: the Danish government plans to reduce the tax rate on new cars to a mere 100 percent

Car fans might think of Denmark as the place where shoppers can buy cars totally online. Or perhaps they know it as one of many winter-friendly nations that are angling to get gas and diesel vehicles off the road. Or maybe they remember it best as the tiny country that wanted everyone to drive electric cars with swappable batteries before the company that built them went kaput

What folks might not think of when Denmark

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Will electric cars take over as quickly as cars displaced horses from 1900 to 1925?

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Model of Cadillac Escalade horse carriage by artist Jeremy Dean for his work, “Back to the Futurama”

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So here’s a question for you: when was the last time you traveled by horse to … well, to anywhere other than the stable you started from?

In 1900, horses were the de facto way for Americans to travel, whether riding them or in horse-drawn carts.

By 1925, that had changed: 15 years of the

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Towing a boat with the 2017 Cadillac Escalade: 6 things you need to know

A day in the life of most Cadillac Escalades starts with dropping the kids off at school followed by a visit to the local Starbucks watering hole, but these big brutes are well-suited to far more strenuous activities.

While most of the Escalade’s rivals feature car-like unibody construction for improved on-road dynamics and more interior space, underneath the hulking Escalade sits a beefy, pickup-derived frame that makes it a not-too-distant cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado. That makes for tighter interior room than its ZIP code-filling proportions might suggest, but it’s weekend-rated with optional four-wheel drive and up to 8,300 pounds of trailer-tugging capability.

After spending a weekend towing boats with the Escalade, we learned a few things you might want to know:

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2017 Cadillac Escalade towing

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2017 Cadillac Escalade towing

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Luxury towing is nice

While the Escalade might be a truck at heart, it’s a damn fancy rig. With an

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Rolls-Royce Is Mentioned In Music More Than Any Other Brand

Hip hop music and expensive vehicles usually go hand-in-hand. But amongst the seemingly endless stream of references to Bimmers, Benzes, and Bentleys, one brand surpasses them all in terms of overall use. According to a new study by Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce ranks as the most referenced brand in hip hop and pop music.

The study looked through the lyrics of each song that made it into the top 20 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 from May 2014 to May 2017, and noted that Rolls-Royce was mentioned 11 times. Just behind Rolls-Royce was Ferrari with nine mentions, Hennessy (the drink, not the aftermarket shop) with seven mentions, and Porsche with seven mentions. 

Chevrolet and Lamborghini tied for six mentions, while Bentley, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz tied for five mentions each. Among the other non-automotive brands noted on the list, Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, Rolex, and Xanax were mentioned five

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2018 Ford Expedition will start at $52890; up $4570 from last year

Our friends over at CarsDirect.com have sneaked a peek at the order form for the upcoming 2018 Ford Expedition and have reported that the new family hauler will be surprisingly nearer and dearer for interested buyers later this year.

The 2018 Ford Expedition will start at $52,890, including destination, for a XLT model with rear-wheel drive, a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, and 10-speed automatic, which is an increase of $4,570 over the current model. The long-wheelbase Expedition MAX will start at $55,580, including destination.

A fully decked long-wheelbase 2018 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum with four-wheel drive will run $79,740, according to CarsDirect. That’s an increase of more than $8,500 over the current range-topping 2017 Ford Expedition Platinum EL model on dealer lots.

Adding four-wheel drive tacks on roughly $3,000 to any trim.

MUST SEE: Read our 2018 Ford Expedition preview

It’s unclear what buyers can expect for the substantial price hike this year. A 10-speed

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Venezuela gets desperate, seizes a GM plant and vehicles

The political climate in America may be tense at the moment, but it’s nothing compared to what’s happening in Venezuela. The South American nation is in such a state of chaos that authorities in the city of Valencia have seized a General Motors plant, forcing the automaker to suspend operations there for the foreseeable future.

A complicated situation

The troubles in Venezuela are complex, but they’re largely rooted in the country’s heavy dependence on oil exports.

When crude prices were high, the situation in Venezuela was better, but since oil began its sharp plunge in the summer of 2014, the economy has been in a tailspin. Inflation has surged, reaching 800 percent last December.

The financial troubles have had a direct effect on everyday Venezuelans. The country has become an outrageously dangerous place–the most murderous on Planet Earth–and the U.S. State Department has warned travelers about visiting Venezuela “due

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2017 Genesis G90: From Portland to Seattle

The Pacific Northwest has long been a place for escape — whether it’s hiking through forests thick with fir trees, tasting the saltwater spray from the bow of a whale-watching ship, or simply sitting back and enjoying a steaming cup of good coffee. Lately though, well-off folk have been moving here en masse, escaping their urban metropolises to two main port cities, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Before the venture capitalists and other moneyed interests displace the funky people who built these places and forever alter the function and feel of these two inimitable cities, we wanted to visit Portland, see Seattle, explore the surrounding areas, and talk to the people that turned the Pacific Northwest into a charming corner of our country. Behind the wheel for the journey was Epic Drives host Justin Bell, who set off from Portland in an all-new 2017 Genesis G90 to follow

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Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now?

Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company’s 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the U.S. after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers.

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that it filed an application to sell 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2017 Ram 1500 models fitted with its EcoDiesel-branded engine. The SUVs and trucks were in limbo after a January announcement by the EPA that it had discovered up to eight undisclosed Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices on those trucks that altered performance on emissions tests.

The company fired back at the hint that its cars cheated emissions tests by saying that the devices prolonged the engines’ lives.

“They cannot be classified as defeat devices because we’re trying to defeat nothing,” FCA chief Sergio Marchionne said in January. “These were mechanisms that were put in place to protect the

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is an archaic enigma. It’s certainly outclassed on-road by most of its rivals, and yet it’s something nearly all of us would park in our garages.

We’ve rated it a 6.4 out of 10 overall, but there’s more to the 2018 Land Cruiser’s six decade heritage than just numbers. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

It’s hugely capable off-road and has an enviable reputation for reliability even under the harshest conditions. Those attributes have long made Land Cruisers a staple in the most remote, war-torn regions of the world, but they don’t really come into play in suburbia.

This year, the Land Cruiser is largely unchanged after a hefty refresh in 2016. Its rear-seat entertainment system gets with the times and becomes a stand-alone option instead of standard (since most kids are attached to their tablets these days) and its exterior mirrors

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