Review: 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro is crossover magic – at a cost

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Styling-wise, the Q5 is unmistakably Audi. Without carefully looking, it could be mistaken for its larger Q7 brother, if only ran through a clothes dryer. Initial inspection led your humble narrator to believe that the Q5 shares its underpinnings with Volkswagen’s similarly-sized Tiguan, when in fact, the Q5 is based on the A4/A5’s Modular Longitudinal Platform. Relatively compact, the Q5’s lines share the recent Audi family style, which suggests constant forward motion by playing light along the surface detailing in a raked manner; lower in front than in back, like a modern, Teutonic hot rod.

The sculpted form is subtle and controlled, not over-muscled or gratuitously flared to look like some kind of U.N. Peacekeeping vehicle. The Q5 nevertheless blends in with the noise created

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2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6 AWD

All-Wheel, All Right

There is no escaping the luxury all-wheel drive empire Audi has built for itself over the past 15 years. While nearly every high-end marque has at least one offering with power at all four corners, the hardware can’t help but play second fiddle to Ingolstadt’s Quattro kingdom. Leather-lined all-wheel drive is simply Audi the way minimum wage is an English degree. But General Motors seems hell-bent on raiding as many established fiefdoms as possible with the 2013 Cadillac ATS. Engineers and designers made no secret of the fact that the baby Cadillac was penned specifically to take on the BMW 3 Series, but Audi should be no less concerned about the newest luxury prince from Detroit.

GM has been stuffing all-wheel drive systems under their vehicles for years, but the effort hasn’t come without nasty

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Burt Reynolds’ vehicles up for auction at Barrett-Jackson – Autoblog

Burt Reynolds’ influence on car culture cannot be overstated. Be it “Smokey and the Bandit” or “Cannonball Run,” his films inspired a generation of car enthusiasts. He died a few weeks back from cardiac arrest at age 82. This weekend, four vehicles from Reynolds’ personal collection — three Pontiacs and a Chevy — will go up for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas.

It seems Reynolds had plans to sell the cars before he passed. He even filmed a short teaser for the auction and planned to attend the event himself. Three of the cars are Pontiac Trans Ams. Two are re-creations of the cars he drove in “Bandit” and the film “Hooper.” Both are 1978 models. The third Trans Am is from 1984 and was used to promote Reynolds’ USFL team, the Tampa Bay Bandits. The

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Cadillac ATS sedan is in its last year – Autoblog

Cadillac has just confirmed that the ATS Sedan dies at the end of the 2018 model year. In an e-mail to CarBuzz, spokesman Donny Nordlicht wrote, “Production of the ATS Sedan is ending due to extensive plant upgrades, expansion and re-tooling to prepare for the next generation of Cadillac sedans.” The admission confirms several months of deduction based on a document trail put together by The Truth About Cars.

Last December, TTAC reported that General Motors didn’t list a 2019 Cadillac ATS sedan on VIN documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only the coupe remained, the presumption being that 2018 would be the last year for the sedan. That presumption was bolstered by industry sleuth Bozi Tatarevic’s discovery this week that GM hasn’t included the ATS sedan in the carmaker’s fleet order guide.

The death of the four-door

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2019 Lincoln Continental will cost as much as $5,000 more – Autoblog

Rumors have been swirling for months about the fate of the slow-selling Lincoln Continental amid Ford‘s larger plans to pare cars from its lineup in favor of trucks and SUVs. But now comes word of official order guides that show the 2019 Continental priced as much as $4,925 more than the previous year’s model.

That price bump brings more perks for buyers, however. According to CarsDirect, all models will get adaptive cruise control and the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technology, which includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot information system and rearview camera.

The base level Continental Premiere will start at $47,140, including destination fee, which is $985 more than the 2018 model. The Reserve model is where the starting price jumps $4,925 to $60,705. It adds technology like a 360-degree camera, heads-up display and park assist, plus heated rear seats and

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Cadillac to expand V-Series but discontinue CTS-V and ATS-V – Autoblog

A Cadillac spokesman tells Autoblog the 2019 model year will be the last for the ATS-V and CTS-V. The ATS-V is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that’s good for 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 262 hp and 173 lb-ft from the base, four-cylinder ATS, which is also set to go to pasture at the end of the 2018 model year.

The CTS-V, meanwhile, boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under its carbon-fiber hood that puts out 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, good for a 3.7-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 200 mph. In a Quick Spin review last year, Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore called the car “old-school muscle in an Esquire-approved suit. It’s ‘roids and cufflinks.”

As for what’s next for an expanded V-Series, Cadillac has the new XT4 crossover, and

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What is a dealer addendum sticker on a new car? – Autoblog

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

What’s the difference between MSRP and an addendum sticker?

Great question. From a car buyer’s perspective, neither of these things should be a factor in any of your negotiations. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is technically what a manufacturer thinks a dealer should charge for a vehicle, but as you well know, in the real world cars sell for whatever a buyer can get a dealer to agree to. Whether it’s well below or well above MSRP is due to supply and demand, as well as the negotiation skills of the buyer.

With that in mind, the dealer addendum sticker is something the dealer adds, usually next to the Monroney

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11 Must-See Art Installations, Inspired By Solar Panels

We tried out Autoliv’s night vision spotlight tech and it’s pretty cool – Autoblog

It’s been almost 20 years since the first wide-spread implementation of automotive night vision, which debuted in the 2000 Cadillac DeVille and was developed by Raytheon. Since then, various companies have evolved and improved the technology, and thanks to Autoliv, we got a chance to see where it’s at now. The company gave us a BMW X5 equipped with “BMW Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot,” and we were impressed with what we saw.

The BMW uses Autoliv’s third generation night vision system, featuring pedestrian and animal detection, which is also used in cars from Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce, among others. The system primarily consists of a “far infrared” camera and an accompanying computer that can identify people and critters in view, which is utilized on cars from the aforementioned automakers right now. However, this particular

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Buick Electra Park Avenue – Autoblog

The Buick Electra may be best-known today as the subject of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s My Hooptie, but this big luxury machine was one of The General’s signature land yachts for more than 30 years. The final model year for the Electra was 1990, and so this very nice 1990 Electra Park Avenue in a Denver wrecking yard is a significant part of GM history.

Just look at that plush interior, all blue velour and glossy fake wood! There are plenty of five-year-old cars on the street today with rougher interiors than this car.

Thing is, not many used-car shoppers have much interest in a 28-year-old Buick, no matter how well-preserved. Who knows, the ’90 Park Avenue may have been the car Royal D and Richie Rich rapped about in Scrapers.


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