Posts tagged "Mercedes-Benz"

Today's Rant: Twisted seat belt in the Mercedes C250

Today's Rant: Twisted seat belt in the Mercedes C250
I kind of hate writing this rant because I loved the Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe. It was compact and sporty. It was fun and right sized. It was gorgeous and well appointed. It held the curves and moved with the slightest push of the gas pedal. I could continue to gush, but I’ve got to get... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: Mercedes-Benz Style Coupe Concept

One the best things about the Chicago Auto Show is being able to check out the concept cars. One of my faves this year is located in the North Hall back in the Mercedes display. This concept is the first look at the upcoming CLA. The affordable baby Benz that made it’s visual debut during... Read more »

7 cars for people with active lifestyles

Urban (MSRP at or below $20,000): 2013 Kia Soul
As a marathon runner, I often find myself packing test vehicles with smelly runners, hauling backpacks and gear and, occasionally, changing in the back seat. Some vehicles are obviously more versatile than others. And some vehicles go above and beyond for those of us with active lifestyles. Enter the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year.... Read more »
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Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free

Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free
One of my favorite features on cars these days (aside from heated seats) is the keyless key fob. And not just any keyless fob; I’m talking about the ones you can put in your purse and leave there. You can open doors and start cars … all with that little fob nestled (OK lost) in... Read more »

Car du Jour

Recently, a couple of my tweeps (cough, @dfsullivan and @tmacrito) were giving me a little grief about the use of the term “car du jour” for my testers when I typically have them for the week. So, I just wanted to set the record straight a little bit and let you know that, yes, I... Read more »

Weekend at Autobahn Country Club

Weekend at Autobahn Country Club
This weekend Imagine Lifestyles hosted an event at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. They stacked the track with all the cool kids: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Audi. But the kicker is that this event is for real people. A couple times a year, Imagine Lifestyles sells a Groupon for a couple hundred bucks... Read more »
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Great Groupon today: racetrack driving

I get out to a racetrack several times a year, and one of the best tracks I’ve ever driven on is at the Autobahn Country Club out in Joliet. Sure it’s a bit of a hike, but believe me it’s worth it. Today’s Groupon is $159 for 3 laps on this curvy road course …... Read more »

Super Bowl XLV: automotive commercials

I’m sad to admit I’m actually going to miss the Super Bowl for the first time in my adult life because I’m traveling to Colorado Springs for work. To console myself, I decided to head to YouTube and find some of the automotive commercials I’ll be missing. My fave: 2011 Hyundai Elantra (kind of creepy,... Read more »

Mercedes E-Class Wagon has sports car moxy

While a wagon wouldn’t probably be my first choice of vehicles, I do have to admit that the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon is making me reconsider. Of course, I’d have to beg, borrow or steal $56K first. The exterior design is long, lean and edgy, and the front grille is downright angry. As one... Read more »
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McLaren brings hot new sports car to Chicago

McLaren MP4-12C You may recognize the name McLaren from Formula 1, Can-Am or Le Mans championships. Not a racing fan? How about the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren super car? No? Well, if you don’t know McLaren, you’re about to. McLaren, which was originally founded in 1963 as Bruuce McLaren Motor Racing, is morphing into an automaker... Read more »