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One of the easiest ways to go faster— i.e. generate extra horsepower—in cars built in the last few decades is to remap the car’s electronic brain. Service providers often allege that not only will their work allow the engine to develop more power, gas mileage will improve too due to...

2017 Porsche Panamer...

One of the pleasures of Pebble Beach week is the chance to drive new cars. Go early in the morning, and there are the quiet roads to begin to get to grips with them. This year your writer pottered over to the Quail to see if he could have any seat time in a Porsche, by choice a 718, but...

Toyota Mirai –...

Originally this was to be Mirai vs. Clarity, but despite visiting various Honda dealers, I couldn’t find any Claritys. I am told they are available on lease only. So having mercilessly slated the CR-V I now feel I should point out that Toyota are first to market with a truly revolutionary...

From the Archives: 2...

Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a...

From the Archives: B...

First published on autoshopper.com on July 15 2013, worthy of a rerun since the Honda has just left us Since publishing this, I discovered James Ruppert is still using the Bangernomics handle I remember from my teenage years – imitation sincerest form of flattery etc In this culture of...

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With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to...