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The 10 Best Cars in Which to Get Gay-Married

A definitive list from C/D contributor and Vanity Fair columnist Brett Berk.<p>This week, the Supreme Court saw the light, or at least the apex of the rainbow, and granted gay Americans—at least federally—the right to dive into the matrimonial abyss. Because we value personal freedom, we applaud this. …

Cadillac Bins Plans of $100K Flagship Sedan

Cadillac had plans for a flagship sedan that would take visual cues from this Ciel concept. Not anymore.<p>Cadillac has axed plans to launch a flagship sedan, according to a report in <i>Automotive News</i>. This was supposed to be the more upscale of two proposed Cadillac models based on GM’s …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class / S550

The class president will now be heard.<p>The last word in luxury limos hasn't been spoken until Mercedes-Benz has had the floor. Herr Dr. Benz’s firm was making the preferred shipping containers for the mostly unelected elite when Audi was merely a business plan, when BMW was in the bubble-car …

Nissan Divulges Datsun Drawing Ahead of Brand's Revival

It’s been 27 years since Nissan buried the Datsun name, and a little more than a year since Nissan announced it would resurrect the brand. In less than two weeks, on the ground in New Delhi, India, we’ll get a look at Datsun’s first new car since the 280ZX. Nissan will use the Datsun name to target …

Image of Mazda 3 Sedan's Tuckus Causes Mild Internet Ruckus

A purported image of the 2014 Mazda 3 Sedan’s hindquarters has recently surfaced from the murky depths of the internet. The hatch-endowed version of the latest Mazda 3 has been on official display since earlier this month, and considering that the Mazda 3 Sedan will almost certainly share its …

2015 Audi A8 Can Spot Animals; Not Coming Stateside With Matrix LEDs

Audi demonstrates its Matrix LED headlamps, which will debut on the 2015 A8—except in the U.S., where such technology is illegal.<p>While Audi’s flagship sedan boasts night-vision cameras and a strong aluminum frame, nothing helped the A8’s safety record more than a big crash with a very handsome man …

Doom-Doom? Why Mazda Needs a Savior

Its profits are up and its products are great. So what gives?<p>To the casual observer, Mazda appears to be on a hot streak. The new 6 is great and just beat the Honda Accord in our comparison testing. The CX-5’s 43,319 sales in 2012—the highest for a Mazda crossover in nearly a decade—helped propel …

2014 Porsche Panamera

Stretching the four-door sports-car concept a bit farther.<p>In the realm of premium sports cars, Porsche takes a back seat to no one. But when it comes to back seats, Porsche isn’t the first marque that springs to mind. Every person geeked on cars knows that premium sedans with generously …

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Driving the Jaguar supercar that will never be.<p>On announcing the cancellation of the C-X75 supercar last December, Jaguar brand director Adrian Hallmark tried to put a positive spin on the story, saying that the car’s development would be completed and that regular Jaguars of the future would …

Why Dürheimer Was Sacked by Audi, What Hackenberg Faces

These are nervous times at Audi. Two days before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, news broke of the departure of Wolfgang Dürheimer from the company’s board. The head of R&D had been in charge for less than a year, after he took over from the suddenly and controversially sacked Michael Dick. Dürheimer will …

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

Valley Whirl: We drive the new Range Rover into the Montana valley that nearly killed Lewis and Clark.<p>TESTED<p>By September 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition, en route to the Pacific, had exited their canoes and strolled into Montana’s verdant Bitterroot Valley, a 100-mile-long corridor extending …

2014 Porsche Cayman S PDK Automatic

Everything the childhood versions of ourselves hoped a 911 would be.<p>TESTED<p>You have to keep reminding yourself while dusting switchbacks in the Austrian Alps with the new Porsche Cayman S that this is not your dream car. This is not the 911 Carrera, the car in the posters that once wallpapered your …

Tesla Joining NASDAQ-100 Secures Future for Compact Sedan, More Models

Unless you happen to work for Tesla, the company’s announcement that it will soon join the NASDAQ-100 stock index isn’t earth-shattering news. It’s not that a committee of top-hatted men emerged in a cloud of cigar smoke from a rosewood-paneled office and said “We’ve reached a consensus: Tesla is …

Opel shows a Monza Concept

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the Monza concept.<p>Opel launched its original Monza in 1978. It was a futuristic, luxurious hatchback coupe that shared some of its design vocabulary—but no technology—with the handsome, Vega-based Chevrolet Monza of the 1970s. Now, 36 years later, GM’s German arm …

Jaguar Project 7 Concept

An F-type with one less seat, more power, and the awesome cranked to 11.<p>Jaguar ran a camo’d F-type prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, so bringing a production model to the 2013 event would be so . . . lame. Enter the Project 7, a chopped, lowered, and gutted F-type roadster that …

BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor

One small step for crossover kind, a giant leap for BMW.<p>Like it or not, BMW will soon introduce several front-drive compacts, and this Concept Active Tourer Outdoor is the most realistic glimpse yet of the brand’s upcoming FWD people mover. A mild evolution of the Active Tourer concept shown at the …

2014 Audi RS7

The Audi A7 in its most awesome form.<p>Yes, it’s real. The engineers at Quattro in Neckarsulm, Germany, have slotted a ridiculously powerful, twin-turbocharged V-8 into the Audi A7 and birthed nothing less than a five-door supercar. That model, the RS7, will bully its way onto American shores later …

2014 Mazda 3

The segment might have a new king.<p>Since its 2003 debut, the Mazda 3 has always left us grinning. We even kept grinning after Mazda’s designers pasted an actual smile on the face of the second-generation model. That stylistic misstep turned out to be one of our biggest gripes with the old 3; others …

Lamborghini Countach 5000S

Life in the whips-and-chains lane.<p>From the December 1983 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>You shouldn't have this car. Nobody should have this car. That's obvious from what happens to people when they are exposed to it. On the freeway, fellow motor­ists tuck into your blind spot, watching from where they …

Hennessey Outlines Four Levels of Pumped-Up C7 Corvette Upgrades

So you think Chevrolet’s latest Corvette is pretty grand, but you want more than its stock 455 horsepower? Pity, the C7 ZR1 won’t arrive any time soon, and neither will the Z06. Mercifully, Hennessey Performance Engineering’s got your back. The tuning outfit has revealed a slew of …

Hyundai Announces Pricing for 2014 Equus, Along with Information on Other Models

It seems like only yesterday that the first Hyundai models started popping up on our shores; actually, it’s been almost 30 years since the first Excel went on sale here in the late 1980s. Today, Hyundai builds three of its most popular models in the U.S., and Sonata sedans that sell for well into …

2013 Fiat 500C Abarth

An alfresco flyweight with a steroid habit.<p>TESTED<p>Describing Fiat’s 500C convertible as a scalped 500 might be disingenuous, but calling out the 500C Abarth as an Abarth coupe minus its roof sure isn’t. In fact, it’s probably a compliment. The hardtop’s peppy turbo four, spicy suspension setup, and …

2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what's the spendiest Mercedes four-seater of them all?<p>TESTED<p>There’s no feeling quite like realizing you’re not the proverbial smartest guy in the room. Especially when you actually spot him holding forth and think, “He reminds me of me, before…something happened.”<p>For …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

More power, more carbon fiber, still has a column-mounted shifter.<p>Ask Audi why there’s no RS8, or BMW why there’s no M7, and the answers inevitably will include: <i>There’s not enough of a market for such a car</i>, or, <i>This is not a priority for us</i>, or even, <i>Those customers care about comfort, not</i> …

Honda U.K. Builds 130-mph Ride-On Mower

The concept of a super-high-output ride-on lawn tractor isn’t new, but a factory-backed effort from a major automaker sure is. The guilty party is an outfit that, unlike pretty much every other large OEM, builds everything from cars to weed-wackers, outboard motors, scooters, and, yes, lawn mowers. …

Nissan Delays Infiniti’s Electric Car to Add New Features

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn always looks like he’s smirking, but with Infiniti delaying a second critical product in a week’s time, we’re sure he’s frowning hard. On Wednesday, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that the company would “push back the timing” of its …

The Five Coolest Production Subarus of All Time – Feature

Subaru—both the name and the company—has been around for decades, but it’s slightly outlasted by its parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, which is celebrating 60 years of business. Created from the pieces of several Japanese companies that survived World War II, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) …

2013 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Lieutenants of industry need not apply.<p>TESTED<p>The CL600 isn’t what you’d drive to an Occupy Wall Street protest—unless you were protesting the protesters. The iconic coupe is big, bold, and bodacious, a rolling reminiscence of more grandiose times. It hides its considerable bones in sheetmetal that …

Mini Clubvan Dies, Cutesy Panel-Wagon Segment Goes Down with It

It was the simplest of derivatives, yet it was not without charm. The Mini Clubvan has been terminated from Mini’s U.S. lineup after just 50 units sold since the wagon was introduced last summer, as first reported by <i>Green Car Reports</i>. The panel wagon was differentiated from the Clubman by the …

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Bigger battery and bigger motor beget better mpg.<p>TESTED<p>Despite what you might have heard, not every U.S. government agency is big enough to insert itself into every aspect of our lives. Witness the EPA, which does not test every make, model, and engine combination for which it publishes ratings. …