To toast and jam

AUTO REVIEW—For 2015, Toyota took its popular bread and butter Camry, dialed up the heat and sugar, and turned it into toast and jam. Editor-at-Large Doug Stokes samples the most flavorful Camry of them all—the new XSE V6.

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

AUTO REVIEW—Leave it to Volkswagen to arrive fashionably late to the electric car party. It was one of the last of the major manufacturers to offer a hybrid (choosing to equip it with a turbocharger). The same was true with its SUV line (choosing to partner with Porsche). For its new e-Golf, Volkswagen had plenty of time to think about how it should be designed. It also had the time to work off of a new platform—one that’s designed from the ground up to be an electric car. The result is the Volkswagen e-Golf, and it’s one of the best electric cars in its class.

A revealing automotive manifesto for crisis public relations

BOOK REVIEW—Jason Vines’ “What Did Jesus Drive? – Crisis PR in Cars, Computers, and Christianity” could easily be confused with a number of fictional heroic protagonists. There are whiffs of Zelig, Horatio Alger, Balso Snell, Odysseus, Forrest Gump, and Icarus that flicker out of the pages. Published as a novel, it would be hard to believe that one man could have been involved in so many high profile, high drama, high stakes automotive (and other) industry events. I read it almost like the diary of some old time swashbuckling adventurer. But this is no novel.

2015 BMW 428i X Gran Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—On first blush anything or anyone can make a good impression. Hell, even on a first date the lowest Cretan can come off as something other than sub-human. Autos often seem sweet as sugar, but after an extended outing they leave a sour taste in one’s mouth. The BMW 428i X Gran Coupe squeezes itself between the 3 and 5 Series, and takes its fastback looks from the 6 Series Gran Coupe. It might seem like the 4 is almost redundant. Is there more to this than meets the eye? One-way to find out is a take-no-prisoners road trip to the City of Lost Wages!

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