First Drive: 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio in Valencia, Spain

I’m zooming around Valencia, Spain in 60-degree weather, topless, in January. Did I mention that I’m also participating in a scavenger hunt around the 2,000 year-old city, ticking off landmarks like the 14th Century city walls and the Cat Hotel on a smart phone, and taking selfies in front of graffiti covered walls? This is…

What Would a Car Designer Sketch if There Were No Rules

Think all cars look more or less alike? Thank government for that, and then show a little gratitude, because that aesthetic uniformity has saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives. The same regulations that helped automotive-related deaths on American roads drop 40 percent from their 1970 levels have also bred a certin sameness….

First Drive: Audi Q7

My first car review of 2016–the Audi Q7. Outside it’s pure sports cars, Audi isn’t known for excitement. Most of the sedans are a bit boring; good looking, beautifully made cars quietly carrying passengers to and from their destinations with nary a notice being taken. The SUVs share the same genetics, and feedback about the…