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2012 MINI Cooper Coupe JCW

I have to admit, the frequent announcements of new Cooper derivatives have started to seem less than scintillating, but this Coupe abruptly reverses that trend.  And my tester is a John Cooper Works Coupe, the most extreme example, powered by…

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2012 Jaguar XKR-S Convertible

How exclusive, you ask?  Only 25 examples of the 2012 model year XKR-S Convertible will be sold in the U.S.  And before you grab your checkbook and run to your Jag dealer for an XKR-S Coupe instead you should know…

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

As the CX-7 and Tribute drive off into the sunset, Mazda’s consolidated small SUV efforts bear fruit as the all-new CX-5, a 5-passenger go-getter to take on the likes of the top-selling CR-V and all-new Ford Escape among others.  And…

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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Sure it’s built in Mexico and sold through Chrysler but the new 500 emigrated from Italy where its European heritage is storied and proud.  And no matter how you pronounce it, Abarth models represent the performance pinnacle of Fiat cars….

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2013 Lincoln MKT

Every auto journalist has a dark horse and the MKT is mine.  You know, a vehicle that doesn’t get a lot of love but is deserving of more.  This is my 3rd test-drive of an MKT since its introduction a…

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