German Car Maker

Since its founders invented the motorcar 125 years ago, Mercedes-Benz has been tweaking and primping its vehicles ever closer to perfection. The Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) may well be...
If the Ferrari 458 Italia represents a revolutionary development on the part of its maker, then the Porsche 911 Turbo S ( www.porsche.com ) proves that an antithetical, evolutionary approach to...
Nearly 40 years after its introduction, the Porsche Carrera RS remains an icon of air-cooled aggression that exemplifies the pure and visceral early 911 breed and represents the best of the 1970s...
Based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Becker Automotive Design’s JetVan can coddle passengers in the manner of a Maybach while offering them a host of high-tech communication devices. The latest...
Like Hatfields taking shots at a McCoy solely because he is a McCoy, many Porsche 911 owners have been mercilessly peppering the Cayenne with verbal bird shot—and worse—since the SUV arrived on the...
When looking at the exterior of the new BMW X5 xDrive50i ( www.bmw.com ), it is difficult to find anything that distinguishes the vehicle from the 2007 to 2010 model-year X5s. But slip into the...
The adage that good things come in small packages applies well to the silky-smooth in-line 6-cylinder engine that powers the new $23,200 BMW K 1600 GTL and its sportier, slightly less accommodating...
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) appears only slightly different from the previous version of the midsize sedan; the big changes were made under the hood. Mercedes-Benz replaced a...
The secret to the success of the Audi A8 ( www.audiusa.com ), which finished ahead of sedans by BMW, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce in Robb Report ’s 2011 Car of the Year competition, rests in its...
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s performance specs could have earned it a spot in the sports-car category. Equipped with a high-revving 5.2-liter V-10, it sprints from zero to 60 mph in four seconds and...
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center does more than just restore classic cars. It also reveals their stories. It would not be uncommon for a visitor to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ( www.mercedes-...
For those who think that hybrid cars are for pragmatic, fuel-sipping performance haters, Porsche would like you to think again. The German manufacturer is even going so far as to race a hybrid-...
Despite Audi’s recent efforts with clean-diesel engines in the A3 TDI and Q7 TDI models, the German luxury brand will soon offer a whole new type of alternative power train in the States with the...
As the automotive world searches for the ultimate alternative to gasoline-fueled engines, the big three premium German automakers ( Audi, BMW , and Mercedes-Benz ) continue to build a case for clean...
In its ongoing quest to keep pace with BMW’s famously quick “M” cars and Audi’s high-performance “S” and “RS” models, Mercedes-Benz has—via its in-house speed shop, AMG—taken the sledgehammer...
There’s a special place in the hearts of the BMW faithful for the original M3 coupe. With flared fenders and an outsized rear wing, the petite “E30” M3, sold in the United States from 1988 to 1992,...
There are few manufacturers as savvy as Porsche when it comes to artfully leveraging its illustrious history and the mystique of its current models in creating limited-production specials. On the...
Among mid-luxury four doors, in a segment that includes the deeply impressive Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-series sedans, Audi’s A6 has always been content to play the role of the suave, soft-...
Proof that where there’s a will, there’s a niche, Mercedes-Benz (which already offers 16 model lines in the United States) plans to extend its family tree once again with a production version of the...
The Los Angeles Auto Show is always good for a few surprises. However, no one expected much from BMW this year, as the German automaker decided to forgo the standard press conference—despite having a...
The Audi TT RS is much more than an average two-door coupe. It is incredibly fast, intoxicatingly fun, and immensely fashionable, but for the past two years it has been unattainable for U.S. buyers...
Over the past two years, there has not been a more popular car style than the four-door coupe. The latest model offerings from Aston Martin, Porsche, and Audi all prove that this segment is much more...
Those familiar with the Porsche brand know that the letters “RS” are strictly reserved for the most extreme iteration of a specific model line. The Porsche GT3 RS, for instance, is just shy of...
Essentially a fully optioned Porsche Turbo, the S model gets bigger turbochargers, which translates to 30 additional horsepower and a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.9 seconds. The Porsche 911 Turbo has...
The all-new Mercedes-Benz E350 Convertible is a handsome replacement for the recently retired CLK convertible line. You may not have noticed, but the CLK model no longer exists in Mercedes-Benz’s...
You may not have noticed, but the CLK model no longer exists in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of cars. The luxury automaker was rather sly about rolling out the all-new E350 and E550 cabriolet models, while...
From a design standpoint, convertible versions of popular coupes are often just that: the identical car but with a retractable roof. The same cannot be said of the 2011 Audi R8 Spyder V10. Available...
The BMW X6 M might just be the most misunderstood vehicle on the road today. Judges at last year’s Robb Report Car of the Year event placed the high-performance sports-activity coupe (as BMW refers...
With new-model offerings in the four-door coupe segment from nearly every luxury automaker this year, this relatively new automotive market share appears to be bursting at the seams. Now Audi has...
Those familiar with the Porsche brand know that the letters “RS” are strictly reserved for the most extreme iteration of a specific model line. The Porsche GT3 RS, for instance, is just shy of...

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