Joe Richardson

Autos: AMG Speedwagon

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon is a novelty, but not just because it is a 577 hp station wagon. (By comparison, the standard E-Class wagon, the E350 4Matic, has a 302 hp V-6.) AMG vehicles traditionally have offered sledgehammer performance—as the E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon does—but often have lacked an equal […]

Very Smart Car

On this sparkling summer day at the Muskoka Airport, a general-aviation facility about 90 miles north of Toronto, a dummy wearing a wool sweater and a Halloween mask springs from behind a parked car on the runway and into the path of an oncoming sedan. The car’s Cross-Traffic Assist—without input from the driver—applies full braking […]