Test Drive: 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

Sporty and with a mean snarl, this updated model is a delight to drive

In the middle of the desert, enveloped in dust clouds drifting off the dunes, is the Bahrain International Circuit. Built in 2004, the race track promptly hosted the Middle East’s first Formula 1 race on its Grand Prix Circuit—a 3.4-mile route with about a dozen late-apex corners, a layout requiring a car with substantial braking chops. It’s an apt stage for the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS and …

Designing the 2019 Audi A8

Symmetrical and smooth, much of this vehicle's appeal is in its subtleties

Forget fine-grain leather and seamless connectivity—although the latest iteration of Audi’s A8 executive sedan certainly has that, too. But the next frontier in luxury, according to the German automaker, is mental clarity. The 2019 Audi A8, the brand’s fourth-generation flagship sedan, is fitted with a “brain-supportive” environment, an exercise in how design can impact calmness. The interior lighting, textures and configuration conspire to “take off …

Test Drive: The All-New 2019 Cadillac XT4

A compact crossover for the luxury audience

“We had a 23-year innovation gap that unfortunately persisted for many decades,” Cadillac spokesman Andrew Lipman admits. Now the Detroit luxury brand is ready to speed past competition with the launch of the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4, a compact crossover billed as the stately Escalade’s younger sibling. General Motors’ high-end marque has had its share of recent shakeups, including the departure of its president and …

Chika Kako, Lexus Chief Engineer, Discusses the First-Ever UX

A manga character helped the design team make the right tweaks to the all-new vehicle

When Chika Kako, the first woman chief engineer at Lexus, saw designs for the brand’s all-new UX subcompact crossover, she thought of childhood days spent watching anime cartoons with her brother. The SUV’s rear lights reminded her of Mazinger Z, a hulking manga robot on the small screen in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a good look for an animated character, she …