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 …

Test Drive: Bugatti Chiron

From Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to Los Angeles in the luxurious supercar

“I know you won’t believe me until you start to drive, but it’s a very docile car,” Bugatti pro-driver Butch Leitzinger, tells us as we get behind the wheel of the brand new Chiron. Without even starting the engine, the car is a dream—with its devastatingly soft, free-range cattle-upholstered seats. “People expect it to have a bite, but it’s friendly,” Leitzinger continues, “It’s like driving a Bentley around …

Test Drive: Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante Spyder

A study in power, composition, and elegance—to orchestral effect

If you’re in the market for a new best friend, it could be worth checking out the $308,859 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder. Like a loyal companion, it builds you up, encourages you to take chances, and convinces you that you’re a better driver than you really are. You feel fantastic when you’re together.  But to Alessandro Farmeschi, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Americans Region, the Huracan …

Five Intriguing, Forward-Thinking Chinese Car Brands

From battery-swapping capabilities to AI-assisted selfies, these vehicles are driving into the future

by Jaclyn Trop For an outsider, the streets of many Chinese cities can feel like a parallel universe. Of course, Chinese drivers are fond of Buicks and Mercedes-Benzes, but the recent proliferation of homegrown brands—especially from electric vehicle-makers—is giving the world’s largest automotive market more options to buy local. The shock of models expected within the next year or two get hundreds of miles of …