How Hacker-Craft Sport Boats Inspire Buick’s New Avenir Cars

Our factory visit digs in to the essence of boat-building and how it informs auto design

In a warehouse at the northernmost end of Lake George in upstate New York, Jeff Brown walks the length of what will become a 27-foot Hacker-Craft sport boat. Although it’s only a skeleton right now, the mahogany ribs will soon be planked, varnished, and fitted with a motor and interior before being delivered to a proud new owner. Brown is the director of special projects …

Test Drive: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The British carmaker's new vehicle is powerful, comfortable, eye-catching and a joy to drive

by Andrew Maness It takes all of a few seconds for the newest member of the Aston Martin family to take you on a journey. But long story made short: it begins with “Good God, that’s ridiculously quick” and “I love you, let’s run away together” is where it ends. The best Astons have always been evocative machines, but the DBS Superleggera (available this fall) …

Mercedes-Benz Announces the All-New 2019 A-Class Sedan

An impressive aerodynamic, sleek and utilitarian, entry-level Benz with brand-first features

Unveiled tonight in Brooklyn, New York, the entry-level 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan promises to be the most aerodynamic car on the market. It’s also the first globally-available Mercedes-Benz featuring the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (or MBUX, the brand’s next generation infotainment system) which features a brand-first touchscreen, a Mercedes-developed voice interface and a home screen that self-organizes based on the driver’s patterns. A step up from …

Dinosaur Bones, Calamity and Gear: Exploring the Gobi Desert

An epic Mongolian adventure with Infiniti and The Explorers Club

After the sixth hour of a biblical sandstorm, we’re feeling fairly confident about the $1,800 Hilleberg tent that we’re huddled inside—especially considering the rest of the campsite blew down hours ago. During the desert storm, two members of our expedition were injured and needed to be evacuated: one suffered a concussion, the other a scorpion sting. So while it’s the middle of the night, we’re …

Interview: Giles Taylor, Former Design Director at Rolls-Royce

We discuss the new Phantom and what luxury means to car-buyers

Rolls-Royce has long been associated with luxury, but in the ever-evolving world of auto, that concept is changing too. While quality materials and craftsmanship remain significant factors, many ideas surrounding opulence and decadence have become outdated—replaced with functionality and tech-savvy features. During a recent test drive in Europe’s magic triangle, we got behind the wheel of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom and spoke with Giles Taylor …