James Raia – The Weekly Driver https://theweeklydriver.com Automotive Industry News and New Car Reviews Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:17:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 48979754 Enduring Dream Machines show supports adult health center https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/enduring-dream-machines-show-supports-adult-health-center/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/enduring-dream-machines-show-supports-adult-health-center/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:08:29 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27988

Viewing muscle cars, trailer queens, new cars, old cars, micro cars, dragsters and auctions of rarities and junkers is a pastime for some, a passion for others. Automotive enthusiasts can attend a car show of their favorites nearly every weekend in nearly every state. Nearly three decades ago, Bob Senz had a better idea. He […]

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2017 Volkswagen Passat: Versatile like a blue blazer https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-volkswagen-passat-versatile-like-blue-blazer/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-volkswagen-passat-versatile-like-blue-blazer/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:34:39 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27967

Among the manufacturer’s most enduring models, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat extends the eighth generation of the midsize sedan to its sixth year. The Passat, German for “trade wind,” is an elder automotive statesman well into its fourth decade. There’s little flash or overt technology, but the mainstream VW has plenty of appeal via its reserved, […]

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Tesla has reliability issues, owners passionate, forgiving https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/tesla-reliability-issues-owners-passionate-forgiving/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/tesla-reliability-issues-owners-passionate-forgiving/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:40:41 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27957

Tesla vehicles represent an automotive dichotomy. It’s the safest car ever tested, but more than one Tesla model has had reliability issues. Multiple issues have been reported by automotive publications and from owners of the Model S, which debuted in 2012. The Model X (2015) has also had reliability problems with its complex design. Tesla […]

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Robert DeNiro, Hugh Jackman in new Ferrari films https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/robert-deniro-hugh-jackman-new-ferrari-films/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/robert-deniro-hugh-jackman-new-ferrari-films/#respond Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:21:39 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27868

After several restarts and pre-race pitstops, the long-anticipated film on the life Enzo Ferrari, the founder of Ferrari, is back on track. And it will feature veteran Australia actor Hugh Jackman in the starring role. According a report on deadline.com, Jackman will share the screen with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. She’ll play the carmaker’s estrange […]

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2017 Hyundai Veloster: sporty look, lackluster ride https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-hyundai-veloster-sporty-look-lackluster-ride/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-hyundai-veloster-sporty-look-lackluster-ride/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:28:39 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27852 The Hyundai Veloster was introduced seven years ago as the South Korean manufacturer’s first coupe. A year later, a turbo-changed edition debuted. The 2017 edition is the continuation of the first generation of the odd-looking compact with sporty ambitions. A modernized version of the Hyundai Tiburon (discontinued in 2008), the Veloster has an asymmetrical door […]

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Lily Tomlin takes on General Motors nearly 40 years ago https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/27846/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/27846/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:14:07 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27846 Nearly 40 years ago, Lily Tomlin replaced Judy Carney on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, the NBC Comedy Series. Tomlin portrayed many iconic characters during her four-year tenure on the program, including switchboard telephone operator Ernestine Tomlin. In one of her most well-remembered skits, Ernestine, in her nosy demeanor, nasal voice and condescending tone, calls General […]

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Stylishly efficient https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-toyota-avalon-hybrid-stylishly-efficient/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/2017-toyota-avalon-hybrid-stylishly-efficient/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:29:58 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27834

When your older sibling is the most popular hybrid vehicle in history, the pressure is on. Could the Toyota Avalon Hybrid hold its own while its ever-expanding Prius family members thrive? The answer is a resounding yes. Introduced in late 2012, the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid further separates current hybrids from their debut more than […]

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Ferrari F430 once owned by President Trump set for auction https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/ferrari-f430-owned-president-trump-set-auction/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/ferrari-f430-owned-president-trump-set-auction/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:23:42 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27830

The Pope prefers a Fiat 500. President Donald Trump prefers a Ferrari — at least he did for a few years. But the 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, purchased new by the former businessman, is now up for auction by its second owner. The auction, conducted by Auctions America, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will be […]

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Mercedes-Benz breaks from tradition with first pickup https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/mercedes-benz-breaks-from-tradition-with-first-pickup/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/mercedes-benz-breaks-from-tradition-with-first-pickup/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:56:17 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27820

For some purists, viewing a Mercedes-Benz station wagon is odd. Now the German luxury carmaker is further expanding tradition with its first pick-up truck. The latest version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept will be presented at the Geneva International Motor Show. It will be available later this year in selected global markets. One caveat: The […]

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Charity offers free Aston Martin, chat with James Bond https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/charity-offers-free-aston-martin-chat-james-bond/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/charity-offers-free-aston-martin-chat-james-bond/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:02:33 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27812

Donate to charity and have a chance to win an Aston Martin and hang out with Daniel Craig, the actor who played James Bond, Agent 007. That’s the incentive provide of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to support its mission. The fundraising platform work with affected states to reduce the threat and impact of […]

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Mercedes-Benz recalls 1 million cars after 51 fuse fires https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/mercedes-benz-recalls-1-million-cars-51-fuse-fires/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/mercedes-benz-recalls-1-million-cars-51-fuse-fires/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:45:36 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27809 Another day, another recall. This time it’s Mercedes-Benz. Parent company Daimler AG announced it’s recalling one million newer-model Mercedes-Benz vehicles globally after 51 fires were reported because of a defective fuse. The vehicles affected: certain C-class, E-class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017. The models have a defective […]

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Trophy Trucks: Modifying for movement, speed https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/trophy-trucks-modifying-movement-speed/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/trophy-trucks-modifying-movement-speed/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:40:36 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=27794

Trophy trucks race in the highest class of off-road competition and have one goal — moving fast in the desert. But the high speed doesn’t mean barreling down a straight, well-paved asphalt road. Rather, trophy truck racing is contested on the craziest terrain found in the off-road realm — deserts to similarly rugged regions. Trophy […]

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