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2012 Bentley Continental GTC

In the British version of the English language, corporations and companies are plural. An American would say that Bentley has introduced a new Continental GTC. A Brit would say Bentley have introduced the 2012 GTC. In this circumstance, the British form is particularly apt because Bentley builds its cars in a familial facility in the small city of Crewe, England, where robots are few and co-operating individuals are many, working …

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Chrysler 200 conv

Indian Summer means late convertible fling

Ah, Indian Summer. Not sure where the name came from, or if recent political correctness requires us to call it “Native American Summer,” but it’s that wonderful stretch of fall that comes after September, when the temperatures make one more summer-like climb after the autumn leaves already have started turning. Those of us who live where it snows in earnest during the winters can enjoy Indian Summer more than those …

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2012 VW EOS

It’s Labor Day. The last day of summer freedom and then the kids are back in school. I dread this time of year. The inevitable Minnesota wintertime taunts me. Plus the hubs is out of commission after he fell off his horse the day before and broke his wrist, rib and suffered a minor concussion. May lose my mind but then something works to my advantage and I get to …

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Jeep Wrangler 2012

2012 Wrangler Works On- AND Off-Road

The fine hand of Fiat is evident on all the new Chrysler Brand vehicles in a transformation that has been both subtle and startling. The styling flair includes the interiors on everything from minivans to sedans and to sporty cars, and for 2012, Fiat’s fine hand is reaching down for arguably its greatest achievement — lifting the rugged Jeep Wrangler from the rock-climbing demon it’s been since World War II …

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2012 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep is seeking new horizons for its most famous vehicle. Celebrating its 70th birthday this year, the Jeep Wrangler started its extraordinary run in 1941, as a military general-purpose (GP) vehicle in the early days of World War II. It was built by different companies over the years, including Willys-Overland, Ford and American Motors. Now it forms the bedrock for troubled Chrysler, which is on the mend after being taken …

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BMW 650i convertible

Convertible Dog Days — No Dogs Need Apply

The dog days of late summer can wear you down with the last blast of heat and humidity, but there are some automotive remedies. The worst dog days are not at all depressing if experienced from behind the wheel of a convertible. There are a growing list of drop-tops, and if you want to be sure no dogs are allowed, consider as an assortment that includes a BMW, such as …

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Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper excels on handling, mileage, style

 I still love driving a Mini Cooper, even the aging, but slightly updated Hardtop version. This week’s test car was a blue-gray Mini with white roof and racing stripes on the hood. Nice look, even if the color is $500 extra. The Minis are light on their tires but carry a wide stance and handle like a sports car. The test car checked in at 2,535 pounds with 16-inch alloy …

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Camaro LT2 is a racy, retro blast to drive

I love the way Chevy’s new Camaro looks, both aggressive and modern, but with a lively dose of 1967 tossed in for good measure. The Victory Red Camaro was the LT2 Convertible. I got in a few runs with the top down, and, like all convertibles, it’s a blast to zip around sans roof. The top lowers in about 20 seconds with the flip and turning of a central lever …

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