This winter may leave you reconsidering a few life choices. Perhaps you’ve parked on the side of a street in the U.S. Northeast in the past few months (or, heck, even Atlanta), and a plow has come by and left your sedan or sports car under a blanket of brown snow.
Luxury carmakers such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are furiously filling in market gaps as they expand model ranges into new segments. Most often this means new sport-utility vehicles like Porsche’s upcoming Macan.
The 918 Spyder is Porsche’s first supercar in about a decade, with devotees waiting for its release as feverishly as any Apple Inc. product. Imagine if the world’s biggest technology company was releasing the iPad HyperFast and the iPhone SuperSexy at the same time, and you’d get the idea.
A Roche Holding AG skin cancer drug reduced the size and number of growths in people genetically predisposed to the disease in a study published today, even as half the participants quit because of side effects.
In January I tested the latest, reinvigorated Range Rover sport-utility vehicle. Eleven months later I closed out the year with the Porsche 918 Spyder, the company’s $845,000 hybrid supercar. The days in between brought Ferraris and Hyundais, Jaguars and Mazdas, Aston Martins and Hondas and Bentleys. (Of those, a Jaguar and Mazda made this list.)
It’s the season for all-wheel-drive. Snow and rain are less of a concern when your auto has four driven wheels. And what was once an option most often seen on Subarus and Audis has spread to brands as diverse as Jaguar, Lamborghini and Hyundai.