Archive for August, 2018

The official 2018 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster

The official poster for the 2018 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is an elegant representation of three variants of Citroen’s DS 19 by esteemed Brit artist (and car enthusiast) Barry Rowe. The original piece will be shown in the Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.  The AFAS show is sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Co. This is the 21st consecutive commission given to...

2019 Maserati Levante S GranSport: Precision-tooled ingot of wealth

  There is nothing subtle about the sound of a Maserati Levante V-6 on startup. It is an ideal way to start the day — and startle the unexpecting. The Levante is a precision tool in the working class of superluxury SUVs. Most of the competing brands in this $100,000-plus segment of so-called utility vehicles — Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Range Rover Sport SVR — begin with a family-oriented SUV that is turned into...

Toyo debuts new high-performance flagship Proxes Sport

Toyo Tires USA has just updated its Proxes line of high-performance tires with the new Proxes Sport max performance summer tire. It replaces the Proxes 1 and Proxes T1 Sport. The new tire has a Y speed rating making it good for 186 mph. And it will be an ideal upgrade for sporty and high-performance big guns, such as the Audi R8, BMW M5, Ford Mustang GT, Lexus LC500h and Porsche 911. While this tire...

2018 Ford EcoSport SES 4WD: Global traveler

Ford’s smallest SUV crossover is a global traveler sourced from Brazil and built in India for a North American market eager for these subcompact sit-high, priced-lower vehicles. The 2018 EcoSport — pronounced “Echo-sport” — is among the many foreign-born small crossovers being brought into the U.S. Each has its charms, its own demographic target and its exceptions. Competitors include the Nissan Kicks, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500L, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Honda...

2019 Subaru Ascent: In a family way

Subaru is at the foothills of SUV mountain with its 2019 Ascent, the brand’s largest, three-row SUV. But this enlightened and accommodating newcomer will quickly gain ground among the many choices of large-midsize SUV crossovers. More carlike than truck based, this stalwart segment of non-luxury crossovers has at least 11 competing vehicles. Among them, the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Pathfinder Toyota Highlander and...

Roller with a roof rack and board: Gone surfin’

Now here’s something you don’t see often, even along such a surfin’ USA coast as is San Diego. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is seaside in the idyllic Côte d’Azur enclave of Cannes, France, to “provide a gentle presence during peak summer season.” I so enjoy a few summer weeks in Cannes — almost as much as I enjoy reading a Rolls-Royce press release. This one made me want to dig my toes into the sand and...

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard