Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on Twitter looking for a good car conversation.

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Taking it to the Track

Taking it to the Track

We like cars and we really love driving them. But unless your name is Sebastian and you pilot an F1 Red Bull Infiniti, there’s always room to improve one’s skill behind the wheel. At AutoGuide, we are no exception to the rule and any time we get a chance to sharpen our talents, we jump…

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus Review - Video

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus Review - Video

Meeting and even exceeding expectations when it comes to both style and performance, the R8 V10 Plus is both incredibly refined and surprisingly violent.

Luke’s Recent Reviews

2013 Holden Commodore Ute Review

2013 Holden Commodore Ute Review
During a recent trip ‘down under’ AutoGuide Managing Editor Luke Vandezande had a chance to drive one of Australia’s most iconic cars. Did it live up to the hype? ...

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO Review - Video

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO Review - Video
Looking to grow its NISMO brand Nissan has begun affixing performance parts to a new series of models in its lineup, the latest being the quirky Juke. So does this souped-up crossover deserve the motorsports badge? We think you already know the answer....

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Audi Multitronic CVT Mothballed in Favor of Dual-Clutch

Audi Multitronic CVT Mothballed in Favor of Dual-Clutch
There’s good news if the thought of a German luxury automaker selling cars with CVTs makes your skin crawl: Audi is ditching its infinite ratio transmission. The company is getting ready to eliminate its Multitronic CVT in favor of a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission according to a report by Motoring that quotes Audi driving behavior...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Lamborghini Aventador

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Lamborghini Aventador
Bleary eyed and nauseous, I woke up to an alarm chirping long before sunrise. For a moment, my knotted stomach teetered on the brink of convulsion as I drew deep, slow breaths. The sick feeling started to fade and I swore never to smoke cigars and sip scotch again. So it was a normal Sunday....

2015 Volvo XC90 Can Keep You From Being T-Boned

2015 Volvo XC90 Can Keep You From Being T-Boned
Volvo’s new XC90 will be able to park itself or help its driver maneuver into a tight space more easily. The company announced today that its upcoming crossover will offer a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the car much like what Nissan offers on its vehicles. Volvo positioned four fisheye cameras on the car that...

Bentley Still Chewing on Possibility of Smaller Model

Bentley Still Chewing on Possibility of Smaller Model
Bentley is peering at the possibility of a more petite model for its product portfolio. Volkswagen Auto Group’s ultra luxury brand envisions a future that includes a massive (and massively expensive) SUV and plug-in hybrid variants of all its models. It isn’t often that the company adds a new product, but it seems that going...

Top 10 States With the Worst Roads

Top 10 States With the Worst Roads
Americans in all parts of the country are dealing with dilapidated streets. Cracked and broken thoroughfares are chattering teeth and shaking cars to their very bones. A document released by the White House this month says that 65 percent of U.S. roads are in “less than good condition.” Depending on where you live, those words...

Opel Ampera Going to the Gallows

Opel Ampera Going to the Gallows
Europe’s counterpart to the Chevrolet Volt is slated for discontinuation. With virtually no sales, the Opel Ampera is going to be killed off in conjunction with a mid-cycle refresh to the Chevrolet Volt for the 2016 model year according to a report by Automotive News. General Motors is ramping up its battery engineering effort in...

Audi A8 e-tron to Debut in 2015

Audi A8 e-tron to Debut in 2015
There’s a plug-in hybrid version of Audi’s flagship sedan coming in the near future. At least that’s the word according to Auto Express. The site reports that Audi is planning to marry its 3.0-liter diesel V6 to its e-tron plug-in hybrid system. The electrified flagship is supposed to be officially revealed in early 2015 before...

2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Potential Loss of Steering

2014 Kia Soul Recalled for Potential Loss of Steering
Kia is calling back 51,641 of its Soul compact hatchbacks from the 2014 model year because they could experience a loss of steering ability. According to NHTSA, a plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering assembly could come loose because a thread-locking adhesive was improperly applied during assembly. If that happens, the vehicle...

Schumacher’s Wife Thanks Fans for Support in Letter

Schumacher’s Wife Thanks Fans for Support in Letter
Michael Schumacher’s wife Cornia thanked her husband’s fans for their support in a letter this week. The message was circulated as a part of the official program for this weekend’s Formula One German Grand Prix. Her letter is written in German, but a translated version reads “”the German Grand Prix gives me the perfect opportunity...

Nissan Outlines New Self-Driving Technologies for 2016

Nissan Outlines New Self-Driving Technologies for 2016
Seeking to steer drivers toward being ready to accept self-driving cars, Nissan will introduce two new technologies in the near future that will assume vehicle control at low speeds. “By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its autonomous drive strategy,” Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said yesterday during a...

2016 Mazda2 Officially Revealed

2016 Mazda2 Officially Revealed
Mazda officially revealed the new Mazda2 sub-compact today as production began on the car in Japan. Wearing the same KODO design language as the rest of Mazda’s recent lineup, the car follows closely in the styling footsteps of the Hazumi concept that previewed it in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Globally, Mazda will offer...

2016 smart fortwo, forfour Debut With Dual-Clutch

2016 smart fortwo, forfour Debut With Dual-Clutch
Smart just debuted its new fortwo and forfour city cars at an event in Berlin marking the return of a four-seat car to the brand. Daimler developed the new generation of cars in conjunction with Renault, retaining the rear-engine setup from previous fortwo models. The forfour and fortwo are based on the same platform, of...
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