Call it kismet, chance, providence, luck or just fortuitous timing, but when Indulge launched a decade ago, it coincided with what’s widely regarded as a new golden age of motoring.
Apart from the kerfuffle over GM’s bankruptcy and the disastrous marriage of Mercedes and Chrysler (divorced in 2007), the past decade has seen a host of proud marques roar back from the brink of irrelevance with astonishingly opulent, powerful and dynamic offerings.
It was just 10 years ago — a blink of the eye by automotive industry standards — that old masters like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Maserati and Cadillac got sick and tired of watching their market share slip away to Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, BMW and Porsche. Prodded by the white-hot poker of loss of sales, they arose magnificently, responding with outstanding workmanship, eye-poppingly gorgeous designs and blistering, pulse-pounding performance on both road and track.
This rising tide of quality lifted everyone. Today’s products from Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia (just to name a few) are light-years beyond what they were in 2005. Advanced technologies and multiple safety features once available only on high-end vehicles are now commonplace, as are sprightly performance, surprising comfort and luxury cabin touches even in budget offerings.
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Over the years on behalf of Indulge, I’ve been fortunate enough to test drive many of these modern classics and report back to readers. And honestly, every time I open the door of one of these beauties and inhale the perfumed scent of finely tanned leathers, my first thought is always, “What did I do right to get a gig like this?” Followed quickly by, “I’m not worthy,” and always, always anxiously anticipating, “What’s next?”
I can’t wait. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.
And now, in honor of Indulge’s birthday, here’s a collection of 20 “raves” from my most memorable Road Raves reviews.