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2013 Mazda Media Information

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Mazda raised the information presentation bar a quantum notch with it's latest press kit:  A Mazda bobble head race driver. Pull the cord on the base and out pops a flash drive. If any auto maker wants to top t...

2013 VW Jetta Hybrid

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Nobody asked me, but . . . I’m normally not inclined to inundate you with data.  Particularly sales data.  But I’m making an exception in this instance because of the success Volkswagen is enjoying in the US at...

2012 Fiat 500C Pop Cabrio

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Round about early April of this year I celebrated an intro drive of the Fiat 500 Abarth model with a few chosen words in this pages.  My third-grade teacher Mrs. Zumpstein used to cha...

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If you are beetling around southern California any time between October 1 and two hours before the first practice for the Long Beach Grand Prix (DBA Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach),...

2013 Hyundai Azera

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If you haven’t been following the exploits of Hyundai the past few years, you might not appreciate the impact this Korean nameplate is making these days in virtually every segment in wh...

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Fiat is back in the US market. Wot??? You’re telling me I’m about a year late and a lire short?  Forget about it . . . That’s essentially what Fiat is asking Americans to do because, c...

2012 Kia Rio SX DGI 5-Door Hatchback

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Whenever I have a particularly vexing automotive market research issue, I typically turn to my long-time friend, George Peterson, of Auto Pacific for an answer.  Such was the case recent...

BMW X5xDrive 35d

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Not a company to pull punches, here is what BMW had to say about the second-generation X5 when it was launched last year: “BMW will write the latest chapter in the story of the world’s f...

Don Knowles Wins RRDC Bob Akin Award

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Dear Don, I'm not sure how to respond to the news about you being named the recipient of the 2011 Bob Akin Award by the Road Racing Drivers Club.  You've managed to parlay a 30-year a ...

1941 Buick ‘Woodie’ Wagon Is A Wonder On Wheels

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Owned by Yarmouth Port's Bill Bergstrom, a man who knows the palette of official Buick colors like most people know their children, this mammoth 1941 'Woodie' dubbed the Estate Wagon by Buick wears its spiffy maroon fenders as if they were pants that had just been put on for the first time. Bill has meticulously restored the car to be as authentic as possible. That's no small task considering that once you get past the front fenders, the remaining three quarters of the body is made of wood.

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