Porsche dealer, racer Hagestad dies in Texas

Brake, shift and hit your point on the curve; it’s a matter of concentration,” Bob Hagestad advised me as we drove his Porsche race cars against the clock many years ago. Hagestad, 84, a former Porsche/Audi dealer on West Colfax…

Murano, Rogue anchor Nissan SUVs

Impressive style is demonstrated by the 2019 Nissan Murano SL midsize SUV crossover, with its tapered front, raked windshield and floating-roof-look at the rear. It is one of the better-appearance entries in its class. Like other Nissans, the Murano all-wheel-drive…

Passport (2-row Pilot) returns to Honda lineup

The new 2019 Honda Passport was like a Pilot while driving in the snow and single-digit temperatures on icy roads to Greeley in the early evening Saturday, March 2, from a party in Longmont. The Passport dropped into slow-down mode…

Sounds of ‘greetings’ from new Trail Boss

Sitting high in the 2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, with driver’s-side window open, my “Merry Christmas” greeting goes out loud and heartfelt to all the readers. The Trail Boss, a four-wheel-drive crew cab, is a new offroad trim level for…

Turbo, 8-speed, e-assist boost Jeep Wrangler

Team a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, boost the pair with an electric assist off-idle and the creation appears to be a winner for the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4X4. Piloting the new one on…

Traverse, pickups prevail  in GM cutback

What better time in the driver’s seat of the 2019 Chevy Traverse than November 2018 while receiving the announcement that General Motors plans to close up to five assembly plants in North America and end production of three Chevrolet car…

Back then. . . . .1979 Fiat Strada

(Forty years ago this month, in January 1979, I reviewed in The Denver Post the Fiat Strada, a new front-wheel-drive model from Italy. Following are excerpts:) Fiat’s hopes for a strong comeback against a sharp slide in U.S. sales ride…

Land Rover embraces turbos, dogs

Here, on the first day of September 2018, is my last mention of the dog days of August. In connection with my recent test drive of a 2018 Land Rover Discovery, a public relations firm for the British SUV builders…

Lexus LC 500h fuels interest in hybrids

Concluded recently was the smoothest, most advanced testing in years by me of a gas/electric hybrid automobile – the 2019 Lexus LC 500h Coupe. The sleek product is an excellent blend of appearance and performance. Lexus labels it a “world-class…

Cars slip to 31 percent in 2018 U.S. sales

Sharp declines in sales of midsize cars, unprecedented in the U.S., marked the tally of light-vehicle sales for 2018. The long-popular Toyota Camry, though retaining its longtime lead in car sales, dipped by almost 44,000 units from a year earlier….