Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

“Happy New Year,” I shout from the driver’s seat of the 2015 Dodge Charger AWD to readers of my automotive columns. I opened year 2014 aboard the Nissan Rogue all-wheel-drive compact crossover and ended it this week in the full-sized…

Back then . . .’80 Ford T-Bird

Back then . . .’80 Ford T-Bird

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 25th anniversary 1980 Ford Thunderbird and the original ’55 model. Excerpts: The stylish new 1980 Ford Thunderbird marks 25 years since introduction of one of the most prestigious…

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

“The sportiest Camry yet,” Toyota says of its new 2015 XSE sedan. It does have a stiffened sport suspension and 18-inch wheels; in reality, though, it’s simply another model that reinforces Camry’s rank as one of the finest of family…

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Today, I review a ’15 on 12-13-14. It’s the Chrysler 200C all-wheel-drive midsize sedan, which posted the hottest sales gain in the auto industry last month. Whether the numerically based lead of the column is liked, or disliked, it is…

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

It’s a beautiful finish, in melbourne red metallic, which adds $550 to its cost. Impressive, too, is its interior, white nevada leather with red contrast stitching, and that’s an extra $1,450. It is BMW’s new 2015 X4 crossover hatchback, which…

Sweeney lands “Deal” at RMAP party

Sweeney lands “Deal” at RMAP party

“What a deal,” said an exuberant Bob Sweeney when his name was drawn as recipient of a copy of the just-published Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s 100th anniversary history book. The 336-page, coffee-table-type book, “The 100-Year Deal,” was handed to Sweeney…

CADA opens book; tiger recalls ‘60s

CADA opens book; tiger recalls ‘60s

A “tiger-striped” jacket from a Pontiac promotion of years ago attracted “sideshow” attention at the annual meeting recently of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. It was CADA’s 100th Anniversary Gala at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel in the…