New luxury division Genesis goes bigtime

New luxury division Genesis goes bigtime

Opportunity fell my way one day recently to drive all over the Denver metro area the first new luxury sedan introduced into this country in more than 10 years. It’s the 2017 (Hyundai) Genesis G90, which is aimed at those…

Buick LaCrosse AWD challenges 300, Taurus

Buick LaCrosse AWD challenges 300, Taurus

In days long gone, majority of sales successes in the automotive market of the U.S. were spurred by new models of the Big Three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. A few of those standouts remain, such as the Mustang/Camaro/Challenger…

Tacoma TRD Pro awaits fresh competition

Tacoma TRD Pro awaits fresh competition

One of the many outstanding models unveiled at the LA Auto Show is the Chevy Colorado ZR2 offroad compact pickup, expected to go on sale in early 2017. Already down the road in these parts, though, waiting for arrival of…

Cadillac XT5 rolls up for Bud’s 2,000th drive

Cadillac XT5 rolls up for Bud’s 2,000th drive

The approach of December found me at the wheel of the new 2017 Cadillac XT5, the high-end Platinum edition finished in stellar black metallic – seemingly sparkling for the occasion. It is the 2,000th new car, truck or SUV I’ve…

Hellman of Delta is Colo. Time Dealer

Hellman of Delta is Colo. Time Dealer

Bill Hellman Jr., whose family has been involved in the new-car business in Delta for 60 years, has been named Colorado Time Dealer of the Year for 2017. Nominated by Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA),…

Volvo S90 in classy competition

Volvo S90 in classy competition

No need, to this point, to fear the consequences of the Chinese ownership of Volvo. Right out of Gothenberg, Sweden, comes Volvo’s newest product, the S90 sedan rolling smoothly into the luxury territory dominated by the German automakers. Watch out…

VW’s new Alltrack takes aim at Outback

VW’s new Alltrack takes aim at Outback

The only “untouchable” during last month’s testing of 40 new cars and trucks at Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Tabernash was a red, sleek-looking though rather ruggedly trimmed Volkswagen called the Alltrack. It was locked tight; all I could do was…

Expanded ‘17 Ridgeline is boost for Honda

Expanded ‘17 Ridgeline is boost for Honda

By Bud Wells Honda’s pickup, out of production the past two years, is back in renewed style. The 2017 Ridgeline, unibody-constructed, is more carlike than competitive makes, though it falls short in tow capacity and offroad capabilities. That suits lots…

Jag tests sales lag with new XE diesel

Jag tests sales lag with new XE diesel

I recorded an amazing 40.1 miles per gallon on a run to Fort Morgan and back from the newest car on the market – the 2017 Jaguar XE sport sedan. This one is a smaller Jag, with rear-drive chassis and…

Mazda CX-3 moves in on subcompacts

Mazda CX-3 moves in on subcompacts

Only a year deep into its presence among the subcompact crossover market, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is carving out a more sizable chunk of business in the growing category. Sales for subcompact crossovers are hot, increasing nearly 40 percent thus…