Lloyd Chavez, of Burt Chevrolet fame, dies

Lloyd Chavez, of Burt Chevrolet fame, dies

By Bud Wells Lloyd Chavez, 88, who rose from humble beginnings to head the Burt automotive empire in Denver which became the largest Hispanic-owned business in the country, died on Thursday, May 26. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m….

Blip, downshift; I love that BMW M2

Blip, downshift; I love that BMW M2

“Thanks, pal,” I say to myself and to the driver ahead who crowded into my lane, for it gave me the opportunity to once again downshift my M2 and enjoy the feel and sound of blipping the throttle as it…

F-150 takes wheel back; Ram Power Wagon

F-150 takes wheel back; Ram Power Wagon

“Half-ton or three-quarter?” once was the major distinction between pickup trucks. That was long ago. Today, the 2016 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew parked at my doorstep a while back tops out, I believe, a recent rush of innovative truck features….

Elegant Elantra unfurls 2017 banner

Elegant Elantra unfurls 2017 banner

The ’17 models are beginning to show, as April 2016 gives way to May. I spent last week driving the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra, which is looking more and more like the larger Sonata. A week earlier, it was the…

EcoDiesel fuels Kansas venture for Jeep

EcoDiesel fuels Kansas venture for Jeep

The near-700-mile driving range of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is an enticement to drive – any direction, the possibilities are endless. We headed east, and after a lengthy drive to a remodeled farmhouse north of Oberlin, Kan., and…

Back then . . . . ’91 Jeep Cherokee

Back then . . . . ’91 Jeep Cherokee

Twenty-five years ago, during an odyssey from my career in Denver newspapering, I reviewed the 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo four-door for the Pueblo Chieftain. Excerpts: Fifty years ago, the Willys-Overland car company of Toledo, Ohio, delivered two boxy little four-wheel-drive…