’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

The little Mini Cooper showed a bit of growth this year, having been stretched 4 inches in overall length on an inch-longer wheelbase, and it is 1.7 inches wider. Some performance pop, too, has been added to the 2014 Mini…

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

For 2015, an engineering feat by Acura has combined two models into one in a midsize makeover. The result is the pleasantly styled ’15 TLX sedan, which delivered us smoothly to Vail and back. The two 2014 models which met…

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Eighteen months after the new Jag roadster stole the spotlight at the Denver Auto Show, the hardtop version, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, came my way. What a tough, robust two-seater sports car it is, with a 550-horsepower, 5-liter…

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

The climb to 11,670-foot Guanella Pass from Georgetown (elevation 8,530 feet) in little more than 10 miles was a nice drive on a warm, bright, late-September afternoon and an excellent test for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV. Performance was impressive…

Ford, YMCA gather costumes for kids

Ford, YMCA gather costumes for kids

Five Denver-area Ford stores and several YMCA locations are accepting new and gently used Halloween costumes for kids in need. Costumes for Kids, the Halloween drive, provided more than 150 costumes in the initial launch of the program last October…

Back then . . . ‘80 Oldsmobile Omega Coupe

Back then . . . ‘80 Oldsmobile Omega Coupe

Thirty-five years ago this month, when the movement to front-wheel-drive cars was beginning to really roll in Colorado, I reviewed in Denver the 1980 Oldsmobile Omega Brougham Coupe. Here are some excerpts from that column: Oldsmobile, builder of the longtime…

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Riders on bike brands such as Trek, Specialized, Giant, Felt and others rolled into Wiggins Sunday morning, concluding the three-day Pedal the Plains in northeastern Colorado. My ride was the 2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line, a sleek, low-slung midsize sport sedan….

Owen Faricy dies; onetime Nash dealer

Owen Faricy dies; onetime Nash dealer

Owen Faricy of Colorado Springs, an award-winning Nash dealer in Pueblo almost 70 years ago, died Saturday, Sept. 13. He would have been 93 next month. Owen Faricy, born and reared at Florence, went to work for Jackson Chevrolet in…

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

The little Honda Fit was a standout among the Lincolns and Audis and Chryslers on Sunday evening at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in southeast Denver. Standout for the fact it was finished in mystic yellow, brighter than the others, and, also, it…

Memorable moments with Dodge

Memorable moments with Dodge

While Dodge celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, I look over the list of hundreds of new cars and trucks I’ve reviewed since the ‘70s and find that 80 have been of the Dodge brand. The first was the little…