Colo. Time winner is Mary Pacifico-Valley

Colo. Time winner is Mary Pacifico-Valley

Mary Pacifico-Valley, who at age 19 began basic duties with Rickenbaugh Automotive and 30 years later became owner, has been named Colorado Time Dealer of the Year for 2019. Nominated by Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association…

Jeeps climbed high with Marchionne

Jeeps climbed high with Marchionne

Reviewing the 2018 Jeep Compass this week is opportunity to mention the death of Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles who died unexpectedly July 25. Marchionne took charge of Fiat and Chrysler nine years ago when the…

Reviewer’s one week in Lotus’ 70 years

Reviewer’s one week in Lotus’ 70 years

Lotus this month (July 2018) celebrated its 70th anniversary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Most of us recognize the Lotus marque, one of the most iconic in the world of sports cars and racing. Few,…

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My selections for Car/Truck/SUV of the Year at the 2018 Denver Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center were the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford F250 Super Duty and Volvo XC60, respectively. When the winners were announced, though, in voting by…

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Jim Colwell and I, in the 2018 Subaru Outback Touring wagon, made the climb up to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) above Boulder for lunch on a Wednesday morning. Subaru this year is observing its 50th anniversary in…

Colorado sales hit record in ‘17

Colorado sales hit record in ‘17

Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, Ford, Nissan, Jeep and Honda were biggest gainers in new car and light truck registrations in Colorado in 2017, compared with the previous year. Figures compiled by Experian Automotive for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA)) showed…

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Warmed up after an ice-driving event near Winter Park a few days earlier, two spirited sport-model autos were sent my way – the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti all-wheel-drive sedan and the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel-drive coupe.   Shod…

Fisher adds Acura in Boulder

Fisher adds Acura in Boulder

In its 50th year of operation in Boulder, Fisher Auto has acquired the Acura luxury line of automobiles to go with its longtime Honda franchise. To make room for the pairing of Acura and Honda, Fisher has returned its Kia…

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

Blame it on lack of performance from its 132-horsepower engine and CVT transmission that the Toyota Corolla dropped almost 50,000 sales the past year, yet the good-looking compact remains the third-best-selling sedan in the country. Toyota’s midsize model, the Camry,…

Lincoln and Audi get “best of year” nods

Lincoln and Audi get “best of year” nods

It’s after catching my breath from a busy 2017 that I offer greetings for the new year. Nearly 100 new cars, trucks and SUVs were sent my way during the past 12 months. The delivery on Nov. 10 of the…