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…

Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

From a funny-looking Toyopet Crown, which got Toyota almost laughed off the U.S. market before it really got started in the late 1950s, to today’s perennial sales-leading Camry sedan, the Japanese firm has established an iconic presence alongside Ford, GM…

A walk through 2017 Denver Auto Show

A walk through 2017 Denver Auto Show

Here’s a look at seven of the more than 500 new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs at the Colorado Convention Center for the 2017 Denver Auto Show April 5-9. Three are winners of Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. The…

More cargo, more power for GMC Yukon XL

More cargo, more power for GMC Yukon XL

Why the Yukon XL over the standard Yukon? Three rows of seats, same as the Yukon, plus 39 cubic feet of cargo space in the XL (15 for Yukon). With the Denali package added, performance comes from the 6.2-liter V-8…

Titan shines at Benz/BMW grand opening

Titan shines at Benz/BMW grand opening

The 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4WD pickup, with quilted leather seats, carried us into Denver  Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, and shown brightly in a mix among mostly premium luxury sedans outside the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz of Denver and…

Rogue top gainer; F-series, Camry lead sales

Rogue top gainer; F-series, Camry lead sales

For the 40th, or, actually, the 41st time, let me say, “Ford F-series outsells every vehicle in this country.” And again and again, I say, “Toyota Camry is tops among sedans.” As more and more consumers switched to new pickups…

Hybrid market shows slight gain

Hybrid market shows slight gain

Sales of gas/electric hybrids, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the past year barely surpassed their 2015 totals in the U.S. market, accounting for approximately 2.9 percent of total new car, SUV and light truck sales for 2016. Sales…

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),…

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…