Hold mode adds versatility to Chevy Volt

  The fact a driver of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt can apportion the limited electric drive mode to more optimally meet driving conditions is impressive among new technology for the extended-range plug-in electric. In its first two years of operation…

Ford Fusion Energi spurt tops Volt, Prius

While tallying six-month sales totals for hybrids and electrics early this week, I took possession for a few days of the 2014 Chevy Volt. Its arrival was good timing, for the Volt is one of half a dozen strong competitors…

2015 Chrysler 200 takes AWD to ranch mansion

Selling the qualities and features of the new model was rather easy for three Chrysler execs – Rick Denau and John Nulty from Detroit and Wendy Orthman from Chicago – at a gathering Wednesday evening of 20 invited automotive journalists…

2014 Mazda Miata loses top in 12 seconds

    The 25th anniversary edition of the Mazda Miata, only 100 in number, will arrive in early September, About the same time, Mazda plans to begin providing quick glances to a totally redesigned 2016 Miata. In the meantime, amid…

CARS: Toyota Camry 222,540; Honda Accord 185,278; Nissan Altima 176,453; Toyota Corolla 174,354; Honda Civic 167,097; Ford Fusion 165,498; Chevrolet Cruze 145,338; Ford Focus 120,956; Hyundai Elantra 112,497; Toyota Prius 107,101. SUVs: Honda CR-V 154,692; Ford Escape 152,890; Chevrolet Equinox…

Back then . . . . ’79 Mazda RX-7

From 35 years ago this summer, I remember the rough shift of the automatic transmission from first gear to second in the 1979 Mazda RX-7 sports car with rotary engine, loaned to me by Buckingham Imports, 334 Havana St., Aurora….