Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

To adhere a “light on its feet” label to a tough-looking vehicle is a major step toward success these days in the automotive truck world. Ford, on a cold, windy morning this week, showed off its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup…

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Compliments seemed to follow this special new car all over the place. It’s the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe, which previously was designated the M3. BMW, though, has separated its 3 series four-door sedans from the coupes, which now are known…

Back then . . . MacArthur’s ’42 Packard

Following are excerpts of a column, featuring a 1942 Packard of the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in The Denver Post in early November 1979, 35 years ago (I was automotive editor in the Post’s business news department at the time):…

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

  I recently scanned a lengthy list of refined vehicles by Toyota, let my eyes fall near to the bottom, and selected a 2015 4Runner 4X4 Trail Premium V-6, finished in barcelona red metallic paint. The 4Runner, built on the…

Fusion gets 1.5 turbo; ped safety explored

We’ve moved fully into the new model year, with 2015 cars and trucks all over the showrooms. Yet, delivered recently to me was a 2014 Ford Fusion SE, and I was glad to get it, for two reasons: In order…

’15 Mazda3 makes time for book meeting

The sharp-looking little compact, a 2015 model, got me to Denver on time early last week for a final meeting of the book committee before the volume’s delivery to the printer. The car is the Mazda3 five-door hatchback; the book…

Refined ’15 Challenger masters ‘twist’

Improvements in the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T surfaced among the curves and tight twists on a stretch of Colo. 119 from Rollinsville to Blackhawk last week. Even with all its size and heft, the rear-wheel-drive Challenger has become a very…

’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

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

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…