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You know that cliché story of picking up your life and everything you had ever known to come out to the mystical land of Los Angeles for your dream job. That's my story in a nutshell.
I should probably mention that being an automotive journalist has always been a life goal of mine. Getting to it was the tough part, though, having emigrated from 18 years of living in the sleepy suburb of North Canton, Ohio, to the University of Pittsburgh for my education, and then immediately out to the Golden State on a 2,500-mile roadtrip in an old economy car. Despite my car burning oil and misfiring all the way, it was one of the best experiences of my life. And so is working at Automotive.com.
I'm a car enthusiast through and through. But as much as cars that run on a mixture of 93-octane and testosterone have been my cup of tea since age 4, I come from a practical background of studying the past 60 years of the automotive industry—products, politics, lore, and all—and taking a realistic approach with good value-for-money cars and trucks. I'm not afraid to speak my mind, whether criticism or praise, about a particular product or position. Nor should anyone in this industry be. If we're to do our jobs correctly, then we have to help educate you, the consumer, to make the best purchase decisions.
In my free time, I enjoy long walks on sandy beaches discussing books—wait, that's for the other bio I have to fill out. Seriously, I read up on government, politics, business, and world events almost constantly. And cars. I enjoy seeing how everything is interrelated, and enjoy participating in the world. And cars. And I'm still busy gaining my bearings in Los Angeles, discovering all this city has to offer.
December 10, 2013
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
With interest in the Nissan Motorsports (Nismo) division of the Japanese automaker at an all-time high due to the stupid-fast GT-R supercar and Juke-R concept car, Nissan wasted little time in keeping the momentum going.
Audi has released a boatload of information on its new 2012 Audi A6 Hybrid midsize luxury sedan, which combined with the recently-previewed 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid midsize crossover, gives us a glimpse into the future of green technologies at its parent company, Volkswagen.
Audi released pricing today for the 2012 TT RS, the top-of-the-line version of the brand’s small sports car.
When BMW switched from an inline six-cylinder engine to a turbocharged four-cylinder for the 2012 BMW 328i sedan, there seemed to be a positive tradeoff in that the new, smaller engine would be able to deliver just as much power as the outgoing model, yet offer an astounding 36 mpg highway.
The redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series may not come out for several more months, but the Bavarian automaker has already put its car configurator online to let customers have their way with customizing the new compact sports sedan.
What It Is/ Who It's For
BMW's 2012 3 Series sedan is an everything-for-everyone entry-level luxury car that draws praise for its balance, poise, premium features, and everyday usability.
Continuing BMW’s trend of making the numerical badges on the back of its cars correlate less and less with what’s actually under the hood, the German automaker announced that for 2012 the 528i sedan is abandoning the well-known naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine for a small-dis
Kicking off the weekend activities for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show, BMW brought over its all-new M5 super sedan to the U.S.
If you were at Audi's 2012 Consumer Electronics Show display, you might think you were in Frankfurt instead of Las Vegas, as the predominant language spoken at the display was German.