2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominees

2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominees It's that time of the year again, time to whittle down the long list of new cars and trucks to decide which one is crowned car and truck/utility of the year award for 2013. The list below is referred to as the long list. [...]

Just like people, cars are living longer

Grandma Dodie is 93, alive and doing well Grandma Dodie Okay, Grandma Dodie isn't 93, and she's not a person. Grandma Dodie is a 1993 Lexus LS400, and she just got out of the hospital, commonly known as the service center at Lexus of Roseville, last week. I named my car Grandma Dodie [...]

How are Volt sales compared to the 24 other alt-power source vehicles?

WardsAuto U.S. Sales of Alternative Power Source Light Vehicles lists twenty-seven vehicles for sale as of November 2011. What are the cars and how is Volt faring compared to the other twenty-six vehicles? The twenty-seven, twenty-five if you don't count the Mercury Milan and the Saturn Aura that are still listed, with the starting MSRP [...]

Bob Carter, Toyota, at the 2010 LA auto show

2010 Los Angeles auto show (LAAS) It's been a humbling year for Toyota's Robert S. Carter Group Vice President and General Manager “ Toyota Division Toyota Motor Sales, USA. But Carter says that Toyota is coming back, and has stats and awards to prove it. But Lexus is also looking at taking some of Toyota's sales [...]

2010 Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS)

Geneva International Motor Show (GimsSwiss) (GIMS) 80th International Motor Show, 2010 Geneva, Switzerland- Stroll with me on the floor of the 2010 Geneva Autoshow. In the next four videos you will see: Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept by Pininfarina Alfa Romeo Pandion concept by Bertone Alfa Romeo Giulietta Aston Martin Cygnet pre-production concept 2011 Audi A1 [...]

Geneva auto show production concept cars

Geneva International Motor Show Geneva, Switzerland Stroll with me on the floor of the Geneva auto show. In the next four videos you will see: Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept by Pininfarina Alfa Romeo Pandion concept by Bertone Alfa Romeo Giulietta Aston Martin Cygnet pre-production concept 2011 Audi A1 Audi A1 E-Tron concept 2011 Audi RS5 [...]

Toyota halts U.S. sales of 8 recalled vehicle models

Toyota thought they had the problem fixed. I know. I talked to Robert"Bob" S. Carter Group Vice President and General Manager - Toyota Division Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show and we talked about the accelerator problem. I asked him what effect it had on Toyota's image because of the [...]

Don Esmond, SVP, Toyota

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI  Don Esmond is senior vice president, automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. The good news - the bad year is behind Toyota. Toyota has had some recalls, how has that affected the Toyota image? How much of your production will be in the [...]

Mark Templin, Lexus at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow

Mark Templin, Lexus division group Vice President and General Manager talked with me at the 2009 Los Angeles autoshow about the amount of hybrids that Lexus has on the market. We were in front of the LFA. Templin told me that only 500 would be made, at a cost of $375,000, and then they "would [...]

The changing faces of luxury cars

I've been waiting for today. My esthetician, Veronica, finally got back from France visiting her relatives. To me, Veronica is not a luxury, she is a necessity. While Veronica was working on my face I asked her about her trip. She talked about how conscientious the French were of the names on clothes and accessories. [...]