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Criss-Crossing the globe in a 4X4 Compass

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Car designers, Jeep|Tags: , , , , , |

It's one of those days when an ordinary day of driving becomes an extraordinary day of fun. Jeep Compass is manufactured in four different countries; China, Brazil, India, and Mexico We started the day in the all-new compact Jeep Compass that will replace the old Compass and the Patriot crossovers. The Compass is [...]

Hyundai Ioniq part of a long-term plan

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), electric vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Hyundai, Plugin-electric vehicles, Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV)|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Hyundai Ioniq could be one of the first vehicles in three different powertrains based on the same front-wheel-drive architecture. If you've been in the Hyundai Elantra, then you know about the size of the Ioniq sedan. I have long said that if I could have a four-sedan without the plastic feel, I [...]

Top foods to eat or store in your car

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Dining, Food and Wine|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chocodates almonds, dates, chocolate, coconut The Winter Fancy Food Show #WFFS2017 just wrapped up in San Francisco, CA. Two halls of new food and old delights were on display at the Moscone Center. What are some of the foods that are best to eat in the car? A group of [...]

Samsung buys Harman for connecting in cars

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, autonomous, Autonomous vehicles, Connectivity, Consumer Electronics Show (CES)|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you go to car.harman.com a segmented car starts breathing; one section at a time the car pulses. If you click on the cloud that hovers over the car, cyber security information comes up. Each group talks about a part of the connected car; data exchange, navigation, the cloud, connectivity, apps, connected interface, [...]

Silly Valley wine country slip sliding away

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: #carchat, BMW, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, It's been one wet week in Northern California! Yes, we need it, but we're not used to it, and certainly not this much all at once. Stretch, and I drove to Palo Alto, CA for a BMW event (when you see me in my videos, Stretch is the videographer). We [...]

A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: BMW, Hybrids, Luxury vehicles, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast, efficient, technological sound the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered in a completely redesigned sedan with more versions of the Ultimate Driving Machine than ever offered before. The first lap in the BMW 530i took me to the BMW technology center in Palo Alto, CA. The newest technology originates in the tech center, goes [...]

CES technology you’ve come a long way bandwidth

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Autonomous vehicles, Connectivity, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Continental AG, Suppliers, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

What did bandwidth get you back in the 1980s? the 90s? the beginning of the 21st century? Brett Stark, Continental's telematics group goes through the levels of bandwidth. What year/decade did Level 1 bandwidth come on the market? What could one do on Level 1? We go through the levels of bandwidth with Stark and [...]

EPA Pruitt casts shadow of doubt on Sunny California

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: #climatechange, Automobiles and Energy, California Air Resources Board (CARB), Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)|Tags: , , , , |

Listen to John Batchelor radio show with Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal, and Lou Ann Hammond talking about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pruitt versus California Air Resources Board (CARB) Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, poked a stick in the middle of a hornet's nest when he said he [...]

Toyota President on Made in America NAIAS2017

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Categories: Car shows, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Politics, Presidential candidates, Toyota|Tags: , , , , , , , |

President-Elect Donald Trump has been talking about production in the United States. I asked Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.,Toyota Motor Corporation, how does Toyota stack up with Made in the U.S.A.? Are they helping to make America great again? Carter rattled off the figures he has, [...]

Kia’s cardesigner worldwide unveil of Stinger

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: Car shows, Kia, North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)|Tags: , , , , |

Kia's chief global designer, Peter Schreyer talked about the Kia Stinger at #naias2017 in Detroit, MI. This is the worldwide unveil for the Stinger. An added bonus, at the end of the show the fastback sedan received the eyes on design award for production car design excellence. Schreyer was smitten with the Stinger, the first [...]