Author Archives: Randy Stern

Travelogue: “Self-Care” Gone…Almost to Plan

Tweet“Self-care” maybe a fashionable term for “finding ways to take care of yourself – even if means spending some money to do so.” It is part of a much larger conversation about emotional/behavioral/mental health. Before I was born, it was … Continue reading

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Historiography: A Quarter Century of Giving It Everything

TweetIn the spring of 1994, a new brand arrived at unsuspecting showrooms. This was not just any new brand. It became the second manufacturer from the Republic of Korea to sell their vehicles in the USA. Kia arrived in the … Continue reading

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Twin Cities 2019: Four On the Floor Plus Overdrive

TweetSince 2005, the Twin Cities Auto Show has become a part of my annual routine. Each year provided a larger personal role than before. For example, I was presented with an opportunity to expand my automotive media horizons in 2011. … Continue reading

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Commentary: Wagons, Ho!

TweetHere is a little factoid from last year’s 17.2 million vehicles sold in the USA: wagons experienced a 29% jump in sales growth in 2018 compared to 2017. The car-based vehicles with the long-roofs that were thought to be extinct … Continue reading

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Geneva 2019: I’m The King of T-Roc…and More

TweetOh, Geneva, you are one expensive place. Perhaps that is one reason why I have never stepped foot inside Palexpo… But, for those who work this show know that it takes a shift in overall perspective to understand why this … Continue reading

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The V&R Comparo: Two Compact Sedans, No Cups

TweetComparing one vehicle against another can go a few ways. One, it can be a treatment towards a bias. This brand of automobile is far more superior than the other brand. Another is to try to make the comparison between … Continue reading

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Quickies: As Published Elsewhere – the First 2019 Edition

TweetWe’ve got some catching up to do… It is not that I have been neglecting to publish reviews on this site. I have been working through several vehicles for other publications. In those instances, I have to adhere to a … Continue reading

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Commentary: Your Driving This Winter Really Stinks

Tweet This is not about climate change. Although there will be some who might argue one way or another. It is about this round of winter that our country had to endure so far. We had it all. There was rain, … Continue reading

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Historiography: The Celebration of The Roadster

TweetThirty years ago, McCormick Place was the place to be. The lights inside the exhibition hall south of Chicago’s Loop would shine upon a return of a motoring revolution from another generation. The new vehicle reminded us of a time … Continue reading

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Chicago 2019: One Look Back Towards Looking Forward

Tweet“Another year, another Chicago Auto Show…” That was the mantra among those of us who arrived in McCormick Place for the 111th Chicago Auto Show. We may be either new to the game or are hardened veterans of the business, … Continue reading

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