Category Archives: Automotive Industry

Commentary: How Should I Cover The Continuing Story?

Tweet “So, Randy, what is your take on the whole Volkswagen crisis?” Seems to be that everyone thinks I have the answer to what was happening at Volkswagen AG, let alone Volkswagen of America. It is a hot subject due … Continue reading

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MAMA Fall Rally 2015: Finding Competency

Tweet It has been three years since my first event as a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. It is a membership I take seriously, as it has connected me with the region’s best automotive media people, as well … Continue reading

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Commentary: Provocations from IAA 2015

Tweet Honestly, I am not a fan of electric cars. Nor do I find pleasure driving hybrids, either. I have to experience both kinds of vehicles because it is my job. I am also not a fan of Tesla Motors … Continue reading

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What’s New (Again) from FCA for 2016?

Tweet It was an honor to be invited again. It was also an honor to attend and participate in one of the best annual manufacturer events put on in the automotive industry. For several years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles opened up … Continue reading

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Putting EcoBoost to The Challenge

Tweet How do you know if a technology is good or not? The technology in question is a familiar one to me – the lineup of Ford’s EcoBoost engines. Ford went on to install a turbocharger – or two – … Continue reading

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(At Least) One Response to a Question Often Asked…

Tweet A Victory & Reseda review of the 2016 Mazda6 We automotive media professionals hate being asked one thing: “What’s your favorite car?” It is a trite question. It puts us on guard to try not to offend someone in … Continue reading

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#MAMA15: A “Professional Obligation” at Road America – Pt. 2

Tweet Professional obligations have a way to yield some surprises. At the 2015 Midwest Automobile Media Association Spring Rally, it was cold mornings and cold tracks. Yet, it was also about reconnecting with industry people and fellow journalists. The networking … Continue reading

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#MAMA15: A “Professional Obligation” at Road America – Pt. 1

Tweet There is a thing called “professional obligation.” It is born from being a part of a group of professionals that are joined by a common purpose and passion for the work we do. For the third year in a … Continue reading

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Commentary: The State of The Truck Business

Tweet For the bane of repeating myself, I need to quote statistic again: In 2014, 60% of all new vehicle sales in the state of Minnesota were of trucks, crossovers and SUV – the highest percentage of any state in … Continue reading

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V&R Analysis: A Tale of Two F-150s

Tweet It is rare that a journalist with a specialty in vehicle review gets multiple stints in the same vehicle. That is, of course, said journalist specializes in a particular brand and/or model. Otherwise, we generalists try to bring in … Continue reading

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