Category Archives: Commentary

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

Posted in Commentary | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Automobile Lifestyle, Commentary | Leave a comment

Commentary: Life at $5.25 Million Per 30 Seconds

TweetEvery year on this date, I try to make sense of life. Life, in context to this work. To do so, I have to look back a couple of days. For example, this past Sunday. During Super Bowl LIII, a … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive Industry, Commentary | Leave a comment

Commentary: Next Stop, Chicago

TweetWorking this year’s North American International Auto Show from the comfort of my home proved to be easier than I thought. It came down to predictability. If you did some detective work, then you’d figure out that the 2020 Toyota … Continue reading

Posted in Auto Show Coverage, Commentary | Leave a comment

Commentary: Are The Chinese Coming?

TweetNormally I would not pay attention to the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual confab. There are a few people I know that attend this every year on various sides of the business. I will bet you that they had some … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive Industry, Commentary | Leave a comment

Commentary: My Own 10-Year Challenge

TweetDid you have fun doing the 10-year challenge on social media? I did. I stretched the rules a bit. This was really taking off when I was doing the La Crosse Day Trip Challenge. Since I was in a mocking … Continue reading

Posted in Automobile Writing, Commentary | Leave a comment

Commentary: Traveling With Your Emotional Support [Fill in the Blank]

TweetYou have a what? And, you’re taking that on the plane?!? What prompted those questions was my last trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. I was picking up my roommate from her flight from San Francisco. In the baggage claim … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Travel Writing | Leave a comment

Commentary: Good-Bye 2018!

TweetThe end of the year. How do you quantify that fact? Simple. You look back, celebrate the highlights, bless the low moments, and look forward to the new year. Certainly, V&R had some highlights. We had some successful turns with … Continue reading

Posted in Automobile Writing, Automotive Industry, Car Community, Commentary, Travel Writing | Leave a comment

Commentary: Holiday Thoughts for 2018

TweetThe holiday season is almost to its climax. It has been an interesting one to say the least. On the plus side, I was happy to see that AutoMotorPlex went into Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, Minnesota to create an experience … Continue reading

Posted in Automobile Lifestyle, Commentary | Leave a comment

Historiography: The Day The Auto Industry Changed

TweetDecember 26, 1985. In Canada, this was “Boxing Day.” As it is in the rest of the British Commonwealth. In the USA, it was the day when bad gifts were returned back to their stores for something the recipients wanted … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive Industry, Commentary | Leave a comment