Mar 15, 2017

Amelia Island 2017: The Big Star Cars Come Out to Play

Jim Motavalli

Sunny weather, Hollywood star cars, Clark Gable's crankshaft, $20 million classics and $15,000 Miatas--Amelia Island had it all this year (and dodged the rain).

luxury vehicles

Review: Mazda Miata MX-5 hardtop convertible
Mar 06, 2017

Mazda 2017: The Miata's New Retractable Hardtop, and the Quieter CX-5 Goes Upscale

Jim Motavalli

Mazda has only two-percent global market share, but with the new Miata RF and CX-5, it's trying harder.

reviews

Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

history

Buried cars
Feb 24, 2017

Buried Cars: Who Says You Can't Take Your Ride With You?

Jim Motavalli

True-life tales of cars buried with their owners, entombed for decades behind brick walls, or used as time capsules and tombstones. 

history

Review: Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric
Feb 21, 2017

Meet the Ioniqs: A Green Trio From Hyundai

Jim Motavalli

The Ioniq family includes a hybrid with the best fuel economy available today, the most efficient battery car on the market, and a plug-in hybrid that splits the difference between the two.

hybrids

US Interstate System
Feb 14, 2017

Why We Drive 55: The Strange but True Story of America's Interstates

Jim Motavalli

"We Like Ike" because he pushed through the idea of a coast-to-coast ribbon of highway across the length and breadth of the U.S. of A.

history

Dog looking at infotainment system
Feb 06, 2017

Short Takes: Reviews, Oddities and Milestones

Jim Motavalli

Short attention span? This is the column for you! Bits, bytes and random thoughts about automobiles in the winter of 2017.

Smart traction control
Feb 03, 2017

Spin Control: Smart All-Wheel-Drive Is Your Friend

Jim Motavalli

A day of slipping and sliding at snowed-in Lime Rock Park in a Buick Envision demonstates the value of electronic stability control.

winter

DC Auto Show
Jan 30, 2017

From Washington: Where's Donald Trump on Self-Driving Cars?

Jim Motavalli

The Washington Auto Show usually focuses on policy--there aren't any new model introductions. This year, everybody was wondering where the new President stands on the issues, especially self-driving cars.

hybrids

Comedians in cars
Jan 25, 2017

Comedians in Cars Getting Karaoke

Jim Motavalli

What do Jerry Seinfeld's and James Corden's driving around shows have in common? How about, everything?