Most Important 6 Cars I’ve Ever Driven

I've been fortunate to have driven a large number of cars over the years (without doing serious harm to myself or others in the process). There are a number of favorites and a handful of dogs, some of which were terrible drivers, others terribly styled, and some afflicted with both bad traits. But there are six I… » 2/17/15 4:57pm 2/17/15 4:57pm

An Old Guy's Take On Driverless Cars

I've been seeing a lot of 'Save the manuals' missives float past on blog pages and social media recently. Having never owned anything but sticks in 40 some odd years, I'm wondering if one will be available on the next new car I purchase. But it also reminds me of cars I've owned or driven that have had such fun… » 2/04/15 4:14pm 2/04/15 4:14pm

Does BMW need a 1 Series Sedan?

We all know more front-wheel drive BMWs are coming so everyone, stop complaining. BMW has made its bones by making cars that drive the rear wheels. However, like a musician trying a different genre, BMW needs to expand its horizons a bit. So the folks over in Munich are readying a FWD 1 Series Sedan. » 2/01/15 7:49pm 2/01/15 7:49pm

The Internet was scary, but electric vehicles shouldn’t be

Change is always scary. New technologies that change the way we live will always make the masses nervous. It's understandable, really. We get very used to the way things are, and as soon as we get comfortable, things change again. It happened with computers first, then with the internet and now it seems to be… » 1/28/15 4:07pm 1/28/15 4:07pm

Has the market for the BMW i8 changed?

A 2014 $147,000 Sophisto Grey BMW i8 sold for $140,000 at Barrett Jackson auction just held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Considering many dealers are asking substantially over sticker for the i8, this could mark a big shift in the market. The i8 that crossed the block at Barrett Jackson had 750 miles on the ODO and… » 1/25/15 10:32pm 1/25/15 10:32pm

BMW i8 sold for $247,450

Ever since its introduction last summer, the BMW i8 quickly rose to the status of the most desired car on the market. BMW dealerships from around the country, and even from around the world, have put a premium price on the i8 hybrid sportscar, with some asking as much as $100,000 over the sticker price. » 1/12/15 12:25am 1/12/15 12:25am

Grandpa’s BMW – Enjoying “The Ultimate Driving Machine” at age 92

It was a conversation enjoyed over a glass of homemade wine, in a living room lit by long rays of sunshine. My Grandpa and I sat, talking mostly about women and how he met my Grandma. Almost mid-sentence Grandpa Dick – known to the local farmers' market as Richard Beitler – interrupted himself to change the subject.… » 1/05/15 12:21pm 1/05/15 12:21pm

Can the Cadillac ATS-V compete with BMW M3?

I recently wrote about the new Cadillac CTS-V being a serious contender to the BMW M5. The CTS-V seems hell-bent on taking the M5's crown, however it has the benefit of being a few years newer and Cadillac was able to use the current M5 as a benchmark. Also this will be the third generation of the CTS-V, so… » 1/03/15 1:43pm 1/03/15 1:43pm

426 miles road trip in a BMW i3 REx

Perhaps the most discussed topic of the BMW i3 is the implementation of the range extender for the North American market. In an effort to have the vehicle qualify for the California Air Resource Board BMW set restrictions on how and when the range extender can turn on, effectively reducing the utility of the REx.… » 12/18/14 3:07pm 12/18/14 3:07pm