A Million-Mile Tundra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM

This is something few of us will ever see in real-life: Yes, that’s an odometer reading one mile short of one-million miles, the odometer of a 2007 Toyota Tundra owned, until last week, by Victor Sheppard, who traded it to Toyota last week for a 2016 Tundra.

Graduated Payments

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 17, 2016 at 6:00 AM

As May draws to a close, there is an increasing number of colleges that have shown their senior class the mortarboard, the podium, the certificate, and the door.

Honda Re-Imagines and Re-Engineers the Ridgeline

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 16, 2016 at 6:00 AM

When Honda announced the first-generation Ridgeline in 2005, it opened the press release describing the vehicle: “The Honda Ridgeline re-defines what a truck can be with its true half-ton bed payload capability, an interior similar to a full-size truck and the exterior length of a compact truck.” And all that said, people simply couldn’t get over the way there is a diagonal piece, a sail-shaped buttress, between the cab and the box.

Ed Welburn Goes Back to School

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 13, 2016 at 5:00 AM

General Motors vice president of Global Design and Howard University Class of ’72 alum Ed Welburn gave the commencement address to the graduates of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University this past Saturday.

Like a Broke Neighbor. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 12, 2016 at 5:20 AM

“The medium to long term impact on the insurance industry is likely to be significant,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

Lotus Is Light

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2016 at 5:49 AM

Although there aren’t a huge number of Lotus vehicles rolling around in the U.S.—according to Left-Lane.com, in 2015 Lotus sold 80 cars in the U.S., a number so low that there is not much that puts it into context (e.g., there were 1,009 Lamborghinis sold in the U.S.)—but small numbers is something that the Hethel, U.K.-based sports car manufacturer is working toward—at least when it is comes to lowering the mass of its products.

Don Panoz Isn’t Slowing Down

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2016 at 3:14 AM

Way back in 2000, we ran an article that opened with the provocative question: “Why Is Panoz America’s Coolest Car Company?” The company, Panoz Auto Development, was established by Danny Panoz, whose father, Don Panoz, established the pharmaceutical company that invested the time-release transdermal patch—yes, the nicotine patch that is used by people who want to quit smoking.