MILE HIGH GOLD CARD MEMBER

AUTO REVIEW – I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but Subarus have become the darling of the mile high club. From Maine to Mount Baldy, Big Bear to Boulder, Subaru is the de facto vehicle of choice. Among the stars of the Subaru line is the Forester—the one vehicle that the company sells in the USA that comes closest to being labeled an SUV. Among its competitors, the Forester looks the least like an SUV. Yet, year-in and year-out, it beats out all of its competition…

GRAN TOURING IN A SPINNING BLUE PROPELLER

AUTO REVIEW – Another niche found and filled by BMW, but will anyone bite on the bait? The all-new 2010 BMW 550i GT is a mix of a near 7-Series sized luxury sport sedan with a sport utility-like double-tiered hatchback. How many consumers, even BMW enthusiasts, will be willing to pay a base price of $63,900.00 for the V8-equipped 550i GT?

STOP PRESSES! MAJOR MEDIA MERGER

BACK SEAT DRIVING – Long-running negotiations have resulted in the first ever acquisition by media giant Clunkbucket—the premier destination for finding, fixing, restoring, and even racing your unloved or forgotten classic car. Clunkbucket set out to become the global destination for budget restoration and inexpensive motoring entertainment in 2009, and is excited about upping the frequency of junkyard journeys into the editorial calendar by its acquisition Junkyard Chronicle

A MINI MAKEOVER

LA CAR REPORTLA CAR loves MINIs. Since the introduction of the new-generation MINI back in 2002, it’s remained a shining example of the fact that you don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money to acquire a car that’s enormously fun to drive. For model year 2011, MINI is giving its entire Cooper and Clubman line some design modifications, additional engine variants, an all-new selection of diesel engines and new equipment features…

TURNING OVER A NEW PRIUS

BACK SEAT DRIVING – A “conquest sale” is when a car company steals a customer away from a competitor–such as Nissan poaching a current Prius owner or likely Prius buyer. It turns out that was Nissan’s goal with the electric Leaf–and it seems to be working. Of the 14,000 pre-orders they have had for the their eagerly-awaited electric car, 90 percent will be conquest sales…

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