Sheryl Connelly - Futurist, Ford Motor Company

How I Drive | Profile of Sheryl Connelly, Ford Futurist

Continuing our look inside the driving styles and habits of folks in the automotive industry with the “How I Drive” series, we are sharing the driving profile of Ford’s own Sheryl Connelly. Also known for her involvement with TEDxTalks, Sheryl has been working with Ford since 1996 and is currently their Global Trends and Futuring […]

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Fifth annual Super Bowl auto ad watch with Chris Baccus

We may have skipped a year, but Chris Baccus and I have vowed to round out our Super Bowl ‘He Said, She Said’ automotive analysis with year five. Chris was probably THE first person I collaborated when I started this blog. He and I met virtually through Twitter long before we met in person (like […]

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2015 Acura TLX

TLX vs. Sonata | Battle of the everyday drivers

One might balk at the thought of comparing an Acura with a Hyundai, but we are choosing to ponder the idea with intrigue. We attended the official launches of these two mid-size sedans months ago, but getting extra seat time in them solidified both as being worthy competitors. Let’s take a look at exactly how […]

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How I drive | Profile of Whitney Gonzalez

People spend a lot of time in their cars. According to a survey, the average American will spend 4.3 years of their life driving a car. We’ve all got different driving styles and habits, and you’ll soon learn a lot about them.

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Industry Pulse | IIHS President Lund talks vehicle safety improvements

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently spoke to a group of about 40 auto journalists as part of the Washington Automotive Press Association’s (WAPA) monthly luncheon meeting. During his presentation, IIHS President Adrian Lund shared key data points and new findings from the Institute, which helped to shed light on how safety improvements […]

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Detroit Auto Show 2015 | Green, mean and everything in-between

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger When I previewed my plans for covering the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, I talked about the show’s significance on the world stage and set my sights thusly: “I’ll be out scouring the show for the automotive world’s latest, greatest, smartest, coolest vehicles, and—because this ranks […]

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Photo Gallery | Detroit Auto Show 2015

We hit the show floor in Detroit this week to capture the latest from car manufacturers from around the world. Here are some shots from our walk through Cobo Hall. What was your favorite unveil of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show? All-new Acura NSX Mercedes-Benz GLE-CLass Coupe Buick Avenir Concept Toyota Tacoma Hyundai Santa Cruz […]

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Day Two at the Detroit Auto Show | #FordNAIAS and more

The excitement continued today at the Detroit Auto Show/#FordNAIAS. Although we were stuck in traffic for a while thanks to the pretty snow I was admiring yesterday, we were still able to catch a meet-and-greet with Ford President and CEO Mark Fields (thanks to Ford for adjusting the program schedule). As mentioned in this tweet, […]

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Day One at the Detroit Auto Show for #FordNAIAS

As expected, today was a rush! My day with Ford started by admiring the thick snow (that I didn’t have to shovel or drive in) on the way to Joe Louis Arena. Once we arrived – by “we” I mean Ford’s “digital influencers” – we proceeded to our reserved, front-and-center press conference seating. I don’t […]

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Live from #NAIAS | The 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Be Car Chic has been hitting up the Detroit Auto Show, or NAIAS, for the last five years. We are excited to be represented by an expanded team this year in the nation’s automotive capital through contributor and social media manager, Whitney Gonzalez, and our contributing editor, Bob Gritzinger (who’s no stranger to The D). […]

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5 winter weather driving tips for beginners

If you’re like me and you’ve spent the majority of your adult life in a place that doesn’t have “real winters,” you probably panic at the thought of driving in snow or on ice. If you’re a fellow Floridian, you are more than likely a master at driving in heavy rain but don’t know how […]

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Video | Melanie Batenchuk on The Bill Press Show

I went back to the studio bright and early Monday morning to catch up with Bill Press on the automotive industry. We talked about the upcoming auto show season, green car news, and Tesla’s Model X. Fast forward to the 1:38:00 mark to watch and listen via the video below (also available on Catch my […]

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2014 AAA Holiday Travel Forecast | 98.6 million Americans to hit the roads

Low gas prices and more disposable income are expected to lead to record high numbers of Americans traveling to visit family and friends this holiday season (established by AAA as Tuesday, December 23 through January 4). AAA has released its Year-End Travel Forecast, and if you’re planning to drive to see grandma this week, you’ll […]

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Stop shopping, be happy | Welcome to the all-Mazda garage

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We’ve driven and tested hundreds of cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles over the years, and we’re often asked what we’d buy. It’s not an easy question to answer, and it depends on the segment, and whether we’re talking wants vs. needs, styling vs. substance, and new vs. used vs. […]

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Nissan launches #RedThumb campaign against distracted driving

Nissan recently launched its #RedThumb campaign to discourage drivers from multitasking (i.e. texting) while driving. Teamed up with Adam Levine, the famous front man of Maroon 5 and judge on NBC’s The Voice, Nissan released this video and microsite dedicated to the cause. Aside from our obvious reasons for supporting Nissan’s initiative (and our celebrity […]

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Using Waze Smartly and Safely

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love using Waze! Hopefully, by the end of this piece, you will become a Waze believer, too. What is Waze? Waze is more than your typical navigation app. Has your GPS ever alerted you of police speed traps (not that we would ever speed) or […]

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2016 Kia Sorento | New 2.0L Turbo takes the cake

Last week, Kia launched two all-new versions of its Sorento crossover utility vehicle in the beautiful, scenic Lake Tahoe. The 2016 Kia Sorento gets a full-body makeover with offerings for every type of buyer in the mid-size CUV segment, including the price points that will attract consumers at each trim level. Overview The new Sorento […]

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Look 3: Steering the Sorento - Comfort is key when test driving a new SUV in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. Layers allow the most flexibility to adjust your temperature as the day warms up and cools down.

How to pack for a press trip in Lake Tahoe

It’s very exciting to get an invite to the lovely, scenic Lake Tahoe, California. But after the moment of bliss passed, and I had a chance to read the instructions provided by Kia, who would be hosting me, I thought, “What am I going to wear?!” The Challenge: 72 hours including travel There may be contact […]

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2015 Honda CR-V | Does a small utility vehicle get much better than this?

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributor | @bobgritzinger For the 2013 model year, Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4 shed its utilitarian, entry-ute appearance for a more stylish and aerodynamic wrapper and a much more pleasant and comfortable interior. Judging by a recent drive of a 2014 RAV4 XLE, we’d say “mission accomplished.” We certainly don’t miss that unique RAV4 […]

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Considering electric | Is the Nissan LEAF right for me?

A recent life change has me pondering the adventure of an electric vehicle. What was this massive shift in my world? I went from taking public transportation every day (bus to the metro) to walking a quarter-mile to work. I know, I realize this is an anomaly and completely unfair to those of you with treacherous […]

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