North American Truck of the Year: 2015 Ford F-150

North America’s Best | Ford F-150 & Volkswagen Golf

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We channel what’s good and not-so-good with the tip of the spear this year I’ll admit to being somewhat surprised that Ford didn’t sweep the North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year awards for 2015, with the Mustang and F-150 taking top honors. I was half right, […]

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How I Drive | Profile of Mazda’s Tamara “Tami” Mlynarczyk

Want to get the skinny on the newest and most exciting developments taking place at Mazda USA? Tami’s your girl! She’s been representing the automaker for over a decade as their Manager of Public Affairs and you’ll likely see her contact information on most Mazda press releases that cross the wire. Without further ado, let’s […]

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2015 Audi Q3 stands tall from any angle.

Clash of the Crossovers | Mercedes GLA vs Audi Q3

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger We pit MB’s GLA against Audi’s Q3 Welterweights fight it out in the entry luxury class One of the fiercest battles for automotive supremacy rages between the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA and 2015 Audi Q3—two of the latest entries in the industry’s hottest segment of entry-level luxury crossovers. Other […]

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Driving Mazda’s CX-9 | Function for the whole family

Last refreshed for model year 2013, Mazda’s CX-9 has become a fan favorite, providing a just-right blend of practicality, function and value. We first laid eyes on the company’s seven-seater in December 2012 during a private media preview of the car. Then, it was evident that the CX-9 would be a great value for families […]

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How I Drive | Profile of Bob Gritzinger, Contributing Editor

Bob has been part of the Be Car Chic team since the summer of 2014. He is a well-known automotive journalist and all-around great guy. Hailing from Michigan, Bob most definitely knows his cars. Let’s see what his driving style is all about… How I Drive | Bob Gritzinger Location: Lake Orion, Michigan Daily Driver: […]

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2015 Kia Soul EV | Life outside California

The week I spent with the 2015 Kia Soul EV had to be the coldest, most blustery week of this winter season in D.C. Living in a metropolitan area, just because you own a house does not mean you have a garage for your car. I was nervous about how well the Kia would do […]

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How I Drive | Profile of TFL Car’s Emme Hall

We’re introducing you to Emme Hall, Video Host and Reviewer at TFL Car. Emme also drives in desert races – check out her revved-up driving style!

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Autos 0-60 with Becarchic

Melanie Batenchuk | Autos 0-60 with Javier Mota

Be Car Chic founder & editor, Melanie Batenchuk, recently was interviewed by Javier Mota of Autos 0-60 on his weekly Sirius XM radio program on Channel 153. Javier asked her about the changing landscape of automotive media and what her role has been in helping to transform that, what’s so desirable about being a social […]

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Chevy Cruze Diesel was a long-distance road warrior.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel | Cruisin’ USA

By BOB GRITZINGER, Contributing Editor | @bobgritzinger For some time now, I’ve been intrigued by the long-distance road-trip potential of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. So when the folks from Made Across America asked if I could drive the car round-trip from Detroit to Washington, D.C., I jumped at the opportunity. Made Across America Made […]

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Subaru Legacy 5

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is steady, reliable and fun

I first learned about Subaru while working at a car dealership in Chapel Hill, NC during college. We had several import brands, and I knew the least about this Japanese car. Thankfully, I had a few Subaru salesmen friends who were passionate about these vehicles – come to think of it, every Subie salesman I […]

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How I Drive | Profile of Melanie Batenchuk, Be Car Chic founder & editor

This week, in our “How I Drive” series, we’re checking out the driving style of our awesome founder and editor, Melanie Batenchuk! From working at the dealership level to serving as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) for two terms, Melanie sets the stage for women in the automotive industry. Have a question […]

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Secy. Foxx with Eric Schmidt

Talks at Google | Sec. Foxx on #BeyondTraffic

Transportation Secretary Foxx held a town hall meeting, or a virtual fireside chat, with Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt yesterday to discuss the department’s 30-year plan to boost transportation infrastructure and offerings to America’s growing urban populations. Here are a few highlights from watching the live stream video. At time of publication, a recording of […]

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The Blue Paper

Read DOT’s #BeyondTraffic plan

Transportation Secretary Foxx unveiled his 30-year plan for the framework for transportation infrastructure between now and the year 2045 during a Talks at Google event today, a town hall format that brings both in-person guests and virtual guests together to hear from a special guest. Sitting on stage with Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, Secy. […]

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DOT BeyondTraffic

DOT launches #BeyondTraffic | 30-year framework plan

Today, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will hold a town hall meeting at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley to announce the agency’s “Beyond Traffic” initiative. Slated as a discussion on his 30-year plan for the framework of our future transportation choices, Secy. Foxx looks to get out in front of technologies such as […]

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FIAT 500X Super Bowl AD

Super Bowl Auto Ads 2015 | 5th Annual “He Said, She Said” Analysis with Chris Baccus

Chris Baccus and I are back with what will be our final analysis of the auto ads found in the world’s most watched football game. Now that other outlets are covering car companies’ use of major advertising dollars, we’re going to bow out on a high note and a round number. As mentioned in our […]

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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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