2017 Washington Automotive Press Association Rally Highlights

The Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) held it's annual rally on October 12th on Kent Island Md at the Inn at the Chesapeake Beach Club.  WAPA and about 30 sponsors made the event possible.  About 200 automotive journalists and influencers we are able to drive and photograph about 55 vehicles that covered nearly every market segment from the Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge to a more affordable Kia Rio.  The only problem was that one day is not enough time to try them all; but everyone did their best.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD - A Strong Contender

I spent a week getting to know the all new 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD compact crossover decked out in Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Parchment Leather.  The CX-5 is Mazda’s sales leader and a player in the highly competitive compact crossover market.  Does the 2017 CX-5 deliver what it takes to continue to lead sales in the Mazda line up and beat out the competition for market share?  Is the CX-5 a contender?

Cool picks from the Chicago Auto Show

I attended the Chicago Auto Show media preview on February 9th and 10th and got to hear from automobile manufacturers and sample vehicles ranging from family haulers to supercars.  The nation’s largest auto show was in the nation’s largest convention center, McCormick Place, that boasts 5 indoor test tracks.  The show ran from February 11th to the 20th.  

I picked a cool hybrid, fast and sexy SUV and an updated favorite for this piece.

Chrysler Pacifica

Maserati Lavante

Subaru Legacy

Cover photo is courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Presenting the 2017 Washington DC Auto Show!

2017 Washington Auto Show: Check out the latest vehicles and advanced technologies that will be showcased at the 2017 @WashAutoShow, January 27 to February 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Kimatni Rawlins @ARtvKimatni of @AutomotiveRhythms introduces the innovative products you must see in our nation's capital with the latest SUV trends, exotics, crossovers, concept cars and luxury vehicles, as well as the landscape of alternative fuel products and connectivity for 2017 and beyond. Last but not least they will be painting art cars live at#AutomotiveRhythms 2nd Annual#ARTofMotion exhibit throughout the show. Please join us!

2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0L EcoBoost: Game On!

Experienced by Marvin Bowser

The Escape is Ford’s second best seller trailing only the venerable F-150 pickup truck. It’s also one of the market leaders in the very hot and highly competitive compact-crossover segment. Ford decided to “refresh” the 2017 Escape by adding a new, masculine grille, exterior detailing, technology and two newfangled EcoBoost engines. Will these enhancements be enough to maintain or improve the Escape’s sales leadership position? We think so.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Top Down in the Lowcountry

What can I say, it was a special day where I had the chance to evaluate a set of joyous vehicles on the open road to replicate the daily itinerary of the active “two car” family during Mazda’s Southern Escape held at Montage Palmetto Bluff, a luxury resort in the Lowcountry between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. The property is nestled within a 20,000-acre forest surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront (May River) with massive, live oaks draped in Spanish moss dominating the picturesque landscape.

2016 Mazda CX-9: Premium Family Focus at Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort

It was a beautiful few days in South Carolina where Mazda structured their Active Lifestyle Drive Program so the press could experience a cadre of their latest products. I first focused on an adventure in the all-new 2016 CX-9 SUV from the beautiful Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort to Sea Pines Resort, in Hilton Head Island, SC. The family and fitness activity of choice for me was the art of kayaking which paired perfectly with the CX-9 and its active and daring traits.

Classic car suprise

I was on business travel in rural Virginia in May.  After completing work for the day, we had to drive almost an hour to reach the closest chain hotel (really rural).  I was delighted to find these precious examples of American automotive excellence in the parking lot of the Kilmarnock Va Holiday Inn.  The local community was hosting a parade the next day.  Unfortunately we left the area early to get back to work.