Author Archive | Bill Griffith

Roger Barr, ace mechanic on Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars.”

Roger Sets the Bar High on Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars”

By Bill Griffith PORTLAND, CT—You know him as “Roger,” the sometimes funny, sometimes curmudgeonly (and often both) 82-year-old ace mechanic on Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars.” He plays off show centerpiece Wayne Carini so well that you are immediately drawn into the nitty, gritty of the mechanical fixes. How well? So well that Roger rates an […]

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Technology Meets Design – Innovation Results

When technology meets design, innovation often results, and the technology opens new avenues for designers. That was a recurring message as high tech and design representatives from the worlds of art, education, and automotive manufacturing assembled at MIT’s Media Lab on May 26. The event was the 6th annual New England Motor Press Association MIT […]

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John Bozzella, President & CEO, Global Automakers

Getting Amped Up on EVs … and Where They’re Headed

By Bill Griffith Electric vehicles are steadily proliferating —at least 27 now are listed at mor-ev.org, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts list of vehicles eligible for EV rebates. The future of the EV movement—including all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, fuel cells and zero-emission motorcycles—was the topic of the 5th annual NEMPA MIT Technology Conference held at the […]

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Aspirations Into Action

JOHN BOZZELLA, president and CEO of Global Automakers, briefs the New England Motor Press Association on the status of ZEVs (zero emissions vehicles). By Bill Griffith John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers, drove his own brand new (picked up at dealer’s en route) Acura TSX to Automation Headquarters on Oct. 16 to brief […]

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On September 30, the day before the ambitiously refreshed King of the Compact SUVs hit dealer showrooms, Honda brought a 2015 CR-V to Automotion HQ to introduce it to NEMPA. Neither the weather nor the traffic, both of which had turned nasty on Boston’s ring roads, discouraged members, who came to see the new Honda and also Automotion boss John Lawlor, who now has a leg to stand on, thanks to recent knee replacement.

2015 Honda CR-V bows at NEMPA

On September 30, the day before the ambitiously refreshed King of the Compact SUVs hit dealer showrooms, Honda brought a 2015 CR-V to Automotion HQ to introduce it to NEMPA. Neither the weather nor the traffic, both of which had turned nasty on Boston’s ring roads, discouraged members, who came to see the new Honda […]

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New Renegade to expand market for Jeep

New Renegade to expand market for Jeep

By Bill Griffith; photos by Bill Griffith, Kamil Kaluski, Josh Merva, Rich Taber Jeep has been so active with NEMPA this year that Lisa (“Wheels”) Barrow—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ East Coast communications czarina—joked that she might have to find an apartment up here. Maybe it’s paying off. Jeep’s July sales in New England were up 51 […]

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