Author Archives: James Raia

Cars of the Tour de France, old and new

A vintage team car from the Tour de France.

Bugatti, Citroën, Peugeot and Renault are current major car automakers in France. And with the exception of Bugatti, the French highways and country roads are often crowded with offerings from the other three carmakers now all more than 100 years old. Skoda, the Czechoslovakian carmaker, is the official car supplier of the Tour de France. ... Read More »

REVIEW: 2015 Lexus NX has wild, fun new look

The intuitively designed interior on the 2015 Lexus NX lineup.

The 2015 Lexus NX, the new entry level sport utility vehicle from the upscale division of Toyota, will debut in the United States in December in two versions. The NX stands for “Nimble Crossover.” It fits. The NX 200t has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The NX 300h hybrid will features a new transmission that ... Read More »

Rare Corvair once deemed unsafe now collectors’ car

Interior styling of the 1964 Chevrolet Corvair.

The Chevrolet Corvair has a unique status in automotive history. It was named car of the year. It was once defined as unsafe at any speed. And it was the first American-designed, mass-produced passenger car to feature a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Produced in model years 1960 to 1969 and featuring an air-cooled rear-mounted flat-six engine, ... Read More »

PREVIEW: 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has a short-shift, six-speed gearbox.

The redesigned 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5, the fourth generation of the best-selling sports car in history, will debut simultaneously at three international events. In addition to debuts in Spain and Japan, the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, will be unveiled Sept. 3 at an exclusive event in Monterey, California. The new Mazda Miata MX-5 ... Read More »