Home » Author Archives: James Raia

Author Archives: James Raia

Wild and crazy car colors at the 2014 LA Auto Show

The Lime Green 2015 Chevy Spark wasn't even the brightest color at the LA Auto Show.

Most car buyers play it safe when it comes to car colors. White is the most popular exterior color, followed by black, silver and gray. Boring, right? But many manufacturers, seeking to appeal to young buyers, also offer limited edition to full-fledged models with wild color patterns — Plasma Purple to Tangerine Scream and Bronze ... Read More »

Women of the LA Auto Show: Sexy, smart, fun

A product specialist at the LA Auto Show next to the new SRT Viper.

The tradition of car show product  specialists, including the women of the LA Auto Show, dates to the 1930s. The attractive young women do what they do while standings in front of new model cars. Books have been written about the tradition and a feature about the young women was featured as a segment on ... Read More »

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata: rough, tough roadster endures

2015 Mazda Miata

Now beginning its second quarter century, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata retains its long-time status as fairly priced, fun-to-drive, two-seat sports car. The formula has worked so well, it’s the best-selling roadster in history. The Miata had its top sales year in 2006 (nearly 17,000) with subsequent sales in some years falling drastically. Beyond trim ... Read More »

The Family of Prius, hybrid cars still dominate

Wild exterior color for Toyota Prius concept car.

The Toyota Prius wasn’t the first hybrid vehicle in the United States. That honor belongs to the Honda Insight. But the Prius, which debuted a few months later, has been the most successful alternative fuel car in the United States — by a substantial margin — since its unveiling in 2000. In the past 15 ... Read More »