Author Archive: Bradley Berman
In the early 1960s, a brand new Rolls-Royce cost about $8,000. Five decades later, when fully restored to its original grandeur, this 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II is listed on eBay for a cool half-mil. Why is it fetching such a price?
The founders of Green Day, the hard-rocking California band, love cool cars almost as much as blasting out their unique punk-pop blend. But rock stars can be, well, excessive. So before long, the band’s fleet of collector and sports cars, according to a 2012 report in the New Zealand Herald, grew beyond 100 vehicles. That’s […]
Auto executives from Audi, Nissan and Mercedes predict that self-driving cars will be on the road around 2020. But the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology will come first, not to passenger cars, but to the commercial big rigs running on U.S. highways. That became clear to me last week when I saw Mark Alvick, director […]
Bids on a stylish 1967 Maserati Mistral coupe have tripled on eBay Motors in the last two days, reaching beyond $90,000. That’s not surprising when you consider how the rare model—only about 825 of the coupes were made—recently reemerged after 27 years of cold dry storage. Stephen Golde, an Arizona-based Roll-Royce mechanic, hired by the […]
Our post-post-modern age is subject to all kinds of ambiguities, sub-niches, gender-bending and confusion. In that sense, the BMW X4 that we recently drove for a week is a product of our times. It’s a coupe-like luxury crossover. For us, as delightful as the acceleration and handling was—after all, it’s a Bimmer—we could never quite figure out what segment of vehicle we were driving.
Hyundai unveiled a redesigned version of its Sonata Hybrid sedan today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a 10 percent jump in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model, which gets 38 mpg. The boost will allow the Sonata Hybrid to compete head-to-head with […]
General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned 2016 Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack.