Author Archive: BJ Killeen
BJ, one of the first female automotive journalists in the country, has been testing and writing about automobiles for almost three decades. A former Road Test Editor for Motor Trend magazine. BJ now freelances for numerous automotive titles and websites. She is the Road Test Editor and co-host of “Driver’s Talk” Radio, a simultaneous vodcast/broadcast that is heard in over a dozen markets across the country as well as on the internet and Stitcher.
BJ is a multiple winner of the prestigious IAMC awards, including the “Best of Radio,” and has served as a judge on numerous automotive competitions, including Concept Vehicle of the Year.
A big racing fan, her love of automobiles started early, having been exposed to the field through her father, who owned an assortment of collector classics, such as a ’61 Austin-Healey 3000, a ’641⁄2 Mustang, and other vehicles. BJ, a native Southern Californian, is married to automotive photographer Scott Killeen, and is a two-year past president of the Motor Press Guild, the organization that represents almost 900 automotive journalists and industry representatives across the country.
BJ and Scott (Team Killeen), are publishers of the BUILD BOOK, a serial publication that follows the build of one custom vehicle from start to finish.
As far as jobs go, being responsible for reinventing a legendary vehicle like the Ford Mustang on its 50th anniversary ranks right up there in stress levels with being the brain surgeon for the president of the United States or an experimental atom bomb physicist. One wrong decision, and it’s all over. Maybe not to [...]
The Los Angeles Auto Show gets bigger and carries more weight than ever before. In Part I, we brought you the green vehicles, concepts, and supercars. Part II is all about production-ready vehicles that will be on sale between now and next fall. Quite a selection, from luxury sedans to convertibles to crossovers. Production Ready [...]
The first car show of the season starts early, as in November, and happens in the car culture capital of America, Los Angeles. This year, more manufacturers introduced the press to a variety of new models never before seen in North America or the world. We’ve divided the introductions into segments that made sense to [...]
There’s a big war in the auto industry heading this way, and it may be the first time you’ve heard about it. You already know that the market for full-size pickups is cutthroat, and you’re more than aware that the fight for the midsize sedan crown has been raging for decades, but the newest [...]
It must have been hard for the Jeep team to sit and watch the other manufacturers sell the snot out of their compact SUVs, knowing it had nothing to offer that fast-growing segment of consumers. Ford Escape, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4 and even Subaru were snagging sales that could have gone to a new Jeep [...]
There’s no question Kia Motors America is riding high right now. The company is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years. For 2012, Kia surpassed the half-million vehicles sold mark for the first time ever. It’s even listed as one of the top 100 [...]
There’s nothing more American than baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and…well you’ve heard it many times…Chevrolet. To prove it’s deeply woven into the American fabric, Chevrolet has worked its way into baseball stadiums all across the U.S. In Los Angeles, California, also known as Dodgertown, Chevrolet has been quite generous with its promotions. Just [...]
If you ever wondered why the World Series always goes seven games, it’s because — as my father-in-law once said — they gotta sell the hot dogs. This is true whether its baseball or car safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just announced another “test” for vehicles in which they rate [...]
Oh the humanity! Has Subaru lost its mind? We thought it got all this high-speed, dust-throwing, fuel-burning, anti-environment-thinking craziness out of its system with the WRX STI. Maybe not. Or maybe, just maybe, Subaru has found a way to deliver all the fun handling of the WRX with a fuel-economy-friendly engine. We tend to agree [...]
Hard to believe we already are talking about 2015 models, but if you’ve got to start somewhere, start with a vehicle that makes a bold statement. Which is exactly what GMC did by inviting the press to take a first look at its new Yukon full-size SUV family. For 2015, the Yukon (sister vehicle to [...]