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.
Always check your email. While most of your inbox may be filled with advertisements and spam, once in a while there’s a pony buried under all that manure. In this case it wasn’t just a pony; it was a thoroughbred. I’m talking about the Bentley Continental GT V8. As freelance writers, we understand the pecking [...]
With the introduction of the K900, Kia is making a big, bold statement. As a car company, Kia has been around for over 40 years. In the United States, however, it’s been selling vehicles for half that time. But what it has accomplished in those two decades has been impressive. Kia started life in the [...]
There’s enough misery and suffering in this world. We watch it night after night on the news, and go to bed wondering where we can find some joy to take away the pain. For those who own a Fiat 500 Abarth, the pain disappears the minute they get behind the wheel to go to [...]
We can’t wait for the day when the powers that be decide to move the Chicago Auto Show to sometime in August, but, until then, journalists braved the sub-zero temperatures and the bitter winds to see what fun and exciting vehicles awaited them in the third biggest city in America. While this show isn’t known [...]
It’s painful to watch a good car manufacturer go through hard times. Volvo has been in turmoil for a while, first by being allowed to languish under the Ford umbrella, then by being snatched up by Geely Holdings in China. Volvo also has gone through its share of executives lately. Throw in a lack of [...]
2015 Chrysler 200 Of all the cars for sale, we can honestly say the 200 was near the bottom of the barrel. For 2015, it moves close to the top of the midsize sedan mountain. The new 200 is a complete turnaround from the previous model, and we could not be happier about [...]
I’m sure that the Durango commercials starring Ron Burgundy have generated a lot of attention for the vehicle, but we’re old school; we’d prefer to hear about the features of the car instead of watching it get pelted by eggs. It does the Durango a great disservice, as this is a wonderful redo of Dodge’s [...]
A while ago, Volkswagen announced that it was aiming for world domination — at least in the automotive realm. With 10 models and infinite variations of each, it had good reason to believe it could unseat Toyota or the General in terms of worldwide sales. Worldwide through November of 2013, VW has sold over [...]
It’s always hard when we lose a CEO we like. John Krafcik, whose contract with Hyundai expires on December 31, 2013, is leaving, as his contract was not renewed. Krafcik, who came to Hyundai by way of Ford and GM, either happened to be at the right place at the right time, or knew what [...]
Being an automotive designer can’t be an easy task. Not only do you have to guess what the customer will think is attractive years from today, but you also have to incorporate the marque’s traditional design cues with a contemporary slant. Choose the wrong taillamps, make a shoulder too weak, and all your hard work [...]