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.
It’s been two months since we gave an update on our long-term Kia Sedona, and the love affair continues. Maybe now more than ever, since it remains an important member of this family as we move ourselves eastward. We’ve doubled our miles since the last time, and are hovering close to the 15,000 mark. We […]
While there’s a lot to be said for the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of this world, when it comes to being practical, you just can’t beat a van. Whether it’s a great minivan like our long-term Kia Sedona, a van to use for city deliveries like the Ram ProMaster City, or our latest test vehicle, the […]
While this may be the third road test of the Ram ProMaster City cargo van on CarBuzzard.com (see John’s review here, and Nick’s review here), this is the only one that actually used the cargo space to its maximum capability. Team Killeen is on the move to a new location, and we had two choices: […]
While 60 years is a drop in the bucket to the likes of Chevrolet and Ford, for Volvo it’s a big deal. This is their 60th year for Volvo Cars North America, having first appeared on the scene in 1955 with the PV444 in Los Angeles. The PV444 was modified for the U.S. market, and […]
Up until now, Kia’s had it relatively easy climbing the ladder and picking off manufacturers one by one on its rise to the top. Now that’s it’s the eighth largest automotive brand by volume, it’s going to be all uphill from here. Keep in mind we’re not saying that Kia hasn’t put in a monumental […]
Pizza, pizza, daddy-o. Remember that song from childhood? It really had nothing to do with pizza, but it’s a catchy phrase that stays with you throughout adulthood. Domino’s Pizza is trying to make sure its memory stays with you as well, long after the heartburn is gone. How? By creating this DXP pizza delivery […]
Mitsubishi is staging a comeback in the States, and is already making progress with the new Outlander, which saw an 86 percent jump in sales over last year at this time. The brand has only a small offering of vehicles, with the compact Mirage, Outlander and Outlander sport crossovers, and it’s staple sedan, the Lancer. […]
A short three months ago we were talking about how much we loved the Kia Sedona MPV, and now that we’re halfway through our long-term loan, we still think the world of this family mover and people hauler. So many adventures have occurred since our last update. We took a trip to Reno, Nevada, we […]
Sure, new cars are introduced everyday, but does anyone really care that a new electric subcompact goes on sale? Not really. But when Rolls-Royce launches a new vehicle, it’s extraordinary. Called Dawn, the new drophead is a four-seater going after the young, affluent, “social” buyer, and even the CEO of Rolls, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, calls the […]
Flying across country from Los Angeles to Detroit only to turn around and fly home again the next day may not sound like fun, but if there was ever a good reason to do it, the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) 2016 full-line preview is it. Once a year FCA gathers all its vehicle brands at […]