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.

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2015 Jeep Renegade first drive: The past is present in the future

2015 Jeep Renegade first drive: The past is present in the future

Let’s play a game. You’ve recently been hired as a designer at FCA, and have been assigned the Jeep division, tasked with creating a new, small SUV. You’re must be creative, but it’s mandatory you also incorporate all the design cues that make it instantly identifiable as a Jeep vehicle. What do you do? Chances […]

January 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

While everyone was running from press conference to press conference trying to get photos of all the new vehicles and concepts coming to showrooms soon, one small area behind the FCA stand caught our attention, and we had to stop for a moment to remember the past before returning to the future. What we’re talking […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

Once again, auto manufacturers brought a lot of eye candy to Cobo Center for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, fondly called NAIAS. By the time the snow had cleared, we saw 55 vehicle introductions, walked over 15 miles of convention center aisles and, according to the NAIAS website, drank thousands of bottles of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

Subaru is an interesting brand; it’s perfectly content to sit out of the limelight as grab enough attention to be successful. While Ford, and GM and FCA fight it out year after year for total dominance, Subaru (much like Kia) continues to plod along, slowly climbing in sales. I’ll bet if we asked you where […]

January 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: sleeping better at night

2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: sleeping better at night

We are a country of worriers. We worry if we have enough money to cover the mortgage each month. We worry if the cat gets sick. We worry when we have to fly internationally. And we especially worry when a loved one is driving on the freeway. At night. In bad weather. We know most […]

December 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Long and Winding Kia Road: celebrating 20 years of success

The Long and Winding Kia Road: celebrating 20 years of success

There are a couple of automotive manufacturers celebrating milestone anniversaries this year: Lexus is one, and Kia is another. But while Lexus already had a strong presence in the U.S. with Toyota, Kia started from scratch. And what it has accomplished in 20 years is a testament to good management, hard work, and a firm […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

Although co-Buzzard David Boldt gave us a preview of the next-gen Ford Edge midsize crossover last July (read about it here), more details have been shared with the press. The Edge is the next step up in size from the Escape, and Ford calls it the midsize crossover. Since its launch in 2006 as an […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Here we go again, folks. First Infiniti did the big switcheroo, going from a series of vehicles badged G, M, FX to Qs. Now Mercedes-Benz is messing with the alphabet. The company announced today that it was rebadging the entire lineup of vehicles so customers can more easily understand the model and engine propulsion choice […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

In over a century of automobile production, only a handful of vehicles have become legendary. Say the name Mustang, Corvette, or Challenger, and people know exactly what you’re talking about. But while these and a few other nameplates have reached legendary status, a short list of engines can make that same claim. Say Cleveland 351 […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

There are few things more satisfying than driving a high-performance vehicle in the way for which it is intended. We recently had a chance to spend some time with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC lineup, including the RC 350, RC 350 F-Sport, and performance-focused RC-F. Lexus was smart enough to know that, while the RC […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
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