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.
In addition to introducing the 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack in Seattle, VW also brought out its full lineup of vehicles for 2017. Since there were many cars but not much time, we split up the task. Ron Moorhead covers the rest in Part II. Volkswagen #Pink Beetle and #Pink Beetle Convertible You definitely know social media […]
By BJ Killeen and Ron Moorhead Volkswagen has been in the news a lot lately, and as you know, it hasn’t been all good. We can fill you in on the business side when you read our Volkswagen Full Line Preview story, but here is where we’re going to focus strictly on reviewing the all-new […]
We love reporting on the good that automotive manufacturers do instead of all the bad that the public enjoys more than it should. To that end, Mazda has a charitable event it sponsors every year to raise money for a host of charities. Called “Mazda Drive for Good,” it donates $150 for every Mazda purchased […]
The end of an era may be a cliché, but in this case, it’s appropriate. The Mitsubishi Lancer moniker has been around in one form or another since 1973, with over six million units sold. The Evo, short for evolution model, was originally designed for the Japanese domestic market (JDM), but the gray market for […]
Kia’s new Sportage is much like the company overall: on a roll. Sales numbers have almost doubled year over year, and while the Sportage may not be up there with the likes of established, cemented vehicles like the Honda CR-V or Ford Escape, a lot of buyers are understanding that the Kia offers a […]
Have you ever wanted to say I told you so? Of course you have. We all have, and most of us have said it once or 100 times. Sure, it’s smug, but those who say it mean they we’re right about something that hadn’t happened yet. Well, we’ve been saying for the past 16 months […]
We’ve put 10,000 miles on our long-term Kia Sedona since our last update here at Carbuzzard.com. It hasn’t been that long between write ups; we just really, really, really love driving this multi-purpose (don’t call it a mini) van. During that period, we’ve completed its 22,000-mile service (next one due at 30,000), replaced a […]
The automotive industry is a lot like the fashion world; to quote Heidi Klum, “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” The Volvo XC60 is a lot like the designer who got kicked off Project Runway, not because he wasn’t good, but because he wasn’t as good or better than the others. […]
Not that long ago, we spent a few really cold days in Tahoe, California, driving around in the new Kia Sorento. And while initial impressions are good, we like to get the vehicle back for an extended drive to see if what we liked the first time around holds up when we actually use for […]
How do you top the popularity of the Toyota Prius? By creating the Prius Prime, the most technologically advanced Prius in the vehicle’s history, according to Toyota. At an estimated 120 MPGe, the Prius Prime now tops all other PHEVs on the market today. The Prius Prime even beats the previous Prius PHEV for […]
It appears that the Acura brand has had a major infusion of life recently, fueled by the all-new NSX supercar. To prove that Acura is all about precision performance, the NSX GT3 racecar made its official debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. For those not familiar with racing outside of NASCAR, […]
It’s hard to believe that Acura, the luxury division of Honda, came into existence 30 years ago. We remember the Acura Legend, and back then questioned the logic behind this. Would people really pay more for a tarted-up Honda? The answer was yes, and Acura is responsible for all the second-channel divisions from the Japanese […]