Author Archive: John Matras

John is a veteran auto writer, first published in Custom Rodder magazine in 1980. Since then, he has been published in all the big car magazines, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Auto Week, Automobile, plus a variety of others, including but certainly not limited to Automobile Quarterly, Collectible Automobile, and Special Interest Automobiles. John’s work has also been featured in a number of consumer and general interest magazines such as Consumers Digest, Popular Science and others.

John has written four books, including a history of the Mazda RX-7 (selling for more out-of-print than it did new), buyers’ guides for Mazda, Datsun/Nissan and Volvo cars, and is co-author of 365 Cars You Must Drive with Motor Trend editor Matt Stone, and his work has been translated into Italian, Estonian, Portuguese, Russian, and Bulgarian. John is recipient of the prestigious Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, awarded by the International Motor Press Association, and the Golden Quill from the Washington Automotive Press Association.

John has three adult daughters and has been married for more that four decades to Mary Ann, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Super performance on a smaller scale

2014 Ford Fiesta ST review: Super performance on a smaller scale

So your GTZLHE500MI1-R can do zero to sixty in naught-point-whatever seconds. OK, then, what are you going to do with the rest of your day? Seriously.  As enthusiasts, we at CarBuzzard are as much G-force junkies as anyone, but sometimes too much really is too much. And for those times, might we suggest the 2014 […]

July 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Jaguar XE sedan debuts in September, goes after BMW 3-Series

New Jaguar XE sedan debuts in September, goes after BMW 3-Series

Jaguar throws down the gauntlet with the Jaguar XE sedan, challenging the supremacy of the BMW 3-Series in the premium mid-size sedan market. Long anticipated, the forthcoming Jag sedan will debut in London on September 8. Although artist impressions and spy photos abound—testimony to the interest stirred by Jaguar XE—Jaguar has not released any photos […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
VW to add new mid-size SUV at Chattanooga plant; new model for U.S. market

VW to add new mid-size SUV at Chattanooga plant; new model for U.S. market

Volkswagen will build a new 7-seat mid-size SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the same plant where it currently builds the U.S.-market Volkswagen Passat. To give an idea of what the new SUV will look like, VW trotted out a picture of its CrossBlue concept, which it says will be the basis of the new vehicle. […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jeep Renegade looking good to continue Jeep sales boom

Jeep Renegade looking good to continue Jeep sales boom

Jeep sales are skyrocketing right now, with sales up 45 percent for the first half of 2014, with the Wrangler, the new Cherokee and even the venerable Compass having their best month ever. But how to keep that momentum going? Mathematics would suggest that at some point, things have to level off. But for the […]

July 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford Fiesta SE SFE review: Fuel economy at a bargain price with a three-cylinder engine

2014 Ford Fiesta SE SFE review: Fuel economy at a bargain price with a three-cylinder engine

A three-cylinder engine? Of just 1.0-liters? In the USA? Yessir. Welcome the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE with the SFE package. We’ll just call it the SFE, because that’s what was on the hatch lid, and the only way you could tell from the outside that it was anything but an ordinary Fiesta SE. But ordinary […]

July 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE review: Plug-in smoothie

2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE review: Plug-in smoothie

What we were not expecting with the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE was just how smooth it would be. It was, Steppenwolf notwithstanding, what a magic carpet ride really should be. That’s under full electric power, however, and with the battery of the plug-in hybrid fully charged, that ride will last about 20 miles—Ford says […]

July 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, low miles, garage kept, never out in the rain…

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, low miles, garage kept, never out in the rain…

Our rash prediction: In the decade hence when the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat appears on the collector car market, they’ll all have “low mileage” in their descriptions. And that will be true in 20 years, and 30 years and likely as long as private ownership of the automobile is still allowed. And that’s not […]

July 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata debuts September 3rd in simultaneous world event (video)

Next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata debuts September 3rd in simultaneous world event (video)

The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its debut on September 3 this fall as a 2016 model. Much anticipated among a loyal core of sports car enthusiasts and those who enjoy a car that’s truly—to use a phrase that’s much overused—fun to drive, the Miata will be shown in the whole […]

July 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Selling the K900: A free meal to move Kia upscale

Selling the K900: A free meal to move Kia upscale

What, if you want to reposition your product, do you do? Well, one thing is to get prospective customers to try it. And how do you get them to do that? Well, how about a free meal at an upscale restaurant. Lincoln did it with the Lincoln MKZ, for example. And Kia Motors too hopes […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

  Paranoid. That’s what a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi’ Cud makes you. Paranoid. You carefully scan the road ahead, alert for the telltale roof-mounted light bar. You watch the mirrors to see if there is a police car behind you. You check the cross streets as you pass, and examine the car alongside at a […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
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