My Dinner With BMW Product People

While in Vegas on BMW's dime to drive the new 2 series and 4 series convertible, I managed to accomplish my two favorite things to do in Vegas: visit America's only full-release Gertrude Stein-impersonating masseuse, and ask a bunch of dumb questions to car company bigshots. Here's how it went down. The car part, I… » 1/23/14 4:00pm 1/23/14 4:00pm

Four Things The Sales Director Of McLaren Says The Company Won't Do

Before I ended up in Microsoft Jail, I was having a grand time at the Forza 5 event talking to Greg Levine, McLaren's director of sales and marketing. What a guy like Mr.Levine really needs is lots of incredible/inane suggestions from a guy like me, so I was happy to help him out. » 6/14/13 4:12pm 6/14/13 4:12pm

My Dinner With Some More Fiat Engineers

While I was testing the Fiat 500e, I found myself once again fortunate enough to be able to share a meal with some of Chrysler/Fiat's engineers and designers. As always, I took advantage of the opportunity to propose some ideas for cars that fit into my own perverse agenda, and I got some quality feedback. » 4/17/13 6:07pm 4/17/13 6:07pm

My Dinner With Hyundai Product People

This past week, Hyundai brought me and a bunch of other auto journalists to a fancy, wood-slathered resort in San Diego to show off some of the new cars they've been building like the Veloster Turbo. As you'd expect, they did lots of feeding of us hungry, hungry writers. I took advantage of the opportunity with the… » 6/29/12 2:00pm 6/29/12 2:00pm

My Dinner With Some Scion Product Development People

I was out in Vegas this week, driving a certain rear-wheel drive Scion I'll be talking about in much more detail next week. While there, I had a chance to sit with some product development guys from Scion and Toyota. As I always do in these situations, I took advantage of the chance to tell them about all my amazing… » 4/20/12 12:00pm 4/20/12 12:00pm

My Dinner With A Fiat/Chrysler Engineer

While out in Vegas to review the Fiat 500 Abarth, one exciting moment was that they had captive drivetrain engineers there to answer questions and explain things. So, one night at dinner, thanks to a cunning arrangement of tables as obstacles and excellent seafood buffet access, I was able to corner one and make him… » 3/08/12 12:00pm 3/08/12 12:00pm