Bengt Halvorson, Senior Editor

Bengt is the Editor of Green Car Reports and is Internet Brands Automotive Group’s Senior Editor specializing in green vehicle coverage. He has been reporting on cars and the auto industry for more than 20 years, and efficiency concerns, policy, and electric-car enthusiasm from Portland for nearly as long. Bengt has written for many news, technology, and lifestyle outlets, consulted on powertrain tech, tracked collector-car prices, led panels about electric vehicles, and won awards for his coverage of consumer affairs. He holds degrees in Applied Physics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and was, earlier in his career, a writer at the UK publication Autocar and an editor at Automobile Magazine. Bengt was most recently the environmental editor for Car and Driver, where he helped to nudge the gearhead/enthusiast publication toward greater EV awareness. Prior to that he was a part of this group’s predecessor, High Gear Media (and also of Green Car Reports’ inception). Bengt also serves as a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year accolades.

Articles

2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage isn’t quite the most spacious, the sharpest-performing, or the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. But it’s shaping up to be the one that’s just right—sporty-driving, but without a sacrifice in ride; versatile and accommodating in all...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento

Last year the Kia Sorento received a full redesign, with completely new sheet metal, a new body structure, a newly available turbocharged inline-4 engine, plus modest gains in interior space and major gains in general cabin comfort and ride quality. The catch was that the Kia Sorento...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid builds on a strong reputation in the form of handsome, economical Optima sedan. It doesn't have as much in its favor when talk turns to the last-generation Optima Hybrid, which wasn't as smooth or as efficient as the best hybrids in the mid-size sedan niche...Read More»

2017 Toyota Highlander
2017 Toyota Highlander

A somewhat more aggressive look, more power, an improved set of safety features, and a new sportier SE model highlight the changes Toyota is ushering in for its spacious crossover utility vehicle, the 2017 Highlander. The SE joins LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC was known as the SLK until just last year, nomenclature it wore for nearly two decades. With its name change, it gets a mild facelift and a reconfigured lineup with two variants: the Mercedes-Benz SLC300 and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43. Just as the SLK, the SLC...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

As the smallest sedan in the three-pointed star's ever-growing family, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA continues to woo a different kind of buyer than those who have traditionally sought and owned the German automaker’s big, rather conservative sedans and purposeful utility vehicles...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Nearly every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz model lineup has become a little more emphatic and expressive over the past year or two; and with the arrival of a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL lineup, the same applies to the luxury automaker's classic two-seater. Not quite a sports car, but...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Sonic
2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic was a fresh nameplate four years ago—and in the U.S. the new path made a lot of sense, as it was refined, sporty, and far more safety-minded about-face from the Aveo that it replaced. Now, with the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, the automaker is revisiting and...Read More»

2017 BMW 7-Series
2017 BMW 7-Series

You can count on the BMW 7-Series to make a technological leap with each of its generations. And with the latest sixth-generation models that made their debut last year, the 7-Series is certainly no exception, as it benefits from some engineering lessons learned, inside and underneath...Read More»

2017 Cadillac XT5
2017 Cadillac XT5

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the successor to the GM luxury brand's smallest SUV, the SRX. New this model year, it's a design that lays some heavy bets on lighter-weight construction, a library-themed interior, and other upscale cues that Cadillac hopes will lure away buyers from the likes...Read More»

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