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.


Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen's Touareg crossover SUV fills an unusual spot in its segment: it's priced and outfitted almost like a luxury brand, but its Volkswagen badge doesn't have the cachet of, say, Mercedes-Benz. With a nameplate that debuted more than a decade ago, the Touareg was redesigned for the 2011 model...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen CC 4-door Sedan DSG Sport Side Exterior View
Volkswagen CC

The Volkswagen CC is a four-door sedan that joined the VW lineup in the 2009 model year. It's what VW calls a "coupe-like" sedan that slots between the Jetta and Passat sedans in its current U.S. lineup. Now in its ninth model year, the CC shares underpinnings with the previous-generation Passat...Read More»

2017 Nissan Quest S CVT Side Exterior View
Nissan Quest

The Nissan Quest is the Japanese automaker's minivan. The nameplate was introduced for the 1993 model year, and since then, the Quest badge has been applied to three very different generations of people haulers—although all of them have been minivans. With the Quest, Nissan offers a vehicle...Read More»

2017 Buick Verano 4-door Sedan Leather Group Side Exterior View
Buick Verano

The Buick Verano is a compact four-door sedan. New for the 2012 model year, the Verano heads off into the sunset with a short 2017 run before being dropped from Buick's lineup. The model lineup is simplified for those final few cars, and the likeable turbocharged engine is no longer available. The...Read More»

2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription
2017 Volvo S90

The 2017 Volvo S90 sedan arrives to replace the S80 in the Swedish automaker’s lineup. Though, it’s more than that; Volvo is starting over, with the S90—built on a new platform, with new engines under the hood, a new design concept, and virtually no carryover pieces...Read More»

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»

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