John Rettie, Editor

An internationally renowned automotive writer and consultant, John Rettie has managed to pack a wide range of experiences into his career since leaving university 29 years ago. Following a two-year stint as assistant editor on an auto magazine in England, he became a freelance writer and photographer. He traveled the world extensively between 1973 and 1985, covering auto races, product launches and numerous other aspects of the auto industry. He helped found and was president of Deitrich, Ober and Rettie Inc., a small, six-person public relations and advertising agency (Gardena, California), between 1976 and 1986, with several clients in the auto industry, including BFGoodrich, Cosworth and Chevrolet. During that period, John also worked as technical editor on Hot VWs magazine. In 1985, Mr. Rettie started working for Ward's Communications as the West Coast bureau chief. Following his stint with Ward's, he joined J.D. Power and Associates as senior editor of three newsletters in 1988 before being promoted to editorial director in 1990. Between 1990 and 1993, he also wrote a weekly road-test column for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. After nine years at J.D. Power and Associates, John returned to working as an independent writer and photographer in 1997.

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2002 Paris Show, Part IV
2002 Paris Show, Part IV

The Paris Auto Show press days are over, but you can revisit our 2002 Paris Show index of coverage for all the news from the City of Lights. Quite a crowd was gathered around the Delphi display at the biannual Paris auto show this year. It’s pretty unusual for a supplier to attract a crowd at one...Read More»

2001 Porsche 911 Turbo engine
2001 Tokyo Show, Part II

UPDATED 10/28/01 2001 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/22/2001) Nobody was quite sure what the mood would be at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show, coming just six weeks after the horrific events of Sept. 11, which happened on the first media day at the Frankfurt show. Coupled with the uncertainty of...Read More»

Frankfurt Auto Show 2001
2001 Frankfurt Auto Show I

2001 Frankfurt Auto Show IndexTalk about the '01 Frankfurt show here! When the doors opened for the media days at the biannual Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA), optimism was in evidence if not buoyant. Despite the potential of a global recession, a majority of manufacturers were positive about the future...Read More»

2016 Kia Optima
1999 Tokyo Motor Show, Part II

HONDA FCX A full-size fuel-cell vehicle, there’s plenty of room in the FCX since its very thin fuel cells are stored beneath the floor. The short hood gives the car a dramatic cab-forward stance; inside, the FCX has delicately shaped seats and a futuristic digital dashboard. HONDA SPOCKET From...Read More»

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