Gary Witzenburg, Editor

A former auto engineer, race driver and advanced technology vehicle test and development manager, Gary Witzenburg has been writing about automobiles, auto people and the auto industry for 17 years. He has been a regular contributor to a wide variety of national magazines including Playboy, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Autoweek and Automobile Quarterly and has authored seven automotive books. He is currently a Contributing Editor/Writer for Kelley Blue Book, The Robb Report, and in addition to


2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix Road Test
2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix Road Test

Not long ago, as part of a review of Toyota ’s new 2008 Sequoia full-size SUV, we reported that Toyota offered no fewer than six SUVs and car-based crossovers ranging from compact RAV4 through the mid-size Highlander, 4Runner and FJ Cruiser and full-size Sequoia and Land Cruiser. Ooops! We...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept
Is the Volt Really Coming That Soon?

What’s the deal with lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles? Are they really coming as soon as Chevy’s Volt would seem to indicate — or are they still too pie-in-the-sky to gamble on? GM is racing full-speed ahead with suppliers to develop them for volume production of the Chevy Volt...Read More»

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
At Witz’ End: CAFE, the 0.2% Solution

If CO2 causes global warming, why are critics attacking cars alone? The man-made global warming theory touted by technologically challenged alarmists, agenda-driven politicians, and their willing accomplices in the mainstream media holds that increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our...Read More»

2008 BMW M5
2008 BMW M5 Road Test

Let’s get the expected impressions out of the way so we can tackle the technology smorgasbord that separates this Teutonic road jet from other 5-Series Bimmers and everything else on the road. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, these include much good, some bad and an element of ugly. The good...Read More»

Hurricane Katrina
At Witz’ End: Greenhouse Gassing

 “Witzenburg's article was well thought out and insightful.” “Your article is lame. You for that matter are lame. Folks like you convince other lame people that you are an authority on the subject. That is scarey [sic]. Your [sic] the Dufuss!” “Thanks for preventing intellectual...Read More»

2007 Mazda CX-9
At Witz’ End – What's A Crossover?

Most remember when cars were cars, and trucks were trucks. Even back when cars, too, rode on full frames, trucks were clearly different. They looked like trucks, drove like trucks, and worked like trucks. Hardly anyone but contractors and cowboys wanted to drive one. When fuel economy consciousness...Read More»

2007 Ford Interceptor Concept
At Witz’ End: Can Detroit Survive?

By Gary Witzenburg A lot of hands have been rightly wrung and ink well consumed lately over “Detroit’s” prospects for survival. Given all U.S. companies’ huge cost disadvantage vs. competitors based anywhere else, can our final three besieged U.S. automakers overcome that plus their union...Read More»

2007 Honda Fit
At Witz’ End: The 35-MPG Showroom

Most of us know that the U.S. Senate has passed an energy bill that dictates a 35-mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for all vehicles, cars and trucks, by 2020, and the House will likely follow. But how many understand what that means? I’ll bet the technologically challenged lawmakers who...Read More»

Traffic Jam
At Witz’ End: No Consensus on Global Warming

If you have tried to reason with a GWF (Global Warming Fanatic), you know it’s a waste of time. They believe GW with a passion that has no room for facts and data. Tell them the planet has been warming (slightly) since 1977 because it’s on the up side of a solar-driven warming and cooling cycle...Read More»

Gary Witzenburg
At Witz’ End: I Don’t Buy Global Warming

Take a deep breath before reading this. Now, exhale. Gotcha. You have just polluted the atmosphere and melted polar ice, according to global warming fanatics (GWFs, or “enthusiasts,” as our editor prefers), who have polluted a lot of media and public minds on this issue — not to mention our...Read More»

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