Colin Mathews, Author

One part politico, two parts mechanic, and three parts rabid diesel enthusiast, Colin Mathews started his career as a freelance writer in Atlanta in 1999, graduated to editorial assistant and then road test coordinator at Motor Trend Magazine, and finally got his start writing and photographing at Super Street Magazine in 2002.

Preferring personal training and an apprenticeship with an auto mechanic in Malibu to the pressures, mergers, and budget cutbacks of the post-9/11 media world, he took a hiatus from writing to focus on sculpting physiques in the gym and wrenching on, rebuilding, and fine-tuning the wheels of some of SoCal's storied citizens. Exposure to the tree-huggers on the left-coast introduced him to the land of veggie-powered Mercedes-Benz diesels, inspiring the purchase of a 1982 Benz 300TD wagon with over 300,000 miles. Nearly every weekend is spent trolling the junkyards of Atlanta for trim pieces and mechanical bits for the clunker-turned-classic that now runs on used cooking grease.

Colin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady school of Journalism & Mass Communication, a former White House intern under the Clinton Administration where he assisted with speechwriting, and perhaps most passionately the kind of guy who dissected lawnmower engines as a kid and took a $500 '63 Volkswagen Beetle from dilapidated to drivable as his first proud ride in high school.

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Hugely Changed 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Debuts In NYC
Hugely Changed 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Debuts In NYC

Jeep just rolled out the brand new (and we mean brand spanking new) 2011 Grand Cherokee at the New York Auto Show. Based on Mercedes' ML-platform (wow, the old DaimlerChrysler relationship continues to pay dividends), the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee promises massive leaps forward in refinement...Read More»

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Fisker Set For $85 Million More In Venture Capital Funding

_GA_googleAdEngine.createDOMIframe('google_ads_div_Article_Bottom' ,'Article_Bottom'); Today Fisker Automotive announced they're inches away from receiving $85 million in venture capital funding to help complete development and bring to production the 2009 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz March 2009 Sales Improve From February

Mercedes-Benz announced March worldwide sales were down 16 percent from its sales that month in 2008. By the numbers, that's 110,400 units versus 131,500 in March 2008. The bright news is better sales than in February, a very promising start for the 2010 E-Class, a whopping 42.3 percent U.S. March...Read More»

Video: GM/Segway PUMA Says Man Max/Machine Min

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German Firm Predicts VW Will Surpass GM As No. 2 Automaker

German market research company R.L. Polk today predicted that in 2009, Volkswagen AG will surpass General Motors as the world's number two automaker in production volume. Toyota will likely retain its number one position. The firm also predicts that global passenger car production will drop some 19...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
2010 GMC Terrain Bows In New York With Class-Leading MPG

Today GMC announces the arrival of its new small crossover, the 2010 Terrain, which is debuting this week at the New York Auto Show. Using a platform shared with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain is set to slot into GMC’s lineup as the little brother to the successful Acadia full-size...Read More»

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GM Prepared To File For Bankruptcy

In a regulatory filing to the Treasury Department Yesterday, General Motors admitted for the first time to Obama's Auto Task Force that it is seriously considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing stated Chapter 11 would be considered if GM cannot successfully complete an out-of-court...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept At NYC Show

Ford will be showing off a family-oriented concept version of its Transit Connect small van that's slated for a U.S. sale date sometime this summer. The Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept we'll see next week at the New York Auto Show is based around kids and the moms who tote them around...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Kia, Hyundai, Subaru Fare Best In March 2009 Sales

Both Kia and Hyundai kept their March 2009 sales nearly even with their sales in March of 2008. As the March 2009 auto sales reports roll in, it's clear that the South Koreans have a good thing going with their product reinventions, newly-found styling identities, and Hyundai's industry-first buyer...Read More»

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2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

Ford Motor Company, whose livery includes more IIHS "Top Safety Picks" than any other automaker, adds two more to the fold with its 2010 Ford Fusion and platform-mate 2010 Mercury Milan. To earn a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must score top "good" ratings in the IIHS' offset frontal and side...Read More»

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