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.

Articles

Hyundai Nuvis HCD-11 Crossover Concept For New York
Hyundai Nuvis HCD-11 Crossover Concept For New York

Hyundai will present a concept called the Nuvis HCD-11 at next week's New York Auto Show. It's meant to provide a glimpse at a new crossover the South Korean company has in its product pipeline. Styling was done by Hyundai's studio in California, ensuring this is a distinctly American-flavored...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Gets 7-Speed MCT From SL

Mercedes will be unveiling the high-performance AMG version of its E-Class sedan, the 2010 E63 AMG, at the New York Auto Show next week. They claim its performance, handling, and technology will closely mirror the SL63 AMG Roadster when it goes on sale this November at U.S. dealerships. In addition...Read More»

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2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i: Modest Power, Magnificent Details

We recently spent a few days in a 2009 Subaru Outback, which basically amounts to a Legacy sedan wearing a backpack and walking on stilts. With the 2010 Subaru Legacy debuting next week at the New York Auto Show and arriving at dealers this summer, it was a well-timed opportunity to get one last...Read More»

GM CEO Rick Wagoner
No Tears For Wagoner's $20 Million In 'Retirement Benefits'

Former GM CEO Rick Wagoner is set to receive $20 million in retirement benefits after being summarily ousted from his post at GM. Yes, he's dedicated a huge chunk of his life to GM, and it's typical to reward big American CEOs on their way out their door. But do you really think he deserves the...Read More»

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'GM Total Confidence' Buyer Protection Doesn't Match Ford's Offer

Today General Motors unveiled its "GM Total Confidence" customer protection program. The plan may be accessed in the first 24 months of vehicle ownership. Details include up to nine consecutive monthly payments of up to $500 on vehicle loans or leases any time within the first 24 months of...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Europe)
European Golf GTI Blends 6.9-second 0-60 With Average 32 mpg

While a release date has not yet been announced for the sixth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI, we wanted to bring you the specs on the European version that VW recently released. The hi-po version of the Golf sports a number of incremental improvements in engine, chassis, exhaust, and electronics to take...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy Sports Swept Design, New York Debut

Sporting a style very close to the concept that was shown in January at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 Subaru Legacy makes its official debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. The vehicle will go on sale this summer at Subaru dealerships across the country. Phsyically, the 2010...Read More»

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Ford's Advantage Plan Covers Car Payments Up To 12 Months

While GM and Chrysler ask the Federal government for more money, Ford is offering to lend it to  buyers who purchase any one of their new products. Offering up to 12 months of car payments for new Ford owners who lose their jobs, Ford's new Advantage Plan quadruples Hyundai's Assurance Plus...Read More»

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GM And Chrysler Warranty Assistance To Come From TARP Fund

In our post about President Barack Obama's address regarding GM and Chrysler's restructuring, we told you earlier that the government has promised to back all warranty claims from both companies in the event of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings or worsening financial troubles. Said Obama: "Let me...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
VW Rabbit Becomes Golf Again For Sixth-Gen U.S. Release

Claiming an "important step in realigning with our global heritage," VW is welcoming the Golf nameplate back for the vehicle's sixth generation U.S. debut. For its fifth generation, the vehicle was dubbed Rabbit, harking back to the boxy VW sales success from the early 80s. The "Golf is...Read More»

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