Stories written by Ron Beasley
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.

Nissan 370Z Roadster is sleek, fun-to-drive sports car

The Nissan 370Z Roadster always has been a fun little sports car to drive, and the new 2014 version is no exception. However, there is little change in the sexy little car after last year’s enhancements that included a revised front fascia with LED daytime running lights. Under the hood, the Z Roadster continues with […]

Sharapova not done yet, sets sights as World No. 1

It is easy to understand why Maria Sharapova continues to be one of the most popular figures in the tennis world — she’s tall, beautiful, confident, intelligent, a fashion model and still one of the top players on the women’s tour. Though just 27 years old, Sharapova seems to have been on the world stage […]

Write your own story with 2014 Range Rover Autobiography

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After a week behind the wheel, I was curious as to why they named the top-of-the line 2014 Range Rover model the Autobiography. Simple, I was told; the Autobiography has so many available options that a buyer can tailor the vehicle to his or her individual taste, needs and desires. In essence, when you buy […]

Subaru Outback earns top safety rating with new technology

Subaru Outback earns top safety rating with new technology

The 2014 Subaru Outback is an excellent vehicle for a young couple with a growing family. It’s a two-row crossover vehicle (or station wagon) with a roomy mid-size interior, crisp handling and off-road capable with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It also is easy to maneuver and offers some pretty amazing safety technology. In fact, […]

Sharapova not done yet, sets sights on world No. 1 ranking

Sharapova not done yet, sets sights on world No. 1 ranking

It is easy to understand why Maria Sharapova continues to be one of the most popular figures in the tennis world — she’s tall, beautiful, confident, intelligent, a fashion model and still one of the top players on the women’s tour. Though just 27 years old, Sharapova seems to have been on the world stage […]

CLA is Mercedes-Benz’s sporty new four-door ‘coupe’

New CLA has striking design features, including the hood with power domes and a diamond-look grille.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a new class for the German automaker. It’s a four-door, coupe-styled vehicle that some are calling a chip off the block, so to speak, of the larger Mercedes CLS that came on the market in 2003. So successful has been the CLS that company brass decided there was a market […]

VW Jetta adds 1.8-liter turbo engine to lineup

VW Jetta adds 1.8-liter turbo engine to lineup

The Jetta continues as Volkswagen’s best-selling car three years after the sixthgeneration was introduced to the U.S. market as a 2011 model. And the 2014 version is the best yet. Under the hood, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in the SE and SEL trim lines has been replaced by a new 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine […]

Will other retailers follow CVS lead and end cigarette sales?

Ron Beasley
Automotive Editor
LET'S TALK CARS

The recent announcement by the largest drugstore chain in the U.S. in overall sales that it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October of this year was monumental in the world of retail sales. No retailer voluntarily relinquishes one of its proven profit-making products, but CVS Caremark is going to do just […]

Experts agree, 2014 Stingray is best Corvette ever!

2014 Corvette Stingray

So much praise has been heaped upon the new C-7 platform Corvette Stingray that I decided to ask my friend and fellow auto writer Bob Kroupa what he thought of the car. Bob is one of the foremost authorities on Corvettes and publishes a comprehensive annual pricing guide called Vette- N-Vestments <abkroupa@aol.com>. “I would have […]

Experts agree, 2014 Stingray is best Corvette ever!

New Corvette is made of lightweight materials, including an aluminum frame, a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.

So much praise has been heaped upon the new C-7 platform Corvette Stingray that I decided to ask my friend and fellow auto writer Bob Kroupa what he thought of the car. Bob is one of the foremost authorities on Corvettes and publishes a comprehensive annual pricing guide called Vette- N-Vestments <abkroupa@aol.com>. “I would have […]

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid costs same as gas-powered model

There’s a lot to like about the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid — the sleek design, the elegant and stylish interior, the quiet and efficient response on the road — but the best thing about it is that you don’t have to lay out extra bucks to get the fuel efficient technology; the hybrid carries […]

Chrysler 200 Convertible for fun, open-air driving

Chrysler 200 Convertible for fun, open-air driving

If you are in the market for a convertible with a lot of interior luxury and standard technology, then check out the 2014 Chrysler 200 Convertible. It delivers a fun, open-air driving experience and it comes at a very affordable price. The Chrysler 200 Convertible is a true mid-size convertible that comfortably seats four adults […]

Mitsubishi Outlander CUV is all new for 2014

Mitsubishi Outlander CUV is all new for 2014

After spending a week behind the wheel of the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, I have trouble understanding why the Japanese automaker gets such a bad rap from this country’s auto writers. I thoroughly enjoyed driving this stylish CUV and would recommend it without hesitation. The Outlander has beautiful new styling inside and out, a new […]

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan challenges the world’s best

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan challenges the world’s best

Cadillac’s all-new 2014 CTS sedan is just one honey of an automobile and the fact that Motor Trend magazine has named it “Car of the Year” only serves to underline my appreciation for it. The Cadillac brass has made no secret that the CTS is intended to go head to head with the likes of […]

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