Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.

Kona N Line Reflects EV Base

The all new 2024 Hyundai Kona N Line is a modern small SUV

CHATHAM, Mass. – Hyundai’s designers began their work on the new 2024 Kona range by envisioning it as a fully electric small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and then adapted it to an internal-combustion-engine variant; a reverse of what had been the…

CX-30 Enhanced by Mazda for 2024

Mazda enhanced and refined the CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD for 2024

CHATHAM, Mass. – Enhancement and refinement mark the subtle but important changes Mazda brought to the 2024 CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD with premium plus package I recently drove. When I drove the 2023 version of this model last June, I…

Passport to SUV Value by Honda

No vehicle is perfect, regardless of the sticker price, but the 2024 Honda Passport TrailSport provides excellent SUV value at a more than competitive price.

CHATHAM, Mass. – I was happy when the 2024 Honda Passport TrailSport showed up recently for review, a perfect vehicle to combat potential New England winter weather. Luckily, I did not have to fight anything more than near-freezing cold during…

bZ4X: Toyota’s Password to Electric Motoring

Toyota has introduced its first BEV, the compact SUV bZ4X

CHATHAM, Mass. – Toyota, which brought electrification to American motorists at the turn of the century with its hybrid-electric Prius sedan; added numerous other hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and hydrogen-electric vehicles until its sales today are 25 percent electrified; has…

How Do You Stop Ford’s F-150?

How Do You Stop Ford’s F-150? F-Series Trucks

The question has stumped the rest of the automotive industry for five decades. Consider the statistics: 46 consecutive years as the best-selling truck in the United States, the last 41 as the best-selling vehicle in the country. Since 2005, the…

Escape Hybrid Delivers Compact SUV Value

The Ford Escape ST-Line Elite Hybrid AWD is a terrific all-around compact SUV

CHATHAM, Mass. – I was impressed with the redesigned 2023 Ford Escape compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) when we drove it late last year and following a week in a hybrid-electric  Ford Escape ST-Line Elite Hybrid AWD (all-wheel-drive) version, our opinion…

Prius Keeps Advancing Hybrid Form

The 2023 Toyota Prius was thoroughly redesigned and improved.

CHATHAM, Mass. – At the turn of the (present) century Toyota brought something unique to the American market – the world’s first production hybrid passenger vehicle, the Prius. The company now sells 10 different hybrid models (HEV), two plug-in hybrids…

TBR Drives off for New Year’s Day

TBR Drives reviews the '24 Toyota Grand Highlander on January 8th.

TBR Drives is off for the New Years Day holiday and returns next week with a review of the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, the Japanese automaker’s new three-row sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The Grand Highlander, at 201-inches long, fits between the…

S60 Recharges Volvo Brand

Volvo S60 Recharge Ultimate AWD Black Edition

CHATHAM, Mass. – Tell someone at your high school reunion you drive a Volvo sedan, and they will think you and your car are safe, solid, uninspiring – all the personality of Birkenstock sandals. Drive up in a 2023 Volvo…

Crosstrek Better Than Ever

CHATHAM, Mass. – Familiarity breeds contempt is a proverb with roots in the 5th Century, but when it comes to the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek familiarity breeds admiration and respect. I have owned a first generation Crosstrek Premium since 2015, reviewed…

CX-90 ICE is Another Mazda Winner

CHATHAM, Mass. – I got lucky. I recently spent another week in the all-new 2024 Mazda CX-90 three-row sport utility vehicle, the flagship of the Japanese brand. My first two opportunities in the latest Mazda vehicle came in May 2023…

Escape ST-Line Elite Compact SUV

CHATHAM, Mass. – Ford redesigned its Escape range of compact sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) for the 2023 model year, producing an even more competitive entry into one of America’s most hotly fought vehicle segments. This refresh of the Escape’s third generation…

Frasle Mobility Advances Copper-Free Development

Frasle Mobility has been developing copper-free components

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Frasle Mobility has introduced a new family of copper-free brake components developed for the American market with plans to spread globally. Since 2017, the company has maintained a research and development program focused on replacing metallic copper…

Brembo Part of 2024 Genesis G70

The 2024 Genesis G70 sport sedan will have standard Brembo brakes

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Genesis recently announced an enhanced G70 sport sedan for the 2024 model year featuring a Brembo braking system as part of the company’s self-described “more agile and powerful driving performance.” Added exterior and interior design details…

Waupaca Foundry Wins Sustainability Awards

Waupaca Foundry received sustainability awards

WAUPACA, Wisc. — Waupaca Foundry is again the recipient of environmental awards from both national trade organizations and customers. The foundry won the American Foundry Society’s (AFS) 2023 Green Foundry Award for its ongoing commitment to sustainable production processes and…

Continental Names Straten Head of Aftermarket

Enno Straten named head of Continental aftermarket

FRANKFURT, Germany — Enno Straten, 50, will become head of Continental’s Automotive Aftermarket business segment effective November 1, 2023. This segment includes replacement and wear parts for the passenger car aftermarket, such as brakes, electronic components, service equipment or batteries.…