Todd DeMeza, Contributing Writer

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Todd DeMeza has a long time interest in and passion for cars. During high school, he decided he wanted to use his enthusiasm to become an automotive journalist. Todd bought a 1991 BMW 318is as his first car, and has loved BMWs ever since. While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, he worked for the student newspaper and for the Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Now graduated from journalism school, Todd is working in automotive journalism.

Articles

  • Wiesmann, the German manufacturer of lightweight, retro-styled sports cars powered by BMW M engines, finally went out of business earlier this year after several years of barely scraping by. But for...

  • More Details On Ferrari’s Turbocharged '458M' Due In 2015

    Ferrari recently confirmed it plans to give each of its models a shelf life of about eight years, but will also give them a significant update—or “modificato” as Ferrari describes it—midway through their product cycles to keep ‘em fresh and allow a ‘new’...

  • VW Exec Confirms New Phaeton, Rules Out BlueSport-Like Sports Car

    A senior Volkswagen official has confirmed that the company is pressing ahead with a new generation of its Phaeton flagship sedan but has no intention of reviving plans for a small sports car based on 2009’s BlueSport concept car despite recent reports saying otherwise. Speaking with Autocar...

  • First Video Of The Polestar-Enhanced Volvo S60 And V60: Video

    Volvo’s first Polestar-enhanced models have finally landed, and they look particularly tasty in their signature Rebel Blue paint schemes. But with any good performance car, it’s what’s inside that counts most, and in this department the new S60 and V60 Polestar models certainly...

  • VW Allegedly Confirms All-Wheel-Drive Polo R

    Volkswagen’s new Golf R looks set to receive a little brother based on the Polo subcompact sold overseas. Likely to be called the Polo R, the latest VW hot hatch is said to be adopting an all-wheel-drive system and a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The information...

  • Is TVR Set For A Comeback?

    TVR was one of the more refreshing, yet slightly-mad, sports car manufacturers in the world. Its cars were uniquely styled and offered amazing performance for the price. But some shied away from the cars, mostly due to the cottage-industry build quality and out-of-place ergonomics. Many many were...

  • The Mazdaspeed 3 has received major praise from the automotive press. For most, it is the fastest car on the market for the money, and gives plenty of practicality along with it. Mileage is decent,...

  • Used Car Market: The Nissan 350Z

    Before disappearing for a seven-year hiatus, The 300ZX was considered one of the best Z-cars that Nissan Ever Made. However, unlike the original Datsun 240Z, the cars were moving into premium-price territory and disappeared in 1996 from the U.S. market.When Carlos Ghosen moved to become the...

  • Radio Host First For Corvette Engine Build Experience

    Back in July, Chevrolet announced that it was starting the Corvette Engine Build Experience. Customers who would order a Z06 or ZR1 could pay an additional $5,800 to head for Wixom, Michigan and build the engine that would go into their own car. This is made possible thanks to the engines going...

  • Lotus 414E Prototypes Waiting On U.K. Funds

     If any car company that can make a decent hybrid sports car, Lotus would be the one. Their cars are light and compact, making them perfect for the simplified and lightweight set up that a series-hybrid brings. Thankfully the company has already built the 414E concept, shown at this year’s...

  • GM Releases CTS-V Nürburgring Commercial Behind The Scenes

     It seems that American manufactures realize that in order for their performance cars to get a world-class rating, they need to do some development at the Nürburgring. The big guns from Europe and Japan have gone to Germany to pronounce their lap times for a while, so it’s nice to see companies...

  • Motor Trend Starts Fight Between The BMW M3, Ford Mustang GT

    It may seem odd to compare the BMW M3 and Ford Mustang GT, but their traits are too similar to ignore. Both have V-8s producing over 400 horsepower and are available as rear wheel drive coupes. So Motor Trend has taken both of these cars to see how they perform against each other. Motor Trend did a...

  •  The spy photos of a Nissan GT-R running around the Nürburgring have been confirmed as not a hot new trim, but a refresh of the basic model. GTRBlog, a great source for all things related to this...

  • Autocar Reports Pagani C9 Headed Stateside

     The Pagani Zonda was a spectacular car. The automotive world loves what the car for being a road-going Le Mans racer, reliably powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG engine. The exception being North America, where only a few early Zondas made it over (some reports indicate just two.) Now Autocar is...

  • GM Reviving Performance Focusing On Small Cars

     General Motors has a large stable of performance cars, from the Top-of-the-heap Chevrolet Corvette to the affordable Cobalt SS.  However, the economy isn’t what it used to be, causing some people to skip the Camaro and getting something more compact, fuel efficient and lighter on the insurance...

  • Sports Car Classics: The “Big” Austin-Healeys

     In the early 1950s, there were really two choices when it came to a British sports car in the ripe United States import market. Buyers could pick between the affordable but relatively antique MG T-series, and then the technologically advanced, but expensive, Jaguar XK120. There was a gap for...

  • Rally Cars That Should Make A Comeback

     The new Lancia Stratos project is a great reminder to when technology was at the forefront of rallying before it got a bit caught up in regulation. Cars were trying out new composites, forced induction technology, and even all-wheel-drive. But there are plenty of cars from the silver-age of...

  • Lotus To Offer Evora Chassis To Other Companies

     It is one thing to offer amazing sports cars for sale, but it’s another to do that and offer engineering services to other companies. Lotus is one of the few that does this, doing chassis and engine work for companies like General Motors with the famous Carlton or the LT5 engine in the C4...

  • It was a well known fact that Porsche was bringing out the 918 Spyder to Monterey and allowing potential buyers an up-close and personal look at the concept car. And while it’s nice to read up on...

  • Bonneville-Suzuki Beats Record, An Enzo Reborn For Event

     August has plenty going on in the car world, Just as the events in Monterey end, one of the premier automotive events in the World is still going on—Bonneville Speed Week. Plenty of people around the world come to the salt-flats of Utah to break some Southern California Timing Association...

  • New Lancia Stratos Facts, Gets Own Site

     The most exciting car to come into the light of day this summer has to be the Lancia Stratos Prototype running around.  But now the veil has been lifted and the world can finally get to understand the reasoning behind the car. Now the Lancia Stratos has its own website, and the person behind the...

  • Plenty Of Unveilings At Monterey Last Weekend

     The week of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Monterey Historic Races are a time for remembering the past. People get to see long-dead marques on a golf course or witness brave owners blasting their classic exotics around Laguna Seca. But with all the money flying around the events...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Makes Moving Debut At Monterey

     Sometimes a company will make a concept car that is just a mock-up that doesn’t run. Other times the concept will move under its own power, but only to move from the truck to stage; not a road-worthy vehicle. But when a concept is really special, or the company sees real production potential...

  • Used Car Market: 2000-2003 BMW M5

     The last M5 was a performance tour-de-force, coming with a V-10 producing 500 horsepower, an available seven-speed single clutch automatic gearbox, and plenty of road holding to create one of the fastest production sedans in the world.  Despite the amazing abilities, most people feel that it was...

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