Cliff Leppke, Contributor

Cliff is a Milwaukee-based automotive writer and American studies scholar who works as an electronic journalist for a TV station. Born in 1958, he's originally from St. Louis but has lived in Chicago, Minneapolis, Rockford and Indianapolis. After completing an electrical engineering degree with an emphasis on TV broadcast technology, he went back to graduate school and studied mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Since then he did further graduate work in the history of American technology at the University of Minnesota and American Studies at St. Louis University. His specialty is American postwar material culture. He has received several awards including one from the American Advertising Federation for a public service campaign and two for his work in preserving roadside architecture. His wheels: a Team Mercier road bike, a Team Miyata track bike, a 1938 Ford, and a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia.


2010 Nissan Sentras: Ordinary People Movers Reviewed

2010 Nissan Sentras: Ordinary People Movers Reviewed

Nissan's Sentra--a front-drive, compact sedan--was redesigned for 2007.  The result:  a transformer-robot exterior, ersatz 1959 Cadillac grille and goofy tiny side-view mirrors.  The interior's dot-effect seat fabric is playful, though; the Spec V adds sporty red accents and bolstered front...

February 15, 2010
Audi e-tron Concept

2010 NAIAS Press Preview: Blue-Green Monday

Now that the hyped NAIAS press preview has ended, it's time to interpret what we saw last Monday. One theme echoed loudly through Cobo Hall: carmakers will build vehicles... read more January 22, 2010


2010 MazdaSpeed3: Piloti Spoken Here

Tango, Rumba, Mazda?   One look at the Mazda Speed3's alloy pedal covers and you'll want to learn its motoring mambo.  Lead with your left foot (tickling a snap-engage... read more January 19, 2010

2010 Lincoln MKS 4-door Sedan 3.7L AWD Door Controls

The 2010 Lincoln MKS: Land of Lincoln, Lincoln?

Ford's new range topper is the newly minted MKS. It bumps the rear-drive Town Car (a redecorated Ford Crown Victoria) off the brand's pedestal. Now a front-drive sedan with a... read more January 8, 2010

2010 Audi A5 2-door Coupe 2.0L Auto Premium Angular Front Exterior View

2010 Audi A5: Six for the Single Guy

 Audi's A4 didn't make it into the press fleet yet. So, Audi sent the Audi A5, which represents the less rambunctious end of its stylish A5/S5 line--an opportunity to try... read more December 29, 2009

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Man Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: A Hardcore Hyundai

Not long ago, Hyundai was to sports coupes what the CIT Group is to investors--a poor performer. With its new turbocharged, rear-drive Genesis coupe, that has changed. It... read more December 29, 2009

2010 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring Angular Front Exterior View

2010 Mazda MAZDA3: Big Grin, Small Car

Mazda's 3 is a compact front-drive sedan that deviates from the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra playbook in style (a Cheshire cat grin) and substance (spirited driveline... read more December 29, 2009


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