Gary Witzenburg


Gary is a long-time contributor who writes about vehicles, engines and technology.

Gen II Chevy Volt Propulsion System Shockingly Good 6
“The key was to be better in every measurable way,” says GM Global Vehicle Chief Engineer Barry Walkup.
Infiniti’s Brilliantly Downsized V-6 Turbo Shines
Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V-6 delivers 400 hp effortlessly and efficiently.
Plug-In Chrysler Pacifica Smooth Operator
The first mass-market electrified minivan in North America gets high marks for seamless drive quality as well as advanced propulsion technology.
Very Special Engine, Very Special Car 3
“If there was a slam-dunk engine in this year’s competition, it was this one.” WardsAuto editor David Zoia enthuses about the 350-hp 2.3L turbo-4 in the Ford Focus RS.
Quality, Technology Merge Seamlessly in Mercedes GLC
Every design element of the Mercedes GLC exudes quality, and the automaker’s controversial infotainment display screen placement now is well accepted.
Nissan Maxima Cabin Borrows Ultra-Luxury Cues
Quilted suede-like upholstery, a beautifully stitched IP cover and unique diamond-pattern aluminum trim makes Maxima interior a home run in color, craftsmanship and materials.
Honda Civic Cabin Overcompensates for Past Sins
“Our goal was to make the very best compact-class car in the world,” says Civic Interior Engineering Project Leader Mike Narazaki.
Swedish Heritage, Authentic Materials Define Volvo XC90 Interior
All of the interior materials are authentic. If something looks like leather or aluminum or open-pore Scandinavian wood, it is, because the decision was made to invest in such materials.
Craftsmanship, User-Friendly Tech Distinguish Lexus RX Interior
Lexus Project Chief Designer Gen Ikeda says his team is most proud of the way it achieved an expression of functional design in an elegant way.
Family Van or Rolling Man Cave, Chrysler Pacifica Does It All
FCA boasts the Pacifica offers 37 minivan innovations, raising the total over the three decades since Chrysler invented the segment to a claimed 115.
Camaro Sets New Tone for Sporty Chevy Interiors
The iconic muscle car strikes best possible balance between heritage design and modernity.
Subaru’s Opposite Cylinders Attract Kudos
Subaru’s flat, H-shaped, opposed-piston “boxer” engine offers low profile, low center of gravity and direct injection.
FCA EcoDiesel Quiet in Center of Storm 1
Despite controversy over passenger-car diesels, FCA’s V-6 EcoDiesel is carving out a solid niche in light-duty pickups.
BMW’s Near-Perfect I-6 Gets Even Better 1
Why not go to an easier-to-package V-6 like everyone else? BMW’s head of inline gasoline engines reminds us the I-6 not only is inherently smoother, but it also is significantly lighter.
Toyota Puts Fun in Functionality With New Prius 1
Toyota claims the new Prius engine is the world’s first to achieve an amazing 40% maximum thermal efficiency, the measure of how much energy from the fuel actually reaches the drive wheels.


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