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MPG meets Mirai at April luncheon

photo courtesy of Myles Regan

April 14, 2015 —  MPG members were treated to an exclusive presentation on the go-to-market strategy of Toyota’s all-new fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. Held at The Proud Bird in April, Mark Oldenburg, National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA, spoke on how the brand promises more changes in the auto industry in next 5-10 years than in past 50.  The information presented to our members included the development of Mirai’s logo and tagline, Toyota’s plans for growing the fuel cell infrastructure, sales volume expectations for the car, and the company’s ultimate goals for Mirai and hydrogen fuel cell technology. He also shared what Toyota believes is the biggest challenge facing the success of the Mirai and other fuel cell vehicles — which is educating consumers on the benefits of hydrogen.

mirai-lunch-01L: Mark Oldenberg, National Fleet Marketing, Mobility and Strategic Planning Manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA
R: Toyota Mirai consumer website and tagline, “The Turning Point” — photos courtesy of Myles Regan

mirai-lunch-02Matt McClory leads MPG Members in a Mirai engineering and design walk-around. — photos courtesy of Myles Regan

Following Oldenberg’s presentation, Matt McClory, Manager of Toyota’s Fuel Cell vehicle group, led members outside for a detailed walk-around, discussing the Mirai’s design and engineering. MPG members got to look under the hood, inside the trunk and photograph the vehicle from every angle. Unfortunately, the Mirai was not ready for test drives just yet.
29webIn addition to Toyota’s presentation, Jun Terashima addressed MPG to extend a special invitation to the 44th Tokyo Motor Show (view the brochure here). Terashima encouraged all members to attend this year and offered his assistance to any member wishing to attend needing help with travel plans and information.

View more photos, courtesy of Regan Digital Images.
Watch video coverage online now, courtesy of TakeTwoTV.
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Droptops & Dirt 2015

MPG's Droptops & Dirt

Wednesday, May 27 from 9:00am-4:30pm

MPG Droptops & Dirt will return for its second year on Wednesday, May 27th at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Combining competitive comparisons on challenging trails in off-road vehicles as well as scenic drives on twisty canyon roads in convertibles, the day will feature plenty of seat time, excellent photo opportunities and a tasty lunch.

This event is open to all current MPG members, however only Journalist and Analyst members may drive. All other active members, photographers and guests may ride along and, of course, enjoy a great lunch. We hope to see you in Malibu.

Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
(Click here for a map)

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Media-Guide-cover2015Congratulations to Bruce Benedict,
Winner of the 2015/2016 Media Guide
Photo Cover Contest

This year’s winner of the MPG Media Guide cover contest is noted photographer and SoCal resident Bruce Benedict, who used a Canon 5D Mark III, set at ISO 100,  ¼-sec., f4, capturing the vehicle at 24mm (24-70mm Canon f/4L IS USM).  The camera was tripod-mounted on a bridge overlooking the Kia/Hyundai test track north of LA.

This was the last shot of what Bruce called “a very good day,” netting a seductive shot of the Kia concept vehicle, the Stinger GT4, which ultimately produced a fine cover image for this year’s guide.  Our thanks to him for his submission.

Bruce’s website is www.brucebenedictphoto.com.

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MPG has a new mailing address

Please note, effective immediately, MPG will now use a new PO Box.

Our new address is:
P.O. Box 4883
Orange, CA  92863

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Inside Rolls Royce

rollsroyceMPG members are invited to attend an exclusive reception and viewing of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Inside Rolls-Royce exhibition on Saturday, May 9 from 3pm–6pm.

SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
465 S LaCienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90048

Please RSVP to: 

About the exhibit:
Anticipation is building as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Inside Rolls-Royce exhibition makes its final preparations for its next stop of the global tour, North America. The marque’s first interactive public exhibition allows visitors to experience a multi-sensory journey through the company’s world-renowned engineering, design and craftsmanship. Doors will be open to the public on Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10 from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Monday, May 11 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]



May is turning out to be a very busy month for the Motor Press Guild.

One of our signature events, Droptops & Dirt, is gearing up for its third year at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu on May 27. If you’ve never attended this event before, you’re missing out on a great day of off-roading on challenging trails, driving in open roadsters on the twisty roads of Malibu, and a great lunch from the folks at Calamigos. It’s so much fun, it’s a shame to call it work – but you’ll have the chance to test vehicles back-to-back-to-back in some very excellent conditions, and there will be experts on hand to help you learn more about the cars, trucks and off-roaders you’re driving. Bring your pen, bring a notebook and bring some sunscreen. Use the hashtag #MPGDnD when you tell all of your friends and colleagues about the event.

Thanks to our friends from Rolls-Royce for extending an invitation to MPG members to attend the Inside Rolls-Royce exhibition at the SLS Hotel on Saturday, May 9. We’re glad to have the chance to pass along such great opportunities.

We’re expecting to make an announcement about another May event for our members in the next couple of days. Watch your email and our website for more information.

It was great to see the big turnout for our April luncheon at the Proud Bird. Mark Oldenburg and Matt McClory from Toyota made a very impressive presentation about the Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle program, and even brought out a Mirai for a walkaround – though not a driving opportunity yet. We had to add tables to accommodate the crowd, which is always a great feeling.

We’ve got some great stuff in the works for June, July and August already. It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is flying by.

Before I close, I want to repeat my call to action from last month.

In an effort to raise MPG’s visibility, I’d like to ask each member who uses a signature in their email correspondence to add a line that says “Member, Motor Press Guild” with a clickable link to https://www.motorpressguild.org. If you’re feeling really proud of your status as a member, you can even download this clickable MPG logo and add it to your automatic signature:

mpg-sigRight-click the logo to save to your computer (How to “right click” if working on a Mac) If you need help on adding an image to your email signature, click here for a helpful article if you use a PC. (Substitute the MPG logo for the social media icon when mentioned and use www.motorpressguild.org for the link.) Click here if you need help with Apple Mail on a Mac.

If we all do this, we’ll be raising awareness of MPG in a subtle fashion – which will be good for the organization, and good for each member in return.

That’s it for this month. Drive safely, and I’ll see you at Calamigos.

— Jason Fogelson
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Public Relations

  • Hector Arellano-Belloc — BMW Product & Technology Communications
  • Rebecca Kiehne — BMW Product & Technology Communications


  • Jeramy Gordon — cruisinonline.com

ALL MEMBERS: Note that you alone are responsible for managing your profile and contact info in MPG’s database. Log-in to your account at www.motorpressguild.org: Find the “Profile” tab and then click on “Edit.” Make sure to click the “Save” button (bottom left) when you’re done. This is the data published in MPG’s annual Media Guide/Membership Roster and you are the only one that checks its accuracy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]


Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1434769988003{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild


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Jason Fogelson, President
Michael Harley, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Chris Woodyard, Secretary
Shad Balch
Russell Datz
Aaron Gold
Joni Gray
Deb Pollack
Brandy Schaffels
Doug Stokes


MPG Business Operations Manager
Pete Evanow

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow


The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

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