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Acura opens the doors of the Honda Collection Museum at September MPG Luncheon

photo credit: Albert Wong

September 16, 2014 — Acura hosted the MPG September luncheon at the Honda Collection Museum in Torrance, featuring its all-new 2015 Acura TLX. The event created such a rush of MPG members that extra tables, chairs and plates had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd. Historic mass-market Honda and Acura models along with race cars, motorcycles, engines and transmissions, were beautifully displayed at the private museum and members enjoyed the access and camaraderie of their peers at the event.

MPG members were given an exclusive look at the all-new Acura TLX and a presentation on the state of the brand, delivered by Acura Division’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Michael Accavitti.

Accavitti focused on how the the launch of the TLX represented a new era for Acura and said, “In many respects, this is the most important launch in the history of our company.”

In addition to addressing most models in Acura’s lineup and fielding a Q&A session with the audience, Accavitti stated, “We grow more confident everyday that this new TLX is going to be every bit of the high-volume player and strong competitor that we believe it can be.”


left: Michael Accavitti, Acura Division’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, addresses the audience
right: MPG enjoys the vehicles on display at the private Honda Collection Museum in Torrance.

photo credit: Albert Wong

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MPG Track Days

MPG Track Days 2014
October 14/15 at Hilton Pasadena and Willow Springs

We’re getting closer. Registration is still open for our all-new, two-day event at Hilton Pasadena and Willow Springs. A detailed email with the full itinerary is coming next week, but for now, lock in your registration today and don’t miss out on ample seat time, newsworthy panel discussions, valuable networking time and so much more.

Visit the Eventbrite page to get tickets now.
Late Registration closes on Friday, October 10.


Mazda ’80s “MX-er”
Thursday October 30, 2014 5:30-8:00pm

We’re bringing back the MPG Networking Mixer which is always a fun evening event for MPG members. This time, Mazda will graciously host us at its R&D Building in Irvine.

The all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be on display and a brief design walk-around with Mazda Director of Design, Derek Jenkins is planned for the evening. For a little added fun since it’s the night before Halloween, a DJ will spin tunes from the ’80s era, and Mazda invites guests to wear their favorite ’80s fashions or a treasured ’80s band t-shirt. (Normal 2014-era clothing is also acceptable.)

As in the case of all our MPG Mixers, there will be plenty of time for networking, you can bring a friend, food and happy hour libations are complementary (thanks to Mazda), and we will extend our guest list to past MPG members to lure them back into the fold.

So come on down, party hardy and schmooze to the max with Mazda and MPG!

Visit the Eventbrite page to get tickets now.





“Cars of Character” Design Panel Forum
Tuesday, October 21 • Burbank, CA

AutoDesignO invites MPG members to attend their flagship design panel forum at Warner Brothers Studios. The panel will feature automotive design professionals discussing what it takes to create world-class “Cars of Character.”

Event and Ticket info:
Cost: Free, plus complimentary Happy Hour beverages
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014. 4:00-7:00PM
Where: Warner Brothers Studios – Steven J. Ross (SJR) Theater/Lobby and Brownstone St.

If Eventbrite asks for a password please use (in lowercase letters): freepass

Note: This event is not open to the general public, it is for automotive design
professionals and media by invitation only.



Art Center Car Classic 2014
Sunday, October 26  •  Pasadena, CA

More than just another high-profile car show, this Art Center College of Design’s popular public event celebrates the very best in automotive and overall transportation design, showcasing the College’s strong ties to industry and honoring many noteworthy alumni.

For more information, visit artcenter.edu/carclassic



Lunch and Ford Edge Presentation/Discussion
Wednesday, October 29  •  Irvine, CA

Ford invites MPG Members to the Irvine facility for lunch and a presentation/discussion on the all new Ford Edge. They’ve also promised news that will be shared first with MPG members.

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Dean Batchelor Award Nomination Deadline has been extended until October 17.


There’s still time to nominate candidates for the MPG Best of the Year Awards, which will determine the winner of the 2014 Dean Batchelor Award for Automotive Journalism.

This year, nominations are being accepted for six (6) categories:

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Photography
  • Podcast/Radio
  • Short Form Video/Film (under 30 minutes)
  • Long Form Video/Film (30 minutes and over)

To be eligible, works need to have appeared between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. To nominate, review the entry rules and download an official entry form.

Where to submit your nominations:

  • Electronic files: Email to dba@motorpressguild.org with “DBA Entry” in the subject line
  • Books: Eric Dahlquist, Sr., c/o Vista Group, 4561 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
  • All other hard copies: Motor Press Guild, Dean Batchelor Award, PO Box 4215, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Innovation Vehicle of the Year (IVY) Finalists Have Been Selected

Many vehicles were evaluated and judged by our MPG IVY Committee based on overall innovation, technology/engineering, safety, environmental impact, price, affordability and value. Now the the top vehicles in each category have been selected as finalists. Online voting by MPG Journalist members for the two different price categories will take place via the MPG website soon – stay tuned for details.

$30,000 and under MPG IVY Award Finalists:

  • 2015 Ford F-150
  • 2015 Ford Fiesta 3-cyl
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • ivyaward2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
  • 2015 Subaru Outback
  • 2015 VW Golf TDI

Over $30,000 MPG IVY Award Finalists:

  • 2015 Alfa 4C2014
  • 2014 BMW i3
  • 2015 BMW i8
  • 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
  • 2015 Kia Soul EV
  • 2014 Porsche 918
  • 2015 VW e-Golf

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asglogoASG Renaissance, a full-service marketing communications agency is searching for an enthusiastic public relations professional to lead product communications for two of its automotive clients.

Please email resume to Theresa Wilkerson at twilkerson@asgren.com.

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Dear MPG Members,

October has finally come and MPG Track Days are just a week away. The registrations are still coming in and the team is ready for a great event. We hope that everyone involved enjoys the new format and comes away with a great experience, fodder for many stories, and just some time to reconnect with our Southern California OEM representatives, journalists, press car service companies and industry associates.

But this October, there are three other opportunities to pencil in and you won’t want to miss any of them.

The MPG Mixer on Thursday night, October 30th is a rare opportunity to party like it’s 1989 at the Mazda Research and Development building in Irvine where we can walk the hallowed halls where the Mazda Miata was first conceived. An historic display of the Mazda (MX-5) Miata will be on hand and you can bring a guest of your choice to check it out. The “Mazda 1980s MX-er” will be costume optional, but if you wanted to get your favorite 80’s band concert t-shirt out of moth balls, or put together an 80’s themed wardrobe, please do! We are so grateful to Mazda for hosting this great networking event and we know it will be another memorable one.

We received another opportunity to open an invitation to our members from Ford and also wanted to pass it along. Ford has opened up their Irvine Design Studio doors to us on October 29th to us to attend a lunch and traveling road show all about the 2015 Ford Edge – a complete redesign for this segment-leading model.

But, before either of these events, we are also invited to attend the AutoDesignO design panel, being held at the famous Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood on Tuesday, October 21. As always, Eric Noble will conduct an excellent panel of car designers from BMW, GM, Hyundai and Mazda and his panels are always lively, interesting and entertaining. Journalists, students, fellow designers and others will attend this grand event to hear about “Cars of Character.”

Please try to attend all of these great opportunities for learning, reporting, networking or just having fun. I think this month’s roster demonstrates that being an MPG member is exciting again. I personally appreciate all the kind emails and comments I hear from so many of you. Enjoy October and I look forward to seeing you very soon.

All the Best,

— Joni Gray
President, Motor Press Guild

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  • Jim Resnick, Freelance – jamesmresnick@yahoo.com

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.

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