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  • The attainable Pebble Beach

    The attainable Pebble Beach
    Launched more than 50 years ago as a social gathering for the upper echelons of auto collecting and racing, the Pebble Beach weekend has evolved into an entire "holy week" for the motoring faithful. With auto-related events spread out across the entire...
  • Detroit 2008: Take me to the river

    Detroit 2008: Take me to the river
    A good way to bracket the Detroit auto show is to think in terms of hometown hero and most lowly and unloved visitor. The former has to be the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, a 620-plus-horsepower Visigoth, a skull-cleaving barbarian wielding a carbon-fiber...
  • Best of 2007: Wait your turn

    Best of 2007: Wait your turn
    Generally speaking, Californians are pretty lucky. We have Yosemite, we have Big Sur. Our state leads the nation in Anna Nicole baby-daddies. And we have the California Air Resources Board, a bunch of bureaucratic do-gooders who actually do good when...
  • Best of 2007: French roll

    Best of 2007: French roll
    "Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is Man." -- Alexander Pope Want to know thyself better? Gauge your reaction to this car, the Smart Fortwo, a four-wheeled flea built by Smart -- a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler --...
  • This third row is good to go

    This third row is good to go
    VERILY, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a chubby eighth-grader to wriggle into the back seat of most four-door, three-row crossovers. Here is the functional impasse of vehicles like the Mazda CX-9, Volvo XC90 and...
  • In sync to the beat

    In sync to the beat
    Highway stripes are 10 feet long and 30 feet apart. That means one stripe every 40 feet. No one really knows how this fundamental increment of civil engineering came to be. Well, I say no one knows -- I'm sure somebody knows, but that person works in...
  • A relatively small accomplishment

    A relatively small accomplishment
    What would you call a seven-passenger, V6-powered vehicle with lots of amenities (e.g., heated outside mirrors, keyless entry), air conditioning, alloy wheels, ABS and electronic stability control; heated leather seats, sunroof and premium audio system; a...
  • Soft-serve Subie

    Soft-serve Subie
    When it comes to wandering the wilderness, the Israelites have nothing on Subaru. Known and loved for a generation of woodsy all-wheel-drive sedans, wagons and refrigerator boxes (Legacy, Impreza, Forester), Subaru has also pulled boners of biblical...
  • Lincoln MKX could take on the Lexus

    The Lincoln MKX is the upscale version of the Ford Edge crossover, Dearborn's tidy people mover with a 3.5-liter V6, six-speed transmission and available all-wheel drive. So, naturally, it makes me think of John Keats. One of the unluckiest sods ever to...
  • 2008 Scion xB -- Boxy trumps foxy

    2008 Scion xB -- Boxy trumps foxy
    I suppose others have a more highly refined sense of aesthetics, but I just can't get behind the debate over the old vs. new Scion xB, the funky five-seat space wagon sold by Toyota's Gen Y-oriented brand. Aren't they both ugly? Really. If you're...
  • Standard SLK 55 upholds standards just fine, thank you

    SOMEWHERE in Germany, rich guys are geschwinging around in their 400-hp, mega-dollar Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Black Series, the excessively excessive version of the company's yar little roadster. And yet, for reasons that remain mysterious (well, I...
  • Pasadena on high road of car creation

    Stand on any street corner in Brentwood and watch the coolness, the hotness, roll by: Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMW M6, Cadillac XLR, Porsche 911. These strange visitors from the planet Horsepower are the epitome of auto-exoticism. And yet...