| Jan 12, 2008
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...
| Dec 14, 2007
| 12:15 PM
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...
| May 16, 2007
"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 --...
| Oct 3, 2007
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...
| Jan 31, 2008
| 5:40 PM
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...
| Apr 18, 2007
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...
| Jun 14, 2006
HIS nickname is M.K., but you can call him Johnny Drama.
On Monday, Chung Mong-koo — the imperious, quality-obsessed chairman of Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, who in seven years transformed the sleepy South Korean company into an automaking...
| Jul 18, 2007
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...
| Jul 11, 2007
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...
| Jan 6, 2008
| 4:25 PM
Despite its struggle for automotive superiority in the U.S., Detroit still plays host to the largest automotive media event in the country -- the North American International Auto Show. The media frenzy begins next Sunday, Jan. 13, and the show is open to...
| Feb 4, 2008
| 5:39 PM
I anthropomorphize cars. I can't help it. Some overly empathetic fold in my brain wants to make a steel-and-glass thing into a character, a persona, an avatar, a material semblance of the people and the company that built it. If you've walked through as...
| Dec 21, 2007
| 11:17 AM
With the race for techno-smart, fuel-burning machines at a fevered pitch, 2007 was a banner year for auto-related headlines. On the flip side, pricy luxury sedans and sports cars received loads of accolades and attention despite their fuel-guzzling ways....