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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....
Tags: Smart Car, Lotus, Maserati, Car Guides and Reviews, Nissan
IF you do any research on the new Dodge Caliber, you'll run into a curious example of duck speak, a kind of echo-chamber thinking to the effect that the Neon — the Schmoo-styled compact sedan that the Caliber replaces after more than a decade in...
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2006 – The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 5 will launch West, a new Sunday magazine offering readers an eclectic, insightful and entertaining view of the many faces of California. West magazine, which will replace the weekly Los...
EUROPE is on a war footing. A walk around the sprawling Messe Frankfurt complex, home of the city's International Auto Show, reveals how deadly serious European regulators are about curbing greenhouse-gas emissions, at least relative to the laissez faire...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterI 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...
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...
IN the two years since I began working for the Los Angeles Times, hybrid automotive technology has matured dramatically. I can't say as much for the automotive consumer. In a strange analog to the culture wars over abortion and gay marriage, a debate...
Chicago TribuneGiven the problems wrought on the planet by the oil industry, geo-politics and massive pollution, it would be a dream come true if some inventor and auto company could come up with an electric car that runs on batteries, doesn't consume fossil fuel and...
Automotive critic Dan Neil can be reached at email@example.com.THE crossroads of government regulation and car design has seen some nasty pileups. Please avert your eyes from the 1981 Fiat X 1/9, in the early days of 5-mph bumper regulations, which forced Bertone to bracket the edgy little car with moronic rubber...
ALTHOUGH Mazda avoids the term like the Florida GOP avoids Katherine Harris, the Mazda5 is indisputably a minivan — a three-row, six-passenger vehicle with sliding doors along the fuselage. Given this morphology, what else could you call it? The...
Tags: Mazda, Car Guides and Reviews, Nissan, Passenger Cars, Travel
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...
THE Saturn Sky — the celestially seasoned version of the Pontiac Solstice roadster — reminds us that there is no idea so good that GM won't toss it in a burlap sack and beat it with reeds. Such a notion was the Saturn Corp. Set up in the...
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