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  • Pebble Beach 2016: Gooding finishes Monterey auction week with record sale

    Pebble Beach 2016: Gooding finishes Monterey auction week with record sale

    Gooding & Co. used the last auction of Monterey Car Week to post strong numbers and set a record — the highest-priced Bugatti ever sold. The Santa Monica-based auction company, from its tent next to the Pebble Beach golf course, captured some of the crowd leaving the just-concluded Sunday afternoon...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    A beautifully restored pre-war Italian sports car once owned by musician Eric Clapton walked away with the best of show award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automobile exhibition. The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet, with body by design house Pinin Farina, also took the top prize in its European...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    On the last day of Monterey Car Week, the faithful enthusiasts braved fog and chilly temperatures to stand at sunrise and watch the classic, vintage and antique automobiles roll across the grass at the historic Pebble Beach golf course, to take their places for the highly competitive Concours d’Elegance....

  • Pebble Beach 2016: The Concours d'LeMons celebrates the best of the worst

    Pebble Beach 2016: The Concours d'LeMons celebrates the best of the worst

    Celebrating “the best examples of the worst automobiles or the worst examples of the best automobiles,” the eighth annual Concours d’LeMons was held in Seaside, Calif., to honor the ugliest cars on the Monterey Peninsula. Held the same week that sees the most elegant automobiles ever built competing...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels

    Pebble Beach 2016: Saturday night auctions fail to meet 2015 levels

    Auction action on the run-up to Pebble Beach was more lively Saturday night, generally the biggest night of the Monterey Car Week sales events, with cumulative totals now at $288 million. That figure was reached largely on the backs of Italian cars. Saturday night’s RM Sotheby’s auction saw a 1939...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Around the Quail with race legend Jackie Stewart

    Pebble Beach 2016: Around the Quail with race legend Jackie Stewart

    British racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart was on hand early Friday morning at the Quail, one of Monterey Car Week’s most exclusive gatherings. On the grounds of the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, where some of the world’s most passionate auto enthusiasts had paid $600 to watch some of the world’s wealthiest...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Classic-car auctions start slowly

    Pebble Beach 2016: Classic-car auctions start slowly

    The first night of automobile auctions at this year’s Monterey Car Week ended with more of a whimper than a bang, with only two companies dropping the gavel and no surprising sales figures. Mecum and Russo and Steele both held Thursday night auctions in Monterey. The combined total for the two...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Cadillac and Mercedes unveil concept cars

    Pebble Beach 2016: Cadillac and Mercedes unveil concept cars

    Monterey Car Week has traditionally been about old cars — vintage cars in rallies, antique cars at auction, historic cars on the race track, culminating with the classic car beauty pageant at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. But increasingly the event has become a platform for new cars, as...

  • Review: 2017 Bentley Bentayga offers big bang for big bucks

    Review: 2017 Bentley Bentayga offers big bang for big bucks

    In 2011, Bentley’s new CEO decided to get into the luxury SUV market. Wolfgang Durheimer, the incoming boss, had migrated across parent company Volkswagen Group from the Porsche division. He saw what the popular Cayenne crossover had done for Porsche’s bottom line. Durheimer gave the Bentley engineers...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Monterey Auction action gets going

    Pebble Beach 2016: Monterey Auction action gets going

    MONTEREY — Sales totals at this week’s Monterey classic car week auctions should fall a little below last year’s $396 million, says one of the industry’s keenest eyes. But not much. Classic car insurer and valuer McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency, believes totals may fall by 7% and...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: And the 'Best of the Best' award goes to ...

    Pebble Beach 2016: And the 'Best of the Best' award goes to ...

    Classic car collectors Peter and Merle Mullin have taken the first award of the just-commenced Monterey Car Week — before it has even started. A Mullins-owned 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C “Goutte d’Eau” has won the inaugural Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award, handed out Tuesday night in Carmel-by-the-Sea....

  • In race to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead

    In race to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead

    You're out on the town. You hail a taxi with an app. A cushy vehicle shows up with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, no brake pedal and no driver. You've heard those ambitious plans spelled out for some pie-in-the-sky future. Now, Ford Motor Co. says it will make it happen, and soon. The Detroit...

  • Will that red light end soon? Audi's countdown clock can tell you

    Will that red light end soon? Audi's countdown clock can tell you

    You’re stuck at a red light. It’s taking forever. How much time until the light turns green? Ten seconds? Twenty seconds? A minute and a half? Would you be more patient if you knew exactly how long it will take? Audi is betting yes. The German luxury carmaker said Monday that several cars in its...

  • Millions of cars' keyless entry systems can be hacked, security experts find

    Millions of cars' keyless entry systems can be hacked, security experts find

    A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could, in theory, break in and steal items without leaving a broken window. The experts say that remote entry systems on millions of cars made by Volkswagen...

  • Dozens of children die in hot cars each year. Here's how we can stop that

    Dozens of children die in hot cars each year. Here's how we can stop that

    The hot-car deaths of two children in Georgia last week brought the nation’s total this year to 26, putting America on a grim pace to top its yearly average of 37, according to data compiled by KidsAndCars.org. The Georgia father was charged with involuntary manslaughter after leaving his 15-month-old...

  • QX30 Review: Infiniti makes a play for premium SUV buyers

    QX30 Review: Infiniti makes a play for premium SUV buyers

    Infiniti, eager to capitalize on the current obsession with crossover utility vehicles, is coming to the market with a new one. As of September, the luxury Nissan division is adding the QX30 to its current range of QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 CUVs and SUVs. It's meant to compete for attention with...

  • Karma Revero: How the luxury hybrid plug-in will look

    Karma Revero: How the luxury hybrid plug-in will look

    Karma Automotive has unveiled the first official image of its planned luxury plug-in hybrid car, the Revero. The Costa Mesa automaker said Thursday that the public would be able to reserve one of the cars starting Sept. 8. Sales are expected to start later in the year. Karma hasn’t yet announced...

  • Another Tesla Autopilot crash, this time in China

    Another Tesla Autopilot crash, this time in China

    Nobody was killed or even injured. But a minor accident involving a Tesla Model S running on Autopilot in China is again raising questions about exactly how the feature works. The electric car company said Wednesday that it is investigating the Aug. 2 incident. The driver’s Tesla sideswiped a Volkswagen...

  • Karma to sell its luxury plug-in hybrid car through eight U.S. dealerships

    Karma to sell its luxury plug-in hybrid car through eight U.S. dealerships

    Karma Automotive said Monday it will start selling its luxury plug-in hybrid car this year at eight U.S. and two Canadian auto dealerships, including one in Pasadena. Called the Revero, the four-door sedan runs on gasoline and electricity and is expected to cost $100,000 or more. It’s a would-be...

  • Can Tesla go from sexy car company to clean energy empire?

    Can Tesla go from sexy car company to clean energy empire?

    If you're wondering about Elon Musk's latest vision for Tesla, think Apple. Apple succeeded in turning a bland market for electronic devices into a coveted and connected lifestyle where your phone, your tablet, your computer, your watch and your television can all be bought in one place and work...

  • Deep in the Mojave Desert lies a secret memorial to fallen motorcycle riders

    Deep in the Mojave Desert lies a secret memorial to fallen motorcycle riders

    Bill Tuchscher had been riding dirt bikes in the desert for more than two decades when he and a group of friends set out for a weekend ride near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Late in the afternoon, far from their camp, the riders became tired. It was well over 100 degrees, and their water bottles...

  • L.A. Drives: Up to Mt. Baldy on the mighty GMR

    L.A. Drives: Up to Mt. Baldy on the mighty GMR

    Mt. Baldy is a great local ski resort in the winter. The rest of the time – it’s a road trip, featuring some of the most exciting roads in Southern California. To check it out, we borrowed a Porsche Boxster that we thought would be perfect for the tight technical turns we were hoping to encounter....

  • Fiat 124 Spider review: It's not a 'Fiata' after all

    Fiat 124 Spider review: It's not a 'Fiata' after all

    When Fiat Chrysler and Mazda announced in 2012 a joint venture to build a sports car that would in time become Mazda’s new Miata and Fiat’s new 124 Spider, cynics dismissed the effort as nothing but a sneaky way to build one car and pretend it was two. And when the two resulting vehicles were unveiled...

  • Tesla's Autopilot makes for a smooth highway cruise

    Tesla's Autopilot makes for a smooth highway cruise

    This week, Autopilot helped me drive a Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan from the Bay Area to Reno, about 240 miles on Interstate 80. The next day, it helped me drive back. Everybody I talk to wants to know: Did I like the car? Did I like Autopilot? Is it ready for prime time? My answers: Yes,...

  • Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory idea was crazy, Panasonic exec thought. And yet ...

    Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory idea was crazy, Panasonic exec thought. And yet ...

    When Yoshihiko Yamada was introduced to the idea of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory a couple of years ago, he said, “I thought it was crazy.” Crazy, because “the production capacity of this factory would exceed the global capacity of the industry,” the Panasonic Corp. executive vice president said...

  • Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    On July 4 exactly a century ago, sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren left Brooklyn, N.Y., headed for San Francisco on a pair of 1000cc Indian “moto-cycles.” Politically inclined and media savvy, the young suffragettes hoped that their coast-to-coast ride would convince the American military brass...

  • Elon Musk is racing to get Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant completed early

    Elon Musk is racing to get Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant completed early

    On a lonely mountain plain half an hour east of Reno, off a street named Electric Avenue, Tesla Motors Co. is building a massive battery plant called Gigafactory 1. It's a huge bet for a company known for taking risks: When it’s fully up and running, the $5-billion plant will almost double the...

  • Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Tech firm Mobileye, which makes chips and software for driver-assistance systems such as Tesla Motors Inc.’s autopilot feature, will end its partnership with the electric car maker. In a call with analysts Tuesday, Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua said the Israeli company’s work with Tesla would...

  • Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators, who also released a picture of the mangled vehicle. Earlier reports had stated the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling...

  • Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    A $15-billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge in San Francisco giving preliminary approval to a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. Attorneys for Volkswagen owners sought...

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