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Chevy's Colorado ZR2 is a big boy truck toy

In the Colorado ZR2, Chevrolet has fielded a purpose-built pickup truck that boasts a number of exclusives. It’s the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine, the only one to come standard with true “off-road” suspension and the only one with locking front and rear differentials. So, who...

  • Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

    Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

    Jaguar Land Rover, taking a page from the European luxury car playbook, is offering increasingly attractive performance versions of its entry-level sports cars. One of those was on display at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the recent Monterey Car Week, which culminates at Pebble Beach with the...

  • Harley's new hogs, ready for the 21st century

    Harley's new hogs, ready for the 21st century

    Harley-Davidson has released a batch of 2018 motorcycles, eight of them sharing a new chassis, new suspension and new engines. The company says the machines are lighter and more powerful, and handle better, than the models they replace. I’ve ridden two of them, and I agree. For 2018, Harley has folded...

  • Ferrari unveils its new V-8 GT Portofino

    Ferrari unveils its new V-8 GT Portofino

    Ferrari has a new V-8 GT. It’s called the Portofino, after the coastal Italian resort town. The new machine, which replaces the company’s California T touring sports car, is lighter, more powerful and quicker than the outgoing vehicle. Ferrari said in its announcement that the Portofino, powered...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    The tallies are in, the judges’ ballots are all counted, and the trophies have all gone home with the winners. Here are the celebrants, listed by category, as provided by the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 WINNERS Best of Show 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Bruce...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    A new record was set for a British car sale, a new record was set for a McLaren car sale, and a new auction house joined the action during the just-concluded Monterey Car Week, but the total auction sales figure was down slightly from 2016. RM Sotheby broke existing British car records when it...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Dawn broke over the Monterey Peninsula and found the 18th fairway at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links decorated with a sampling of the most beautiful motor cars ever made. The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which caps the Monterey Car Week, attracts only automotive superlatives. Entrants...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Petersen to partner with Porsche on new exhibit

    Pebble Beach 2017: Petersen to partner with Porsche on new exhibit

    The Petersen Automotive Museum will transform its Mullin Grand Salon into a Porsche platform, starting early next year. The Wilshire Boulevard car museum has entered into an agreement with Porsche Cars North America to convene a yearlong exhibit of what its officers call “one of the most comprehensive...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Barely in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s. The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz. But this time around, it’s not a four-cylinder, water-cooled gas burner. The...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Elegant ATS 2500 named Best of Show winner at The Quail

    Pebble Beach 2017: Elegant ATS 2500 named Best of Show winner at The Quail

    The Sunday in Monterey Car Week belongs to Pebble Beach, and its Concours D’Elegance. But Friday increasingly belongs to Carmel Valley, and its The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. And the exclusive all-day affair — where luxury lifestyle manufacturers of everything including fine wines, custom...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn

    Pebble Beach 2017: BMW brings new Z4, M8 to the concept lawn

    German car company BMW is taking advantage of a captive audience of auto fans and journalists assembled for the annual Monterey Car Week to unveil a pair of concept vehicles on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The two concept cars, which the company says precede production cars that will be revealed some...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary with 70 classics

    Pebble Beach 2017: Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary with 70 classics

    Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary by bringing 70 classic cars to Pebble Beach — one Ferrari for each year in the Italian sports car company’s history. The cars, owned by the company, private owners and museums, are valued at a total of $500 million. Highlights from the collection, which...

  • Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Organizers of the upcoming 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance say there will be something new on the storied 18th green this year: diversity. The glamorous automotive beauty contest, held Sunday and capping a weeklong cavalcade of car shows, auctions and rallies, attracts the world’s wealthiest...

  • Infiniti introduces 'heritage-inspired' prototype race car

    Infiniti introduces 'heritage-inspired' prototype race car

    In what may be an automotive first, the Japanese car company Infiniti has built a “heritage-inspired” prototype of a race car that never existed. The Prototype 9, to get its official unveiling at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, is a single-seat electric “retro-roadster” designed...

  • Maven Gig, GM's weekly car rental service, is now available in L.A.

    Maven Gig, GM's weekly car rental service, is now available in L.A.

    Maven Gig, the GM-based weekly car rental service, has come to Los Angeles. Starting Thursday, ride-hailing drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft and delivery drivers for companies such as GrubHub and Roadie will have access to flat-rate weekly deals on GM cars. The deals, designed in part...

  • Honda Clarity Electric: A plug-in BEV with mid-size sedan style

    Honda Clarity Electric: A plug-in BEV with mid-size sedan style

    Honda showed up early for the hydrogen fuel cell party, getting to market before Toyota’s Mirai and Hyundai’s Tuscon with an early version of its current Clarity sedan. Now the company is increasing its visibility on the EV scene with an all-electric Clarity — but arriving too late, critics will...

  • Car Night has been an L.A. institution. But soon it could face the end of the road

    Car Night has been an L.A. institution. But soon it could face the end of the road

    At first, it was just three old friends with three old cars. Creighton Turner had built a new garage, big enough for more cars than he owned, behind his Pasadena house. He invited two buddies to bring their cars around, so they could help each other keep their finicky engines in tune. One of the...

  • Fate of historic Laguna Seca race course is clouded once again

    Fate of historic Laguna Seca race course is clouded once again

    The future of the historic racetrack at Laguna Seca is once again up for grabs. Parties fighting for control of the Monterey County facility faced off at a Board of Supervisors session Tuesday morning in Salinas. A closed-door session that followed could decide the fate of the track, one of the...

  • Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: Lush looks and luxury in a super sports car

    Ferrari GTC4 Lusso: Lush looks and luxury in a super sports car

    I confess: I had mixed feelings about saying goodbye to the 2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. I was sad, because I’d had such a good week driving it. But I was also happy, because I had gotten through the week without damaging it. This top-of-the-line Italian sports touring car, an update of the previous...

  • 2017 Ford Focus RS — a hooligan car for the rest of us

    2017 Ford Focus RS — a hooligan car for the rest of us

    Southern California is home to some of the automobile industry’s most creative car customizers. It’s not unusual to see tuners, hooligan cars or even Hoonigan copies, like the ones custom built by YouTube star Ken Block, carving up the L.A. concrete. The Focus RS, the performance version of Ford’s...

  • Indian Motorcycle introduces its new Scout Bobber

    Indian Motorcycle introduces its new Scout Bobber

    Hoping to capitalize on the current craze for chopped, “custom” motorcycles, Indian has introduced a factory-custom Bobber version of its successful line of Scout bikes. The new Bobber, due in U.S. and Canadian dealerships in September, is powered by the same 69-cubic-inch, 100 horsepower V-twin...

  • Jaguar enters small-SUV segment with 2018 E-Pace

    Jaguar enters small-SUV segment with 2018 E-Pace

    Jaguar Land Rover on Thursday confirmed long-held rumors and unveiled its first entry into the competitive but hot small-SUV segment — the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. A little brother to the already successful F-Pace, reviewed here, the new vehicle will be the first Jaguar not produced in the company's...

  • Honda sports up its sedan line with the 2018 Accord

    Honda sports up its sedan line with the 2018 Accord

    Hoping to attract a younger buyer to its sensible but staid Accord, and persuade car shoppers to consider a sedan over an SUV, Honda has given its bestselling mid-sized car a sporty, sexy makeover. Unwrapped at twin events held in Detroit and Torrance on Friday morning, the new vehicle looks and...

  • Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck. I applauded the arrival of the Toyota Scion XB and the Honda Element when they were both introduced in 2003, and the Nissan Cube when it appeared in 2009. But I didn’t always like the way those cars...

  • Older Hondas and newer Toyotas are among the country’s most-stolen vehicles

    Older Hondas and newer Toyotas are among the country’s most-stolen vehicles

    Older-model Hondas and newer-model Toyotas were among the country’s most-stolen vehicles in 2016. And almost half the stolen Japanese cars were grabbed in California. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported in its annual “Hot Wheels” survey that Honda’s Civic and Accord were the most-stolen...

  • 2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful

    2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful

    Please don’t hate me for saying so, but the Mazda CX-5 is one of the dullest cars on the road. In terms of styling, performance and technology, it’s just … plain. No fireworks. No fanfare. No drama. No one is going to slide up to you at a red light and say, “Hey, man, is that the new CX-5?” No...

  • Volvo's V90 Cross Country — Wagon Ho!

    Volvo's V90 Cross Country — Wagon Ho!

    They are traditionally known as estate cars, estate wagons, shooting brakes or even sporting brakes. But I call them station wagons, and I love them. They don’t sell especially well, as American buyers continue to move from sedans to SUVs without stopping at the in-between. In 2016, according to...

  • Free juice! Hyundai reimburses electric charging costs to Ioniq drivers

    Free juice! Hyundai reimburses electric charging costs to Ioniq drivers

    I have made no secret of my affection for electric cars. Seduced by their smooth, strong, silent motors, and the promise of never visiting a gas station again, the battery electric vehicles represent a real promise for a future of petroleum-free motoring. But not everyone agrees with me. Despite...

  • Yamaha unwraps super cruiser Venture motorcycle

    Yamaha unwraps super cruiser Venture motorcycle

    Yamaha Motor Corp. has jumped into the Harley-Davidson-dominated touring market with a new machine it says will “redefine the luxury touring motorcycle market.” The new Star Venture, revealed here for the first time, is an 1850cc air-cooled touring bike designed to carry the long-distance rider...

  • Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati adds Desert Sled to its winning Scrambler lineup

    Ducati introduced its Scrambler line of affordable, entry-level motorcycles in late 2014, marketing them as lifestyle vehicles and hoping to attract new riders to the otherwise pricey line of fine Italian machines. It worked. Ducati sales rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe. During a visit to the...

  • Jay Leno loves vintage cars, and now he's selling products to make them shine

    Jay Leno loves vintage cars, and now he's selling products to make them shine

    Jay Leno hosted a group of gear heads at his Burbank garage last week. He wanted to show off the cream of his car and motorcycle collection, and to hawk new products. Called Jay Leno’s Advanced Vehicle Care, it’s the first branded retail product line to emerge from Leno’s passion for vintage vehicles,...

  • Harley-Davidson teams up with EagleRider to rent out motorcycles for one-way trips

    Harley-Davidson teams up with EagleRider to rent out motorcycles for one-way trips

    Harley-Davidson, eager to increase market share and maintain its position as the top manufacturer of motorcycles in the U.S., has formed a new partnership with EagleRider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental and tour company. Among the attractions for customers: The partnership will allow a renter...

  • The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

    Veteran motorcycle restorer and collector John Goldman won Best in Show honors at the 9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday, singled out among owners of more than 300 extremely rare machines for the historical importance and faithful restoration of his 1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix race...

  • Ford confirms Shelby GT350 and GT350R for 2018

    Ford confirms Shelby GT350 and GT350R for 2018

    Keeping in sync with today’s observance of National Mustang Day, Ford Motor Co. has confirmed that it will include the Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs as part of its 2018 model year lineup. The two track-ready but street legal hot rods will be available in three new colors, one of them amusingly...

  • Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Battery electric automobiles have broken most of the barriers to ownership, even if they haven’t broken sales records. Tesla overcame the performance and luxury hurdles with its sleek Model S. The Chevrolet Bolt EV smashed previous range limitations. In the two-wheeled electric world, Zero motorcycles...

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