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  • 2018 Karma Revero is an 'ultra-luxury' hybrid

    2018 Karma Revero is an 'ultra-luxury' hybrid

    The first models of the Karma Revero rolled off the Moreno Valley factory floor late last week. The car born from the ashes of designer Henrik Fisker's failed company is a hybrid electric dream.

  • 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,...

  • Dodge Challenger GT: Where's the beef?

    Dodge Challenger GT: Where's the beef?

    Dodge Challengers represent some of the best qualities of the modern American muscle car. But where's the muscle?

  • 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...

  • Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Polaris-owned Indian Motorcycle, pressing its assault on the big bike market, recently added the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite to its line of Chiefs, Chieftains, Springfields, Roadmasters and Scouts. I had a week on the Limited, and liked it a lot. Like its full-dress Chieftain and Roadmaster...

  • 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S: Still topless, and now turbo

    2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S: Still topless, and now turbo

    There are weeks when I lose interest in driving, and there are cars that restore my interest. This was one of those weeks, and the new Porsche 911 Targa 4S is one of those cars. The German sports car company has upgraded this model for 2017 by turbocharging it and adding features normally found...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity: A hydrogen fuel cell car that delivers fun

    2017 Honda Clarity: A hydrogen fuel cell car that delivers fun

    The science experiment is over. Hydrogen fuel cars are real. Toyota and Hyundai proved it with their Mirai and Tucson FCVs. Now Honda has taken the technology a step further. The 2017 Clarity is real, and it’s really fun. Honda's fuel cell entry is a stylish four-door sedan that offers premium...

  • 2017 Acura NSX: The only true all-American supercar?

    2017 Acura NSX: The only true all-American supercar?

    Acura likes to boast that its powerful, precise NSX is “the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S.” With no apologies to Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s Mustang GT or Dodge’s Charger, Challenger or Viper, the Acura folks say their second-generation NSX, new for 2017, combines...

  • Range Rover Evoque convertible is a fun, feathered fish

    Range Rover Evoque convertible is a fun, feathered fish

    The Range Rover Evoque convertible is a hybrid — but not in the traditional sense. Part truck, part sports car, straddling the line between hillbilly and city slicker, it’s half fish and half fowl. The resulting vehicle is a two-door, four-passenger SUV, which the Range Rover company calls a “crossover...

  • Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, a rear-wheel-drive rocket

    Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, a rear-wheel-drive rocket

    The Italians have a way with sports cars. Not to take anything away from our friends in Germany, England and Japan, but Italian automakers have a special knack for combining great looks and great performance to make great cars. Lamborghini, building out its stable of lower-priced supercars, has...

  • Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field

    Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field

    How I pity the luxury SUV shopper. The market is flooded with well-designed, well-built, upscale cars. Between the options offered by BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and others, every aspirational car company has a suitable SUV for sale. On the lower end, Volkswagen and Subaru are...

  • Ford's Raptor is rough, ready and cushy

    Ford's Raptor is rough, ready and cushy

    The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 40 straight years and its best-selling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the country’s most popular mode of transportation. The Raptor is the high-performance, off-road version of the...

  • Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio is a wolf in sheep's clothing

    Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio is a wolf in sheep's clothing

    Has the world been waiting for a relatively affordable four-door track car with luxury-level comfort? Well, it’s here. It’s the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The latest assault on the American market by a company that hasn’t had much success getting our collective attention, it’s a bit of a wolf in sheep’s...

  • Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

    Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

    A good time to be buying an automobile in America just got better. So many choices. Such good cars. Just pick a style and a price point and go. Kia Motors has added to the affordable SUV mix with its 2017 Niro — a name the company says is a mixture of "hero” and “near zero,” in reference to the...

  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack great for sporty types but not quite as off-road-ready as advertised

    2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack great for sporty types but not quite as off-road-ready as advertised

    Volkswagen isn’t the No. 1 automobile company in the world for nothing. It’s the biggest because it makes great cars. VW may be guilty of heinous crimes — faking emissions tests, making us all learn how to pronounce and spell “Fahrvergnügen” — but year after year, model after model, Volkswagen...

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan: The Indian giant goes adventuring

    Royal Enfield Himalayan: The Indian giant goes adventuring

    Royal Enfield built its first motorcycle in 1901. Its Bullet is said to be the oldest continuously produced motorcycle in the world, and one of the most successful. But the venerable munitions and motorcycle company, formerly a British legend but now an Indian-owned subsidiary of automotive giant...

  • Ford unleashes a new Mustang GT for 2018

    Ford unleashes a new Mustang GT for 2018

    Ford has pulled the covers off a new 2018 Ford Mustang GT. Dressed in a color called “Orange Fury,” it’s a beauty. At a Los Angeles ceremony this week, the company said the 2018 pony car, to go on sale in late 2017, will be powered by Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder-engine as well as the...

  • Honda's 2017 Ridgeline pickup is cool, but is it really a truck?

    Honda's 2017 Ridgeline pickup is cool, but is it really a truck?

    Honda is a world champion in the sedan and SUV segments, but the Japanese giant has never been a truck contender. The company pulled its only truck, the slow-selling Ridgeline, from the market in 2014. Now it has brought the perky pickup back to America as a 2017 model. It’s a winner, but it’s...

  • 2017 Audi Q7: The pleasures of the pricier people mover

    2017 Audi Q7: The pleasures of the pricier people mover

    The German occupation of Silver Lake began with the SUVs. Driveways once filled with Honda Accords, Toyota Camrys and vintage Volvo station wagons began to sprout BMW X3s and X5s and Audi Q3s and Q5s. Though I myself had been part of an earlier wave of gentrification, when I moved into the area...

  • Puddle jumper: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

    Puddle jumper: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

    Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep division does well with its Grand Cherokee line, selling just under 200,000 of them last year in the U.S. So it’s only logical the company would expand the line to include the Trailhawk badge, which signifies increased eagerness to hit the trail. For 2017, Jeep has reintroduced...

  • 2017 Corvette Grand Sport: Great, but how great?

    2017 Corvette Grand Sport: Great, but how great?

    Chevrolet’s Corvette has been recognized for more than 60 years as one of the finest American sports cars ever built. Because it has consistently stuck to its roots, the Corvette inevitably feels like both an icon and a throwback — a mighty, meaty machine built for sucking fuel and burning rubber....

  • Porsche's new Boxster is fast, fun to drive and, for a Porsche, affordable

    Porsche's new Boxster is fast, fun to drive and, for a Porsche, affordable

    Porsche has unboxed a new Boxster. The 2017 model has a smaller engine and weighs less, but is quicker and more powerful.  Like earlier versions of this entry-level sports car, the new iteration is fast, fun to drive and, for a Porsche, affordable. Known as the 718 Boxster, the new edition is powered...

  • Ural Sahara: This third wheel will get you noticed

    Ural Sahara: This third wheel will get you noticed

    The Russian-made Ural Sahara looks like a beautifully preserved sidecar motorcycle, a barn find pulled from some remote Siberian grain silo. But it’s actually brand new, and it’s made this way on purpose. Rude, rugged and retro, it may be the fastest way on wheels to get attention and make new...

  • 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider: Perfection — almost

    2017 Ferrari 488 Spider: Perfection — almost

    It’s stupid to say the 2017 Ferrari is really fast, handles really well and is incredibly fun to drive. Of course it is. It’s a Ferrari. But it’s not stupid to say these things are particularly true of the new 488 Spider. It’s a truly marvelous machine, and a perfectly eloquent expression of what...

  • The 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium is an even bigger and badder beast

    The 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium is an even bigger and badder beast

    The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a bad car, for bad people. It’s a hooligan ride, for hooligan drivers, good for nothing but scaring the neighbors, driving up insurance rates and attracting the attention of the CHP. But it’s so much fun to drive! Nissan has been building a version of the GT-R since the...

  • Rhino GX is a luxury SUV fit for a warlord

    Rhino GX is a luxury SUV fit for a warlord

    Got a big family? Carry a lot of gear? Planning to knock over a small Central American country? You need a Rhino GX, a California-built behemoth that retails for about $200,000 and is ready to rumble. Called the “General Patton” when it’s sold in overseas markets, the GX is a 9,000-pound urban...

  • Auto Review: With the 2017 911 Turbo S, Porsche has made the perfect car a little more perfect

    Auto Review: With the 2017 911 Turbo S, Porsche has made the perfect car a little more perfect

    Did the best just get better? Porsche’s 2017 911 Turbo S is a faintly measurable fraction superior to the 2016 model. It’s so barely better that only a really first-rate driver would even notice. I didn’t notice. To me, the 2017 version of this delicious sports car is virtually identical to its...

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