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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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