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Los Angeles Times

Charles Fleming

Writer

Charles Fleming writes about automobiles and motorcycles for the Los Angeles Times’ Business section. He also writes the urban hiking column LA Walks. A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller "High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess," the New York Times bestseller "My Lobotomy," and "Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and its sequel, “Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles.”

Recent Articles

  • At this garage, people pay $116,500 for a parking spot

    At this garage, people pay $116,500 for a parking spot

    Palm Springs real estate is expensive. But if you want to pay top dollar for parking, look to nearby Palm Desert. Members of the Bighorn Golf Club, a private facility inside a golfing community in that desert town, paid an initiation fee of $110,000 and $6,500 in annual dues for the privilege of...

  • Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro excels on pavement, not so much on dirt

    Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro excels on pavement, not so much on dirt

    Ducati's new Scrambler has a lot going for it. Maybe that's why the Italian bike builder is selling so many. Packaging retro styling with ease of use and a price point that's low for a Bologna-built two-wheeler, Ducati credits the Scrambler with making 2015 its best North American retail year. ...

  • 2016 Prius Four is a smarter, sleeker version of Toyota's aging hybrid

    2016 Prius Four is a smarter, sleeker version of Toyota's aging hybrid

    Back in the dark days of automotive history, fuel was cheap and plentiful and Detroit dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Then the Prius came along, offering the first practical hybrid solution, and became the bestselling car in California. Almost a decade later, fuel is cheap and plentiful again, and a...

  • Toyota is scrapping its youth-oriented Scion brand

    Toyota is scrapping its youth-oriented Scion brand

    Sayonara, Scion.Toyota Motor Corp. has pulled the plug on its edgy, youth-oriented nameplate. As of August, the Scion brand will be gone.The Japanese car giant characterized the news as the end of a triumphant period in which the quirky, inexpensive Scions brought new customers to the brand.But...

  • Consumer Reports will continue controversial motorcycle ratings

    Consumer Reports will continue controversial motorcycle ratings

    Early last year, with little fanfare, the buyers' advocate magazine Consumer Reports began rating motorcycles for reliability and customer satisfaction. The results of their first study have confounded some bike owners and manufacturers. The study, conducted among the 3 million subscribers to the...

  • Elon Musk reinvests in Tesla

    Elon Musk reinvests in Tesla

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has converted 532,000 stock options into stock, the company said late Friday. A company spokesperson said Musk had exercised the stock options, said to have been valued at about $7 a share, into shares that currently trade at $192. "This week Elon increased his investment...

  • Range Rover Sport HSE Td6: a posh drive through El Niño's wickedness

    Range Rover Sport HSE Td6: a posh drive through El Niño's wickedness

    Land Rover has made its Southern California reputation by selling cars capable of fording rocky streams and climbing icy slopes to drivers who rarely face anything more challenging than a lentil soup spill in the Trader Joe's parking lot. But with a powerful El Niño bearing down upon us, the 2016...

  • Harley-Davidson reports mixed fourth-quarter earnings

    Harley-Davidson reports mixed fourth-quarter earnings

    A day after unveiling two appealing new motorcycles to its 2016 line-up, Harley-Davidson reported mixed fourth-quarter earnings that temporarily boosted the company's wobbly stock performance. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle company said earnings per share were 22 cents, above analysts' expectations....

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