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

  • This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views

    An important L.A. architectural artifact and a small public green space, hidden in the heart of East Hollywood, are the backdrop for this short stroll in the Barnsdall Art Park. It’s mostly flat, but involves several staircases. Shady on a hot day, this 36-acre park offers fine views of the city...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang: Best sports car buy in town?

    2018 Ford Mustang: Best sports car buy in town?

    If you’re interested in the new Mustang, and you’re going to take a test drive — do as I say, and not as I do: Drive the little one first and the big one second. I joined the Ford folks in Malibu on a cool November morning for an introduction to the 2018 Mustang family. Ford had taken over Calamigos...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Kia's Orth Hedrick

    LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Kia's Orth Hedrick

    We asked executives in town for the LA Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Kia Motors’ product planning vice president, Orth Hedrick, told us: What’s your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? I have been a longtime...

  • Korean, Japanese and German cars edge out Americans in IIHS top safety picks

    Korean, Japanese and German cars edge out Americans in IIHS top safety picks

    The respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its recommendations for the safest cars in the 2018 model year. Korean, Japanese and German car companies have come out on top, and very few American vehicles made the cut. Cars and sport utility vehicles from Hyundai Motor Co.’s...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Mark Allen

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Mark Allen

    We asked executives attending the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Mark Allen, head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep design division, told us. What’s your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? My daily is a 2017 Jeep...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Porsche CEO Klaus Zellmer

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Porsche CEO Klaus Zellmer

    We asked executives in town for the LA Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of mobility. Here are some answers from Porsche Chief Executive Klaus Zellmer. What is your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? Right now I’m driving a Panamera Turbo. My commute...

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