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

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Return of the American van

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Return of the American van

    For the last several years, sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles have been the hottest-selling segments in the automotive world. But a lot of American families are still buying minivans. More than 500,000 of these multi-passenger people movers were sold last year -- and about half...

  • Faraday Future seeks approval to build electric cars in California

    Faraday Future seeks approval to build electric cars in California

    Faraday Future, the Gardena-based electric car company, is eager to begin building its battery-electric vehicles in California. Having broken ground only a month ago on a $1-billion car factory in Nevada, Faraday could add a Vallejo facility to its production plans. Pending the outcome of a city...

  • Ford recalls 271,000 F-150 pickups to fix brake fluid leak

    Ford recalls 271,000 F-150 pickups to fix brake fluid leak

    Ford Motor Co. has issued a safety recall for faulty braking systems in F-150 pickups, the automaker's most popular product and the bestselling vehicle in America for most of the past 30 years. The recall includes about 271,000 pickups in the 2013 and 2014 model years. The Michigan car company...

  • McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag

    McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag

    The supercar company McLaren, in an effort to boost factory capacity and bring new buyers to its brand, has gone downmarket. The 570S, the exclusive British builder's first sports car, is being advertised as an affordable, daily driver — an attainable McLaren, available to any auto enthusiast with...

  • Motorcycle deaths jump nationwide but fall in California. Why?

    Motorcycle deaths jump nationwide but fall in California. Why?

    Motorcycle fatalities on U.S. roads rose 10% in 2015, according to estimates from the Governors Highway Safety Assn. Those estimates show that more than 5,000 motorcycle riders died in 2015, up from 4,548 in 2014. That makes 2015 the third year in history when the body count was above 5,000. In...

  • Tesla to sell $2 billion in stock to speed up the production of its Model 3 sedan

    Tesla to sell $2 billion in stock to speed up the production of its Model 3 sedan

    Tesla Motors Inc. plans to sell $2 billion worth of stock — $1.4 billion held by the company, and the rest by its chief executive, Elon Musk — to fund faster production of its Model 3 sedan. Tesla said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it would begin “volume production and delivery”...

  • Elon Musk responds to exposé on foreign laborers at Tesla plant

    Elon Musk responds to exposé on foreign laborers at Tesla plant

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and his team have issued an explanation and partial apology after a San Jose Mercury News story accused the Bay Area car company of using cheap, imported labor to build its luxury battery-electric automobiles. The Mercury News story said Tesla had employed a Slovenian...

  • Los Angeles Auto Show embraces the future, folding Connected Car Expo into main show

    Los Angeles Auto Show embraces the future, folding Connected Car Expo into main show

    Undergoing an aggressive revamp to prepare for an autonomous-driving future, the Los Angeles Auto Show is eliminating its Connected Car Expo and replacing it with a new pre-show designed to better bridge automakers and technology companies.  When the L.A. Auto Show takes place this fall, it will...

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