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Despite its struggle for automotive superiority in the U.S., Detroit still plays host to the largest automotive media event in the country -- the North American International Auto Show. The media frenzy begins next Sunday, Jan. 13, and the show is open to...
Tags: Automotive Equipment, Mitsubishi, BMW, Vehicles, Chrysler
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe science of aerodynamics tells us that air is a fluid with its own viscosity and inertia. When an object such as an automobile moves through it, the object is enveloped in a thin layer known as a laminar flow. Where the laminar airflow shears away from...
Tags: Automotive Equipment, Japan, Bar Refaeli, Apple iPod, Vehicles
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe largest collection of retired presidential limousines is ensconced here at the Henry Ford Museum in a frozen-moment procession that begins with Ronald Reagan's 1972 Lincoln Continental and ends with Theodore Roosevelt's 1902 horse-drawn brougham...
IF you do any research on the new Dodge Caliber, you'll run into a curious example of duck speak, a kind of echo-chamber thinking to the effect that the Neon — the Schmoo-styled compact sedan that the Caliber replaces after more than a decade in...
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2006 The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 5 will launch West, a new Sunday magazine offering readers an eclectic, insightful and entertaining view of the many faces of California. West magazine, which will replace the weekly Los...
EUROPE is on a war footing. A walk around the sprawling Messe Frankfurt complex, home of the city's International Auto Show, reveals how deadly serious European regulators are about curbing greenhouse-gas emissions, at least relative to the laissez faire...
Times Automotive CriticA couple of years ago, I parked a Hummer H2, in all its blunt-trauma enormity, in front of a coffee shop in Santa Monica. When I returned I discovered a note written on a paper napkin under the windshield. "This thing is so stupid! Why don't you grow up?"...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterI've driven lots of cars. I've wallowed like a Russian oligarch pig in the gorgeous mud of a $1.6-million Bugatti Veyron. I've spit tailpipe fire across the midnight Mojave at the wheel of a Lamborghini. I've brushed gape-mouthed peasants aside with the...
IN the two years since I began working for the Los Angeles Times, hybrid automotive technology has matured dramatically. I can't say as much for the automotive consumer. In a strange analog to the culture wars over abortion and gay marriage, a debate...
Times Staff WriterSOMEWHERE in Germany, rich guys are geschwinging around in their 400-hp, mega-dollar Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Black Series, the excessively excessive version of the company's yar little roadster. And yet, for reasons that remain mysterious (well, I...
Automotive critic Dan Neil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.THE crossroads of government regulation and car design has seen some nasty pileups. Please avert your eyes from the 1981 Fiat X 1/9, in the early days of 5-mph bumper regulations, which forced Bertone to bracket the edgy little car with moronic rubber...
ALTHOUGH Mazda avoids the term like the Florida GOP avoids Katherine Harris, the Mazda5 is indisputably a minivan — a three-row, six-passenger vehicle with sliding doors along the fuselage. Given this morphology, what else could you call it? The...
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