| Mar 31, 2012
| 5:04 PM
The car: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
The power: 380 total horsepower and a maximum of 428 pound-feet of torque at any given time. A supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque while an electric motor puts out 47...
| Oct 28, 2012
DALI, China — "I'm sorry," my travel agent's email said, "but Tibet is closed."
Closed? How could it just shut down? This wasn't Space Mountain we were talking about.
A quick Google search confirmed the news. In "celebration" of the anniversary of...
| Jul 8, 2012
LONDON — If you're at all familiar with London — the city of congestion, crowded byways, skinny streets — you may be trying to imagine how in the world the city will cope with moving its Olympics visitors from Point A to Point B.
| Jan 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The first question my well-meaning acquaintances ask is, "Do you take that thing on the freeway?"
Since that thing is a 1.2-liter engine on two wheels and a 600-pound body, that's actually a rather silly question.
But I know it's only a warm-up for...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 5:00 AM
Race car driver Ken Block speeds down a narrow band of asphalt in his souped-up Ford Fiesta, careening through the "Back to the Future" set on Universal Studios' back lot.
The speedometer flies toward 80. Block's eyes are fixed on the road as he...
| Dec 12, 2012
When my dad's driving deteriorated, I called the California Department of Motor Vehicles and asked about the procedure for having his license revoked. I could fill out a form, I was told, and my dad would be called in to have his driving ability...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 1:00 PM
With every automaker competing to get more power from less fuel, Ford this week will unveil a three-cylinder that could portend a larger trend toward smaller engines.
The tiny turbo, appearing in the Fiesta model, will be among the more significant...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Some people are pretty good at being stuck in traffic. They gab on the phone, listen to music, chalk up the inconvenience as inevitable.
Generally speaking, I sweat, curse and think miserable thoughts. And I'm on the road a lot, which has...
| Aug 21, 2011
Until recently, my relationship with central California's magnificent Big Sur coast was all about the drive. Ninety-three miles of zigzagging, fog-attracting, life-affirming, white-knuckling Highway 1 to savor from behind a windshield during the day and...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Sad but true, Frank McCourt's attorney is claiming Bryan Stow has to take some responsibility for the beating on opening day that left him in a coma....
| Nov 27, 2011
| 4:34 PM
A 58-year-old pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Carson Saturday night, authorities said. Papaivai Masaga was crossing the road on the 22000 block of Main Street when he was struck by a vehicle....