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THE CHASE
The third-generation Lexus IS

AUTO REVIEW—“The relentless pursuit of perfection” was the Lexus slogan in its early years. For the littlest Lexus, the IS, it’s also been a relentless pursuit of BMW—the self-proclaimed Ultimate Driving Machine. Has the chase ended? Mark Dorman reports on the third generation Lexus IS—in 306-horsepower IS 350 form.

A $66,000 KIA
We drive the 2015 Kia K900

AUTO REVIEW— I’m driving a $66,000 Kia. Stop laughing. It’s true. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re correct. There was a time – and not that long ago – when in order to have a Kia worth $66K you would have to buy a new Kia and fill the trunk with $50,000 in cash. Kia has really been stepping it up in the areas of quality and design, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before they jumped into the luxury car segment. They have done it in a BIG way with the handsome new 2015 Kia K900.

GOING ELECTRIC, ITALIAN STYLE
The FIAT 500e

AUTO REVIEW—“I hope you don’t buy it because every time I sell one it cost me $14,000.” That’s what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne told an audience at the Brookings Institution about the all-electric Fiat 500e. What Marchionne is really saying is that Fiat makes the 500e only because California requires the company to offer it under the state’s mandate to sell zero emissions vehicles. For a car that the company didn’t even want to make it, the 500e is one nicely executed vehicle.

A TALE OF TWO TRAGEDIES
Jules Bianchi and Bradley Morales

BACK SEAT DRIVING— Last weekend, Jules Bianchi and Bradley Morales both suffered serious head injuries which are likely to change their lives forever. Editor-at-large Zoran Segina tells the story.

MUSTANGS IN THE GARDEN
Every Mustang tells a story at the Arboretum

LA CAR REPORT— First it was Shelby Cobras in “Serpents in the Garden,” then came vintage European roadsters in “Spyders in the Garden.” This year, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Arcadia, California let the original pony car run wild as it celebrated 50 years of the iconic Ford Mustang. Brian Kennedy reports on “Mustangs in the Garden,” with Gabriela Moya digitally documented the creatures in the natural habitat of the lush Arboretum.

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