Hot Fusion
2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid

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AUTO REVIEW – Our 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid review vehicle is similar in most respects to earlier versions, which is a very good thing because Ford has produced a winner. Differences come via the newly offered Platinum Package that brings along a group of what we previously referred to as Options.

ROCKET
LACar film review

FILM REVIEW—ROCKET is the winner of a 2017 Student Academy Award along with multiple other awards at a number of film festivals across the county. It’s the story of 1950′s dirt track racing … and a young girl’s legacy passed down from father to daughter. Filmed on location at a ranch in Lompoc, California and featuring driving by the likes of racing legend Wally Pankratz and his daughter, TQ champ Randi; “ROCKET” is a study in relationships and racing to life and portrays the subject in a cinematic style reminiscent of Bruce Kessler and John Frankenheimer. Review by Dave Wolin.

GATHERING LEAVES IN A FORD FOCUS
A Ford Focus rewards you for green behavior

AUTO REVIEW—I’m looking at a duo of five-leaf plants on the dashboard of the 2017 Ford Focus SEL. They may resemble Cannabis Sativa genus, but they actually represent Anticipation and Speed in the Eco-Drive mode with more leaves the better. I lost two Anticipation leaves, but managed to keep all five Speed leaves. Page 175 of the 500-page manual (what is this, a spaceship!) explains that Anticipation shows how well I anticipate stopping in traffic, not engaging in over-acceleration and so on. Zoran Segina reports.

MAJOR AND MINOR SCALES
illest x Hot Wheels VW Panel Bus Launch

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AUTO REVIEW— This special event took place at Hot Wheels HQ in El Segundo, CA.  The event promoted the newly released Fatlace VW Panel Bus Die Cast; modeled after the life size bus of Mark Arcenal, founder/creative director (Fatlace) illest Brand.  The online pre-sale of the model sold out quickly as collectors eagerly bought up the limited edition casting. Kenneth Chiu reports.

ELECTRIFIED
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

AUTO REVIEW—The new 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron with the 1.4 liter TFSI Turbo inline four-cylinder engine/electric motor, Audi signature styling, Audi assist, interior quality, ergonomics, luxury and safety, making this model one of the best on the compact hybrid market. I am testing the new model with the technology package and A3 Sportback Premium Plus package. Updated e-tron models now offer improved technology with the virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems including Audi pre-sense front braking. Harvey Schwartz reports.

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