MARKETPLACE MONEY COMES TO PASADENA

EVENT—American Public Media’s Marketplace Money took their show on the road—from the Frank Stanton Studios in downtown Los Angeles over to KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. Host Tess Vigeland interviewed Phil Reed (Senior Consumer Advice Editor for Edmunds) and provided a hands-on demonstration by mechanic Rebekah Fleischaker (AKA “carchick”). The topic: “Car Buying in LA: How Not to Get Ripped Off”

WILL CHRYSLER HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?

BACK SEAT DRIVING—The pundants were pretty hard when the decision was made for a government bailout of Chrysler. Most gave Chrysler little-to-no chance of coming out of it alive. Well, Chrysler has just announced that it looks very likely that it’ll repay every penny—interest included—back to Uncle Sam during the second quarter of 2011. Will Chrysler have the last laugh on the pendants?

LIKE A G37

AUTO REVIEW—It was a different kind of Far East movement that spawned the Infiniti G car—one that combines a four-wheel independent sport suspension, rear-wheel drive, and the popularity of a new sport—drifting. The movement has spread to other models and brands, but you don’t need to be a drifter to know which way the wind blows. Editor John-Fredrik Wright tests the G37—Generation Two of Infiniti’s G car.

ELECTRIC RACER

HOT WIRE— The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing, says Nissan LEAF™. The powertrain is an 100% zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the production car. But that’s where the similarities between the production Nissan LEAF and the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC end. As indicted by the “RC” – for Racing Competition – this new electric vehicle, which made its world debut at the New York Auto Show, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term “Racing Green.”

FAST-DRAWING SIX-SHOOTER

AUTO REVIEW—V6 Mustangs used to conjure up images of secretaries and shorthand. That thinking has gone the way of the typewriter. Today’s V6 Mustangs are faster (and lighter) than yesterday’s V8. Moreover, they’ll return 31 miles per gallon, according to the EPA. So, they’re not just quick on the draw, they are loads more economical, as LA CAR’s Harvey Schwartz will attest to.