INFINITI’S BEAUTIFUL SUN-TANNING MACHINE

AUTO REVIEW— A convertible in So Cal can only mean one thing: Sunburn. Okay, it also means great drives on some of the classic roads nearby. Any convertible will do for the getting sunburned part, but the key is to do it in style, without going overboard on the price sticker. And for that, you’ll be hard pressed to do better than the Infiniti G37 convertible.

THE ART OF INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION REACHES A NEW LEVEL

AUTO REVIEW—Forget everything you know about bargain basement-priced cars. With Nissan’s new 2012 Versa, “entry level” no longer means it has to suck. LA CAR received a sneak preview of Nissan’s newest. John-Fredrik Wright reports.

VOLKSWAGEN’S STATEMENT OPPOSING THE NEW FUEL-EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

BACK SEAT DRIVING—13 automakers are supporting (or at least are making the appearance of supporting) the President’s latest fuel efficiency plans which include a Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 MPG by 2025. Volkswagen, makers of the 43 MPG 2012 Passat TDI, is not hiding its displeasure with the new standards. In a statement issued by Executive Communications VP Tony Cervone explains why….

THE PRESIDENT STATES HIS CASE ON FUEL-EFFICIENCY STANDARDS IN LA CAR’S BACK SEAT DRIVING

BACK SEAT DRIVING —President Barack Obama announces a 54.5 mpg fuel-efficiency standard by 2025. That in and of itself is not a surprise, as the Administration has been hinting at such for quite a while. What is news, however, is that Detroit’s Big Three, as well as Toyota, BMW, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai are backing the plan. Add to the list the Union of Concerned Scientists and the United Auto Workers. The President contributes to today’s Back Seat Driving column.

BACK TO BLACK

AUTO REVIEW— The Cadillac CTS-V Sedan quickly established itself among the world’s highest performing luxury sedans by becoming the first production four-door on street tires to break the legendary eight-minute barrier at Germany’s famed Nurburgring. The ‘Black Diamond’ edition gives the styling of the V-Series sedan in an even darker, stealthier and more menacing look.

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