AUTO REVIEW—If there is any doubt that BMW has rid its last vestiges of the Bangle school of design, one only need to take a look at the new 650i Coupe—arguably the best looking BMW in eons. Gone are the Bangle butt and the flame fuselage,. But does the brawn match the beauty? Harvey Schwartz reports on the latest flagship from the carmaker with the spinning blue propeller logo.
AUTO REVIEW—This is a review of the Venza, not to be confused with the Versa, or the late Stanza. Generic name notwithstanding, the Venza is the tall, spacious station wagon variant to the Toyota Camry sedan. But wagons and minivans are not considered cool in this country, so Toyota has dressed up the Venza in crossover SUV clothing. John-Fredrik Wright reports.
BACK SEAT DRIVING—Can corporations have a conscience? Earlier this year, Nissan raised more than a few eyebrows when it strongly opposed anti-gay legislation introduced in its base state of Tennessee. Now we learn that Nissan plans to shame every other competitor on the environmental front. Nissan certainly sounds serious with all its plans to out-eco the competition. Can it deliver?
AUTO CLUB NEWS— Gas prices reversed course in most Southern California areas and began heading downward last week after two straight weeks of increases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.864 per gallon, which is 2.8 cents lower than last week.
GALLERY—It’s hard to capture all of the Art Center Car Classic in one fell swoop. So here’s a second take—this time from the lens of Editor John Grafman. Art Center’s legendary Transportation Design alumni serve as a reminder that behind every beautifully designed car is a designer—and there were plenty of examples of beautiful designs. Here’s an encore showing of the Art Center automotive artwork.