REVIEW—Frank Zappa used to sing about cruisin’ for burgers. It’s as routine as filling up the tank. At the local drive-in favorite, In-and-Out Burger, the waiters ask if you’re taking it home or eating in your car. Everyone has their opinions about who makes the best hamburgers in town. At LA Car, one staff member makes it a weekly quest to seek out the best burger in the Southland. So we thought we’d have him put his flame suit on and list his top burgers of So Cal. As Johnny Torch would say, “Flame on!”
AUTO REVIEW— This is the story of a good car and bad luck. The car is the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Convertible and – just my luck – it has been delivered during a week of cold, rainy weather in southern California. Let’s face it, this car is a date magnet and even though I don’t own it, I would like to be able to put the top down and create the illusion that I do for obvious reasons. However, it appears as though I am meant to focus on a review of the vehicle rather than enhancing my social life. So be it.
AUTO REVIEW—Acura says it has the cure for the common crossover: The MDX. As remedies go, the MDX is a big one. If The Beauty and The Beast ever had a kid, you could liken it to the Acura MDX. It’s huge and beastly, but it has elegant style and is nimble like a no other beast around. It is big enough to haul around seven people, although the two in the third row need to be rather small if you are planning on any longer drives.
HOT WIRE— Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the “Aqua” gasoline-electric compact hybrid. The Aqua is the long-awaited smaller Prius (to be called the Prius C, for City), which it says achieves a world-leading fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/L under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT’s) JC08 test cycle and 40.0 km/L under the MLIT 10-15 test cycle. Toyota says the Aqua will be around 20 percent cheaper than the regular Prius.
EVENT— For many, the greatest luxury of all is time. While those fortunate to have the wealth and means to indulge in the very best of what life has to offer, often there aren’t enough hours in the day. Enter the Luxury Review. Hosted at the fabulous Petersen Automotive Museum, this event brings together all of the very best luxury brands under one roof for one fantastic evening.