AUTO REVIEW—No, that’s not an Aston Martin. It’s the new Ford Fusion, and among other things, it’s the look of Fords to come (think next-generation Mustang). Rarely has automotive sheet metal looked this good for so little—and on a sedan body no less. It’s the first sedan to be offered in gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants. LA Car’s Harvey Schwartz got behind the wheel of the 2013 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid and kissed the gas stations goodbye.
AUTO REVIEW—After driving a number of smaller cars, I’ve been looking forward to driving something a little bigger and more spacious. Sure, small cars are fun to drive and, during this time of high gas prices, you have to appreciate the fuel economy but from time to time it’s nice to drive something a little larger that makes you feel as though you belong on the road. The 2013 Chevy Equinox LTZ is such a vehicle—and it’s our choice for a road trip down memory lane to California City.
GALLERY— This year’s theme of Inspired Design for the Art Center Car Classic is really redundant in some ways, as every year the cars are inspiring. Nevertheless, there are two vignettes that truly stand out among the many stories at the 2012 Car Classic. The first reminds us of how America was decades ago, in the fifties and sixties. This country was growing in many ways, including design and style. The second is a world of fantastic vehicles and potential.
BOOK REVIEW— You know those new greeting cards that talk, sing, tell a joke, make rude bodily noises, or play music when one opens them? Well, that happened (at least in my mind) every time that I opened this second offering in Mike Arthur’s “Old School” open wheel dirt track photobook series. I hear a blast of screaming Chevy V-8 music, underscored by the rapping rain of clay chunks ricocheting off the crash fence, all sustained by the roar of an appreciative crowd of crazed sprint car fans.
LA CAR REPORT—The Luxury Review, hosted by Rand Luxury at the Petersen Automotive Museum—while those that are attending are lured in by amazing automobiles, it’s exploring new upscale products and services that creates a unique, and exciting experience. But, the best part is, you never know what you’ll find. Editor John Grafman reports.