THE ALCHEMY AND THE X-STASY
2013 Cadillac XTS

AUTO REVIEW—Cadillacs were once portly cars from a land that time forgot. Dinosaurs roamed the world, and petrol could be had for under two bucks a gallon. That was then. Cadillac has since morphed into greatly improved cars by leaps and bounds. All of this is happening in rapid fashion. The XTS is the latest feat of magic by Cadillac. It not only looks cool, but it’s a full-size car that drives with purpose, control, and—dare we say—performance.

THE ZEN OF AUTOMOTIVE LUXURY
2013 Lexus LS 600h L

AUTO REVIEW—France’s Madame Bonté did not drive herself. She was chauffeured by Georges. As a true professional, Georges was a man of considerable driving skills, technical prowess, and a sense for providing smooth comfort for his passengers. I wish Georges could have been with us at the introduction of the 2013 Lexus LS line. The first car I tested was the LS 600h L—a hybrid-powered-super-luxury long-wheel base flagship of the brand. It would be wonderful to put the bamboo and hand-stitched leather-covered steering wheel into Georges’ professional hands, and have him drive this marvel of luxury and technology…

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION
at the L.A. Convention

AUTO SHOW—Automotive invention, that is (apologies to the late Frank Zappa). The organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show revealed around 50 big ones—meaning, automotive debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which started November 30 and goes through December 9, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. That 50 includes some North American debuts, but brand new unveilings account for about half the debuts. Here’s what you’ll see, plus some scenes from the LAAS Press Days.

COUPE D’ÉTAT
2013 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design

AUTO REVIEW—Remember when Volvos were upright and boxy? We are here to tell you that the days of Volvos with perpendicular lines are over. Nowhere is this more evident than in the S60 T6 AWD R-Design sedan. Volvo even has the audacity to hijack the “coupe” term and, yes, call it a four-door coupe. Volvo gave the keys to this “coupe” to our feature editor, wherein he took it for a seven-day spin through the streets and back roads of Florida. Harvey Schwartz reports.

THE INVISIBLE CAR
The car that won’t be noticed

AUTO REVIEW—When Ryan Gosling tried to evade the police in “Drive”, he would have been better off in a Toyota Camry. Practically a quarter of the cars on the streets of Los Angeles are Camrys. It’s the car that won’t be noticed. But not just because of its abundance. It’s just attractive enough to not notice. The car is even invisible to owners: Inoffensive, easy to enter and exit, easy to drive, with all the controls where they should be. It also virtually never breaks down. Meet the invisible car.

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