LA CAR REPORT— LA Car was invited to breakfast with Mark Reuss, the President of General Motors North American operations. So what’s he like and what did he have to say? Editor-at-Large Doug Stokes took up the invite. Says Stokes, for a top dog, he seemed pretty darn relaxed, his first words to us were: ‘No major news today.’ However, he did talk about the new Corvette, the new Elmiraj, and oil burners.
BOOK REVIEW—Metal. It’s all around us. It’s shaped, stretched, shrunk, slapped, folded, welded, braised, blasted, bolted, bonded, bent, hammered, riveted, and, if you’re something of a car, or motorcycle, or airplane person, you quite likely have a weird attraction to it…And that may well be why we need this book.
LA CAR REPORT—A Silicon Valley high technology engineer retires, moves to the Island of Hawaii, builds a house, installs solar panels, and buys a 2013 Nissan LEAF (AKA Nissan’s Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car). His solar panels produce enough energy to power his house and car, and even enough to give some back to the electric company to help power the rest of the town. Welcome to the future.
AUTO REVIEW—It looks like a Mitsubishi Evo, but that’s where the resemblance ends. As LA Car’s Reed Berry puts it, “I can honestly say that of all the cars I’ve ever driven, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE is certainly one of them. I frequently get to road test some really sweet rides. But every now and then, a less than exciting car is slipped in just to cleanse the palate.”
AUTO REVIEW—To those who grew up driving zippy European compacts, there is nothing surprising about the new 2014 Ford Fiesta. It is a solid European-influenced performer. Those of us who know this segment well offer the Fiesta our hearty welcome. To the newcomers we say: prepare to be more than pleasantly surprised.