AUTO REVIEW— Are you cool enough to own a Jeep? Not the comfy, four-door, enclosed, SUV Jeep. A REAL, iconic Jeep? Open air, high ride height, squared off, function over form, short wheelbase, tall tires, in-your-face Tank green Willys-style Jeep? Feel up to it? We tested the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys and found ourselves dreaming of off-road adventures, camping excursions, and generally having a good time at the beach or mountains or wherever else we decided to go. Harold Osmer reports.
AUTO REVIEW—Volkswagen is reeling from the revelations of Dieselgate—the admission that its four-cylinder Clean Diesels incorporate software that allows the vehicles to pollute up to 40 times the permitted limit under driving conditions, and simultaneously keeping the cars compliant under emissions testing conditions. While the general public has expressed outrage, the diehard VW aficionados have taken a different perspective. To appreciate that perspective, we spend some time with the holy grail of VWs—The R. The Golf R, that is.
AUTO REVIEW—It took a lot of chutzpah for Ford to fashion its best-selling vehicle out of the same material as your favorite light beer can. Chevy is having a field day, boosting that its trucks are still made out of tried and true steel. Ford, on the other hand, is putting all its eggs in the aluminum basket. The result (all other things being equal) is a pick-up truck that’s lighter, faster, and easier on the fuel bill. Senior Contributing Editor Harvey Schwartz sips on an ice cold 2016 Ford F-150 4X4 XLT Supercab 2.7 EcoBoost six-pack for LA Car.
LA CAR REPORT—Is it fun watching Jimmie Johnson win all the time? That’s one storyline coming out of the Auto Club 400 in Fontana on Sunday, where he took his sixth race of 22 he has run at the track. He has now notched 77 wins in 512 starts in Sprint Cup. Thing is, he didn’t do it in dominating fashion. In fact, he wasn’t ahead much until the last two OT laps. So it’s not like people had to watch his smiling face on the big screens all day. Brian Kennedy reports.