2017 MPG “Droptops & Dirt”
Membership has its Priveleges

by Glenn Oyoung The Motor Press Guild (which, with “MPG” as its shorthand name wins the best organizational acronym ever) is based in Los Angeles and is the largest automotive media association in North America. MPG works with OEMs to organize driving events that are my hands-down favorite benefit of being a member. In one [...]

BEAUTY’S ONLY SKIN DEEP
Toyota’s new Prius Prime

AUTO REVIEW—I’m listening to The Temptations sing “Beauty is Only Skin Deep” on the Toyota Prius Prime’s 10-speaker JBL premium sound system, and I can’t help think about the car I’m driving. This Prius Prime ain’t no beauty. The Prius has never been pretty, but with the new, fourth-generation model, Toyota really pushed the visual polarity index. The Prime is actually even more polarizing to look at. Fortunately, one can look beyond the superficial to find real beauty. Roy Nakano reports on the new Prius Prime.

MOUNT McKINLEYISH
2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD

AUTO REVIEW—The all-new 2017 GMC Acadia, with the top-of-the-line Denali trim and AWD is one of the best-looking, best-performing, most comfortable, functional, and connected crossover SUVs in this booming sales segment. The Acadia in the Denali trim takes care of so much of what one expects from a crossover—it’s stylish, versatile and fun to drive. The new Denali is on top of its game, from an automaker that only builds trucks. Harvey Schwartz reports.

TOURING TIGER
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

AUTO REVIEW—Frankly it’s not really the first thing that you’d expect to hear about in a driving impression of a high end, full size, eight-passenger minivan. But, the first drive and first application of a relatively good amount of gas pedal produces acceleration that’s far more sports car than soccer bus. Suffice it to say, this beautiful 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has the “beans” to really move out smartly, and superior mid-range power that builds confidence by the mile. Story by Doug Stokes and pictures by Harvey Schwartz.

STEEL, LEATHER AND LACY PARK
Scenes from the San Marino Motor Classic

AUTO SHOW— Top-Flite classic car owners from all over Southern California and beyond broke out the polish and wax for the Seventh Annual San Marino Motor Classic: Design in Motion. More than 300 mint condition classic and collector cars spanning over a century were on display for this concours-level event on Sunday, June 11th at Lacy Park. Albert J. Wong was on hand to digitally capture this collection of steel and leather in its unnatural habitat.

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