AUTO REVIEW—Do they still say Zoom-zoom in Mazda land? They very well could with the 2016 Mazda6. Mazda’s SKYACTIV approach to design entails development of all three main automotive components —chassis, engine, transmission—with each other in mind. SKYACTIV, as opposed to an off-the-shelf plan wherein various parts are brought together to create a new product, results in a finished vehicle where everything works as a unit from the very beginning. This translates into a mid-size family sedan that may get you cited for driving while hot.
AUTO REVIEW—If the late David Bowie were a car, we think he would have been an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider—or surely it would have been one of his more prominent personas: conspicuous, rambunctious, outlandish and sexy. It’s the alpha dog of the automotive kennel. Reviewer Harvey Schwartz marvels at both the pleasure and pain of the Alfa.
AUTO REVIEW—Visually, it’s the floating c-pillar on the new 2016 Nissan Maxima that sets it apart from the existing sport sedan crowd. Viscerally, it’s how the new car behaves that leaves the most lasting impression. LA Car Video Director-Editor Bobby Holland digs deep to find out what makes the new Maxima tick, interviewing its creators, dissecting its inner workings, and driving it the way it should be driven in a thorough road test.
AUTO REVIEW—The reputation of Toyota trucks is the stuff of urban legends. Top Gear famously took a used Toyota truck and rammed it through a shed, hit it with a wrecking ball, tossed it in the ocean, torched it, and then placed it on top of a high-rise building, only to have the building demolished. The truck refused to die. Most recently, there was a flurry of press reports that the U.S government was asking Toyota why ISIS was using so many of its trucks. We asked Harold Osmer to find out why the truck is so popular, and Toyota obliged with a sampling of the newest, third-generation Tacoma.
AUTO REVIEW—No, we’re not referring to the fire-breathing monster out of Japan. On second thought, yeah, we are. Only this one is made out of cold blue steel, has the power of 545 stallions, and is called the 2016 Nissan GT-R Premium. Zoran Segina tells us what it feels like to ride Godzilla on Southern California’s Highway 405 and beyond.