AUTO REVIEW—Let’s cut to the chase: The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV cranks out 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the Porsche 911 Carrera S, more than the 5.0 V8 Mustang GT and more than the Ferrari 458 Italia. But whereas the Ferrari’s maximum torque occurs at 6,000 rpm, the Spark EV delivers all 400 big ones at zero rpm. Meet the $18,000* electric hot rod from hell.
AUTO REVIEW—“Volvo” in Latin translates to “I roll”. An Eaton supercharger and BorgWarner turbocharger working in tandem to crank out 302 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four roughly translates to “I rock”—and not just in Latin. Meet the rock and roll member of the Volvo family—the 2015 S60 T6 Drive-E. Harvey Schwartz reports.
AUTO REVIEW—”You’ll be okay with it?” The query by the press fleet manager is touching. He just he handed me the keys to the 2014 Nissan LEAF, and the 120-volt charging cable. I appreciate his concern for my well-being, but I have reviewed cars for years and LEAF (also known as Nissan’s Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable Family car) is just a car. Of course I’ll be okay with it. It’s after 10:00 that evening and I am definitely not okay with it.
LA CAR REPORT— “We know we are late to the party,” said the Lexus representative. The luxury division of Toyota gave LA CAR and other select media the opportunity to get up close and personal with the forthcoming 2015 Lexus NX family of small luxury utility vehicles. Sean Spear offers a quick take on Lexus’ big leap into the small ute competition.
AUTO REVIEW—“‘When you look good, you feel good.’ Having heard that expression so many times throughout my life in motivational seminars and television commercials, I can’t help but wonder exactly what it really means. Is it limited to the fashionable clothing one wears or a stylish new haircut, or can it apply to cool automobiles, as well? Perhaps I’m overthinking this a bit, but all I know is that I’m looking good and feeling good driving a sporty 2014 Scion tC.” Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry reports.