Category: Automotive Reviews

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Open Haus

Open Haus

I always say yes to any party which involves snacks, Donkey Kong, and test-driving a sporty sedan. So of course I RSVP’d in the affirmative to Volkswagen’s Jetta Haus pop-up in Culver City. The star of this party was the 2019 Jetta, the 7th generation of a venerable marquee that has sold 17 million units...

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If Looks Could Sting: 2018 Kia Stinger GT1

If Looks Could Sting: 2018 Kia Stinger GT1

Apparently, not all thrill rides are attached to steel tracks in amusement parks. My need for speed is satisfied in spades by the car I’m currently road testing. It’s a spacious, powerful head turner and, believe it or not, it’s a Kia. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT1 is quickly putting a smile on my face. I...

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Future Perfect – Lexus LC500h

Future Perfect – Lexus LC500h

I can usually tell how I’m going to approach a review I feel the moment I schedule the return. When it was time to hand over the keys to the handlers of the Lexus LC500h, the feeling was one of pure relief. While I thoroughly enjoyed my stint in Lexus’ flagship coupe, I knew it...

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Jaguar E-type 400 sport

Jaguar E-type 400 sport

Stepping out nearly six decades ago, and about one hundred miles outside of Los Angeles would mean landing in Palm Springs. The terrain favored by movie stars and snowbirds. Dotting the welcoming landscape and hills near Mount San Jacinto, architects using novel approaches accelerated the development of, as we know it now, the Modernism movement....

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THIS IS HOW WE ADULT 2017.5 Mazda6 Grand Touring

THIS IS HOW WE ADULT 2017.5 Mazda6 Grand Touring

Zoom-zoom. For automotive enthusiasts the name Mazda is synonymous with this catchy tagline. Like some kind of automotive Rorschach test, the words “Zoom-Zoom” conjure up images of red gen-1 Miata’s carving up roads like 1.5:1 scale go-karts. Besides the Le-Mans winning Renown Mazda 787B, Miata, and RX-7, I have been preoccupied with other marquees for most...

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BMW M5: A Modest Proposal

BMW M5: A Modest Proposal

Len Frank wrote about BMW’s E34 generation of the M5, which was produced from September 1988 to August 1995, and powered by the S38 in-line six engine. BMW has been making inline six cylinder engines forever—in a couple of years it will have been sixty years since they produced their first—and around here that qualifies...

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This May Be The Buick You’d Really Rather Have

This May Be The Buick You’d Really Rather Have

Len Frank on the Buick Regal Grand National, as first published in Motor Trend back in December of 1983. Photos by Paul Martinez(top image courtesy of Motor Trend) Even if you didn’t know that Fireball’s real name was Glenn, most likely you’ve been exposed to the NASCAR Grand Nationals via the tube – the best TV auto...

 

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