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2018 Toyota C-HR video preview
2018 Toyota C-HR video preview

Nissan has the Juke, Chevy has the Trax, Honda the HR-V. Where's Toyota in the subcompact crossover race? Nowhere now--but that's about to change with this vehicle--the 2018 Toyota C-HR. We've seen this concept before--a few times it's been shown as a Scion. Now it's set to wear Toyota badges when...Read More»

2017 Fiat 124 Spider, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Video Preview

It's been five years since Fiat returned to the U.S., here, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it feels like forever since they've sold a classic Italian convertible here. Now, after 50 years, it's time. Recognize this? Don't call it a Miata. While it's based on the new MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider's...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Transportation 2030: Study Envisions Autonomous Car Hell, Autonomous Bus Heaven, No Flying Cars

Look out the window. Are the roads in your city/town/hamlet clogged with traffic? Have they been that way for the past several decades? Do you wonder if things ever get better? New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management knows the answers to the first two questions...Read More»

Stolen Tesla Model S splits in half, catches fire after massive crash in LA area
Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A Tesla Model S

In the early hours of July 4, Joshua Michael Flot stole a Tesla Model S from the automaker's service center in west Los Angeles, California. According to Bloomberg, he then led authorities on a high-speed chase and was doing a good job of outrunning them. Then, Flot reached La Brea Avenue in West...Read More»

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
TomTom Says That America's Most Congested Cities Are...

If you live in a major metropolitan area, you know that traffic snarls are a way of life. You can either rail at the heavens as you putter from Point A to Point B, or you can close your eyes (only at a standstill, please) and think of England. Well, maybe not London, where traffic is terrible, but...Read More»

Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)
After 30 Years, LA Synchs Its Traffic Lights: Too Little, Too Late?

Is it just us, or does roadway construction seem like an exercise in futility? How many times have you seen crews pack up after adding an extra lane of highway, leaving the road just as clogged as it was before? Couldn't the team have added two lanes (or three), just to save time down the line?...Read More»

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
Carmageddon II Raises Concerns Of Traffic Overhead

If you live in Southern California, you probably remember Carmageddon -- not the video game, not the pet name that some gave to the 2008/2009 auto industry bailout, but the closure of the 405, one of Los Angeles' busiest highways. Now, it's happening again, and once again, residents are concerned...Read More»

Good Samaritan calls to OnStar in 2011
Where Do The Most Helpful Drivers In America Live?

Every year, thousands of drivers contact OnStar operators to let them know about other motorists involved in collisions, vehicle fires, and other dangerous situations. OnStar keeps track of these "Good Samaritan" acts, and recently the company ranked America's ten biggest metro areas, based on the...Read More»

Nissan NV 'Grilled Cheese' van at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
2012 Nissan NV Brings A Little Taste To The Los Angeles Auto Show

If you've never been to a car show, you should really do yourself the favor. Between all the schmoozing, the swag, and the sneak-peeks, they're a little slice of automotive paradise. In fact, the only thing that might improve on the experience would be merging the fun of a car show with, say, the...Read More»

Suzuki Swift Sport
Suzuki Bails On Major Auto Shows In Los Angeles & Detroit

Suzuki fans, we have bad news: if you were hoping to glimpse your favorite automaker's newest rides at the upcoming Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows, you're in for some disappointment. For those who follow Suzuki, it's not surprising that the company is skipping Detroit. Suzuki hasn't appeared...Read More»

Erik Estrada in the Batmobile
Carmageddon Los Angeles, Brought To You By Erik Estrada (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See clips below. If you've lived or driven in Los Angeles, California, you probably understand the importance of Interstate 405. It's a huge route for both commuters and cargo, and it's regularly listed as one of the busiest, most congested stretches of highway in the country. And on July...Read More»

Gettin' real in the Whole Foods parking lot. Image: Fog and Smog Films
Getting Real With A Toyota Prius In The Whole Foods Parking Lot

Times have changed in the Gangsta’s Paradise we call Los Angeles. Where it used to be all about rolling in your slammed ’64 Impala and busting caps from your AK, today it’s more about rolling in your Prius, popping down to Whole Foods for a bag of Blazing Wasabi snack mix and a...Read More»

Blake Griffen Slam Dunk Over Kia Optima
Blake Griffin Auctioning Dunked-Over 2011 Kia Optima For Charity

Remember the 2011 Kia Optima that NBA star Blake Griffin successfully completed a slam dunk over--well, the hood at least--back in February? If not, you can catch our previous post on it, including a video of the feat, by clicking here. Well, the Los Angeles Clippers forward has now donated the...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Preview Drive: 2011 Nissan LEAF EV Prototype

High Gear Media has at last driven the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car. Okay, admittedly it's a stretch to say that we actually drove the LEAF, but we did take a quick spin in a vehicle that demonstrates, according to Nissan, how the LEAF will perform and feel behind the wheel. In an unusual—and...Read More»

Audi A3 TDI
L.A. Auto Show: 2010 Audi A3 TDI Earns Green Car Of The Year

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI has been dubbed Green Car of the Year, making it the second time in a row that a clean diesel vehicle has taken the honor. (Last year's winner? The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.) Ron Cogan -- editor of Green Car Journal, which presented the award yesterday at the L.A. Auto Show --...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M
L.A. Auto Show: 2011 Infiniti M Unveiling Today On Facebook

Yesterday's Facebook unveiling of the 2011 Audi A8 caused a buzz in the auto media, but we're not entirely sure that Audi's gamble paid off. At the moment, there aren't any photos or video of the sedan on the A8 fan page and just 61 comments -- only four of which were posted after the reveal. (Fave...Read More»

Parking Meter
Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You: Market Pricing?

A number of cities large and small are coming around to think of public parking spaces not as a subsidized right but a privilege worth a fee—more specifically, a sliding fee, depending on the demand for a particular spot. As the LA Times reports, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Preview: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Chrysler hopes to recharge its convertible sales by offering thee distinct models of its new 2008 Sebring convertible, which is being unveiled at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Sebring will come with a choice of three different power tops: a hard top, a traditional canvas top, or a less...Read More»

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