| Nov 29, 2006
| 7:52 PM
Stand on any street corner in Brentwood and watch the coolness, the hotness, roll by: Ferrari Enzo, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMW M6, Cadillac XLR, Porsche 911. These strange visitors from the planet Horsepower are the epitome of auto-exoticism. And yet...
| Dec 2, 2008
At the moment, D.C. and Detroit are brooding on a Morton's Fork: Watch the American automakers auger in and take hundreds of thousands of jobs with them, or bail out these failed and incorrigible companies whose management so richly deserves whatever hell...
| Sep 9, 2007
Bentley Continental GT? Seen it. Aston Martin DB9? What else you got? Maserati Quattroporte? Wasn't that, like, so last year's product placement on "Entourage"?
The trouble with ultra-luxury cars in this town is that their prestige expires faster than...
| Nov 25, 2007
There are captains of industry, and then there are commodores. For a few short hours at the start of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the flag-rank executives of the automotive business -- chief executives, head designers and other board-level types -- jetted...
| Jan 6, 2008
| 4:25 PM
Despite its struggle for automotive superiority in the U.S., Detroit still plays host to the largest automotive media event in the country -- the North American International Auto Show. The media frenzy begins next Sunday, Jan. 13, and the show is open to...
| Feb 4, 2008
| 5:39 PM
I anthropomorphize cars. I can't help it. Some overly empathetic fold in my brain wants to make a steel-and-glass thing into a character, a persona, an avatar, a material semblance of the people and the company that built it. If you've walked through as...
| Dec 21, 2007
| 11:17 AM
With the race for techno-smart, fuel-burning machines at a fevered pitch, 2007 was a banner year for auto-related headlines. On the flip side, pricy luxury sedans and sports cars received loads of accolades and attention despite their fuel-guzzling ways....
| Apr 25, 2007
One is British, the other German. The Brit is a 1-ton, mid-engine atomic pixie stripped to the bare metal floor, a car so loud and raw that when its 220-horsepower supercharged four is at -- how to put this delicately? -- full suck, it sounds like an...
| Feb 7, 2007
What's in your portfolio? Are you a high-risk investor or do you prefer the slow and reliable clink-clink of blue-chip stock? Personally, I've got all my money tied up in a racehorse named Barbaro. What? No way! When'd that happen?
I would love to see...
| Jan 24, 2007
To my co-workers with whom I share the company garage, I'm sorry. The recent presence of the 2007 Jaguar XKR test car left you so breathless as to be practically hypoxic. The resulting blue-faced befuddlement may have been responsible for an uptick in...
| Mar 7, 2007
A couple of months ago I found myself in the vicinity of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, standing in front of a high-end cheese shop where customers were lined up out the door. Got that? Cheese shop. Waiting. Out the door. It's fair to say the consumers...