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Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA test 1-1

In what is surely being welcomed as a rousing endorsement just weeks before its market launch, the Chevy Volt was named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. In being so named, the Volt became the first ever electric vehicle to win the title--if you're willing to call the Chevy Volt an electric vehicle, that is.

 

 
 

Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders test 1-1

The goal of this year's Design LA competition was to create a 1,000 lb. vehicle that could seat four comfortably and safely. For the first time, the competition extended beyond U.S. borders into Germany and Japan. Mercedes-Benz took the challenge seriously, offering three of the most distinctive concepts of the competition, including its radical Biome concept.


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury test 1-1

Surprisingly, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet isn't the biggest fugster in LA. We've come to realize that spot belongs to the Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac. Taking nearly every intersting angle and curve out of the modern automobile, Cadillac presents a truly shapeless take on (luxurious?) urban commuting.


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Unveils the 2012 Cayman R test 1-1

Porsche told us a new mid-engined sports car was coming and now it's here: the 2012 Cayman R. Porsche's new mid-engine is a lighter, more powerful, more performance oriented version of the Cayman coupe. Unfortunately for LA showgoers and those watching from a distance, Porsche decided to debut the car in what we can only describe as sickly-turd green.


 

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Gets A Little Harder test 1-1

If there's one place you'd expect to see a full-performance Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, it'd be in the sunny city and suburbs of Los Angeles. And that's exactly where Lamborghini chose to introduce its new high-performance Gallardo Spyder, which is essentially the Gallardo Spyder Superleggera.


Full Reveal: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Bows in LA

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:47PM | By: Chris Weiss


Full Reveal: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Bows in LA  test 1-1

Nissan revealed the Murano CrossCabriolet on the first media day of the 2010 LA Auto Show and released an array of pictures of the exterior and interior. The model opens up an interesting new segment in the auto market: the all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Decide for yourself if that's a segment that needed opening.


The Great Mini-Van Wars of Aught Ten: Nissan Quest Debuts In LA, Speedometer Back Where It Belongs

On: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 4:22PM | By: John Welch


The Great Mini-Van Wars of Aught Ten: Nissan Quest Debuts In LA, Speedometer Back Where It Belongs test 1-1

The "Toilet of Bad Ideas" has been overflowing for some time now, clogged with the foul remains of things like "Pops-a-Dent" and the Flo-Bee. Also swirling 'round in this brain turd stew, you guessed it, the center-mounted gauge cluster. What a stinker of an idea! Sure it works in a MINI, whose massive speedo really couldn't go anywhere else, lest it knock the tach off of its rightful throne, the steering column. Every other car laden with this terrible mistake, this distracting, poorly conceived pretentious waste of good dash space, was left with at least one glaring fault—the stupid center-mounted gauges.

College kids who buy and operate Toyota Echos need to watch the effing road! They're already so helpless and ineffective behind the wheel; I don't think making them look down and to the right while in motion, so they can check the speed of their ugly 4-wheeled snot box, is a very good idea. No, I think its a terrible idea. That's why it flounders away in the aforementioned "Toilet of Bad Ideas". A Saturn Ion Redline could be considered a fairly peppy vehicle. Some might even say "quick". So let's stick the gauge cluster in the middle of the dash and watch the insurance cash roll in! The Prius . . . oh gawd, why waste the effort typing. The Prius is just stupid, for so many reasons; the center-mounted slowometer isn't even in the top ten. The world has a finite supply of nickel, idiots; let's start there . . .

The third generation Nissan Quest was one such dash-zit sporting vehicle. The overall package was decent, different, attractive in some circles. Nissan and Renault were hooking up in a janitor's closet while this van was being designed, and its French influence can be seen both inside and out. The avant garde headlamps, bulging fenders, and strange 3/4 view all screamed "Renault". Look in the cabin and we have seats from the Moon Raker, an instrument panel stolen from the ISS . . . and . . those . . . freaking center-mounted gauges. Ahhhk.


Nissan Shows Its Highly Anticipated Murano Convertible

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Shows Its Highly Anticipated Murano Convertible test 1-1

We knew it was coming this week, but it came a little early. Nissan released a picture of its Murano CrossCabriolet, a model which will debut at the LA Auto Show later this week. Soon to be the market's only AWD crossover convertible, the Murano CrossCabriolet doesn't look nearly as crazy or horrible as it could have and is much better than the renderings that we've seen over the years.


Sneak Peek of This Week's L.A. Auto Show

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible test 2

The 2010 L.A. International Auto Show is coming up this week; the glitz and glamour of Hollywood demands that the cars exhibited each year are the most ostentatious of each automaker’s line-up. Which models will automakers display this year? 2010 has been an exciting year, many new models have broken cover at different International Auto Shows. For details on some of the new cars and innovative features the automakers plan to unveil in the City of Angels, read on . . .


Brand New Mid-Engined Porsche To Debut In LA

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


Brand New Mid-Engined Porsche To Debut In LA test 1-1

We know that there are a lot of world and North American debuts coming to the 2010 LA Auto Show this week—20 and 30, at last count. Porsche has a couple of the latter in its 911 GTS and 911 Speedster, which will be shown for the first time on American turf at the show. A Motor Trend report yesterday indicates that Porsche has another debut up its sleeve, and this one is a world-debuting first-timer. Porsche didn't go into details, but said the car is a mid-engined sports car. 


Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival 2010, The Lost Roll

On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 5:18PM | By: John Welch


Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival 2010, The Lost Roll test 1-1

I can hear it already . . . "The 'lost roll'?! What does that mean?" I am of course referring to film, something we don't use all that often in 2010. Instead we carry digital celluloid with us to car shows, and we squeeze every last megabyte out of our CF treasure chests. Because space is limited and time is short, we aren't always able to present the full battery of images taken at each event. We can make up for it later though, ressurecting images that weren't used in the original posts but probably should have been.

This gallery contains the usual mix of shiny paint and even more shiny chrome, as well as a few avant garde shots. The images were snapped by either myself, Drew Christy, or Drew's wife, Stephanie. We have a boat-load of shots left; look for another "Lost Roll" post before the end of the month . . .