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December 22, 1999
Bayerische Motoren Werke is a latecomer to the supercharged American sport-utility market, the BMW 2000 X5 just now arriving at dealerships--and then in fairly limited supply. (Think waiting list, holiday shoppers.) The X5 shown at left is the exclusive styling package--impala brown with titanium trim--offered through the Neiman Marcus catalog. (Again, think waiting list.) For the record, the base 2000 production model is stickered at $49,970. For that, buyers get a 4.
April 21, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Considering Mitchell Gold's and Bob Williams' affinity for traditional-modern hybrid designs -- a Scandinavian-style Windsor chair from their spring collection features Tibetan fur cushions -- their new location in Beverly Hills, not far from modern showrooms in West Hollywood, and around the corner from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, seems well situated. Gold said the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom is about three times the size of the former studio on Third Street in Los Angeles . "We are expanding our retail stores throughout the country," he said.
February 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
January 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
It's hard not to spot an import brand car on American roads. That wasn't always the case, Volkswagen reminds us as it commemorated the shipment of the first Beetle to New York City 65 years ago. Back in January 1949, Volkswagen delivered a VW “Type 1,” or Beetle, to Ben Pon Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer. “It made inroads very tentatively selling only two that first year and then seemed to burst like wildfire,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
November 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Whenever the Los Angeles Auto Show comes to town, there are a wide range of autos that make it to the showroom floor. Some are stunning. Some are innovative.  Some are flat-out bizarre. To many that are here getting a preview of the show, the blue monstrosity dubbed the Youabian Puma can be filed under the bizarre category. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show The Hummer-size convertible with sweeping curves and  monster truck tires is right by the entrance.
November 17, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far in the future. No longer. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo this week, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. will introduce hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai's will reach U.S. showrooms next year, while the other models will begin selling a year later. It amounts to "a coming out party for hydrogen," said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America.
September 25, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
June 10, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Home offices might be a trend, but interior designers Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro grew tired of running a business from their personal residence. In early June, the decorating duo moved their business, a division of the Beverly Hills firm Piper Hertneck Design, to the second floor of a Brentwood Village storefront. On the lower floor, they created Nicholas Lawrence, a retail space with herringbone hickory floors and Venetian and plastered walls. The Vermont soapstone sales counter, Lazzaro said, "was designed to look like it was salvaged from an Art Deco movie theater.
February 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Downtown L.A.'s Staples Center may be home to the Grammys, but it's a relatively nondescript industrial complex in Burbank that's attracting some of the awards show's most notable nominees this week. Fender Musical Instruments' new artist showroom has become a hub for well-known musicians of all stripes. And with the Grammy Awards scheduled to air Sunday, business is brisk. Just as dress designers clamor to get their gowns on Oscar contenders, makers of musical equipment such as Fender are doing their best to get their newest products in the hands of Grammy-nominated pop stars.
January 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
In the market for a hot-water-dispensing refrigerator? That was just one of the innovative and unusual products on display this week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. The annual event, put on by the National Assn. of Home Builders, serves as a massive showcase for new ideas and technology for the home. Here's a roundup of some that are vying for “how did we ever live without it” distinction: In one of the notable kitchen offerings, General Electric Co. brings hot water to the refrigerator door.
December 21, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The cherry-red 1989 Corvette convertible that Corky Rice has is in cherry condition. It ought to be. It still has its original new car invoice sticker on its windshield and a mere 67 miles on its odometer. The shiny two-seater was stolen in 1989 from the new car sales lot at what was then called C & M Chevrolet in San Diego and driven straight to a nearby self-storage facility, where it was locked in a garage-size unit and left there - for 23 years. The rent on the unit started at $50 a month.
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