CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2013 |
A photographer was hit by a car and killed Tuesday after taking shots of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari while it was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, authorities said. Police are interviewing the motorist who hit the 29-year-old man but no arrests have been made. Bieber was not in the car. The photographer died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. A friend of the photographer told KCAL-TV Channel 9 that he was not a professional. The incident took place on Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive shortly before 6 p.m. A friend of Bieber was driving the sports car when it was pulled over on the 405 Freeway by the CHP for a traffic stop, according to LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2012 |
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.
October 23, 2012 |
Simplify, then add lightness was the well-worn philosophy that Lotus' founder, the late Colin Chapman, imbued into all of his products. For 2013, it would seem the company is simplifying, then adding an automatic transmission. The company announced that it will be adding an automatic transmission to the options list on the 2013 Evora S, a sublime hunk of metal powered by a 345-horsepower, supercharged Toyota motor. Review: Lotus Evora S Because automatic transmission likely sounds too blase for a sports car company like Lotus, it calls this transmission Intelligent Precision Shift (IPS)
October 8, 2012 |
Mercedes-Benz is recalling one of its fanciest cars because the air conditioning refrigerant could explode under certain crash conditions. The German luxury automaker will recall 432 of its 2013 model year SL-Class cars to fix the problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday. The sticker price of the SL, a two-door sports car, starts at more than $100,000 and ranges up to nearly $150,000 depending on options and equipment. Mercedes isn't the only German automaker with a problem in some high-end cars.
October 2, 2012 |
The Cobras on display at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden this weekend don't hiss or spit or bite. They will be sitting pretty on the grass when the 127-acre Arcadia grounds host Shelby Cobra sports cars for the exhibit "Serpents in the Garden. " Thirty Shelby Cobras -- five of them originals built between 1962 and 1967 -- will be tucked into the landscape, all accompanied by their owners. Few car shows are lucky to have such an idyllic backdrop. "When you look at images of the good life in California from the mid-20th century, it was about beautiful gardens, outdoor living and cars," said Richard Schulhof, chief executive of the arboretum.
September 26, 2012 |
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
September 25, 2012 |
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range once the car's battery charge runs out. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
September 5, 2012 |
The nation's two leading sports-car racing series, Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series, said Wednesday they plan to merge in 2014. "This merger will strengthen professional sports-car racing beyond what either of our organizations could have achieved separately," ALMS founder Don Panoz said in a statement. Both series hold races -- some of them long endurance events -- that feature different classes of sports cars, led by the exotic Daytona prototype cars in Grand-Am and the LMP1 cars in the ALMS.
August 19, 2012 |
Imagine it'?s 1932 and you'?re an automobile lover with a robust bank account looking for a sports car that will turn heads and land you at the front of the valet line and also at the front of the pack at your local racetrack or road rally. You would then, as you might now, look for a Bugatti. Today, it?'s the Veyron. In 1932, it was this Type 55 Cabriolet, which will go up for auction Sunday at Gooding & Co.'?s Pebble Beach event. The Type 55 was considered a road-going race car, built using the same 2.3-liter inline, supercharged eight-cylinder engine as the Type 51 race car. Here, it makes 135 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. This Type 55 routs that power through a four-speed non-syncho manual transmission.
July 26, 2012 |
Car buyers are trading down to smaller vehicles and are finding that they are just as satisfied as they had been with larger autos, according to a study by market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. In its 2012 APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study, J.D. Power found that 27% of new-vehicle buyers during a four-month period this year replaced an existing vehicle with a smaller new auto. Only 13% went in the opposite direction during that period, while 60% purchased a vehicle in the same size class of the auto they were replacing.