LOS ANGELES -- Bruce Meyer was a long-haired hippie, just graduated from UC Berkeley, when he suggested that his family expand their Gearys gift boutique to include candles and a mail order business. That began a retail revolution that made Gearys one of the premiere Beverly Hills shopping destinations, and fueled Meyer's decades-long obsession ...Read more
DETROIT -- Sean Kiernan is a paint salesman who lived on a horse farm outside Nashville with a dream. And somehow that dream came true -- but it is also just beginning.
This is the story of how a rusty '68 Ford Mustang ended up being the biggest attraction at the 2018 Detroit auto show after a family kept the famous muscle car hidden for 40 ...Read more
Tesla's Model 3 is the most highly anticipated car of the 21st century. It may be the most eagerly awaited car of all time.
More than 450,000 people put down $1,000 refundable deposits to reserve one of the "affordable" battery electric sedans after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the car and inaugurated the waiting list in March 2016....Read more
DETROIT -- Full-size cars rarely attract younger buyers, and the Toyota Avalon is no exception. Try selling a car to a millennial with a name that refers to the legendary island of the dead where King Arthur is buried. After all, this car has traditionally offered a similar dose of eternal serenity.
As before, the fifth-generation Avalon ...Read more
No one knows who invented the shoe, but not surprisingly, it caught on.
The crossover is another such idea -- and we know whose that was.
Back in '98, Lexus took a car -- the ES 300 sedan -- gave it a lift kit and all-wheel drive and hey! Presto! The RX 300.
It's obvious now. It was radical and brilliant back then.
It gave people ...Read more
The thing that Volvo used to sell, safety, is something everyone sells now. Which is why it's smart for Volvo to start selling something else.
How about a high-performance compact wagon with a turbo and supercharged engine -- and almost 400 horsepower -- that can go from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds?
P.S. It's perfectly safe, too. ...Read more
Impractical convertibles seem to do OK. The practical ones, not so much.
The Toyota Camry Solara, the Chrysler 200 convertible and the Volvo C70 convertible all withered away for lack of interest, like unwanted timeshares -- notwithstanding back seats that were both present and usable by adults as well as trunks large enough to hold more than a...Read more
Every successful car company has a sell -- something that defines it, makes its cars different. Volkswagen's main sell is that it's a German brand, like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It's also related to Audi, which is a German luxury brand.
This means that VW models like the 2018 Golf have much in common with Audi models like the A3. Well, except for...Read more
Love Pour Over MeDenise Turney
Love Pour Over Me, a story about restored love amid heart wrenching contrasts, recounts Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. Just when Raymond thought he was free from his alcoholic father, he finds himself pulled into an unresolved murder.
Minivans were once the rage. Then along came crossovers. They are similar in layout and road manners but sexier in appearance. Then, minivans receded. Ford and GM stopped selling them altogether. So it's brave of Chrysler to bring out a brand-new one because there's a lot riding on it.
What It Is
The Pacifica is Chrysler's full-size minivan.
When you go to a five-star restaurant, you expect a great steak, but it's surprising when the bill turns out to be reasonable.
The Mercedes E400 cabriolet is like that great steak you thought would cost more than it actually did.
What It Is
The E400 cabriolet is the convertible version of the Mercedes E400 coupe, which is the two-door version...Read more
When everyone makes a crossover SUV, how do you make your crossover SUV stand out?
First, you split the difference between compact-sized crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and mid-sized crossovers like the Honda CR-V. You give it a roomy back seat -- and a roomy cargo area -- but a small overall footprint. Next, make all-wheel-drive standard. It's ...Read more
The one thing wrong with the Miata -- for some people -- is something Mazda just fixed. That thing is the Miata roadster's convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top, including some people who really like the Miata.
Soft tops, though they are much improved in terms of protection from the elements, still don't offer much in the way of ...Read more
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