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A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 1: The Stylist

"Just imagine being able to take a thousand different bits of metal; and if you fit them all together in a certain way, and then if you feed them a little oil and petrol; and if you press a little switch; suddenly those bits of metal will all come to life. And they will purr and hum and roar. They will make the wheels of a motor-car go whizzing round at fantastic speeds…."That quote is from Roald Dahl's book Danny, the Champion of the World, where the young car-nut protagonist recounts his fathe...
Tags: Design, Roald Dahl, Cars, Los Angeles, Arizona, Gm, Pasadena, Acura, Danny, Acura Design Studio, ArtCenter College of Design, Randall Smock


Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio

This is a story about how Acura lost their way, then refocused on design to successfully reinvigorate the brand. If you're a designer, a car fan or simply someone who follows the sector, we think you'll enjoy and/or learn from this look at what's been going on, behind the scenes, over at the Acura Design Studio. Roughly four years ago the company started making some major changes and now, with the recent release of the new RDX, have had their renewed focus on design validated by some startling s...
Tags: Japan, New York, Design, California, Cars, America, Los Angeles, General Motors, Canada, Lexus, Gm, Kelley Blue Book, Tokyo, Ohio, Bmw, Mclaren


Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


Get 20 Percent Off an AGV Helmet By Trading In Your Old One

Get Rid of That Old Lid and Get a Good Deal For a limited time, AGV is offering people a pretty good deal. All you need to do is bring in your old helmet to one of its physical stores and you’ll get 20 percent off of a new AGV helmet. AGV calls its program Trade And Save. It’s pretty self-explanatory. There’s not a lot to figure out here. The only catch is that you have to be near one of the physical locations for the Dainese stores. Dainese owns AGV, so that’s why you can walk into the store t...
Tags: Los Angeles, Motorcycles, Dallas, North America, Dainese, Belleville, Motorcycle News, AGV, Trade and Save, AGV helmets, Roberto Sadowsky, AGV North America, Canada Motorcycle Mall


Tesla Model Y orders are now open

Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website. A disclaimer on the order form states that “production is expected to begin late next year.” Under that timeline, deliveries wouldn’t begin until late 2020 or possibly early 2021. There are other clues on the order page, including that t...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Model, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Tesla Model 3, Model Y, The Boring Company, Tesla Design Studio


Can electric cars be S3XY? Tesla says yes with the new Model Y crossover

Tesla introduced a new crossover named Model Y at its design studio in Los Angeles. It's a more spacious alternative to the Model 3 it shares 75% of its parts with, and a smaller sibling to the Model X. The post Can electric cars be S3XY? Tesla says yes with the new Model Y crossover appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, News, Cars, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, electric SUV, Tesla Model Y


How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

Tesla is scheduled to reveal the Model Y — the next electric vehicle in electric automaker’s lineup — tonight at an event in Los Angeles after, not months, but years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk . Tesla will live stream the Model Y unveiling event at 8 pm PT via its website. However, folks who want to watch the event should head over to the site (https://www.tesla.com/modely) prior to the 8 pm start time. There is a registration process. Once completed, a new page pops up with th...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Hyperloop, Musk, Tesla Model X, Elon Musk Tesla, The Boring Company


Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to move people beneath Vegas

Elon Musk’s Boring Company could land a deal to construct and operate a “people mover” for the Las Vegas Convention Center that will theoretically shuttle people in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds in a loop of underground tunnels. It’s not a done deal quite yet. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended that the Boring Company be selected. The LVCVA board will vote whether to approve the recommendation March 12. The initial design would focus on the Las Vegas Co...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Los Angeles, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Las Vegas, Vegas, Steve Davis, Hawthorne, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, LVCVA, Boring Company, Elon Musk s Boring Company, Sepulveda Boulevard


Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

Tesla will pull back the curtains and unveil its Model Y crossover vehicle at an event in Los Angeles on March 14th, according to a tweet from chief executive Elon Musk. Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019 It’s the fifth new car design to come from Tesla’s shop since the company was founded in 2003. Musk has been teasing the car’s release since 2015, and in a January letter to shareholders said that high volume production would ...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, California, La, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Nevada, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Gigafactory, FREMONT


Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David


Save The Date: Luftgekühlt 6 Is Coming on May 11th

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Tags: Los Angeles, Autos, Porsche Car Shows, Car Show, Luftgekühlt, Aircooled, Luft 6


QOTD: And the Oscar Goes to …

Even those with even the slightest passing interest in Hollywood movies know that the Oscars were doled out last night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Films are fine, but anytime a screenplay involves copious (and sometimes gratuitous!) volumes of cars, well, gearheads like us tend to sit up and take notice. Never mind […] The post QOTD: And the Oscar Goes to … appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Hollywood, Los Angeles, Autos, Oscars, Bmw, Qotd, Movie Cars, News Blog, Question of the Day, QOTD Question of the Day


Transportation Weekly: Tesla astroturfs, Softbank flexes, BMW and Daimler hookup, What is a Jelbi?

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the third edition of our tome, I mean newsletter, and this week let’s settle in for a mind meld on why logistics is the new Hansel, a curious Tesla subsidiary, and discover a new mobility species called the Jelbi. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkoros...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, Berlin, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, Geneva, Bmw


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 4: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Earth, Magazine, Autos, Pacific Rim, Tokyo, San Andreas, Oakland, Seattle, Bay, Tony, Oakland California, Sodo, Belltown


On-demand shuttle startup Via enters South American market

Via, the on-demand shuttle startup backed by Daimler, has expanded into South America. The company launched a service  in Goiânia, Brazil with HP Transportes Coletivos, one of the country’s largest public transportation operators. Via says the service called CityBus 2.0 is the first on-demand shuttle system operated by a public transit operator to launch in Latin America. Users are able to use an app to  request a ride in 11 districts around the city. Base fares are R$2.50, or $0.68. Via’s serv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, Brazil, South America, Orange County, Latin America, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Citybus, Chicago Washington, Goiânia Brazil, HP Transportes Coletivos


California Congestion Bill Could Result in American Autobahn

While California has some of the best driving roads in the country, large swaths of the state suffer from serious congestion issues. For years, the preferred solution was to bolster public transit in San Francisco and Los Angeles while simultaneously establishing high-speed rail lines between the two areas. Unfortunately, costs ballooned and support for the […] The post California Congestion Bill Could Result in American Autobahn appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Legislation, Infrastructure, Autos, Highways, News Blog, Speed Limits, AUTOBAHN, Expressways, SB-319, California Congestion Bill Could Result


Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars. It all began in 2016 when Audi launched traffic light information, a system that enables the car to  communicate with the ...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Virginia, Cars, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Traffic, Automotive, United States, Transport, Dallas, Las Vegas, Audi, Orlando, Volkswagen Group


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 2: The New Colossus

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Magazine, Portland, Autos, Seattle, Boeing, Denver, South, Northwest, Rockies, Yukon, Don, Tony, Sodo


Ferraris, Corvettes seized in LA parking lot bribery case up for auction in Chino

Richard Scott was a parking lot operator “who had great taste in cars,” including three Ferraris and three 1960s Chevrolet Corvettes, all up for bid this week in a U.S. Marshals auction of property seized from Scott, who is serving six years in federal prison for bilking the government and bribery. There are eight of Scott’s former cars among the 19 on display at Apple Towing Co. in Chino, including Scott’s signed Carroll Shelby 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2015 Mercedes S65 AMG, with a 12-cy...
Tags: Apple, News, California, La, Theft, Cars, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Ford Mustang, Ducati, Va, Associated Press, Reggie Jackson, Mercedes


Ferraris, Corvettes once owned by federal bribery case figure up for auction in Chino

Richard Scott was a parking lot operator “who had great taste in cars,” including three Ferraris and three 1960s Chevrolet Corvettes, all up for bid this week in a U.S. Marshals auction of property seized from Scott, who is serving six years in federal prison for bilking the government and bribery. There are eight of Scott’s former cars among the 19 on display at Apple Towing Co. in Chino, including Scott’s signed Carroll Shelby 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2015 Mercedes S65 AMG, with a 12-cy...
Tags: Apple, News, California, Theft, Office, Cars, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Ford Mustang, Ducati, Va, Associated Press, Nice, Reggie Jackson


Ferraris, Corvettes seized in LA parking lot bribery case up for auction

Richard Scott was a parking lot operator “who had great taste in cars,” including three Ferraris and three 1960s Chevrolet Corvettes, all up for bid this week in a U.S. Marshals auction of property seized from Scott, who is serving six years in federal prison for bilking the government and bribery. There are eight of Scott’s former cars among the 19 on display at Apple Towing Co. in Chino, including Scott’s signed Carroll Shelby 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2015 Mercedes S65 AMG, with a 12-cy...
Tags: Apple, News, California, La, Theft, Cars, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Ford Mustang, Ducati, Va, Associated Press, Reggie Jackson, Mercedes


2019 Super Bowl LIII Pre-Game Commercial Roundup

It’s time for that great celebration of Americana — the fifty-third Super Bowl. Sunday night, Patriots fans and Patriots haters will come together to watch the season’s championship game, against… a team from Los Angeles? Am I reading that right? For the rest of us, the Super Bowl is basically a better Thanksgiving. Gorging oneself […] The post 2019 Super Bowl LIII Pre-Game Commercial Roundup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Los Angeles, Autos


Does Your Favorite Football Team Have A Matching Vehicle?

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII this weekend. An ambitious Los Angeles Rams team will face the mighty New England Patriots, a contest even super computers are analyzing. With football fever in the air, the staff at All-Fit Automotive sought to find vehicles for each NFL team. Some were rather easy, like the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars, but others required a little more digging. “Some of the cars I’d never heard of before,” admits A.J. Dudon, CEO of All-Fit ...
Tags: New York City, Amc, Defense, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, NFL, America, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Ford, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego, Jacksonville Jaguars, Autos, Dodge Ram


2019 Mazda 3 First Drive – A Cohesive Compact?

We travelled to the small and traffic-free city of Los Angeles last week to check out the newly revamped 2019 Mazda 3, the first product launched under the automaker’s equally new premium philosophy. The next-gen compact apparently heralds the introduction of other higher-end models. So, is this all-important foundational compact car any good? Let’s find […] The post 2019 Mazda 3 First Drive – A Cohesive Compact? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Los Angeles, Autos, Mazda


GULF COURSE. Kott Motorcycle’s Textbook Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Written by Andrew Jones While we’d argue that the Gulf Oil Fords and Porsches from the ’60s and ’70s are amongst the most beautiful racing machines ever made, it’s with a fair amount of trepidation that we click on bike submissions that have anything to do with the brand. The reason? My God, it’s been done to death. It’s been done to death, buried, dug up at midnight and then done some more. But when California’s Dustin Kott dared to have a go on a Honda CB550, he did it with the subtlety and...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Hollywood, California, America, Los Angeles, Motorcycles, New Jersey, Honda, East Coast, Classic, Gulf, Dustin, Andrew Jones, Racer, Café Racer


Elon Musk Is Building A Tunnel Beneath LA Where You Can Hit 155mph

The Boring Company, controlled by Elon Musk, has given media previews of a tunnel beneath Los Angeles that could support 155mph car journeys
Tags: Elon Musk, Los Angeles, Autos


2019 Nissan Maxima First Drive – Tweaked Looks, Same Experience

As you may or may not know, invitations for press junkets often arrive quite some time in advance. So when Nissan sent the invite to drive the 2019 Maxima more than a month before the wraps came off the real thing in Los Angeles, I was excited. See, I’ve always liked the idea of Maxima […] The post 2019 Nissan Maxima First Drive – Tweaked Looks, Same Experience appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Los Angeles, Autos, Nissan, Car Reviews, New Cars, Máxima, Nissan Maxima, First Drive, 2019 Nissan Maxima, Nissan Maxima First Drive


December linkfest

It’s the end of the year as we know it, and I feel linky. * New York-based creative director Lukas Weber turned some familiar online abbreviations – LOL, ROFL, BTW, and more – into familiar-looking logos. (Via Brand New blog)     * “An examination of today’s American skull logos shows a variety of businesses exhibiting crude expressions of menace, juvenile assertions of badassedness, and more than a little fascist iconography.” (Emblemetric) * Separated by a Common Language, th...
Tags: UK, New York, Design, California, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Linguistics, Humor, Perfume, Food And Drink, Starbucks, Word Of The Year, Nancy Pelosi, Colors


Lyft is becoming a one-stop transportation app in these 3 cities

Lyft is turning its app into a one-stop multimodal transportation app in a few U.S. cities, the latest illustration of its transformation from ridesharing startup to a company that wants to own, or at least be a part of, every way people move from Point A to Point B, whether it’s cars, bikes, scooters or even public transit. This new version of Lyft’s app, which allows users to request a shared car, find a scooter or bike, as well as see nearby public transit options, is only available in th...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Tech, Transit, Automotive, Ford, North America, Denver, Carsharing, Santa Monica, Valencia Street, Santa Monica Calif


Getaround to expand Uber partnership to four more cities

Getaround, the peer-to-peer car-sharing service that first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in 2011, is expanding a partnership with Uber that gives users access to rideshare-ready vehicles. The program, which launched as a pilot in May 2017 in San Francisco, is now available to Getaround customers  in Los Angeles and San Diego. Two more cities, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. will soon follow, Getaround co-founder and CEO Sam Zaid told TechCrunch. Getaround’s carsharing platform is design...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Automotive, Philadelphia, Getaround, Toyota Motor Corporation, Zaid, Sam Zaid, San Diego Two, TechCrunch Getaround



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