Car Reviews

Tata Zica Detailed Expert Review – Dec 05, 2015

The hatchback segment in India is a hotly contested one. Competition is high and every new entry has to face well-established entries from the country’s top-two car manufacturers. That said, hatchback sales are all about numbers. This is where the volumes are and Tata Motors has made their intentions clear that they want a share of this pie. Leading the ... Read More »

World exclusive: Aston’s £696k Lagonda super-limo driven

Good question. A quick rummage on the interweb tells us that ‘Taraf’ is Turkish for ‘side’. It’s also the name of a left-leaning newspaper in that country. Or, if you happen to be in Romania or Moldova, a Taraf is a folk music ensemble consisting of up to eight musicians. This reminds me of 1980s BBC panel show Call My Bluff. ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4Matic AMG Line Coupe (2015) review

It’s important to keep an open mind when road testing the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. For many enthusiasts, such cars are the devil’s spawn: a high-riding, heaving SUV on stilts pretending to be a sports car. But others are attracted to the look-at-me styling and like the alternative vibe. Certainly, BMW has ploughed a commercially successful furrow with its groundbreaking ... Read More »

2015 Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota LandCruiser Prado review

Ford is invading Toyota’s turf with a go-anywhere SUV but the king off the road is fighting back. When your popularity is waning, it’s not a great idea to pick a fight with the biggest, most popular kid in the playground. But that’s exactly what Ford has done. It’s called out Toyota with a series of “challenger” advertisements that highlight ... Read More »

How the Specter of Bad Luck Shadows You in Every Traffic Jam

I was standing with Chris Hayes in a misting parking lot. He jingled keys to a horribly fast Ford Fiesta ST. Roman and I dodged every sadistic problem that the greater L.A. Region could throw at me, and here was a bearded night owl daring me to give L.A. traffic one last chance to bend me over a chair. I didn’t want ... Read More »

What It’s Like to Fly First Class for the First Time

The first shuttle from the hotel to Philadelphia International Airport was full; every seat taken. Roman and I stand in misting air, waiting for the shuttle bus to make a lap of the airport and come back for another load of humans. I should have woken us up earlier. Force someone else to obey snooze-loose law. Other nervous passengers wait ... Read More »

LA-To-Portland and Back: Rage, Calm, Legal Weed, and Loaner Cars

Cars in L.A. don’t drive, they wait in line. I’m in a rented 2014 Toyota Corolla LE. The CVT transmission is holding a sustained 5,000 rpm shooting for a gap as we merge onto the 5 Freeway. Escape from L.A. Escape this horrible traffic. There’s a gap between a semi-truck and an indecisive GMC Yukon. The accelerator pedal is pressed ... Read More »

How the Specter of Bad Luck Shadows You in Every Traffic Jam

I was standing with Chris Hayes in a misting parking lot. He jingled keys to a horribly fast Ford Fiesta ST. Roman and I dodged every sadistic problem that the greater L.A. Region could throw at me, and here was a bearded night owl daring me to give L.A. traffic one last chance to bend me over a chair. I didn’t want ... Read More »

2016 Kia K900 – Review

The 2016 Kia K900 full-size luxury sedan remains an unlikely vehicle for consumers who associate the Korean brand with the small and inexpensive economy cars it launched in the U.S. two decades ago. But those buyers haven’t been paying attention; Kia now offers a line of smartly styled and feature-rich entries in a variety of segments. The K900 just takes ... Read More »

Music reviews: New albums from Dylan Joel, Toni Swain, Chewee, Adam Simmons and more

Toni Swain, who recently played in Sydney (yes, we should have got this review in time for that but, hey, life…) finds that spot in my musical love life marked Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne. While not the player the great Raitt is – that’s left to an impressive Roy Payne here – and not intensely pained in the manner ... Read More »