Author: Roy Nakano (Roy Nakano)

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VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND

VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND

The biggest news out of the LA Auto Show wasn’t even a car Above: Automotive journalists surround Hyundai’s new electric plug-in hybrid concept crossover SUV, the Vision T, at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s press preview on November 20, 2019 (R. Nakano) If you’re a gearhead reading Sri Chinmoy’s 1973 poem “Visions of the Emerald...

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Miracles on Myrtle Avenue

Miracles on Myrtle Avenue

It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car show. It’s quite another when the backdrop matches the time period of the cars on display… It was a beautiful day on Myrtle Avenue for the 29th Annual Old Town Monrovia Car Show. It’s one thing to have a hot rod and custom car...

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Toyota Delivers a Prius in Corolla Clothing

Toyota Delivers a Prius in Corolla Clothing

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid returns 52 mpg, carries a highway range of 730 miles, and is $1000 cheaper than the Prius LE. A Corolla with gas mileage comparable to the Prius—let’s ponder on that for a moment. Now ponder this: Its MSRP is $23,880. By comparison, the Prius LE will run you $24,980. It’s the...

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The Life Altering Magic of the Kona EV

The Life Altering Magic of the Kona EV

Is this the Marie Kondo of the automotive world? First of all, let’s applaud Hyundai for coming out with a $36,450 all-electric SUV with an EPA-rated range of 258 miles ($28,950 after factoring in the $7500 federal tax credit). That beats the previous top dog of affordable EVs, the $36,620 Chevrolet Bolt EV with its...

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Traveling through the past and present of the Green Book

Traveling through the past and present of the Green Book

There’s the movie, the book, and then there’s the local backstory: For 30 years, Victor Green helped travelers navigate their way through a segregated America—including a segregated Los Angeles. Top image: Viggo Mortensen (as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga) and Mahershala Ali (as “Doc” Don Shirley) riding in a 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, from the 2018...

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The Big Orange Comes To Town

The Big Orange Comes To Town

Orange County International Auto Show The Orange County International Auto Show is the first one of the season and one of the shorter shows, this year taking place over a long weekend in early October. Replete with interactive displays and brimming with new car excitement; the OC event also featured a slew of actual test...

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The Terrain’s Domain is Mainly on the Plain

The Terrain’s Domain is Mainly on the Plain

2019 GMC Terrain Denali AWD We don’t mean any disrespect to the GMC Terrain’s Professional Grade credentials. It does offer a great all-wheel drive system. The low-end torque of its 2.0T, coupled with its nine-speed auto and Traction Select System, will pull it smartly up some very challenging hills. It’s SUV license is not under...

 

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