Sunday, November 29, 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Extended Coverage

And so we start on the last day of the show.  Everyone working there was tired and ready for it to end.

We begin on the ash heap of history, with the Elio.  Like the Peel and many others before it, the Elio rises to the challenge and answers several questions:  What if cars were built for commuting?  What if aircraft techniques were used?  What if cars were sensibly proportioned?

Alas, the auto industry is an anachronistic one.  The car buying public isn't exactly forward looking. As we say "Hello" to this car, it's time to say "Goodbye."

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Seen but not photographed: Skoda Ute

For those of us in the United States, that's the Skoda El Camino or the Skoda Ranchero.  This was a blue one that went by a couple of weeks ago. Even the bed is small.  It's smaller than the last car/truck thing VW sold in the early 1980's.  It's an urban pick up for people who don't have to carry very much. At least they're trying something different.