2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon – photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA
“It puts many technical innovations on the road and undoubtedly is the best E-Class ever,” explains Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Sales and Marketing Veep of Mercedes-Benz.
And who’s to argue? This is one sporty, station wagon and note the hood and headlight redesign – pretty sweet.
Too bad the wagon (and sedan) make its worldwide debut at the Detroit Auto show next month, we could really use one this weekend for holiday shopping.
2013 Nissan GT-R – Los Angeles Auto Show
Forget the Nissan 350s, 370s or whatever they are calling them these days…the third generation GT-R is one beautiful machine.
It’s available next month with prices starting at 8,757,000 yen or $106,320 greenbacks in the U.S. The “Super Silver” paint is extra – way extra.
2013 Ducatis – Progressive International Motorcycle Show; Long Beach, California
Cupcakes, check. Champagne, check. Hot models, check. Sexy bikes, check. Ducati celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Monster in style at the Progressive International Motorcycle show in Long Beach this weekend.
It was by far the best and most interesting line-up at the convention center. To celebrate, Ducati is asking its riders to “share tales about the world’s best naked bike!” Upload videos, words or sound to be part of the Monster hall of fame on their website.
My earliest tale involves pushing a new, Monster 900 (with electrical problems) through the streets of Manhattan in order to make it to a photo shoot. Good times.
Michael Jackson Tribute Suzuki Hayabusa – Long Beach Motorcycle Show
Who’s Bad? A thriller, dangerous or has someone been drinking too much Jesus juice? Virtual ignored by members of the press but no doubt adored by fans this weekend.
The Suzuki rep couldn’t tell me the name of the artist who painted the bike – now that’s bad.
Bubbles makes an appearance on the bike’s front fairing. If you are looking for a ride that will turn heads, well, this is it.
Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Long Beach Convention Center
SHOW BIZ BMW rolled out a $10,000 scooter; Honda turned heads with the super-retro CB1100; Suzuki celebrated 50 years of making inferior bikes in the U.S.; Indian launched a swan song Chief model after being bought by Polaris; KTM trucked its bikes over to the parking lot; Triumph is making more bolt on parts for its riders; Victory could become the next Indian; Harley-Davidsons are looking fresher than ever; Yamaha was the “Star” of the show; and Ducati celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Monster with style and sexy models.
2013 Victory Cross Country Bagger – Long Beach Motorcycle Show
Victory Motorcycles unveiled its latest $19,000 Bagger (bike with saddlebags) at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach.
The new bike sported midnight metallic flame “Factory Custom Paint” with plenty of chrome and “Kicker” speakers. Compared to the new factory paint jobs from Harley-Davidson it was a snore.
Better luck next year.
Objects in Mirror Appear Closer – Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach Motorcycle Show opens today – more photos and news to come.
2013 Harley-Davidson Sportsters – courtesy of H-D
So many good options from Harley-Davidson this year – SuperLow, Iron 883, 1200 Custom, Forty-Eight … I don’t know which one to ride first.
2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout & XL Seventy-Two – LA Auto Show
The best factory paint jobs at the Los Angeles Auto Show were not on cars, but on bikes by Harley-Davidson.
I’m gonna ride mine down to Long Beach this weekend for the Progressive International Motorcycle show. See you at the candy shop.
2013 Audis – LA Auto Show
Scott Keogh, Audi of America honcho, would like to sell you the latest technological breakthrough from Audi – diesel engines for the Q5 and A6-8 models!
Um, say what? Have you checked diesel prices at your local gas station? It’s over $5 a gallon in most places.
Sure, diesel gets better mileage and produces less carbon dioxide emissions but c’mon really, who’s gonna buy that?
Audi is not alone here, new diesel models are coming from BMW, Mazda and Volkswagen too. My hopes for an all electric Audi TT are on hold, at least for this year.