The Bugatti on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Bugatti Veyron on Rodeo Drive

The Landmark of Rodeo Drive

Since Iranian-born Bijan Pakzad died back in April 2011, a $2 million Bugatti is parked in front of the House of Bijan boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. It is parked there as a tribute to Bijan. It has become a true landmark and tourist magnet. The sightseeing tours stay just long enough to let car enthusiasts walk up the drive.

The enthusiasts are, of course, happy to just have a close look at the car. The boutique is off-limits to most. Shopping at this boutique, which is regarded as the most expensive store in the world, is by appointment-only.

One of Its Kind

The Bijan Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is a custom made car in the fashion designer’s signature yellow. It boasts a 1001 horsepower 16-cylinder engine. It is equipped with four turbo chargers and can go from zero to over 250 mph in less than a minute.

During his life-time Bijan Pakzad had many notable cars in his car collection, like a yellow Bentley Azure with black interior, as well as a Black Bentley Azure with yellow interior. He also owned a yellow Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé. Many of his cars could be seen parked outside of his Rodeo Drive boutique.

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Inflated MPG Claims

MPG Sticker


Hyundai and Kia will lower their fuel economy (MPG) estimates for the majority of 2012 and 2013 vehicle models as the result of an investigation of test data.

Manufacturers like Hyundai test their own vehicles and report the results to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA is responsible for the fuel economy label (or window sticker) that you will see on all new cars and light trucks. 10-15 percent of all models will also be tested by EPA at the National Vehicles and Fuel Emissions Laboratory.

It was recently discovered that Hyundai overstated the fuel economy for one third of the vehicles they sold in U.S. the last two years.

The largest difference was found for the Kia Soul, where the difference was 6 MPG on highway. On average, the Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy is now reduced by an average of 3 percent.

If you have a new Hyundai or Kia, you may be reimbursed for additional fuel costs incurred to date, and in the future.

Check for affected models here: HyundaiKia.

If your vehicle qualifies, you can use an online Reimbursement Estimator for an estimate of your reimbursement amount, which will be based on the model you own, your odometer reading, and the average gas price in your area. In addition, as an acknowledgement of the inconvenience, Hyundai will add an extra 15% to your reimbursement amount.

Your First Car

Ford Fusion


Which car is best suited for a young first-time driver?

According to Joseph B. White @ Wall Street Journal, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry are among the safest bet for a young driver.

Even if the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nowadays list certain sport utility vehicles as safe choices for young drivers, this is usually not a parent’s first choice.

To come up with the best rides for a teen driver, Joseph B. White crunched the numbers from several key sources of data and safety rankings. Among the midsize cars that scored well are the Accord, the Fusion and the Camry. Three of the blandest cars on the road, maybe, but they are reliable.

White also says that an older, second-hand luxury car may give you a full complement of safety technology. The trick is finding one that isn’t too powerful. Among those that got through mr. White’s filter: the sedate Lexus ES, an Audi A4 and a 2004-2008 Acura TL.