What recession? Heath Ceramics, the storied Sausalito, California, ceramics studio founded by Bauhaus-trained potter Edith Heath (1911-2005) in the 1940s—and revitalized by new owners Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey—is opening its first-ever satellite retail store in Los Angeles, just in time for the holidays.
So I actually got to see (and sit in) the much-hyped, all-electric Mini E at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and there were rumors that a fleet of them were seen tooling around Beverly Hills. Impressions: Yes, the plug-in Mini looks great, as all 2009 Minis do (except for the Clubman, which I just can't get into).
Neil Young (yes, that Neil Young) envisions a time when the owners of formerly gas-guzzling land-yachts will be the masters of the electric-car universe. Not only will they be able to cruise the highways emissions-free in their huge hybrids, they'll come home at night, plug into the electric grid, and make a nice chunk of change by selling all their extra battery juice back to The Man.
At this year's LA Auto Show, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI was crowned "Green Car of the Year." This doesn't mean the Jetta TDI is the greenest car of the year, since previous years' winners include the Mercury Mariner and Chevy Tahoe Hybrids, both of them light-green SUVs. Rather, it's a designation that the Jetta is something new, and slightly different.