I suppose it's a sign you have a good job when people ask how you got it. For a lot of us, the answer is pure dumb luck, just being in the right place at the right time.But I didn't need luck, because I had Ginny Kowalski. I grew up just a half-hour from Car and Driver headquarters. I'd always read and loved this magazine, but it never occurred to me that writing here was a real job that real people had. And then, during my senior year of high school, Mrs. Kowalski, a counselor with my school's technical-education department, got me an internship here.At the time, C/D did not regularly take interns. Nobody could remember the last one they'd had. Years later, the staffers who had supervised the internship told me that they agreed to take me on mostly so that Mrs. Kowalski would stop calling and leave them alone.They stuck me in the office library with the task to create a searchable database of the books the magazine has been accumulating since it was founded as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955. A room full of books about cars in the office of my favorite car magazine? I was in heaven. I was supposed to flip through each book to determine how it might be useful as reference material, punch a few relevant keywords into a spreadsheet, and move on. I ended up doing a lot of, well, reading. On my very first day, I was lost in a book when someone I hadn't met yet knocked on the door. It was the cleaning guy. He was done for the day and everyone else had gone home, so he wondered if I knew how to lock up. I hadn't realized it was dark outside. At the end of my first week, I met with Mrs. Kowalski to discuss the internship. I was predictably stoked. "Well," she said, "if you ever become a writer for them, I want a ride in a Viper."2017 Dodge Viper ACR
The Lexus RXL has been confirmed for its world debut at the Los Angeles motor show, which starts later this month.
The new three-row, seven-seat crossover will be shown in RX350 guise, presumably powered by the brand's 221kW 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6.
There will also be a RX450hL model, but this will be unveiled at a later and yet-to-be-specified date. This model will likely feature a 230kW hybrid drivetrain with a 3.5-litre V6 at its core.
A report in Mag-X earlier this year indicated the RXL will feature a lengthened area aft of the C-pillars in order to accomodate a third row of seats, but will not come with a stretched wheelbase.
All up the RXL will reportedly measure 5050mm in length, up 160mm on the five-seat model. Overall styling is expected to be pretty close to what's used on the five-seat RX, which has been in production since 2015.
We're waiting to hear back from Lexus Australia about local availability and timing.
To the end of October this year, the RX has been Lexus' second best selling vehicle down under, notching up 1667 sales, behind the smaller NX crossover (2838), but ahead of the IS sedan (1344).
In the large luxury SUV segment, the RX is the fifth best selling vehicle behind the BMW X5 (3170), Range Rover Sport (2499), Audi Q7 (2286), and Mercedes-Benz GLE (1982).