Last week, the editors of CNET Car Tech attended a mini car show where we not only got to look at the cars, we got to drive them. Beyond a sedate on-road loop, we also took some of the cars over serious off-road terrain and raced others around the track at Laguna Seca. On the first day of the Western Automotive Journalists Media Days, we drove a Subaru Forester and a Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI along a light off-road course, then a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon over a very technical course.
Kevin Massy reports on the second day's racing at Laguna Seca in this blog, while this set of photos covers a selection of cars we had on the race track. We also put a set of Mini Coopers through their paces on an autocross course.
GM also brought along some of its eye-candy, in the form of concept and show cars. Journalists were allowed to drive the show cars, but the concepts were stationary. We have photos of the Holden Efijy and the Chevy Camaro convertible concept, amongst others. Click here for the photos.
This being California, there was also an exhibit of green cars, including a few fuel cell cars and a plug-in hybrid, all available to drive. Click here for photos of fuel cell cars from Toyota and Nissan, as well as a plug-in hybrid Dodge Sprinter.