2012 Audi A8L: Ready for Its Close-up
April 05, 2012
A television station in Sacramento wanted someone to talk about yo-yo financing and spot delivery scams and I was tapped to be the Edmunds spokesperson. We arranged to do the interview remotely, from the KCBS newsroom at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, not far from Edmunds HQ. My colleagues, PR man extraordinaire Aaron Lewis and consumer advice editor Ron Montoya, joined me for the visit. How often do you get to check out a big-league TV newsroom? We thought the A8 would be the perfect for our mini-entourage.
Ron was the driver. I took shotgun and dialed up the nav screen -- once I remembered how to get to it. Ron tried out the system's write-it-yourself touchpad interface and found that the character recognition worked fine, despite the fact that he's a southpaw and was using his right hand. Aaron sprawled in the backseat and ran me through a mock interview as we drove.
Twenty ridiculously comfortable minutes later, a guard waved us through the gate at CBS Studio Center. It's a city unto itself: a 40-acre site with eighteen sound stages, exterior locations and three permanent sets: a residential street, a reproduction corner of Central Park and this New York City street.
On our way to the Broadcast Center, we took a left on Gilligan's Island Road and passed by Mary Tyler Moore and Gunsmoke avenues. (I would have liked to take a side trip down My Three Sons Street, but there wasn't time. Ditto for visits to Elaine's Beauty Salon and Carla's Cafe.)
Before my interview, we took a minute for Ron to snap the image of the A8 on the top of a parking structure. We couldn't wait for golden hour, but it's a nice glamour shot nonetheless. Where do you like to pose your car to capture its unique star quality?
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @12,805 miles