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July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
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February 6, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Perhaps the most attention-getting Super Bowl ad - other than that dog blackmailing his owner with tortilla chips to keep quiet over a felinicide, of course - was Clint Eastwood's paean to a resurgent auto industry in Detroit. The ad featured Eastwood leveraging his cinematic persona to the hilt, emerging from the shadows while praising and challenging Americans at the same time. “It's halftime in America too,” Eastwood rasped during halftime at the Super Bowl in a manner reminiscent of the Detroiter he played in “Gran Torino.”  “Seems that we've lost our heart at times.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 1998 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ford Motor Co. reported a 15% increase in first-quarter earnings as the nation's No. 2 auto maker benefited from strong truck sales, continued cost-cutting and improved performance in Europe. The record earnings--the firm's eighth consecutive increase in quarterly profit--came despite sharply higher marketing costs. Increased rebates, an estimated average of about $1,100 per vehicle, were offset by $400 million in cost reductions. Overall, Ford posted first-quarter operating profit of $1.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
On a summer day in 1911, Donald MacPherson was driving his Buick runabout to Sarasota Springs, N.Y., when the wooden spokes snapped on a rear wheel, flipping the open car and trapping him under the rear axle. MacPherson suffered a badly lacerated eye and a broken wrist so painful he couldn't grip the tools he needed to ply his craft as a stone cutter. He sued Buick Motor Co., alleging negligence in failing to ensure the wheel was roadworthy. In what would become a landmark ruling in product liability law, the New York Court of Appeals in 1916 awarded MacPherson $5,025 in compensation -- about $115,000 in today's dollars -- and established the automaker's "duty of care" to ensure customers are sold a safe product.
NEWS
March 14, 1992 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Campaigning within a mile of each other at one point, President Bush and challenger Patrick J. Buchanan wooed Michigan voters Friday with promises to aid the ailing automobile industry. Bush, in a speech to a business group meeting in this suburban headquarters of Ford Motor Co., announced he was scrapping an Environmental Protection Agency regulation that new cars be equipped with canisters to capture gasoline fumes that escape when fuel is pumped into gas tanks.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We offer everything!" car salesmen Gary Starr exclaims, all shirt sleeves and teeth. "CD players, tinted windows, hands-free cellular phone, even power windows. We'll lease you a car. We take trade-ins too, as long as they're electric." As the sharp aroma of roasting espresso breezes along the street in downtown Santa Rosa, past the furniture store and the Omelette Express, Starr, president of Solar Electric Engineering Inc.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After spending nearly 5 years and $24 million to develop an engine technology that it promised would revolutionize the auto industry, Rosen Motors will close its doors on Friday because it couldn't persuade any major car manufacturers to buy into its vision. Launched in 1993 by Harold Rosen, a renowned aerospace engineer, and his brother Ben, a legendary venture capitalist and chairman of Compaq Computer Corp., Rosen Motors aimed to develop a turbine-flywheel powertrain for passenger cars.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
On a summer day in 1911, Donald MacPherson was driving his Buick runabout to Sarasota Springs, N.Y., when the wooden spokes snapped on a rear wheel, flipping the open car and trapping him under the rear axle. MacPherson suffered a badly lacerated eye and a broken wrist so painful he couldn't grip the tools he needed to ply his craft as a stone cutter. He sued Buick Motor Co., alleging negligence in failing to ensure the wheel was roadworthy. In what would become a landmark ruling in product liability law, the New York Court of Appeals in 1916 awarded MacPherson $5,025 in compensation -- about $115,000 in today's dollars -- and established the automaker's "duty of care" to ensure customers are sold a safe product.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Foreign Car-Assembly Projects Outlawed: As part of its launch of a program to raise its own industrial giants, the country has banned new-car assembly projects that involve foreigners until 1996 and will tighten controls on car imports. The ban, part of a government initiative called the Framework of National Industrial Policy for the '90s, will focus resources to allow rapid expansion of eight existing car companies, said Ye Qing, vice minister of the state planning commission.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1987 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
Acknowledging that Chrysler had been "dumb" to disconnect the odometers on new cars being test-driven by company managers before they were sold, Chrysler Chairman Lee A. Iacocca asked the nation for forgiveness Wednesday. "Did we screw up? You bet we did," Iacocca conceded during a press conference at Chrysler's headquarters. "We're human, and sometimes people do some pretty dumb things."
BUSINESS
May 1, 2009 | Peter Pae
The major players in a key industry file for bankruptcy protection with the hope of reshaping operations quickly and coming back to compete more strongly. But it's not the automakers; it's the airlines, which just a few years ago underwent a wrenching restructuring in Bankruptcy Court that fundamentally altered the travel industry. Circumstances are different. But with Chrysler's filing for bankruptcy protection Thursday, and General Motors Corp.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
Ford Motor Co. has long maintained that a bankruptcy filing by one of its Detroit competitors could have disastrous effects on it as well. Wall Street seems to think otherwise. With bankruptcy rumors growing ever louder, General Motors Corp. shares have struggled to reach $2 in recent months, falling 33 cents, or 17%, to $1.71 on Monday after a Standard & Poor's downgrade drove its bonds to record lows. Ford, meanwhile, has been steadily climbing, rising 2 cents to $4.26 on Monday.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2009 | Michael Muskal
President Obama on Monday announced plans to cope with the problems facing Detroit's auto industry. Here is a primer of the issue and how it will affect consumers. Why does the car industry have a problem? Essentially, fewer people bought cars from General Motors Corp., Chrysler and Ford Motor Co.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2009 | Ken Bensinger and Jim Puzzanghera
Pay a lot now, or much more later. That's the choice General Motors Corp. and Chrysler presented Washington this week as they requested $22 billion in additional bailout money -- and warned that the tab could be many times that should the companies go bankrupt. Despite historic sales declines, critics contend that the automakers' arguments are simply posturing to squeeze more money out of the government and to make billion-dollar cash infusions seem more palatable.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Honda Motor Co. said Monday that managers' salaries would be slashed 5% starting next month to cope with sliding sales. The cut comes on top of the 10% pay reduction for directors announced last month. The move affects about 4,800 managers at Honda group companies in Japan, but not those hired by Honda's overseas units, the company said. The reduction continues through May, and what happens after that is still undecided, it said. Japan's No.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
I was listening the other day to a couple of American automobile executives complain to the president of the United States about emission regulations and all their other burdens -- high wages, government safety mandates, unfair foreign competition. You know the list. They said this stuff was killing the industry. "We are in a downhill slide, the likes of which we have never seen in our business," one remarked. The Japanese, he said, "are in the wings ready to eat us up alive."
BUSINESS
August 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's largest automobile manufacturer, said Friday that it will stop using the gases blamed for destroying the Earth's protective ozone layer. Toyota spokesman Anthony McMillan said that by 1995, the company will stop using the gas for cleaning and cooling during the manufacturing process. Toyota used 2,800 tons of CFC during 1988, he said. The Toyota group, which includes affiliated parts suppliers, used 9,500 tons last year, McMillan said. Nippondenso Co.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
A California judge who found that Ford Motor Co. concealed a safety defect in millions of vehicles Friday ordered the auto maker to begin settlement talks, which could avert a statewide recall. Ford faces a recall of 1.7 million cars and trucks that have been owned or leased by California consumers. A settlement could help the world's No. 2 auto maker avoid the recall, and estimated costs of $150 to $170 per vehicle, as well as a new trial that is set to begin next year.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2009 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
General Motors Corp. said it might lose as many as 500 dealers in its home market this year, an increase from 350 last year, as the largest U.S. automaker works toward a goal of cutting 1,700 by 2012.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2009 | Associated Press
The Bush administration said Wednesday that it wouldn't finish implementing new vehicle fuel-efficiency rules, leaving the issue to the incoming Obama administration. The Transportation Department said that the recent financial problems of automakers would require the next administration "to conduct a thorough review of matters affecting the industry." The auto industry was swift to criticize the decision, saying any delay could cost companies money.
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