CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 |
Californians aren't depending quite as heavily on cars for commutes and errands as they did a decade ago, according to a new survey by Caltrans. Although driving is still by far the most dominant mode of transportation across the state, accounting for about three-quarters of daily trips, researchers say a decrease in car usage and a rise in walking, biking and taking transit indicate that Californians' daily habits could be slowly changing....
March 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether General Motors purposely held back information about safety defects in some of its cars that were part of a recall last month, according to people familiar with the matter. The inquiry by federal prosecutors in New York will examine whether the nation's largest automaker misled the public to believe there were no safety issues, said one of the people who was not authorized to speak publicly. "Their intent is what is key here," the person said.
March 7, 2014 |
Hyundai will launch an all-new version of its game-changing Sonata sedan at the New York Auto Show, the automaker has announced. The South Korean company said it will debut a global version of the midsize family sedan on home soil later this month, with the U.S. iteration to break cover in April. The current generation of Sonata was introduced at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale in 2010. The car was an immediate critical and sales success and helped Hyundai shake its reputation as a builder of low-grade economy cars.
March 3, 2014 |
The big chill created a big stall in auto sales last month. Based on initial reports by General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group and the other car companies, auto sales looked like they were flat to just slightly higher in February compared to the same month a year earlier. Automakers estimated they sold about 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. last month, about a 1% gain. PHOTOS: Cars that last 200,000 miles Small sport-utility vehicles and four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles sold best in February, in part because they were they types of autos best matched to the severe winter conditions in much of the nation, automakers said.
March 3, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards. The new rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds, to 10 parts per million from 30 parts per million. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan and South Korea.
February 26, 2014 |
In a rare public apology, General Motors acknowledged Tuesday that it reacted too slowly to a safety issue linked to 13 deaths. The delayed response could cost GM tens of millions of dollars in civil penalties if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines the automaker neglected to inform regulators. NHTSA is also facing criticism for not demanding that GM act more quickly to recall more than 1.6 million vehicles. The recall is linked to the cars' ignition switches, which GM says can be accidentally turned from the "run" position to the "accessory" position while the car is being driven.