YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsAutos


November 3, 1993
EPA Recalls 36,000 Cars: The agency took the action on 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipses, Eagle Talons and Plymouth Lasers with two-liter turbocharged engines because they failed to meet air pollution standards. Vehicles built to meet California's tougher air pollution standards are not included. The maker of the cars, Diamond Star Motors of Normal, Ill., must notify all owners of the autos by early next year and pay for repair of the defects, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
April 25, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Cars and light-duty trucks for the 2012 model year exceeded new federal standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2012 fleet averages 23.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.4 for the previous model year - one of the greatest improvements in fuel economy in 30 years, according to a report released Friday. And the cars and trucks pump out an average of 286 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, nine grams less than the EPA standard.
October 21, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The automobile industry looks to post another good sales month in October, according to early projections. Auto research company J.D. Power and & Associates estimates an annual industry sales pace of 13.1 million vehicles for the month, about the same as September and a big jump from earlier in the year. Economists say such a rate is an encouraging sign that the economy is not slipping back into recession. J.D. Power based its estimate on transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees, or about half the dealerships in the United States.
April 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings, an officer fatally shot a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a vehicle before pointing a gun at police, authorities said. Mary Hawkes became the first person to be killed by Albuquerque police since the Justice Department released a scathing report that called for a "systematic change" to address what it said was a long-ingrained culture of deadly force in the Police Department.
November 17, 2011
Thinking about buying a new car? Interested in automakers' latest offerings? Times autos writer Jerry Hirsch is at the L.A. Auto Show and will be chatting with readers at noon Thursday about what's in store when the doors open to the public on Friday. As Hirsch and colleagues David Undercoffler and Susan Carpenter have reported, Ford has a new-look Escape sport utility vehicle; Mazda is unveiling its newest small SUV, the CX-5; Land Rover is showing off its DC100 concept cars; and Hyundai has revived the Azera.
April 18, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man accused of killing a man and keeping his body stuffed inside a freezer at an abandoned Central Valley auto body shop has pleaded not guilty to murder. Jacob Medina Cervantes, 26, of Modesto was arrested Tuesday after a tow truck driver hired to haul cars away from the shop found the frozen body, KTXL-TV reported . Authorities have yet to release the identity of the body, saying only that it was found intact. It was also unclear how long the body had been in the freezer.
April 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volkswagen kept plenty busy at the 2014 New York Auto Show, bringing with it an all-new Golf Sportswagen, a refreshed Jetta sedan, and some pricing details on its soon-to-be-released Golf GTI hot hatch. The biggest news was VW's 2015 Golf Sportswagen. It replaces the Jetta wagon in the U.S. lineup, though that outgoing car was always based on the Golf anyway, nomenclature aside. So fear not, Sportswagen fans, your trusty hauler isn't any smaller. It actually grows. The new model is just over an inch longer and just under an inch wider.
April 16, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota launched a dramatic mid-cycle restyling of its Camry sedan in a move to fend off increasing competition from rivals such as the Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima. The Camry has been the nation's best-selling passenger car for a dozen years but its lead over competitors is narrowing. Through the first three months of this year, Toyota has sold just over 94,000 Camrys. It leads the Altima by about 5,000 sales and the Accord by about 15,000 sales. But the Accord's share of the market is growing and, when sales to rental car companies and other fleet customers are subtracted, actually beat the Camry last year, said Karl Brauer, an analyst with auto information company Kelley Blue Book.
April 16, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Chevrolet is pushing further into the small-SUV segment. Having already introduced six new models into the segment in the last four years -- and enjoyed a triple-digit growth of small car sales -- the automaker will be unwrapping its 2015 Trax. They're hoping to take a bigger bite out of the small SUV market, going up against the Nissan Jook and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Promising "small-car agility with the utility of an SUV," the Trax comes stock with a little engine and a lot of room -- a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine, and almost 50 cubic feet of storage space.
April 15, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Nissan has released details on the all-new third generation of its quirky Murano crossover ahead of its New York Auto Show debut this week. Love or hate the oddball styling, you at least have to give the brand credit for being consistent. The Murano has always added a dash of funk to Nissan's lineup, dating from the first generation's introduction in 2002. A redesign for 2009 reined in some of the crossover's outlandish look in favor of upping the Murano's interior refinement.
April 15, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Sitting on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan on Monday night, Land Rover's Discovery Concept SUV previewed much more than just a future vehicle from the historically British brand. It signified a major reorganization for Land Rover itself. The automaker announced that the Discovery name -- previously used on a single model -- will now expand to become a range of vehicles. Similar to how Range Rover has always been Land Rover's high-end, luxury-oriented sub-brand.
April 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressive enough in a straight line, ripping from zero to 60 in less than three seconds. But what happens on a smooth mountain road, at the apex of an uphill, right-hand sweeper, must be experienced to be believed. While G-forces are pressing your face sideways, the car seems to barely notice it is death-gripping a curve at 70 mph. This is a high-tech weapon aimed at the limits of physics. Lurking beneath the shapely body panels is an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, active aerodynamics and suspension, twin-turbocharging, torque vectoring, and rear-wheel steering, among other delights.
Los Angeles Times Articles