August 30, 2013 |
Like the American kid who returns from study abroad with a German accent, Chevrolet's latest Cruze sedan will come with a decidedly European flair. Starting in September, Chevy will offer the compact sedan with a diesel engine. It joins the two gas engines that have been available in the car since the Cruze began selling in 2010. Built in Germany, the turbo diesel engine gives Chevy a compelling fuel-efficiency play in the U.S. in the popular compact segment. The Cruze diesel is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 46 on the highway.
November 14, 2010 |
The Greater Los Angeles Auto Show What: Hundreds of 2011 import and domestic vehicles will be on display, including concept cars and multiple world and North American debuts. The show also features alternative-fuel/electric vehicles and race cars. Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 When: Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 28. Check for exact times at http://www.laautoshow.com/HoursAdmission.html. Thanksgiving : The show will be open Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Adults: $12; children 12 and younger: free when accompanied by an adult.
December 4, 2010 |
American Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it would stop making its Element utility vehicle after the 2011 model year. In the U.S., the company has sold 325,000 of the boxy vehicles, which are popular among dog owners and bicycle enthusiasts because of the way the interior space can be arranged. Several bikes can be stored in the rear compartment standing up and without wheels being removed. Honda said that the car had been overshadowed in its own lineup by the CR-V small SUV and that competitors had come out with other small utilities that compete with the Element.
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.
July 30, 2011 |
The government will require new cars and trucks to meet a fleetwide average fuel economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Fat chance. Many motorists know they can't expect to get the mileage they see on the window sticker if they drive too fast or don't keep the car in optimal condition. But what most of them don't know is even if they do drive like highway saints, they still won't get the Environmental Protection Agency-rated results. Under rules announced Friday, tough new mileage standards will be phased in starting in 2017.
November 13, 2010 |
What a difference a year makes. Only 12 months ago, the auto industry was staggering under the weight of bankruptcies, factory and dealer closures, mega-layoffs and the deepest sales slump in decades. The malaise spilled into the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. Nissan Motor Co., a manufacturer that once called Southern California its U.S. home, skipped the event. Chrysler Group was there in name only, hosting a static display of aging vehicles. The buzz on the floor was whether General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group would survive and how big a dent a slew of recalls would put in Toyota Motor Co. sales.
October 1, 2013 |
U.S. monthly auto sales declined in September for the first time in more than two years, in part because of a calendar quirk that landed Labor Day weekend sales in the August report. Automakers sold a little more than 1.1 million vehicles last month, a 4.2% decrease from September a year ago, according to Autodata Corp., an industry research firm. The single-month decline snapped a 27-month streak of year-over-year gains dating back to June 2011, according to Edmunds.com, the car shopping information company.
September 5, 2012 |
Auto sales surged in August as consumers reacted to higher gas prices by snapping up fuel-efficient cars and small sport utility vehicles. Total auto sales for the month were just under 1.3 million, 19.9% higher than a year earlier. That would put the annual pace at 14.5 million vehicles, the best of any month since the federal "cash for clunkers" economic stimulus program in August 2009 and a rate 2 million vehicles ahead of August 2011's. "The auto industry continued to outperform the general economy," said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager.
March 23, 2012 |
Automakers, already off to a strong start this year, look to log another big sales month in March. Auto information company Kelley Blue Book said it expects U.S. new cars sales to top 1.4 million in March for an annualized selling pace of 14.6 million. That would make this month the best March for auto sales since 2007. The month is traditionally strong as consumers use their tax refunds for car purchases, Kelley said. Its analysts are noticing an especially high demand for fuel-efficient models because of the recent run-up in gas prices.
July 27, 2012 |
The economic news remains mixed, but that hasn't slowed car buyers down in July. With another weekend to go, industry analysts say sales remain comparatively strong and it is consumers who are fueling the industry. No, this isn't the roaring market of a decade ago, but it is healthy by post-recession, sluggish-growth standards. Market research firm J.D. Power & Associates estimates that retail sales of new vehicles will reach about 969,200 units this month. Although that's a slight dip from June, it still represents an 18% gain from a year earlier.