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May 26, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
April, 1989 April April % 1989 1988 1989 1988 change Year-to-date Year-to-date TOTAL 367,109 369,614 -0.7 1,412,934 1,443,989 PASSENGERS Departing 185,817 185,909 702,982 719,079 Arriving 181,292 183,705 -1.3 709,952 724,910 TAKEOFFS AND 46,045 42,826 +7.5 174,688 167,250 LANDINGS General Aviation 37,640 35,837 +5.0 142,226 138,149 Air Carrier 5,365 4,989 +7.5 21,103 20,491 Air Taxi 2,370 1,582 +49.8 9,282 7,212 Military 670 418 +60.3 2,077...
August 6, 2012 | Bloomberg News
U.S. banks are relaxing their terms on credit cards and lending for autos and commercial real estate, according to a Federal Reserve survey. "Domestic banks, on balance, continued to report having eased their lending standards across most loan types over the past three months," the Fed said Monday in its quarterly survey of senior loan officers. Banks in the United States are lending the most since the recession ended in June 2009, supporting an economy burdened by 8.3% unemployment.
December 12, 1993
Electric car enthusiasts have little to cheer about with limited demand for a $30,000 novelty ("Driving Force Behind Electric: Utilities Take on Detroit in Defending Green Rules," Nov. 24). Aside from battery cost, production of a basic electric auto should compete in the "under $10,000" range. No fuel system, no hydraulic system, no vacuum system, no cooling system or ignition, etc. Where is all the cost? Are manufacturers expecting to recoup all research expenses in their first months of limited production?
October 15, 2006
Regarding "Analyst Backtracks on Hybrids," Oct. 5: I read with dismay that analyst Philip Gott has changed his thoughts about hybrid autos and sees diesels as more promising. He didn't speak with me, or any of the other hybrid owners with whom I speak. I couldn't be happier. Although my primary motivation for buying my Toyota Prius was environmental, I am enjoying my once-monthly visit to the gas station. I am getting 48 to 51 miles per gallon, and at $2.60 a gallon, my last tank cost me $25. The next time you're stuck in the parking lot known as the Los Angeles freeway system, especially during a SigAlert, consider all your fellow motorists and their idling engines, spewing out their hydrocarbons into our air.
February 7, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Fisker Automotive has stopped work at a former General Motors auto plant in Delaware, where it plans to build Project Nina, a family-size plug-in hybrid expected to sell for about $50,000. The Anaheim auto company laid off 26 workers at the plant and let go 40 contract employees working at its headquarters. That leaves the company with about 600 employees working on automotive development in Anaheim. The company said it "delayed work at the plant based on ongoing discussions" with the Department of Energy "regarding funding for the Project Nina program.
July 24, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Bolstered by strong sales of new car models such as the Fusion and redesigned Taurus, Ford Motor Co. said Friday that its second-quarter profit rose 13% to $2.6 billion. The results — Ford's best in six years — beat Wall Street expectations and marked the automaker's fifth consecutive profitable quarter. Sales climbed to $31.3 billion from $27.2 billion a year earlier. Buyers have been attracted to Ford's lineup of fuel-efficient cars and new high-tech features such as Sync, an in-car communications and entertainment system developed by Ford and Microsoft Corp.
July 7, 2011
2012 BMW 650i convertible Base price: $91,375 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $103,525 Powertrain: 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged, DOHC, 32-valve V-8 with VVT; eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting and sport mode. Horsepower: 400 at 5,500-6,400 rpm Torque: 450 pound-feet at 1,750-4,500 rpm 0-60 acceleration: 4.9 seconds Curb weight: 4,531 pounds Wheelbase: 112.4 inches Overall length: 192.8 inches EPA fuel economy: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway Final thoughts: Choose your own adventure.
November 18, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
On an August morning in 2008, a handful of executives from the country's top car companies, several environmentalists and two of California's most powerful pollution regulators met in a windowless conference room in a hotel next to Los Angeles International Airport. For 30 years, the car companies had been locked in battle with California and environmentalists over increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and cutting air pollution. But that meeting at the Radisson Hotel brought together new government and industry leaders able to capitalize on new technologies in a market ready to adopt fundamental changes in cars.
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