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January 11, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda said Monday that the Japanese automaker needed to add more excitement to the styling of its vehicles. Speaking to reporters at the North American International Auto Show ? his first visit to an American auto show ? Toyoda said, "I think cars need to be better looking. We are going to come up with better-looking, nicer cars. " One way Toyota plans to improve the design of its vehicles is by giving more authority to its design studios in the locations where the vehicles will be sold and produced, he said.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Although the technology is just in its infancy, 1 in 5 drivers expresses interest in cars that drive themselves, reports research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such "autonomous" vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance. Google has said that computer-controlled cars should eventually drive more safely than humans, who, after all, get sleepy and distracted and can't see in every direction at once.
OPINION
January 31, 1988
It would also help if Americans would "Buy American"--those items which are still made here. Just for starters, American autos are getting better and better. W. SPANGENBERG Hawthorne
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ward, founder of ICON autos in Chatsworth, likes to take iconic utility vehicles and give it a new spin. The Toyota Land Cruiser . The Willys CJ3B . The Ford Bronco . On the latest project, the crew at ICON took on the 1965 Dodge crew cab. ICON unveiled a special one-off Power Wagon D200 Reformer at the Optima booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Painted in glossy white with black accent, the truck has a new chassis and mechanical systems taken from a modern-day Dodge Ram 3500 series pickup.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Online spending for October grew at the slowest pace since at least 2001, an Internet research company said -- the latest evidence that Web shopping is being dragged down by the deteriorating economy. According to the ComScore Inc. report, online spending increased a meager 1% last month from the year-earlier period, marking the slowest sales pace for any month since the company began tracking the data seven years ago. The results exclude business from auctions, autos and travel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1988
Three cheers for the Los Angeles City Council in its efforts to clear gridlock by enacting an ordinance to deal with the blocking of intersections by autos trapped by clogged streets. It sounds wonderful, but how long will diligent enforcement last? While we are at it, how about enforcement in the area of illegal parking in bus stop zones and in other red curb areas downtown? Two bus stops for immediate action are (1) Temple Street eastbound in front of the County Hall of Administration and (2)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1992
Why can the state senators and assemblymen drive around in Cadillacs with free gas credit cards while the state is going downhill? How much would the state save if they gave up their cars? Let them furnish their own autos and insurance and gasoline. They do not need a personal state-financed auto; they should stay in Sacramento and do something constructive for the welfare of the people. DAVID C. ARMIJO San Gabriel
BUSINESS
November 16, 1986
John F. Lawrence's Nov. 2 column must have been made in Japan and shipped to the United States along with the products he describes. It's chilling to think that we are trading our most precious commodity, U.S. real estate, for autos and videocassette recorders. This system of avoiding inflation seems to me a more subtle and insidious Pearl Harbor than we had in 1941. NORMAN W. PERLUSS La Quinta
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