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April 28, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Dallas Jamison and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
March, 1989 March March % 1989 1988 1989 1988 Change Year-to-Date Year-to-Date TOTAL 391,403 408,354 -4.2 1,045,825 1,074,375 PASSENGERS Departing 192,824 201,861 -4.5 517,165 533,170 Arriving 198,579 206,493 -3.8 528,660 541,205 TAKEOFFS 48,215 46,620 3.4 128,643 124,424 AND LANDINGS General Aviation 39,658 38,962 1.8 104,586 102,312 Air Carrier 5,486 5,369 2.2 15,738 15,502 Air Taxi 2,512 1,936 29.8 6,912 5,630 Military 559 353 58.4 1,407 980...
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?
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.
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.
December 9, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The average age of the vehicles people are trading in when purchasing new cars is going down ? a good sign for the auto industry. Auto information company says that the average age of trade-in vehicles has fallen steadily to just over 5 years in November, from nearly 5.8 years in January. That may be an early signal that consumers are loosening their purse strings and are starting to purchase cars just because they want a new vehicle. Much of the retail segment of the auto market for the last two years has been people whose vehicles were worn out and needed to be replaced.
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.
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