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March 29, 2013 | Ronald D. White
Luxury car and SUV sales and leases are up 11% so far this year after climbing 13.7% in 2012, according to a new analysis by Kelley Blue Book. The growth has been driven by sales at the lower end of the luxury segment, said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst at auto price information company Kelley Blue Book. "The brands that are doing best are the entry level luxuries lines: Acura, Infiniti, Lexus," Gutierrez said. "Success at the entry level is why you see Mercedes-Benz introducing the CLA and BMW introducing the 320i.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Scott Gold
A motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning when he pulled out of a driveway in Los Feliz and collided with a car. Shortly before 9 a.m., the man pulled his 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle into the 4600 block of Los Feliz Boulevard and collided with a 2012 BMW, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Doreen Wilson. The man, who has not yet been identified publicly, was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center at 9:29 a.m. The driver of the BMW was treated for injuries. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident, Wilson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1989
So American Express has reserved, for Gold Card members only, select seats to January and February performances of "The Phantom of the Opera" (advertisement in the June 25 Calendar). These tickets are not yet available to the public. Thus those of us whose incomes aren't quite up to snuff must wait for whatever nosebleed seats remain. What's the next elitist market tactic? Will BMW promise, "Buy a Beamer, get choice Phantom tix"? LAURA GOLDMAN Redondo Beach
OPINION
April 26, 2012 | By Mei Fong
After USC graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu were shot and killed earlier this month, the Chinese student community in America was saddened, shocked and frightened. The reaction back home was very different. The killings, which happened while Qu and Wu were sitting and talking in a BMW, unleashed a torrent of Internet vitriol in China, and it wasn't directed at the pair's attacker. A comment on the popular site 163.com was typical: "Studying in America, driving BMW, a male and a female, let them die. " Never mind that the BMW was a secondhand model and not the $60,000 luxury model the Associated Press erroneously reported initially.
OPINION
June 7, 2002
Re "Explanation for Fatal Chase Offered," June 5: The death of 4-year-old Evelyn Vargas, while extremely tragic, was not caused by the act of a police officer pursuing a fleeing suspect. Make no mistake about it; this was not a traffic accident. This was a premeditated act by the driver of the stolen BMW who purposely chose not to stop for the police. This suspect decided to hurtle down a busy street in a 2,000-plus-pound "missile" without regard to anyone's safety. Place the blame squarely where it belongs--on the driver of the stolen car who failed to obey the law. If he had stopped, or better yet, if he had never stolen the car, this incident would not have happened.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Police identified a suspect in the hit-and-run deaths of a young married couple Monday, hours after their premature baby boy also died. Authorities were seeking Julio Acevedo, 44, believed to be the driver of a BMW that hit a cab carrying Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21. The Glaubers were rushing to a hospital early Sunday because Raizy wasn't feeling well. Her husband had called the cab because, like many New Yorkers, the family didn't own a car. The accident occurred in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Luxury auto makers are laying on the perks to distinguish their brand from their competitors. Luxury auto makers are laying on the perks to distinguish their brand from their competitors. Nissan said its upscale Infiniti division will offer a free concierge service for buyers of its vehicles. The Infiniti Personal Assistant will give owners unlimited 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants who can provide driving directions, weather forecasts, dining suggestions and reservations, travel arrangements and sports scores through the car's Bluetooth system or even away from the vehicle by phone.
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