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July 27, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Electric bicycles are expected to generate $10.8 billion a year in worldwide revenue by 2020, up from $8.4 billion in 2013. E-bicycles remain a small niche in North America. A new report by analysis firm Navigant Research credits Asian and European countries for sustaining the market so far. Projected sales in China this year are about 28 million, 92% of the total world market. According to the report, growth of that country's market is expected to slow because of a weakened economy, manufacturer consolidation and some supply-chain issues in lead-acid batteries.
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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.
AUTOS
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.
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
NEWS
October 8, 2002 | SUSAN CARPENTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Lewis has some problems with his car. He can't go anywhere without being stopped to talk about it. He can't wipe the smile off his face when he's driving it. And he hasn't been able to restrict himself to owning only one. Lewis' car or, rather, cars are classic English Minis, 1960s and '70s micro mobiles that are so narrow they could drive on sidewalks, so short the only view out the driver's side window is often another car's hubcap, and...
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.
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