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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.
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.
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
NATIONAL
March 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal
NEW YORK -- A baby delivered by emergency Cesarean section died Monday morning after both parents, members of an Orthodox Jewish community, were killed in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend. The New York Police Department announced the baby's death and said investigators were still seeking the driver and passenger of the other car. “The baby died at 4:56 a.m.” on Monday, Sgt. Lee Jones, a police spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times. “Investigators are still seeking the occupants of the other car,” he said.
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