March 7, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. has announced a recall of some 230,000 older minivans in the U.S. and other countries to fix a corrosion problem that could prevent the fold-down third-row seats from locking in place. The automaker says the recall in the U.S. includes 196,500 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from model years 2004 through 2007. The U.S. recall only involves minivans that were sold and registered in the 20 so-called salt-belt states and the District of Columbia, where salt is regularly applied to roads during the colder months to impede icing.
March 6, 2013 |
Representatives from 11 specialty auto car equipment companies based in California are traveling to Dubai this weekend, hoping to export some of the state's signature car culture products to new markets in the Middle East. Most of the companies are manufacturers of specialty equipment designed to boost the performance of stock cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Some of the products enhance the experience of owning a car. Others help protect them. The companies are Coverking, located in Anaheim, EBay Motors of San Jose, Gibson Performance Exhaust of Corona, Injen Technology of Pomona K&N Engineering Inc. of Riverside, and McLeod Racing of Placentia.
November 25, 2012 |
On any Saturday afternoon, the unlikely mix of exotic coupes, vintage woodies and electric cars sharing Pacific Coast Highway makes clear why Southern California is the center of U.S. car culture. A similarly diverse array of machinery has made the Los Angeles Auto Show the premier stage for both cutting-edge green cars and sportier offerings designed to carve up that famous coastal road. This year's show, the first North American showcase of the model year, starts Wednesday for the media and opens to the public Friday at the downtown convention center.
September 16, 2012
About this series The boulevards of L.A., long dominated by the car culture, are gradually being remade to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and urban street life. This is the third in a series of occasional articles about this transformation. latimes.com/boulevards An interactive map, photos and videos narrated by Christopher Hawthorne are available online.
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June 16, 2012 |
FRESNO - What is old, and even older, will unite to return a roadside attraction in the shape of a giant orange to Highway 99. The San Joaquin Valley Paleontology Foundation, which runs the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, has won a bid to rescue the Mammoth Orange food stand from where it sat rotting in a Chowchilla city storage yard. The Fossil Discovery Center is across the street from the largest deposit of fossils on the West Coast, according to the center's website.
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April 9, 2011 |
Go ahead, play in the street. So say organizers of CicLAvia , an event Sunday that allows bicyclists, skateboarders, pedestrians and rollerbladers — second-class citizens in this car-dependent city — to dominate nearly eight miles of Los Angeles' streets. The ciclovia, which means bicycle path in Spanish, began in Bogota, Colombia, several decades ago in response to pollution and street congestion. Instead of driving elsewhere for entertainment, residents were invited to use the street as their playground.