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BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
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AUTOS
April 6, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Car fans -- especially those interested in pre-World War II French icons -- have a little more time to enjoy some ultra-rare classics in Southern California. The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has announced it is extending through June an exhibit of Voisin automobiles and motorcycles. The exhibit was previously scheduled to close in April. "The success the Voisin exhibit experienced over the past six months has been amazing," Peter Mullin, owner of the museum, said in a statement.  “It is with great personal pride that we continue to recognize and showcase such a design visionary and aviation pioneer.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The idea for a themed land at Disney California Adventure celebrating California's car culture had been kicking around at Walt Disney Imagineering for years. The working premise focused on the classic cars, tourist attractions, auto-centric restaurants, roadside architecture and cross-country road trips popular during the 1950s and '60s when vehicles became less about transportation and more about personal expression. > Photos: The evolution of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure The Carland concept, like many other lands and attractions at Disney California Adventure , lacked one key ingredient: Disney characters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
A series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism, according to police. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly lighted streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues, and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS - Batman has the Batmobile. Green Hornet has Black Beauty. But why did the other superheroes miss out on a flashy ride? On Tuesday, Kia Motors America and DC Entertainment changed all that. The two companies opened the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas by unveiling five custom cars inspired by the superhero members of DC Comics' Justice League. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Each Justice League character was assigned to a specific Kia vehicle based on personality and attributes to create the five cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2011
POP MUSIC Ric Ocasek's defining New Wave band the Cars helped set the tone of the '80s with their synth-slicked guitar pop. They haven't done much recording or touring since 1987, but an unexpected new album finds them in overdrive, deploying the same tricks that made them essential listening. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 7 p.m. Thurs. $48.50. http://www.livenation.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano are billed as the stars of "Fast & Furious 6," opening Friday. But it only takes a few scenes of the latest installment of the "Furious" franchise to realize that the millions of dollars of cars are the real action heroes. Dennis McCarthy, the Sun Valley-based car nut who's been responsible for cars in the past four "Furious" films, said his team actually lost track of how many cars were destroyed over the course of filming.
SPORTS
March 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Las Vegas -- ¿¿Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch hit the wall during practice Saturday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, forcing both to use backup cars for Sunday's race. The shift to backup cars also means Johnson and Busch will have to start the Kobalt Tools 400 at the rear of the 43-car field. Johnson, the only four-time Cup series winner at Las Vegas, slammed into the Turn 2 wall after losing control on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval early in the final round of practice.
SPORTS
August 6, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- They're not very big, but they certainly are amusing. In events such as the hammer throw and discus, track and field staff has taken to ferrying the implements back to their throwers by way of remote-controlled cars. At the 2012 London Olympics, they are using miniature versions of Mini hatchbacks, built to 1/4 scale. According to BMW, each car can carry about 17 pounds, the equivalent of one hammer, one discus or two javelins. There are three cars working in four-hour shifts, each traveling about 6,000 meters per day. They zip around the infield in circles and dashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988
It is apparent to me that there is a humorous nature to the "no- and slow-growth initiatives" we are facing in the city of San Diego and San Diego County November elections. Why anyone would want to reduce the number of homes built or impact job availability is beyond me. I would like to propose a more appropriate method of controlling the amount of growth in San Diego County. Since much of the argument of growth relates to traffic, we should immediately suspend all automobile sales.
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