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April 23, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Nissan Motor Co. said Friday that buyers have already reserved more than 20% of the first year's production of its Leaf electric vehicle. About 6,600 U.S. consumers have paid the $99 reservation fee, and 3,700 in Japan have done the same. Nissan said it will make about 50,000 Leaf cars the first year. The automaker has said it wants to have about 40% of production reserved by December, when the car goes on sale. The all-electric hatchback will cost $32,780. But government subsidies will reduce the price for California buyers by about a third.
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BUSINESS
January 30, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Frank Saucedo is director of General Motors Co.'s Advanced Design Studio in North Hollywood, one of 10 the automaker has worldwide. The 49-year-old lives in Westlake Village with his wife, Regina, and their two teenage sons. A family thing: Saucedo said his earliest memories are filled with drawing and working on cars. Armed with a pencil, the Alhambra native drew just about anything he saw, usually on the blank side of blue invoices his father would bring home from his job as an industrial tool salesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 | By Rich Connell
Nearly five years after a deadly Metrolink train wreck in Glendale intensified debate about passenger car design, Southern California's commuter rail service will soon take delivery of new high-tech, crash-resistant cars, officials announced Thursday. Two of the new-generation cars, the first of their kind in the nation, are to be unloaded from a ship in the Port of Long Beach in mid-January and will be put into service as early as next summer, agency officials said in a news conference at a Metrolink maintenance yard northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives
A 19-year-old man killed in a hit-and-run in South Los Angeles was the oldest of four siblings who loved working on his prized possession - his Infiniti - friends and family said Wednesday morning at the site where he died. Police say Jerry Arredondo Jr. was hit Tuesday night as he stepped out of his car, parked on 105th Street just east of Wadsworth Avenue. A speeding eastbound 2013 Chevy Camaro hit the teen, launching him into the air and several feet down the street. His body hit a small tree with such force it split its trunk in half.
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't worry about Joanna--she'll be warm tonight. She'll park in her old neighborhood, on a street with no security patrol and tall hedges in front of the houses, so no one will notice her car. She'll open the window a crack, lock the doors, curl up in warm clothes beneath blankets. Tomorrow she'll do the Beverly Center. Or maybe Westside Pavilion. She'll wash her hair and underwear in Nordstrom's ladies' room, dry them under the hand blower, apply makeup from testers at the cosmetic counter downstairs.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Women prefer to purchase small cars and crossovers, typically from foreign automakers. That's the finding of a study of 13 million U.S. vehicle registrations over the last two years by TrueCar.com, the Santa Monica auto pricing information company. Volkswagen's Beetle was the auto most likely to be purchased by a woman. Just over 56% of the buyers registering a new Beetle were women, the study found. But after that, female buyers tended toward small sport utility vehicles.
SCIENCE
June 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Despite a three-fold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to  new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere - which cause smog's eye-stinging irritation - has drastically fallen off, according to federal researchers. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars is now in the custody of animal control officials. Investigators are trying to determine how the camel got loose. The camel's capture was recorded by TV crews. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement to KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the "alleged owner is known not to be permitted to have the camel. The camel will be held as evidence and will be in the care of the Lancaster shelter.” A call reporting the camel, which broke loose about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars that the animal charged, said sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Two consecutive lawsuits and three plans and we still haven't properly resolved the Yosemite Valley dilemma. It's one of the most gorgeous spots in the world, but that can be hard to appreciate in summertime when you spend most of your time staring at the rear bumper of the car in front of you because of traffic so intense that people can walk faster than you can drive. And that's saying something, because the throngs of people are so dense that getting from Point A to Point B on foot can involve a fair amount of pedestrian maneuvering, braking and cutting in front.
WORLD
July 3, 2010 | By Usama Redha and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
In a dangerous country, it may be one of the quickest tickets to the afterlife. Those driving white or gray Nissan Sunny sedans flirt with the very real possibility of being hit with a spray of gunfire, or their vehicle being rigged with a bomb. At least 28 such assaults have occurred since March, police say, five of them in the last 10 days. What makes the Sunny such an appealing target? It's a model the Iraqi government provides to its intelligence services, military and police forces.
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