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April 25, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Nick Karoly, the top salesman at Hoehn Motors Mercedes Porsche in Carlsbad, roamed the lot. Saturday being the busiest day of the week for car dealers, there was a steady stream of potential buyers. Karoly's smooth sales approach earns him as much as $160,000 in a good year, meaning a year when he sells 170 cars or more. Hoehn is the top dealer of both Porsches and Mercedeses in San Diego County. Last year, the dealership sold 762 Mercedeses and 156 Porsches.
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NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Will the fifth time be the charm for the three-foot rule? Among the hundreds of bills on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is AB 1371 , which would require a driver to keep at least three feet of space between his or her car and a bicycle when passing. If the governor signs it, the bill would affect all motor vehicles and bicycles sharing the road in California, but it would have special significance for Los Angeles. This city -- long regarded as the nation's most car-loving, driver-centric, petroleum-fueled, bike-hating municipality -- is sponsoring the bill.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The recalls of several Toyota models over the last month not only have sparked angst at Toyota dealerships but also have created headaches for car rental companies that offer the vehicles. The nation's largest rental companies have been rushing to pull thousands of recalled models off the road and assure renters that all the remaining cars are safe. But it hasn't been easy. After all, rental vehicles roll in and out at a fast pace all day long. So rounding up each recalled car, including those used for long-term rentals, has been a chore.
SPORTS
May 31, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
A day after coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his succession of used cars. The salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several vehicles said in an affidavit released by Ohio State on Tuesday that he didn't offer any special deals to Buckeyes. "The deals that I did for Ohio State student-athletes were no different than any of the other 10,000-plus deals that I've done for all my other customers," Aaron Kniffin said in the statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Roughly 1,000 vehicles flooded the Empire Center in Burbank on Tuesday night for a car “flash mob” organized through social media, snarling traffic as crowds swarmed the parking lot. More than 20 police officers from Burbank, Glendale and San Marino were assigned to patrol after a similar event in November also caused traffic headaches. Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets because of traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area, the Burbank Leader reported.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Cut-up photographs of a black Ford F-150 lie scattered across George Barris' desk, forming a mosaic of fenders, headlamps and rear-quarter panels. Barris' eyes flicker over each fragment as he rearranges the parts of a normal-looking pickup truck and transforms it into the lunatic hot rod vision he has bouncing around in his head. He dabs glue onto one scrap and sets it on paper. Then, another and another. Finally, he stands back and examines what has come together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
San Francisco police are investigating after witnesses reported that a group of men tipped over three Smart cars late Sunday or early Monday. “I thought it looked like they were up to no good and then sure enough they walk up to this Smart car right here, all huddle around it, and then life it up and set it on its hind legs,” resident Brandon Michael told CBS San Francisco. The pint-sized, two-door coupes were either set on their hind quarters or tipped completely over. The feat of upending a car listed at roughly 1,800 pounds may take more muscle than merely pushing over a snoozing cow, but the vandals also appeared to know what they were doing, according to one witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Bolstering the effort to improve safety at Metrolink, directors of the commuter railroad on Friday agreed to buy 20 more state-of-the-art train cars that can better protect passengers and crews during a crash. The board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority pushed aside financial pressures and unanimously voted to exercise an option to buy the cars made by the South Korean Hyundai Rotem Co. for $1.68 million each, about $1 million below the market value. Rotem cars have energy-absorbing crush zones and other safety improvements now required by the federal government ?
AUTOS
December 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
An unnamed U.S. car collector got a quick start on holiday shopping at a London auction over the weekend, spending nearly $12 million on a trio of rare vehicles. At Bonhams' annual London auction on Sunday, the buyer took home a 1952 Jaguar C-Type for $4.74 million, a 1956 Jaguar 'Shortnose' D-Type for $4.25 million and a 1960 Commer TS3 transport truck for $2.94 million. All three vehicles were from the Ecurie Ecosse racing collection. An additional five cars from the Ecurie collection were sold to different individual buyers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Two 21-year-old men are charged with 85 felonies for allegedly shooting pellet guns at more than 40 cars along a Bay Area freeway. Shawn Philip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont were each charged with 42 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 43 counts of vandalism in connection with the shootings over the last several months. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearance at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesday.
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