February 18, 1990
Jim Hutchison's story, "In the Wake of the Lady Rose," Jan. 28, was interesting to an ex-Northwester, but I must take exception to "state of the art in 1937, the Lady Rose boasted one of the world's first marine diesel engines." Fiat was building marine diesels in 1909 and they were used in World War I U-boats. R. BOTTUM Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989
Three hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a flood control channel in Anaheim on Thursday, flowing through four cities before it was contained near the ocean, authorities said. The spill occurred at about 9:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Allec Street when a 18-wheel truck backing out of a driveway sheared off a valve connecting two 150-gallon diesel tanks. The fuel spilled onto the street and then into an underground flood control drain, where it was inaccessible to authorities trying to contain it, according to Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1986
You are to be commended for your strong editorial (April 29), "Staying a Step Ahead," on behalf of cleaner operating RTD buses. Dirty diesels are an obvious source of air pollution that is especially offensive to the rest of the motoring public. In an effort to begin corrective action, last year I carried, and the governor signed, Senate Bill 152, which will include diesel inspections to the "smog-check" program currently applicable to smaller vehicle engines in areas of the state with poor air quality.
May 9, 1989
Deal for Fruehauf Reached: Toronto-based Varity Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Detroit-based Fruehauf Corp. in a merger valued at more than $500 million. Varity has no plans to restructure the automotive and truck component company or lay off any workers, Varity spokesman J. R. Nowling said. Under the merger agreement, Fruehauf will receive $66 million cash, $430 million principal amount in notes guaranteed by Varity and about 55.5 million new Varity common shares.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Thirty new methanol-powered buses will be added to the RTD fleet in Los Angeles this summer, doubling the number of such vehicles in use in the nation, transit officials said Monday. "RTD is proud to be a leader in the field of testing alternative fuels as a viable way of improving air quality," said Southern California Rapid Transit District Board President Gordana Swanson. The first of the new $164,000, 40-foot coaches was unveiled Monday, along with an identifying logo--a white cross within a circle to denote good health.
December 13, 2012 |
After three years on the market, the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz midsize E-Class sedan and wagon will be getting an upgrade, with plans to officially reveal the cars at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. Hoping to get a jump on the event, the company on Thursday presented a glimpse at what buyers of the 2014 models can expect. In addition to the revised look, Mercedes tossed an all-new diesel powerplant option in the engine bay. The biggest change is to the cars' front end. In a move to make the E-Class less conservative and stiff, the lines are now softer and the car has a more windswept look.
April 25, 1985 |
Sweden's Saab-Scania AB plans to begin selling heavy trucks in the United States later this year, the company said Wednesday. The trucks, which are manufactured by the company's Scania division in Sodertalje, Sweden, will be sold through an as-yet incomplete dealer network, the importer said in a statement released in Detroit. Saab-Scania of America, based in Orange, Conn., imports Saab automobiles. The company also manufactures buses at a plant in Orange.
June 10, 2008 |
Gas stations in Madrid and Spain's northeastern Catalonia region began running dry amid an indefinite strike by truckers over soaring fuel costs. Drivers were paying the equivalent of about $7.32 per gallon of diesel. Antonio Onieva, president of Madrid's station owners organization, told reporters that 15% of the capital's outlets had run out of fuel. Manuel Amado, president of Catalonia's owners federation, said 40% of Catalonia's 1,714 stations had sold out. Truckers also blocked a number of roads.
May 9, 2006
Re "Fillings tanks, funding dictators," Opinion, May 3 I agree with Max Boot's observation that OPEC countries conspire to control the oil market, but his suggestions for controlling oil demand would do nothing to really affect consumption or prices. One thing that can make an almost immediate effect on fuel demand is converting to ultra-low-sulfur diesel. The Audi A2 clean-burn diesel gets about 80 miles a gallon on the highway. It would be nice to be able to buy one in the United States.
March 4, 2013 |
The 2013 Geneva Motor Show is set to start Tuesday, but Volkswagen is already having a good week. The VW Golf was named European Car of the Year on Monday, gathering more than twice the votes than the second-place Subaru BRZ. Volvo's V40 was third. The prestigious award is chosen by automotive journalists in more than 20 countries. The Golf also won the award in 1992 and has finished on the podium five times since it was introduced in 1974. The seventh generation of the car recently went on sale in Europe and will land in U.S. dealerships in spring 2014.