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September 29, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Drivers of Ford Motor Corp.'s Explorer sued the auto maker and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., claiming their vehicles have lost resale value because of rollover problems, attorneys said. In the suit filed in federal court in Orlando, Fla., the drivers say the resale price of their Explorers has dropped more than $1,800 since investigations into the vehicles' tendency to roll were publicized, attorney Theodore Leopold said.
February 1, 1987 | Associated Press
Chrysler announced Saturday that it would extend warranties on new trucks and cars to seven years or 70,000 miles, exceeding those announced recently by its competitors. The new warranty includes a seven-year or 70,000-mile powertrain warranty and a seven-year or 100,000-mile guarantee against outer-body rust damage, the company said. "We went to five years and 50,000 miles five years ago, because we had the product quality to back it up.
April 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ford Motor Co. bonds rose to the highest price in almost seven months a day after Standard & Poor's raised the automaker's credit rating to reflect the completion of a $9.9-billion debt reduction. Ford Motor Credit Corp.'s $1.5 billion of 8% notes due in 2016 climbed 0.2 of a cent to 70.3 cents on the dollar, the highest level since Sept. 19, after previously rising as high as 72.1 cents. The securities have increased 56% since March 5. Ford, the only U.S. automaker to forgo federal government aid, said earlier this month that it cut debt 38% through buybacks of term loans and bonds.
January 15, 1991
Chrysler Corp. announced a reorganization that promoted Robert A. Lutz to president, a possible sign that he is in line to succeed Lee A. Iacocca as head of the troubled auto maker. Lutz is an engineer who has worked for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Corp. and the German auto maker BMW. He had been president of Chrysler Motors, a remnant of a former car- and truck-making subsidiary at Chrysler.
A growing Japanese taste for cars from America has auto makers in the United States scrambling to increase shipments to Japan. Most of the cars being exported, however, are from American subsidiaries of Japanese auto makers Honda Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
March 14, 1985 | STEPHANIE DROLL, Times Staff Writer
Buoyed by the continuation of discount loans and other incentive programs, domestic new-car sales rose 3.3% in early March, the industry reported Wednesday. In the March 1-10 period, the six U.S. auto makers reported sales of 193,946 cars, equal to a daily selling rate of 24,243, compared to 211,240 units, or a daily rate of 23,471, in the comparable 1984 period.
Southern California Bank said Thursday it has agreed to buy nearly all of the remaining loans and deposits of a healthy Mission Viejo thrift that is expected to close up shop in California. The bank will buy $85 million in business loans and $30 million in deposits from Independence One Bank of California, a federal savings and loan created on the last day of 1988 from the ruins of the failed Beverly Hills Savings & Loan.
A U.S. official arrived Sunday to investigate whether the South Korean government is behind a controversial public campaign that has resulted in a sharp drop in imports of consumer items. Wayne Berman, a counselor to Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher, will visit department stores to check the accuracy of news reports that high-priced foreign consumer goods have been removed from shelves and foreign brand-name boutiques closed. Despite repeated denials by South Korean officials, U.S.
January 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
Japan will relax inspection standards for imported cars to boost the sale of U.S. vehicles, reports said Sunday, two days before President Bush was to arrive with demands for more open Japanese markets. Kyodo News Service said the changes would meet about 80% of U.S. requests for easing standards for imported cars. It said they would be listed in an "action plan" to be released by Bush and Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa after talks this week. Under the plan, Japan will accept the results of U.S.
June 29, 1992 | Researched by DALLAS M. JACKSON / Los Angeles Times
Nature of Business: Manufactures and markets technical ceramics Total employees: 250 In Orange County: 140 Stock listing in The Times: On NASDAQ as "Cerdyn" Ticker Symbol: "CRDN" Friday's Close: $4.13 One-week Change: Down 50c Analyst Review: "Four years ago, Ceradyne's business was 100% defense; today it is less than 50%. Since the defense industry slow-down, Ceradyne shifted its focus to commercial endeavors. As a result, it is coming out of its earnings slump.
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