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March 17, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
New-car shoppers could see prices for some of the more popular hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and the Honda Fit rise in the coming weeks. The cost of the imports is likely to go up because earthquake-related production shutdowns in Japan are reducing supply of the autos at a time when consumers are increasingly shopping for gas-sipping models. "The Prius will go from selling under invoice just a couple of weeks ago to over the sticker price a couple of weeks from now," said Jesse Toprak, an analyst with car price information company
March 2, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Auto sales surged in February, bolstered in part by consumers concerned about gas prices migrating to smaller, fuel-efficient cars. Pushed by "a tailwind of rising fuel costs," small cars are now making up a bigger slice of Ford Motor Co.'s sales, Ken Czubay, the automaker's U.S. sales chief, said Tuesday. The company is capitalizing on customers such as Cynthia Hibbard of Torrance, who replaced an aging Nissan Sentra with a new Ford Fiesta from Power Ford in Torrance last month.
September 17, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Three vehicles, powered mostly by ethanol and electricity, beat out more than 130 other entries in a $10-million contest to build the world's most fuel-efficient autos. One of the winners, a tandem two-seater that looks like a motorcycle-automobile hybrid, featured a drive train from the same San Dimas company that provided technology for the Tesla Roadster. Another, a four-seater, weighed in at less than 1,000 pounds. The third vehicle was able to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 15 seconds.
August 31, 2010 | Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure Monday allowing tens of thousands more Californians with environmentally friendly cars to drive solo in carpool lanes, while state lawmakers moved closer to approving reforms inspired by the eye-popping salaries of Bell city officials. Among the measures meant to crack down on abuse of public trust by government officials are three bills passed by the Senate that would limit how quickly local leaders can raise their own salaries, put a cap on their pensions and refund excess property taxes charged to Bell residents.
June 27, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
General Motors Corp. said Friday that it had picked two Michigan plants to build a small, fuel-efficient car that it will begin making in 2011. In doing so, GM will save the jobs of about 1,400 workers at an Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant and a Pontiac, Mich., sheet metal factory. But the news was probably a death knell for two other domestic plants that the automaker had been considering. One of those plants, in Spring Hill, Tenn., employs about 2,500 people.
April 9, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
President Obama's threat to cut off government loans and bring on bankruptcy has given him unprecedented leverage to realize his vision of Detroit as the world leader in greener cars. Yet even if the president succeeds in getting domestic carmakers onto firmer financial ground, even if Detroit overcomes decades of consumer skepticism about the quality of its products and begins cranking out fuel-efficient cars that don't damage the environment -- even then the U.S. auto industry could die.
October 18, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
Next month in Britain, Ford Motor Co. will begin selling a diesel hatchback that gets 64 miles per gallon. Across the channel, Parisians can buy a new gas-powered compact made by General Motors Corp. that gets a nifty 47 mpg. On these shores, neither carmaker sells anything that thrifty. Yet with Americans clamoring for fuel-efficient cars and Detroit automakers on the ropes thanks to crashing sales of gas-guzzling trucks, the question is, why aren't these vehicles here now?
June 19, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. has delayed indefinitely a program to replace its large pickups and sport utility vehicles as it reassigns workers to develop more fuel-efficient car models. Engineers working on the redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and GMC Sierra pickup for 2012 are being shifted to other projects, GM spokesman Tom Pyden said. "This is hugely significant," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst for Global Insight Inc. "This is a clear sign they are reevaluating everything, because this has been the core of their bottom line for years."
May 9, 2007
WITH GAS PRICES soaring and congressional Democrats eager to flex their environmental muscles, the stars have seldom been better aligned for a long-overdue increase in automotive fuel economy standards. Yet the best hope for progress -- a sensible bill from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- underwent oral surgery Tuesday and is now all but toothless. Feinstein's bill would require that every automaker's combined car and light-truck fleets sold in the U.S.
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