October 13, 1992 |
A legal battle between two of the nation's leading car research firms, J. D. Power & Associates and AutoPacific Group Inc., has been settled out of court. The settlement announced last week ends a lawsuit that Power, based in Agoura Hills, had filed against Santa Ana-based AutoPacific and two of its analysts, Christopher W. Cedergren and Steven L. Morrison. Both Cedergren and Morrison used to work for Power.
August 5, 1992 |
Two of Orange County's four auto importers bucked a continuing nationwide slump to report rising car and truck sales in July. Leading the pack was American Suzuki Motor Corp., with a 24% increase in sales over July, 1991. Benefiting from summertime interest in its two sport utility trucks, Suzuki sold 2,433 vehicles during the month, up from 1,961 a year earlier. And Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. posted a 12% rise in sales of its cars and trucks, to 18,559 from 16,636 in July, 1991.
January 16, 1992 |
Besieged by five months of labor disputes, Hyundai Motor Co. decided Wednesday to temporarily close its plants in South Korea. The halt in production, however, should not hurt U.S. dealerships, according to the company. "Inventories will not be affected," said Debbie Douglas, a spokeswoman at Hyundai Motor America headquarters here. Sluggish sales wrought by the recession, she added, have left "most manufacturers with a lot of inventory" on their hands.
September 17, 1998 |
If most new cars look alike, you can credit that at least in part to auto designers who all came from the same classrooms at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. But now the world-renowned institution is going to get some formidable competition. In a bid to establish itself as an influential player in auto design, the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, a private, for-profit art school founded in 1929, is starting a program in auto styling.
May 12, 1992 |
J.D. Power & Associates in Agoura Hills is nearly synonymous with car research, a distinction Power has earned by publishing customer-satisfaction surveys and other analyses for the world's auto makers for more than a decade. But that isn't stopping a smaller rival, AutoPacific Group Inc. in Santa Ana, from trying to muscle in on parts of Power's business.
January 18, 1988 |
If Rodney Dangerfield were a car, he'd be a Hyundai Excel. The little car from Korea gets no respect from automotive critics, yet it has become the best-selling imported model in America. In fact, Hyundai Motor America--based in an unprepossessing converted warehouse in Garden Grove--is emerging as a force in the U.S. auto market with a combination of low prices, upscale promotion and a quick-strike strategy that seems to have caught competitors by surprise. The U.S.