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January 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
DETROIT - Fancy nameplates in the auto business are prepping for a bruising battle for buyers of entry-level luxury sport sedans. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, the Germans and Japanese showed a flurry of new lower-end luxury models, which analysts say have big growth potential among cost- and efficiency-minded buyers who still want nicely appointed performance sedans. The new crop includes redesigned versions of the Lexus IS line, the first Mercedes-Benz front-wheel-drive sedan for the U.S. market, Infiniti's Q50 replacement for its G37 sedan and a BMW 320i, priced about 10% below where the current 3-Series line starts.
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AUTOS
October 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
After dipping a toe into the luxury waters with the recent Cadenza, Kia will be jumping in headfirst at the L.A. Auto Show with its K900 flagship. The Korean automaker announced Monday that it would be debuting the full-size luxury sedan at the 2013 show on Nov. 20. Kia was relatively mum on details for this new sedan, saying only that it would use the model to “take value to new levels of sophistication.” Though the model will be all-new for Kia in the U.S. market, it sells the same car in foreign markets under the Quoris name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1992
The 72-year-old operator of a downtown catering firm was fatally shot as he parked his luxury sedan in the gated underground garage of his West Los Angeles condo Wednesday night, police said. With no witnesses and little evidence, detectives believe that Louis Weitzberg was either shot by an acquaintance or a would-be robber, Lt. Ronald Hall said Thursday. "It does not appear to be a carjacking," Hall said. "It was an expensive car and it was not taken. "
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed and a third was airlifted to a hospital after a three-car crash on the 60 Freeway in Chino on Monday. The crash - which occurred on the eastbound side of the Pomona Freeway east of Central Avenue - blocked half the freeway for hours as crews worked to extricate the victims and clear the roadway. Officials said the wreck started when a white 1996 Ford F-150 pickup became disabled in the No. 2 lane at about 10:50 a.m. Blocked behind the truck was a Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan, said California Highway Patrol officer Mariano Santiago Jr. Just after 11 a.m., a Kia Optima slammed into the rear of the Lincoln, which then crashed into the pickup truck, Santiago said.
BUSINESS
June 4, 1997 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In "Get Shorty," the 1995 spoof about the film industry, image-obsessed actors buy minivans because that is the car driven by a hit man-turned-entertainment mogul, played in the film by John Travolta. Audi of America is putting the film to the test by lending luxury sedans to celebrities with influence in Hollywood. Audi is betting that its high-profile drivers will spark interest in its A8 sedans, boosting sales.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1993 | DEBORA VRANA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Only 11 months after scrapping plans for a luxury-car division, Mazda Motor of America said Wednesday it will launch a new mid-size luxury sedan next spring in the United States. The Japanese auto maker last week announced a major restructuring and laid off 175 workers, most of them at its U.S. sales operation in Irvine. The beleaguered company has high hopes that the new sedan will compete successfully with other luxury lines such as Toyota's Lexus, Nissan's Infinity and Honda's Acura.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Hyundai Motor America on Tuesday said that its new Equus luxury sedan will cost $58,000 or $64,500, depending on the trim level, when it goes on sale in December. The Equus ? which Hyundai wants to compete with expensive luxury sedans from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and BMW ? is the South Korean automaker's first venture into the highest reaches of the luxury market. Currently, Hyundai's top-of-the-line vehicle is the Genesis sedan, which sells for about $25,000 less, depending on the model.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2009 | DAN NEIL
I'm quite certain that somewhere right now, emotionally shattered BMW technicians are gathering in a church basement for a support group, huddled around the cookies and the coffee urn, their hands fairly vibrating with frustration. For as well deserved as is the title Ultimate Driving Machine, BMWs also have earned the reputation as the Ultimate Hangar Queen, taking up residence in dealership service bays and sending mechanics over the crumbling edge of insanity. Hello -- sob!
BUSINESS
October 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The costs of owning and operating a new domestic or imported car has not only increased, but the disparity between owning a small car and a large luxury one is significantly greater than last year, Runzheimer International said today. In its latest projections of new car operating costs for the 1991 model year, the Rochester, Wis.
AUTOS
January 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
DETROIT - Fancy nameplates in the auto business are prepping for a bruising battle for buyers of entry-level luxury sport sedans. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, the Germans and Japanese showed a flurry of new lower-end luxury models, which analysts say have big growth potential among cost- and efficiency-minded buyers who still want nicely appointed performance sedans. The new crop includes redesigned versions of the Lexus IS line, the first Mercedes-Benz front-wheel-drive sedan for the U.S. market, Infiniti's Q50 replacement for its G37 sedan and a BMW 320i, priced about 10% below where the current 3-Series line starts.
AUTOS
January 15, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Answering introductions of new models from BMW and Infiniti at the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus unveiled its new IS, a rear- and all-wheel-drive entry-level luxury sedan. Like other recent models from Toyota Motor Corp., the company is emphasizing fun-to-drive aspects of the new IS250 and IS350, introduced Tuesday after competitors' introductions on Monday. Both models will come with optional F-Sport packages, which include a more aggressive front bumper and grill in addition to sport-tuned suspension and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Like first-timers at a key party or a cheesehead's trek to Lambeau, Lexus is on a quest for passion and it couldn't come at a more critical time. Toyota's luxury division lost the title of America's bestselling luxury brand in 2011 for the first time in 11 years. Lexus rightly blames Japan's earthquake and tsunami and their effect on supply chains, but have you driven the company's product line recently? A $400,000 supercar notwithstanding, my daily bowl of Grape-Nuts is more exciting.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Cadillac hopes the third time's a charm. In yet another bid to unseat upscale German brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the luxury division of General Motors Co. unveiled its new ATS small sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The ATS will battle in the most crowded segment of the luxury market, facing off against a new version of the BMW 3 Series, the perennial leader, and competent rivals including the Infiniti G, Lexus IS and Mercedes C Class. PHOTOS: Highlights from the Detroit Auto Show "People who buy the BMW 3 Series are probably some of the most educated and savvy buyers in the U.S. These people know how good the car is," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Luxury auto makers are laying on the perks to distinguish their brand from their competitors. Luxury auto makers are laying on the perks to distinguish their brand from their competitors. Nissan said its upscale Infiniti division will offer a free concierge service for buyers of its vehicles. The Infiniti Personal Assistant will give owners unlimited 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants who can provide driving directions, weather forecasts, dining suggestions and reservations, travel arrangements and sports scores through the car's Bluetooth system or even away from the vehicle by phone.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Driving eco is often equated with sacrifice ? smaller cars with higher price tags that trumpet under-the-hood efficiencies and skimp on in-the-cabin pampering. Efficient as they are, hybrids are the vegans of the automotive world. FOR THE RECORD: Auto review: A review of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid in the Nov. 4 Business section said that only one other luxury sedan hybrid exists: the Lexus HS 250h. There are other luxury sedan hybrids from Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. ? With its 2011 MKZ Hybrid, Lincoln aims to change that popular perception.
AUTOS
January 15, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Answering introductions of new models from BMW and Infiniti at the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus unveiled its new IS, a rear- and all-wheel-drive entry-level luxury sedan. Like other recent models from Toyota Motor Corp., the company is emphasizing fun-to-drive aspects of the new IS250 and IS350, introduced Tuesday after competitors' introductions on Monday. Both models will come with optional F-Sport packages, which include a more aggressive front bumper and grill in addition to sport-tuned suspension and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Hyundai Motor America on Tuesday said that its new Equus luxury sedan will cost $58,000 or $64,500, depending on the trim level, when it goes on sale in December. The Equus ? which Hyundai wants to compete with expensive luxury sedans from Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and BMW ? is the South Korean automaker's first venture into the highest reaches of the luxury market. Currently, Hyundai's top-of-the-line vehicle is the Genesis sedan, which sells for about $25,000 less, depending on the model.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Being among the oldest U.S. auto brands, Buick has a certain geriatric chic that could make it ripe for renewal. If Betty White can stage a late-career comeback, why can't this stalwart of automotive cushiness? They're practically the same age, and the last time either was in vogue was the 1980s. The upside to being so out of fashion is that Buick could now be "in," if only the Regal lived up to the promise the manufacturer showed last year with its luxury sedan, the LaCrosse CXS. With its successor, the Regal, Buick is simply trying to do too much.
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