June 20, 2011 |
That spare tire in your trunk may be going the way of the typewriter and transistor radio. Automakers are selling more cars without an extra wheel to trim weight, boost gas mileage and shave a few bucks off their costs. What happens if you get a flat? Some manufacturers equip cars with run-flat tires, while others are putting flat repair kits in the trunk. Both alternatives have drawbacks, and many motorists say the trend is unsettling. "I like the security of having a spare.
September 27, 2000 |
Although PT Cruiser mania has kept the price of the delivery-van-styled sedan in the stratosphere, New Beetle buyers are slightly buggier about their cars, according to a new-vehicle buyer survey by automotive marketing specialist J.D. Power & Associates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2003 |
Los Angeles County's transit agency was asked on Friday to add at least 117 new buses to its fleet to meet a key requirement of a federal consent decree. Donald Bliss, a court-appointed special master with powers similar to that of a judge, released a 79-page proposed order, detailing the current status of the decree and calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put the new buses in service with a target date of December 2004.
June 3, 1989 |
In an ambitious effort to reduce urban smog, President Bush plans next week to urge that some new vehicles in 25 American cities be required to operate on fuels other than gasoline by the middle of the next decade, it was learned Friday. The plan, due to be unveiled next week, is a central element of a Bush Administration effort to revive and overhaul the long-stalled federal effort to combat the growing pollution problems posed by smog, air toxins and acid rain. The cities to be targeted were not identified but would include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Denver and other major population centers.
August 7, 1997 |
An NCAA official is in Southern California to question two UCLA basketball recruits, UCLA officials confirmed Wednesday. The Times has learned that one line of questioning includes the late-model cars currently being driven by the players.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 |
The decision last month by the California Air Resources Board to push back by five years the mandated introduction of zero-emission vehicles averts potential economic and environmental disasters. But other problems loom. Based on our recent study, we believe that the board made a wise decision when it withdrew the requirement that 2% of California autos made from 1998 through 2000 and 5% from 2001 through 2002 be emission-free.
June 7, 1997 |
When Kim Wilson moved to Orange County from Austin last year, local blues aficionados knew they were getting a valuable new neighbor, one of the leading figures on the contemporary roots-music scene. But nobody expected that Wilson, the leader of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, would be coming here to start a new cottage industry. He is launching Blue Collar Music, a record label so devoted to deep-blues tradition that it will put out albums only in old-fashioned mono (see accompanying story).
March 19, 2008 |
A leading auto information firm said Tuesday that it had lowered its 2008 forecast for U.S. new-vehicle sales by nearly 5% to the lowest level since 1994. J.D. Power & Associates said declining consumer confidence and spending, along with turbulence in the financial markets, had driven its revised forecast to 14.95 million cars and light trucks from 15.7 million. Westlake Village-based J.D.
February 13, 2009 |
A proposed tax break for new-car buyers has been downsized by Congress. The compromise version of the ginormous economic stimulus bill includes a Senate-approved provision that would allow consumers to claim a federal income tax deduction for sales taxes and excise taxes paid on new vehicles. But the compromise worked out between House and Senate negotiators deletes another provision that senators had approved, which would have made interest on new-vehicle loans deductible as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1985 |
The City Council Wednesday is expected to approve the purchase of 20 new city vehicles, including six police cars, two police motorcycles, a jeep, several pickup trucks and a street sweeper. The amount requested for the purchases totals more than $570,000. Projected purchase prices range from a low of $5,510 each for the motorcycles, to an expected $79,832 for the most expensive item, the street sweeper. According to San Clemente Police Lt.