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BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. said it would recall approximately 50,000 of its 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, Honda said.
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BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 50,000 model-year 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, according to Honda.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
American car manufacturers are making some sales gains in California, but new data from a statewide trade group show they lag far behind the import brands. The Detroit auto companies are expected to have about 32% of the California market this year, up from just under 30% in 2010, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. report. Jeep, GMC, Ford and Chevrolet all are seeing double-digit growth in vehicle registrations statewide. But only the Ford Fusion cracked the list of the 20 bestselling passenger car models in California through the first nine months of this year.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
With no end in sight for rising gasoline prices, cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas — fuel that's about half the cost of gasoline — are getting another look. Los Angeles commercial real estate broker Ted Simpson recently snapped up a Honda that runs on CNG, which in the U.S. has been better known for powering public transit buses and delivery trucks. "I did not want to be hostage to what I believe will be rapidly escalating oil and gasoline prices," said Simpson, who drives hundreds of miles a week, covering a territory that ranges from San Diego in the south to Santa Barbara in the north.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Bolstering the effort to improve safety at Metrolink, directors of the commuter railroad on Friday agreed to buy 20 more state-of-the-art train cars that can better protect passengers and crews during a crash. The board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority pushed aside financial pressures and unanimously voted to exercise an option to buy the cars made by the South Korean Hyundai Rotem Co. for $1.68 million each, about $1 million below the market value. Rotem cars have energy-absorbing crush zones and other safety improvements now required by the federal government ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
About 25 years ago, a group of Southern California train enthusiasts made either the best or the worst investment of their lives, depending on how you look at it. For the grand sum of $1, they bought the Santa Fe 3751, a 430-ton locomotive that had once played a seminal role in introducing high-capacity, high-speed passenger rail service to the West. Then they set out to get the thing working again, which wound up taking five years, $1.3 million, including cash outlay and in-kind contributions, and the work of nearly 400 volunteers.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2009 | Janet Hook
Congress is about to approve a new federal program to pay car owners up to $4,500 for trading in gas-guzzling automobiles for more fuel-efficient cars, to the applause of the struggling auto industry. But the program is drawing heavy criticism from an unlikely quarter: environmentalists who are sworn enemies of big, old clunkers that get poor mileage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Caltrans must figure out how to reduce growing congestion in California's carpool lanes or face a possible cut in federal funding. But as is so often the case with freeway planning, there are no easy solutions for getting traffic flowing better. The stakes are high for all freeway drivers, including owners of hybrid cars who can now use carpool lanes solo, and even for those who never carpool but might end up seeing more traffic in their lanes.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Willy Tompkins likes the way the Mazda3 has been rolling off his lot in the San Gabriel Valley. "That car is hotter than a $2 pistol," Tompkins says of the sporty compact, which starts at around $14,000 and boasts a combined 29 miles per gallon. Big sport utility vehicles? Not so much. "It used to be people would look at the sticker and say, 'Why is it so expensive?,' " said Tompkins, general sales manager of Sierra Mazda of Monrovia.
OPINION
April 25, 2007
IT ISN'T OFTEN that the U.S. Supreme Court can resolve a constitutional question by relying on simple common sense. But that's precisely what the court can and should do in a California case involving the search and subsequent arrest of a passenger in a car that was illegally stopped by police.
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