October 26, 2011 |
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.
May 4, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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.
June 13, 2009 |
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 |
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.
May 26, 2007 |
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.
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.
August 3, 2006 |
Ford Motor Co., top-heavy with gas-guzzling trucks, needs some new cars to help turn around the company's fortunes but is running well behind its biggest competitors in developing them, industry analysts said Wednesday. That assessment of Ford's chief weakness comes after Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. last month vaulted past Ford for the first time to take the second-place spot among U.S. auto retailers. As if to underscore its problems, Dearborn, Mich.
May 7, 2006 |
Without passenger boats, bridges or tunnels linking the islands of Hawaii, the state's four island counties in some ways are as isolated from each other as they are from the mainland. That may change when the Hawaii Superferry, a four-story catamaran, begins running between the islands in about a year. "This is like the coming of the jet age. It's a new transportation mode," said John Garibaldi, president of Hawaii Superferry.