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December 8, 2011
Base price: $14,495 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $18,555 Powertrain: 1.8-liter, DOHC, inline four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting Horsepower: 138 at 6,300 rpm Torque: 125 pound-feet at 3,800 rpm Curb weight: 2,721 pounds Wheelbase: 99.4 inches Overall length: 173.1 inches EPA fuel economy: 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway ...
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AUTOS
April 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The battle for buyers of family sedans - already the most competitive U.S. auto segment - will heat up this fall when Toyota and Hyundai launch dramatically restyled versions of their respective offerings, the Camry and the Sonata. A decade ago, the default choices in this biggest slice of the auto market were the Camry and Honda's Accord, but the competition has grown fierce in the last five years. Automakers can't afford a misstep with a new model, and they can't fall behind with a dated model.
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BUSINESS
August 8, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda provided a peek at what the next version of its popular Accord sedan will look like and it follows the curvaceous sculpted cues of some rivals in the family sedan part of the auto market, including the 2013 editions of Nissan's Altima and Ford's Fusion. This will be the ninth generation Accord, which for many years has been one of the best-selling passenger cars in America. It goes on sale this fall. "This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda.
AUTOS
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a smackdown of South Korean sub-compacts, the Kia Rio EX outpointed the Accent from sister company Hyundai as the top-rated sedan of that size in Consumer Reports' latest tests. Chevrolet's Sonic, the American entrant in the magazine's ratings, as well as the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, both from Japan, scored lower. "Subcompact cars were once collectively known as penalty boxes for their noisiness, rudimentary interiors, uncomfortable rides, and weak performance.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
"If you want a Ferrari sedan, go buy a Maserati. " So said Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa this summer to dispel rumors that Ferrari would ever build anything with four doors. The closest you'll  get to a sedan with a prancing horse on the hood? Maserati's 2014 Quattroporte sedan, which the company announced Tuesday it would officially unveil at January's Detroit Auto Show. The new car is part of the company's ambitious global expansion plans. Photos: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte The previous version of the Quattroporte (which literally means "four doors")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Oakland authorities said they are searching for a carjacked red sedan in connection with the kidnapping of an elderly man and 13-year-old girl Tuesday that set off an Amber Alert. Officials had initially said they were looking for a red Infiniti SUV. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said authorities had tracked the SUV to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched. "It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Cadillac's all-new flagship sedan, the XTS, is apparently a little confused about the difference between intern and interim. You and I both know that someone in an interim role will temporarily yet capably fill a vacant position. Meanwhile, interns sometimes stumble through tasks that might seem straightforward. The 2013 XTS is an interim at the top of Cadillac's sedan lineup. What came out was closer to an intern. General Motors' luxury marque has been without a flagship sedan since 2011, when the DTS and STS sedans reached the end of their life cycles.
AUTOS
January 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Lexus on Wednesday unveiled the first official photos of its all-new IS sedan, ahead of the car's world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday. The next-generation IS will be available as an IS 250 and IS 350, and will go on sale as 2014 models. Engine specifics will be released at the Detroit news conference. The IS is a rear-wheel-drive compact sedan aimed at the venerable BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, and Cadillac ATS. It will also be a competitor to the all-new Infiniti Q50, another car making its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
AUTOS
February 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The Pontiac G8 is dead. Long live the Chevrolet SS. Chevrolet is set to reveal the 415-horsepower V-8 sedan at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, one day before the NASCAR version of the car is scheduled to begin qualifying for the Daytona 500. With the Pontiac brand having gone the way of the Walkman, it was Chevy's turn to rebadge the Holden Commodore that GM sells in Australia. GM previously brought this car to the U.S. badged as a Pontiac G8. With the car now landing in Chevy's hands, it marks the first V-8, rear-wheel-drive car the company has sold in almost two decades.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
AUTOS
March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
AUTOS
March 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Jaguar put months of rumors and speculation to rest Tuesday, confirming at the Geneva Motor Show that it is indeed developing an all-new compact sedan called the XE. The rear-wheel-drive sports sedan will target the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. Jaguar hopes the new XE will follow in its competitor's footsteps and be a volume-selling model for a brand keen on dramatically increasing...
AUTOS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Audi's A3 family just keeps growing. Starting with the all-new A3 sedan that's due on sale soon, Audi's new entry-level lineup will also include an A3 convertible, an A3 diesel model, an e-tron plug-in hybrid hatchback and an S3 performance sedan. And now we meet the S3 Cabriolet. Debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March, the S3 offers the mechanical bits of the S3 sedan without the roof. This means a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sits under the aluminum hood, pumping out 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup. Offsetting the brand's otherwise crunchy mind-set, the WRX and WRX STI pocket rockets have worked hard to bring some tire-smoking street cred to a brand that otherwise markets its vehicles with love and puppies. Based on the humble Impreza compact sedan, both the everyman WRX and the rally-ready STI are new for 2015. The basics stay the same: turbocharging and all-wheel-drive. But both models get an overhauled chassis, a refined cabin and fresh styling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Oakland authorities said they are searching for a carjacked red sedan in connection with the kidnapping of an elderly man and 13-year-old girl Tuesday that set off an Amber Alert. Officials had initially said they were looking for a red Infiniti SUV. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said authorities had tracked the SUV to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched. "It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.
AUTOS
November 29, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
The family sedan marketplace has become a brawl, with Honda'Â's Accord, Nissan'Â's Altima and Ford'Â's Fusion all newly redesigned and looking to unseat ToyotaÂ"s Camry as the best-selling car in the U.S. Mazda joined the fray Thursday with the introduction of the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan at Los Angeles Auto Show. The car will be available with one of two new engines, gas or diesel, both designed for efficiency and foreshadowing company plans for future models. Photos: 2014 Mazda 6 sedan "Â"Our Los Angeles announcements are only tips of the iceberg,"Â" said Jim O'Â'Sullivan, president and chief executive of Mazda North America.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru, a brand known for its all-wheel-drive, crunchy, love-centric ad campaigns and turbocharged engines, also wants to be known as a sedan company. It made this much clear during Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show when it unveiled its all-new 2015 Legacy. Why? Sedans sell. Most mainstream brands sell more of their respective midsize sedans than anything else on the lot, and therefore take the segment very seriously. This kind of competition has made it hard for a smaller company like Subaru to keep up. PHOTOS: 2015 Subaru Legacy unveiled in Chicago The outgoing Legacy was a well-conceived car but never made it onto many shoppers' lists: In 2013 the Toyota Camry outsold this midsize Subaru by nearly 10 to one. Subaru hopes this 2015 Legacy will change that.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The list of features that don't come standard on the new BMW 320i is a long one. This is the bargain Bimmer, meant to lure you onto a lot where a salesman can slather on options that send the price soaring. It's still not exactly cheap, starting at $32,750. That's with no leather, no wood, no navigation, no backup camera, no moon roof, no heated seats - no power seats, even. You get your choice of either black or white at that price; all other colors cost extra. The even longer list of cars with more than this one's 180 horsepower includes the cheapest Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
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