October 25, 2013 |
Houston, we have a price war. Audi announced Thursday that its all-new 2015 A3 sedan will start at $30,795 when it goes on sale next spring. That's only a hiccup less than the $30,825 base price of Mercedes' recently launched CLA sedan. Both include destination. These models represent uncharted territory for the two luxury brands in the U.S. The CLA is an all-new model for Mercedes, while the A3 was previously sold in the U.S. as a hatchback. PHOTOS: Audi's 2015 A3 sedan With the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class growing in size and price, both brands had a hole in their lineup that was crucial to fill with an entry-level model aimed at younger buyers.
October 10, 2013 |
A Los Angeles County jury handed Toyota Motor Corp. a significant legal victory Thursday, clearing it of responsibility in a 2009 crash of a Camry that accelerated out of control, killing the driver. But in a surprising twist, the jury also handed down a $10-million verdict against a codefendant who was driving a second vehicle that broadsided the sedan, setting the gruesome accident in motion. After six days of deliberation, jurors rejected the theory that Toyota had a hand in the death of Noriko Uno. She was killed in Upland after her Camry suddenly accelerated, hitting a telephone pole and a tree, nearly cutting the vehicle in half.
September 28, 2013 |
Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment - build an "overwhelmingly superior" challenger, in the words of Chief Executive Johan de Nysschen. Unfortunately, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan fails to hit that high standard. This new model is the first that Nissan's luxury brand has rolled out under the regime of De Nysschen, who came to Infiniti last year from Audi. The Q50 is competitive, to be sure, but it won't transform the brand.
September 20, 2013 |
BMW is recalling 134,100 5-series sports sedans in the U.S. because of an electrical flaw that could cause the tail lights to fail. The recall affects 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. Over time, the connection with the bulb can corrode, causing increased electrical resistance and damage to the area. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of the light's function including brake, turn and reverse signals. The problem is showing up in about 15% of the cars.
September 11, 2013 |
The Mercedes-Benz CL coupe is dead. Long live the S-Class coupe. Mercedes used the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut an all-new S-Class coupe concept. The car previews a two-door production version of the S-Class that will debut in early 2014 and will go on sale later in the year. Previously, the two-door coupe at the top of Mercedes' lineup was known as the CL, but for this latest generation of car, the automaker pulled it back under the S-Class umbrella to simplify the brand's lineup for customers.
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August 5, 2013
A man who turned himself into police following a deadly hit-and-run rampage on the Venice boardwalk remained behind bars Monday morning on suspicion of murder. Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Samantha Schaefer about the latest in the dramatic hit-and-run crash on the Venice boardwalk that left one woman dead and 11 others injured over the weekend. Nathan Campbell, 38, abandoned his blue sedan on a nearby street and walked into a police station to turn himself in about an hour after the incident Saturday that left one dead and many injured, police said.
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August 5, 2013 |
A man who turned himself in to police following a deadly hit-and-run rampage on the Venice boardwalk remained behind bars Monday morning on suspicion of murder. Nathan Campbell, 38, abandoned his blue sedan on a nearby street and walked into a police station to turn himself in about an hour after the incident Saturday that left one dead and many injured, police said. Campbell, a Colorado native who sources said was possibly living in his car, is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
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August 4, 2013 |
When he first saw the blue Dodge sedan screech around a corner at the Venice boardwalk, Mustafa Balci assumed that a driver had gotten confused and would quickly turn around. But the car didn't turn around. It sped ahead Saturday evening, striking a metal trash can, destroying a table and then continuing "like a train" through the tent where Balci sells pendants, hitting his knees and flipping his wife through the air. Police identified the driver of the Dodge as Nathan Campbell, 38, a transient who was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the hit-and-run crash that left one dead and 11 injured.
July 26, 2013 |
Once a muscle-car icon and a symbol of U.S. automotive dominance, the Chevrolet Impala has more recently seen its image suffer. Bloated and generic, the critics said. More suited for the rental car fleets that account for most of its sales. Consumer Reports three years ago panned its sloppy handling and second-rate fit and finish. So it marked a stunning turnaround Thursday when the Impala secured the influential magazine's top overall rating among sedans -- a distinction held by Japanese and European models for at least two decades.
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July 21, 2013 |
Los Angeles police have identified the victim of a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred early Saturday evening. Markeis Vonreece Parish, 18, a Los Angeles resident, was struck by a southbound silver Mercedes-Benz sedan at about 6:15 p.m. as he crossed Crenshaw Boulevard at 78th Street. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Police described the sedan as a "newer model. " Anyone with information is asked to contact South Traffic division detectives at (323) 421-2500 or (323)