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January 30, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru is on a roll lately, and the automaker hopes to continue its momentum in February by introducing the next generation of its mid-size Legacy sedan. The company announced Thursday that the production version of the 2015 Legacy will debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6. “The all-new Legacy offers a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan,” Subaru said in a brief statement. Though that's all the company would officially disclose, don't expect huge surprises in the new Subie's drivetrain.
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AUTOS
January 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into intermittent brake failure in the 2007 and 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid sedan. Dozens of consumers have complained to the agency about the problem, asking it to force Toyota Motor Corp. recall the cars. Toyota has previously paid record federal fines for not recalling vehicles promptly. The agency said Monday that it would look into reports of delayed braking and brake failure from owners of the vehicle. The problem could affect up to 30,000 cars.
AUTOS
January 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Pay attention to the concept sedan Nissan rolled out Monday afternoon at the Detroit Auto Show. You may see it again soon. The car, officially dubbed the Sports Sedan Concept, is a strong indication of what the next Maxima sedan will look like when it debuts in production form later this spring. “The Sport Sedan Concept shows a new, highly emotional and energetic design direction that takes Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan to the next level,” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's vice president and chief creative officer, said in a statement.
AUTOS
January 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mercedes-Benz showed off the next-generation C-Class at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. The 2015 C-Class will be roomier than the current model and offer more safety features and amenities. Mercedes is growing the car and adding features because it is no longer the luxury brand's entry-level vehicle. That role has fallen to the smaller CLA, a just-released sedan starting at about $30,000, roughly 20% less expensive than the expected starting price of the new C. “It's not uncommon for lower-priced models to slowly move upmarket and get replaced by all-new, entry-level models,” said Karl Brauer, an analyst at auto information company Kelley Blue Book.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
The bottom-of-the-line Benz always faces a tough question: Is it a real Mercedes? That's a compliment to the venerable German brand's standard-setting build quality. But the question also speaks to the oxymoron inherent in a budget Benz, and the challenge of delivering a bonafide Mercedes for the price of a Ford or a Honda. Such are the hurdles facing the CLA, a compact sport sedan seeking to set a new standard for affordable luxury and tap into a broad customer base of up-and-comers.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
These are happy days for the fun side of Chevrolet, as 2013 has been a very good year for the performance division of General Motors' everyman brand. The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette went on sale in August to critical and consumer acclaim. The topless version of the C7 started shipping to customers this week, and a fire-breathing Z06 model will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Through November, sales of the Corvette are up 228 percent over the same period in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Irvine man was sentenced Friday to 21 years to life in prison after being convicted of murder for drunkenly crashing his truck into a car and killing a teenage girl, the Orange County district attorney announced. Austin Jeffrey Farley, 28, had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood on May 29, 2011, when he ran a red light turning left at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, crashing into a Mercedes-Benz sedan carrying a father, his daughter and three of her friends, the Daily Pilot reported .  Ashton Sweet, 14, was sitting in the left rear seat of the sedan and died about four hours after the crash from brain swelling, a skull fracture and other trauma caused by the impact.
AUTOS
October 25, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
AUTOS
October 10, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Jerry Hirsch
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.
AUTOS
September 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
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.
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