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October 25, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Though the annual SEMA show can often feel like theater of the absurd for the automotive world, there are some pockets of normality flying below the radar. One of them at next week's Las Vegas show will be a special version of Chevy's compact Sonic sedan that's headed for production. It's called the Sonic Dusk and it aims to add a bit of refinement to the sub-compact segment. No seven layers of purple paint here, or chromed-out doors that open backwards. Just some low-key body kit pieces below the front and rear bumpers and along the sides of the car. A small rear spoiler sits on the trunk lid, while the car rolls on unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
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AUTOS
November 8, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mercedes-Benz will use this month's Los Angeles Auto Show to prove that you can never have too much of a good thing -- like power. The automaker announced Friday it will unveil the 2014 S65 AMG on Nov. 20. The third-generation full-size sedan will sit at the top of Mercedes' hierarchy -- at least until a coupe version is introduced in 2014. Power is in the neighborhood of whopping, with a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged V-12 making 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
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AUTOS
November 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
$250,000 buys a lot exotic curb candy. This kind of cash will net a nice Lamborghini Gallardo. Perhaps an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. A Ferrari 458 Italia is even possible. Or, $250,000 can buy a hand-built pickup truck with gobs more exclusivity than these three, and a cloak of anonymity they don't offer. Icon, the Chatsworth-based shop known for custom replica Broncos, FJ Cruisers and CJ-style Jeeps, unveiled such a truck Tuesday at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. PHOTOS: Icon's new Thriftmaster pickup Dubbed the Thriftmaster, the truck is a modern -- and powerful -- interpretation of a postwar icon.
AUTOS
November 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
$250,000 buys a lot exotic curb candy. This kind of cash will net a nice Lamborghini Gallardo. Perhaps an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. A Ferrari 458 Italia is even possible. Or, $250,000 can buy a hand-built pickup truck with gobs more exclusivity than these three, and a cloak of anonymity they don't offer. Icon, the Chatsworth-based shop known for custom replica Broncos, FJ Cruisers and CJ-style Jeeps, unveiled such a truck Tuesday at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. PHOTOS: Icon's new Thriftmaster pickup Dubbed the Thriftmaster, the truck is a modern -- and powerful -- interpretation of a postwar icon.
AUTOS
March 6, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Representatives from 11 specialty auto car equipment companies based in California are traveling to Dubai this weekend, hoping to export some of the state's signature car culture products to new markets in the Middle East. Most of the companies are manufacturers of specialty equipment designed to boost the performance of stock cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Some of the products enhance the experience of owning a car. Others help protect them. The companies are Coverking, located in Anaheim, EBay Motors of San Jose, Gibson Performance Exhaust of Corona, Injen Technology of Pomona K&N Engineering Inc. of Riverside, and McLeod Racing of Placentia.
AUTOS
May 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The sales folks at World Motorsports of Torrance, K&N Engineering Inc. of Riverside and Injen Technology Co. of Pomona knew how popular their performance enhancing products can be with buyers in the U.S. What they didn't know was just how interested buyers would be in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Vietnam, and even Mongolia. Turns out those foreign buyers were very eager for some California car culture. "China has become one of our fastest growing markets," said Kevin Floody, international business manager for K&N, which makes high-performance air intake kits, air filters, oil filters and more.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010
The 2011-model O.C. Auto Show kicks off auto-show season with hundreds of new cars, crossovers, exotics and more. This automotive extravaganza will feature SEMA concept cars, pre-production models, rides and drives, and the latest alternative-fuel vehicles, including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Additionally, the show will roll out high-energy entertainment with DJs spinning music, bikini contests, mixed-martial-arts demonstrations and more. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim.
WORLD
December 7, 2012 | By Rasha Elass, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - The young Syrian mother had just fed her baby girl and put her down for a nap. The woman's husband was at work. Suddenly, a projectile entered the home, lodging in the chair where the baby had been sitting a few moments earlier. "I was standing in the kitchen, and I swear I saw it whiz by me," said the mother, Sema, 26. "A bullet!" Sema and her family promptly left their home in the strife-ridden Damascus suburb of Zamalka, the scene of numerous battles, and moved in with her in-laws near downtown, still relatively unscathed.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010
POP MUSIC Arcade Fire One promise that Arcade Fire keeps is crafting an old-fashioned, back-to-front exploration of one topic. In this case, it's suburbia, the album "The Suburbs' " most immediate symbol of complacency. But Arcade Fire's third album doesn't seek to condemn; the band knows that whether in a city ? its hometown Montreal or here in Los Angeles ? or a subdivision outside Houston (where frontman Win Butler grew up), we're all grasping for meaning. We're searching in the shadows of the shopping malls that singer and multi-instrumentalist RĂ©gine Chassagne observes endlessly rising in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
AUTOS
November 8, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mercedes-Benz will use this month's Los Angeles Auto Show to prove that you can never have too much of a good thing -- like power. The automaker announced Friday it will unveil the 2014 S65 AMG on Nov. 20. The third-generation full-size sedan will sit at the top of Mercedes' hierarchy -- at least until a coupe version is introduced in 2014. Power is in the neighborhood of whopping, with a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged V-12 making 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
AUTOS
May 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The sales folks at World Motorsports of Torrance, K&N Engineering Inc. of Riverside and Injen Technology Co. of Pomona knew how popular their performance enhancing products can be with buyers in the U.S. What they didn't know was just how interested buyers would be in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Vietnam, and even Mongolia. Turns out those foreign buyers were very eager for some California car culture. "China has become one of our fastest growing markets," said Kevin Floody, international business manager for K&N, which makes high-performance air intake kits, air filters, oil filters and more.
AUTOS
March 6, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Representatives from 11 specialty auto car equipment companies based in California are traveling to Dubai this weekend, hoping to export some of the state's signature car culture products to new markets in the Middle East. Most of the companies are manufacturers of specialty equipment designed to boost the performance of stock cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Some of the products enhance the experience of owning a car. Others help protect them. The companies are Coverking, located in Anaheim, EBay Motors of San Jose, Gibson Performance Exhaust of Corona, Injen Technology of Pomona K&N Engineering Inc. of Riverside, and McLeod Racing of Placentia.
WORLD
December 7, 2012 | By Rasha Elass, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - The young Syrian mother had just fed her baby girl and put her down for a nap. The woman's husband was at work. Suddenly, a projectile entered the home, lodging in the chair where the baby had been sitting a few moments earlier. "I was standing in the kitchen, and I swear I saw it whiz by me," said the mother, Sema, 26. "A bullet!" Sema and her family promptly left their home in the strife-ridden Damascus suburb of Zamalka, the scene of numerous battles, and moved in with her in-laws near downtown, still relatively unscathed.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- About three months ago, officials at Toyota's Scion brand handed a 2013 Scion FR-S and a check for $15,000 to three custom-car builders and told them to come up with something special. It was a pretty simple idea. The designs, though, are anything but simple. Scion revealed the winner of the $10,000 Tuner Challenge this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show The winner, built by Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pa., was named Minty FReSh because of its unique paint job. The FR-S has a customized sleek body with a molded duck bill spoiler, smoked headlights and race mirrors.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys brought a range of vehicles to this year's Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show, but two of them stand out. In front of the the Galpin booth sits a custom baby blue and orange 1966 Ford Bronco. Painted as homage to Ford's victory at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race with the GT40, the Bronco features a modified chassis. The new suspension allows 17-inches of travel in the front and 15-inches of travel in the rear. The Galpin Bronco is powered by a 540-hp Ford 377-stroker engine and a Hughes auto overdrive transmission.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Over at the Ford booth, with scores of people milling about, sits a dazzling copper 1940 Ford coupe made by the six-man crew at Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank. The classic car was built from entirely from scratch and has spent the last six months appearing at auto shows from coast to coast and in Canada. Its last stop is at the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show. The thing is: The coupe was driven to each event. That's a rarity in a world in which showpiece cars are treated as gently as Faberge eggs.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2009 | Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger
Nearly 5 million of the nation's worst polluting vehicles were quietly excluded from the popular "cash for clunkers" program after lobbyists for antique auto parts suppliers and car collectors persuaded the government to exclude cars built before 1984. The restriction has prevented consumers nationwide who own older cars and trucks from cashing in on the $3-billion federal program even though many don't consider their jalopies to be collectors' items. When the federal government announced the rebates of up to $4,500, Chris Hurst said it looked like the perfect time to unload his gas guzzling 1981 Ford F-150 pickup.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Own a Ford Mustang or F-Series truck? How about a Scion FR-S? Maybe a Jeep Wrangler? Then congratulations, you are a trendy person. These four vehicles won Hottest Vehicle honors for their respective segments at this year's SEMA Show. The annual gathering of thousands of automotive aftermarket manufacturers is currently under way in Las Vegas. Photos: The Hottest vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show The Ford Mustang won Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S won Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler won Hottest 4x4 SUV. The award goes to the vehicle in each segment that aftermarket manufacturers believe is the best platform for customization and offers the latest products.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Car lovers, Las Vegas is the place to be this week. Autos writer Bill Hennigan reports there from the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show about some of the interesting aftermarket auto parts and accessories he's seeing. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show The annual show has more than 2,250 exhibitors this year -- a SEMA record. California companies make up 1 in 4 of the exhibitors, and many of those are from Southern California, which has a longtime hot-rodding history.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Why should Ford's Raptor have all the fun? That's the thinking behind an aftermarket kit shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas for 2009 to 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. Made by Michigan-based VWerks, the kit is available in two levels and turns an ordinary Ram into a high-speed, off-road terror. Photos: VWerks Ram Baja KTS The first stage is called the Baja Series conversion. It includes a 1.75-inch leveling kit that brings the nose of the truck up, 20-inch wheels with BFG tires, a rear-tire carrier, KTS front and rear fenders and front bumper with light bar, a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust and leather seats.
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