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February 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors won't sell the first Model S - the electric sedan it is making at its auto factory in Fremont - until later this year, but the company has already announced plans to expand production by offering  the Model X, a sport-utility vehicle. The Palo Alto-based maker of electric vehicles unveiled the SUV, which looks more like a crossover than a traditional utility, at its Los Angeles design studios Thursday. Tesla plans to start manufacturing the vehicle at the end of 2013 with sales to begin the following year.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated throughout to reflect new developments.
Seven people were injured -- four of them seriously -- in a traffic collision Monday morning involving a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle, authorities said.  An LAPD spokeswoman said that the collision occurred at 8:47 a.m. in Glassell Park at the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive. “It appears there is an LAPD vehicle and possibly several officers involved in one vehicle,” said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Up to five of them are LAPD officers,” she said.
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BUSINESS
September 20, 1994 | From Reuters
General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac division is considering developing a sport utility vehicle to appeal to customers who want larger vehicles capable of carrying both people and cargo. "We're really studying it quite intensely," Joe Kennedy, Cadillac's general director of marketing and product planning, told reporters Monday during a preview of the company's 1995 models.
AUTOS
February 25, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports named the Tesla Motors Model S electric car the best vehicle on the road Tuesday. The magazine called the luxury sports sedan its top pick of all 2014 model year autos. This was the first time since 2010 that Consumer Reports named a top overall pick. The last was the Lexus LS 460L. Five of the magazine's 10 top picks this year were Japanese nameplates, including Honda's Accord and Odyssey, Subaru's Impreza and Forester, and Toyota's Prius hybrid. PHOTOS: See Consumer Reports' 10 top car picks German car companies placed two vehicles on the “Top Picks” list, including the BMW 328i and the Audi A6. American manufacturers were represented by Tesla and Chrysler, with its Ram 1500 pickup truck.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1997 | (Denise Gellene)
The future looks good for prospective sport-utility vehicle buyers, according to a recent study from J.D. Power & Associates. Two dozen models are expected to be introduced in the next five years, and the competition for buyers should result in lower prices for consumers--and lower profit margins for dealers. The study said that the new models may not attract new SUV customers, heightening the competition among manufacturers for buyers.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1989 | From Reuters
Capitalizing on growing consumer demand for Jeeps, Chrysler Corp. said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to develop and build a new line of sport utility vehicles to be introduced in 1992. The announcement is the latest in a series of production ventures by the No. 3 U.S. auto maker. Chrysler said the model, nicknamed the ZJ, will be built at its new Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit. Construction on the plant, which replaces an aging factory now at the site, is to begin in April. On Feb.
BUSINESS
April 7, 1998 | John O'Dell
Dogs may love trucks, but people buy them--in droves as auto makers have been discovering. Conventional wisdom is that, stories about higher insurance premiums and gas guzzling aside, car companies need pickups, minivans and sport utilities to compete in the United States. Hyundai clearly believes that--perhaps after looking at rival Kia, whose Sportage SUV accounts for almost 28% of its U.S. sales.
BUSINESS
September 20, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Suzuki Motor Corp. will begin its first national advertising campaign in the U.S. this week, a $30-million effort to build interest in a new sport-utility vehicle and build its U.S. market share. The campaign was announced last week after General Motors Corp., the world's largest auto maker, said it will invest $315 million to triple its stake in Japan-based Suzuki to 10%, improving GM's access to Asia. Suzuki's U.S. operations are based in Brea.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
The redesigned Saturn Vue passed the government's rollover test with a score similar to other sport utility vehicles, federal regulators said Monday. General Motors Corp. redesigned the Vue's rear suspension after the SUV failed two previous rollover tests. In both cases, a wheel collapsed beneath the vehicle. The newer version earned three stars out of a possible five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
BUSINESS
February 10, 1994 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ford Motor Co. marked the biggest year-to-year turnaround in its history Wednesday, reporting strong fourth-quarter and 1993 earnings that contrast with hefty losses a year earlier and underline the rebound of the Big Three. The nation's second-largest auto maker said brisk truck sales, lower marketing costs and an improving general economy contributed to net income of $719 million in the fourth quarter. Earnings for all of 1993 were $2.53 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 | By David Zahniser
An Orange County man killed when his sport utility vehicle went airborne and struck a portion of a residence in Coto de Caza was identified Saturday as a student at Cal State Fullerton. Franz Nalezny , 22, died in the crash Friday night shortly after 7:30 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner's office. He had been driving southbound on Vista Del Ver de , not far from his family's home, when he struck a curb and lost control of his vehicle, said Capt.
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
The geography of the NBA conference alignment can't be changed. But it can be lightly debated in a "what-if?" way. The Lakers, long a member of the Western Conference, would just as happily be members of the East this season, where only two teams are over .500. That's right. Two teams. The Lakers are 11th in the West with their 8-8 record. They'd be tied for third in the East with Chicago. "That's the way it goes. It's been like that for a while," Steve Blake said.
WORLD
October 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Chinese authorities were scouring Beijing for suspects from a region of northwestern China with a large Muslim population after a brazen attack at Tiananmen Square the day before that left five people dead. In what could hardly have been a more audacious attack at the spiritual heart of China, a white sport-utility vehicle entered a sidewalk at the Beijing square midday Monday and drove nearly 500 yards, plowing through tourists and police, until it crashed near the iconic portrait of Mao Tse-tung that hangs over a main gate in the square.
WORLD
October 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING--It could hardly have been a more audacious attack or one that was aimed more directly at the bull's-eye that is the spiritual heart of China. At 12:05 p.m. Monday, a white sport utility vehicle entered a sidewalk and drove nearly 500 yards, plowing through tourists and police, until it stopped near the iconic portrait of Mao Tse-tung that hangs over the main gate in front of Tiananmen Square. The Chinese state news reported that five people were killed and 38 injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities were searching Monday for the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Encino. The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. when a pedestrian was struck near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Gaviota Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The pedestrian, who has not been identified, was not in a crosswalk and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said the driver fled the scene in what was described as a sport utility vehicle. The vehicle had a possible, partial license plate number of "6EW237," police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Sheriff's officials said Saturday they were looking for at least one person in connection with a drive-by shooting in Willowbrook that left one person dead. The shooting occurred Friday at about 4 p.m. in the 11700 block of East 117th Street in unincorporated Los Angeles County, according to a statement from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.  HOMICIDE REPORT: Track every killing in L.A. County   A witness told authorities that the victim, a 22-year-old man, was sitting in a car when a sport utility vehicle pulled up next to him and someone in the SUV shot into the car. The victim was hit multiple times and taken to a hospital where he died, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A family was in mourning Friday after four relatives were killed Thursday night in an accident on the northbound San Diego Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. The victims died when their car slammed into a sport utility vehicle parked on the right shoulder, just south of the Ventura Boulevard exit, the California Highway Patrol said.
NEWS
November 4, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six suspected illegal immigrants were killed and eight others injured when the sport utility vehicle in which they were riding overturned on Interstate 8 in eastern Imperial County, officials said Friday. The vehicle, a 1983 Chevrolet Suburban, tumbled twice on Thursday after entering from Mexico in the desert 30 miles east of Calexico, authorities said. Most of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle.
AUTOS
August 5, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Look for the deals on certain cars to heat up as automakers fight for bestseller bragging rights. The car companies will ramp up the discounts and incentives during the second half of the year for some vehicles or entire brands if they have a shot of being the top seller in a segment. Mercedes-Benz and BMW typically hammer each other in November and December as they compete to win the title of top luxury brand in America, said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with car information company Edmunds.com.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Hoping that the best years are not in the rear-view mirror for its Acura luxury line, American Honda Motor Co. is shifting into high gear for the introduction of its redesigned 2014 MDX sport utility vehicle. The U.S. sales arm of the Japanese automaker typically has kept a low advertising profile for Acura. But that's about to change. This week, American Honda in Torrance plans to roll out its largest-ever national advertising campaign for an Acura model, a marketing push that also is being closely watched in the Los Angeles advertising industry.
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