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January 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
As he prepared to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette this weekend - an event akin to the naming of a new pope in the sports-car world - General Motors executive Mark Reuss told a story familiar to legions of Corvette faithful over six decades of production. Reuss coveted the car as a teenager, back when the 'Vette versus Porsche debate ignited the same fury as disco versus rock. He bought one in his 20s, a used silver 1969 model with a big-block 427 engine, and took his future wife on their first date.
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April 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
After months of whispers and quiet speculation, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it is working on a new high-performance sports car, dubbed the AMG GT. One the eve of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes on Tuesday night revealed two interior shots of the forthcoming sports car and said little else about the successor to the popular SLS AMG. "The new Mercedes AMG GT proves that we will be positioning AMG as a dynamic sports car brand even more...
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February 5, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of its 2013 analysis of the cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks that have the lowest projected cost of ownership over the next five years. Kelley says its analysis includes factors that go beyond depreciation and fuel costs and include "finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models. " Consumers should note that “cost to own” says nothing about whether the vehicles are reliable or drive well.
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February 25, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Adolfo Flores
The man who was killed Sunday when Salma Hayek's brother crashed his sports car in Beverly Crest was identified Tuesday as Grammy Award-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala. Sala, 43 , is from New York City and his parents arrived this week in Los Angeles from Mexico, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Corral said investigators will examine Sala on Tuesday to begin to determine his exact cause of death. Sala was a passenger in 40-year-old Sami Hayek's Ford GT as he was driving eastbound on a winding stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Mapleton Drive at about 4:20 p.m. when he lost control and crossed into the street's westbound lanes, colliding with a truck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
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April 5, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the first 911 sports car and went on to found a consumer products design firm that also carried the Porsche name, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria.  He was 76. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, who along with Ferry's father Ferdinand Porsche founded the business that grew into the sports car maker. Porsche grew up in the auto business and during a turbulent time. His grandfather designed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s as well as tanks that were used by the Germans in World War II. As a child, “Butzi” - as he was known to his family and business associates - enjoyed designing and building his own toys.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports panned the high-technology Fisker Karma after testing the $107,850 luxury plug-in hybrid. The magazine said the sleek-looking, speedy car suffered from significant reliability problems and doesn't compare well to other luxury sports cars such as the Porsche Panamera. The Fisker runs on electricity for about 38 miles and then a small gasoline engine kicks in and extends the range once the car's battery charge runs out. Only a few thousand have been sold, but the car has already attracted attention for its styling.
SPORTS
September 5, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The nation's two leading sports-car racing series, Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series, said Wednesday they plan to merge in 2014. "This merger will strengthen professional sports-car racing beyond what either of our organizations could have achieved separately," ALMS founder Don Panoz said in a statement. Both series hold races -- some of them long endurance events -- that feature different classes of sports cars, led by the exotic Daytona prototype cars in Grand-Am and the LMP1 cars in the ALMS.
AUTOS
March 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Detroit Electric, the most resilient and longest-lived brand of the nation's first electric car companies, has been resurrected and plans to introduce a new sports car in the Motor City on April 3. The company's first offering has been described by company officials as a high-end, two-seat sports car collectible that may retail for around $135,000. The final visual design of the car has been a tightly kept secret, but spokespersons for the new Detroit Electric have said that the external sheet metal will resemble the Lotus Elise sports car. The Detroit Electric power train will be manufactured at a yet to be released location in Wayne County, outside of Detroit, the company said.
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February 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
After years of failed promises and delayed introductions, Alfa Romeo will officially return to the U.S. later this year with an all-new mid-engine sports car, the company announced Tuesday. The Alfa Romeo 4C will be the first of several Alfas to hit the U.S. market when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013. Over the next few years, the company expects to bring a sedan, a two-seat convertible -- being developed jointly with Mazda -- and a small SUV, said Richard Gadeselli, a spokesman for Fiat.
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March 10, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's a rare car that can lose its top. Only the most iconic, and sporty, of vehicles are typically selected for the retractable roof treatment, such as Chevrolet's latest: the 2011 Camaro Convertible. Trotting outs its new pony car not only marks the kickoff to Chevy's centennial anniversary this year but also celebrates the Camaro's newfound success. Last year, it overtook the Ford Mustang as the sports car segment leader for the first time since 1985. The Camaro is one of Chevy's best-known models.
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February 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities say the man who was killed Sunday when Salma Hayek's brother crashed his sports car was a 43-year-old Mexican national. Sami Hayek, 40, was driving a 2006 Ford GT eastbound on a curvy stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Mapleton Drive in Beverly Crest at 4:20 p.m. when he lost control and crossed into the street's westbound lanes, colliding with a Toyota Tacoma truck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators didn't say how fast Hayek was driving when he allegedly lost control.
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February 16, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
A motorcyclist was killed Sunday morning when he allegedly tried to race a Lamborghini near the Beverly Center, police said. Police  told KLTA News the incident occurred on La Cienega Boulevard when the motorcyclist pulled up to the sports car and tried to race. The driver of the Lamborghini refused, and the motorcyclist sped off and struck the back of a BMW near Warning Avenue, police said. “When he took off, he unfortunately didn't see a vehicle that was up ahead of him and he collided into the rear of that vehicle,” LAPD Capt.
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February 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It was the sinkhole heard 'round the world, at least for car collectors. Early Wednesday morning, the ground beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., opened up unexpectedly. Measured at around 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep, the sinkhole swallowed eight rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a matter of minutes. Grief-stricken museum employees were forced to move the other 20 cars out of the Skydome building to safer ground and engineers are currently assessing what to do next.
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January 28, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by Insure.com. The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
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December 14, 2013 | David Undercoffler
Over the last 100 years, Aston Martin has ferried royalty, seduced James Bond and won world racing championships. It's also been through enough bankruptcies and reorganizations to make American Airlines proud. This year finds the iconic British brand celebrating its centenary year in fine form. The brand's lineup is as robust as it's ever been, with three sports cars and a four-door coupe selling for $121,000 to $311,000. Such princely sums for a car were unimaginable in 1914, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford first started building cars to race up a course called Aston Hill.
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December 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
In a global event spanning six cities on four continents, Ford unveiled to the world the all-new 2015 Mustang Thursday morning. The iconic American sports car, now in the sixth generation and celebrating its 50th anniversary, will seek a younger, more global audience when it goes on sale in late 2014. “Going forward, Mustang is going to help even more people see Ford differently around the world and connect with us in more meaningful ways,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford's executive vice president, said at the Los Angeles debut in Hollywood.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Your life is about to change, and your sports car is terrified. A Peg Perego Duette child stroller. The pair of Old English mastiffs you're dog-sitting indefinitely. A glee club. A metamorphosis of priorities has dropped one or more of these into your world, and suddenly your slick little two-seater won't work for you anymore. So let me offer a suggestion: Check out BMW's redesigned 2011 X3 xDrive35i. It's not necessarily the best all-around vehicle in the luxury compact SUV segment, which includes the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Acura RDX. But without question, this second-generation X3 is the fastest, sportiest and most fun to drive of its peers.
SPORTS
October 29, 2004 | SHAV GLICK
Boris Said and Bill Auberlen, two of the finest road-race drivers in the country, won five consecutive races as BMW co-drivers in the Grand American sports car GT series early in the year before a factory decision split them apart. Seven races later, they will go into the season finale Sunday at California Speedway only seven points apart, with Auberlen leading. If they were still sharing a car, they would probably share the championship.
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December 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County coroner's office will likely take several more weeks before presenting a final autopsy report for “Fast and Furious” star  Paul Walker , who died Saturday in a car crash in Santa Clarita. Preliminary results released Wednesday said Walker died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche he was riding in crashed and erupted in flames. The car's driver, 38-year-old Roger Rodas, died from traumatic injuries, coroner's officials said.
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December 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A friend of “Fast and Furious” star  Paul Walker was behind the wheel of the high-performance Porsche Carrera when it crashed and erupted in flames, an autopsy report released Wednesday said. Driver Roger Rodas, 38, died from traumatic injuries, and Walker, 40, died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns, Los Angeles County coroner officials said. Los Angeles County  Coroner 's Assistant Chief  Ed Winter said the men died "within seconds" of the crash.
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