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November 27, 1992 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is tough separating automotive truth from transplants, originals from facsimiles. The Plymouth Laser is the Mitsubishi Eclipse, which is the Eagle Talon. Most of the Lexus ES300 is a Toyota Camry. Even a Bentley is fundamentally a Rolls-Royce, and the Mercury Capri is built in Australia from Mazda parts. Then there's the Ford Probe. Which is a Mazda MX-6. Both are cab-forward sport coupes with powerful, identical V-6 engines and handling to live for.
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AUTOS
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
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AUTOS
January 30, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. announced recalls of 1 million vehicles, including some models of its popular Toyota Corolla and its Lexus IS sports sedan. About 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles are being recalled to fix an air-bag control module that is susceptible to short circuiting that could eventually cause the front air bags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy when they shouldn't. The recall affects Corollas from the 2003 and 2004 model years. There have been two reported accidents and 18 injuries linked to the problem, said Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2008 | DAN NEIL, Neil is a Times staff writer.
One of the best things about moving to Los Angeles from North Carolina was discovering the outrageous cadre of TV weathermen with vaguely meteorological-sounding names: Dallas Raines, Johnny Mountain, Fritz Coleman. If I were a weatherman I would call myself Rod Lightning. The Acura TL threatens to put these guys out of their shiny suits. This car offers real-time weather graphics, just like your local newscast's Accu-Mega-3D-Doppler-9200 radar, or whatever.
NEWS
February 25, 2012
Sinead O'Connor: In the Feb. 21 Calendar section, an article about Sinead O'Connor quoted the singer as saying that the songs on her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)," are "pretty much" about the man who is the father of her youngest child. The article identified that man as John Reynolds. Reynolds is the father of her oldest child. The man to whom O'Connor was referring is Frank Bonadio. "CQ/CX": In the Feb. 24 Calendar section, the caption for a photo accompanying an article about the play "CQ/CX," which is based on a reporting scandal at the New York Times, identified the actor on the left as Dave Rosen.
AUTOS
January 14, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
DETROIT -- Automotive journalists named the Cadillac ATS sports sedan and the Chrysler Ram 1500 pickup truck as the North American car and truck of the year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show here. A panel of 49 automotive journalists considered the new cars, SUVs and trucks over the past year and narrowed the field down to six finalists. The Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord were the other finalists for the car award. The Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5 were the runners-up in the SUV and truck category.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Volvo announced Thursday that it will bring about 4,000 V60 sports wagon units to the U.S. market in January. Plans to bring the V60 model to the United States were originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show in March. Tony Nicolosi, chief executive and president of Volvo Cars North America, said in an interview that the decision to bring the wagon overseas was because of its "tremendous" sales in the global market. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts “When you look at it, it doesn't look like your traditional wagon,” he said.
BUSINESS
February 29, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Subaru and Toyota were the big winners in the annual car ratings from Consumer Reports. The magazine, which with its car tests and reviews influences auto-buying choices, said Subaru won the top score of all automakers, helped by recent redesigns of its Impreza, Legacy and Outback models. The 2012 Impreza is Consumer Reports' top pick among small sedans. In a different measure, however, Toyota models represented half of the magazine's top picks by vehicle category, the first automaker to score that many models among the highest-rated vehicles in nearly a decade.
AUTOS
March 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
You didn't need a crystal ball to know that Infiniti was bringing a hybrid crossover to the 2013 New York Auto Show. With parent company Nissan announcing a hybrid Pathfinder earlier on Wednesday, no one was surprised when Infiniti announced its version of the same vehicle just a few hours later. (Infiniti also told us it was doing this several weeks ago.) The new luxury hybrid is dubbed the QX60 Hybrid. This seven-passenger crossover was originally launched as the JX, but Infiniti recently changed its nomenclature on all its products.
AUTOS
March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The list of features that don't come standard on the new BMW 320i is a long one. This is the bargain Bimmer, meant to lure you onto a lot where a salesman can slather on options that send the price soaring. It's still not exactly cheap, starting at $32,750. That's with no leather, no wood, no navigation, no backup camera, no moon roof, no heated seats - no power seats, even. You get your choice of either black or white at that price; all other colors cost extra. The even longer list of cars with more than this one's 180 horsepower includes the cheapest Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
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.
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.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Volvo announced Thursday that it will bring about 4,000 V60 sports wagon units to the U.S. market in January. Plans to bring the V60 model to the United States were originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show in March. Tony Nicolosi, chief executive and president of Volvo Cars North America, said in an interview that the decision to bring the wagon overseas was because of its "tremendous" sales in the global market. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts “When you look at it, it doesn't look like your traditional wagon,” he said.
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.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Let's get down to brass tacks. Cadillac's all-new compact sedan, the 2013 ATS, is not a better car than its target, the BMW 3 Series. This single, lonely aspect of the ATS is all that matters to trunkfuls of self-proclaimed automotive cognoscenti gathering in car clubs and Internet chat rooms across the country. Their amusement will overflow at the latest challenger to BMW's decades-long hold on the sports-sedan scepter. Not so fast. Despite its flaws, the thrill of the ATS' drive is an impressive feat, and the car itself is a massive step in the right direction.
AUTOS
March 27, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a series of vehicle debuts at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, General Motors moved to shore up several product lines with new or updated models - including announcing the return of its storied Camaro Z/28 muscle car. The automaker showed off how it was updating its entire Camaro line to improve aerodynamics, unveiled a redesigned Cadillac CTS sedan, refreshed versions of Buick's Buick LaCrosse and Regal models. "Product cycles are getting shorter across the entire industry, so everyone needs to keep up with the pace,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with auto information company Edmunds.com.
AUTOS
July 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
If BMW is considered the ultimate driving machine, Lexus is viewed more as the ultimate easy chair. Toyota's luxury brand has succeeded in building a reputation for supreme comfort and quality but struggled to add aggressive styling and driving passion to the mix. The new IS 250 and 350 sport sedans are the latest effort to shed that bland image. And it involves more than some shiny paint and slick marketing; this new IS is a true player in the cutthroat sport sedan segment.
AUTOS
March 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
You didn't need a crystal ball to know that Infiniti was bringing a hybrid crossover to the 2013 New York Auto Show. With parent company Nissan announcing a hybrid Pathfinder earlier on Wednesday, no one was surprised when Infiniti announced its version of the same vehicle just a few hours later. (Infiniti also told us it was doing this several weeks ago.) The new luxury hybrid is dubbed the QX60 Hybrid. This seven-passenger crossover was originally launched as the JX, but Infiniti recently changed its nomenclature on all its products.
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