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August 27, 1997 | PETER H. KING
And so the sophisticates keep taking their potshots at the national affection for four-wheel-drive vehicles. It certainly is not difficult to lampoon city dwellers and suburbanites who choose to rumble across flat, dry, well-paved roads in truck-cars designed for safaris and cattle roundups. It shouldn't take an "Explorer" or "Pathfinder" or "Blazer" to make the trek to Ralphs.
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.
Lenient miles-per-gallon standards for sport-utility vehicles and minivans cost Americans an extra $13.6 billion at the gas pump last year while causing a significant increase in air pollution, a public interest research group reported Wednesday. SUVs and other so-called light trucks, which accounted for 45% of all vehicles sold in the United States last year, long have been targeted by environmentalists as primary factors in Americans' increasing gasoline consumption. But the new study by U.S.
October 4, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda said it will expand a March headlight recall to include 820,000 model-year 2002-2003 Civic sedans and model-year 2004-2005 Pilot sport-utility vehicles in the United States. Honda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace components of the headlight wiring system. The automaker said a problem with the wiring of the headlight switch could cause the low-beam headlights to not work. The loss of headlights could limit a driver's ability to see the road and potential hazards and increases the risk of a crash.
As experts and safety advocates search for answers to the rash of deadly tire-related crashes, a general observation has emerged: Tires that may have been barely good enough in the past are being strained beyond their limits under today's harsher driving conditions. The explanation does not exclude possible defects unique to the design or manufacture of specific tires. But it reflects the reality that tires today are exposed to more punishment, and some may not be up to the task.
Congressional investigators said Wednesday that they have uncovered Firestone tests that offer additional evidence that the company "had to know" of serious problems with the Ford Explorer tires suspected of causing more than 100 deaths. A spokesman for Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.), who is leading the House investigation, said quality control tests conducted by Firestone in 1996 on a random sample of 229 tires from the company's Decatur, Ill.
The morass of political scandals and investigations engulfing Bell Gardens City Hall these days got even stickier Wednesday. One day after prosecutors filed a conflict-of-interest charge against City Manager Maria Chacon, police opened an investigation into a late-night confrontation between the mayor and a former council member. The former councilman, Rogelio Rodriguez, says Mayor Ramiro Morales tried to run him over in the City Hall parking lot.
February 7, 2001
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is a bit late to the starting gate in the "crossover" race, with its first U.S. market model not due to go on sale until next year as a 2003 model. So to whet appetites for its forthcoming car-based sport-utility--or sport-utility-looking car--the company recently showed off a near-production model of the Japanese market version, left, which hits the streets there this year.
December 18, 1997
Thanks for the Dec. 11 editorial supporting the movement to have sport utility vehicles adhere to the same emission standards as automobiles. It's about time this loophole was closed. Please continue your coverage of the pernicious nature of the SUV fad. Underemphasized in reports to date is the "natural history" that these vehicles will follow over their lifetimes: gradual disrepair--and probable increasing emissions--as they move through second, third and fourth owners. We will be living with the consequences of the imaginary freedom SUVs bring for a long, long time to come.
March 18, 1997
A sports utility vehicle crashed into a suntanning studio in San Dimas on Monday, causing minor injuries to one person and wrecking three booths, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. The accident at the Tropical Suntanning Resort on Arrow Highway occurred shortly after 3 p.m. The injured person was getting out of one of the booths when the vehicle came roaring in, officials said. The victim suffered minor scrapes.
February 17, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The victim of a reported kidnapping died Thursday after her alleged abductor crashed the sport utility vehicle he was driving head-on into another vehicle in Westlake as he was trying to flee police, authorities said. Police were alerted to the kidnapping shortly after 8 a.m. when witnesses reported a woman inside a GMC Yukon frantically waving for help near the intersection of 6th Street and Westlake Avenue, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Patrol officers spotted the SUV, which was being driven by a man. He pulled a U-turn in front of them and fled, Smith said.
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.
October 13, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Though it's been around since 2002, the Cayenne S has finally earned its Porsche crest with the 2011 rendition. When the company decided to call its SUV the Cayenne, it probably had no idea how apt the moniker would be. The mere idea that Porsche would relent to consumers' infatuation with sport utility vehicles elicited a reaction from Porsche purists not unlike eating a tablespoon of the namesake pepper: a red face, a sweaty brow, a fit of...
December 25, 2009 | By Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire
Joe McKnight returned to practice Thursday, but it's still not known whether USC's leading rusher will be allowed to play against Boston College in Saturday's Emerald Bowl. USC has been investigating McKnight's relationship with Santa Monica businessman Scott Schenter. The Times reported last week that McKnight had been observed driving a 2006 Land Rover registered to Schenter, who has marketing connections and previously created a web domain and NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from accepting benefits from marketing representatives or agents, or "extra benefits" from anyone based on athletic ability.
August 6, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel and My-Thuan Tran
Juan Antonio and Belinda Sandoval loved taking trips with their young daughters. With both off work for the day, the pair, their two girls and a niece packed into a sport utility vehicle Tuesday and headed from their home in San Pedro to Legoland in Carlsbad. About halfway to their destination, as they headed south on Interstate 5 in Mission Viejo, the vehicle veered across the freeway, rolled down an embankment and caught fire.
August 28, 2005 | Patrick J. Kiger, Patrick J. Kiger is co-author of "POPLORICA: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America" (HarperCollins).
At Lexus Santa Monica, Luke MacFarlane, one of the stars of FX Networks' "Over There," is searching for his dream wheels--something stylish in a funky, offbeat way, powerful enough to haul his bike to the mountains, efficient enough that it won't burn a hole through his gasoline credit card or the ozone layer. The slim, sandy-haired actor--upwardly mobile, outdoorsy, adventurous--looks as if some Madison Avenue image-maker had conjured him up for a sport utility vehicle commercial.
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.
May 26, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Better keep a good eye on that fancy Montero or Land Cruiser you just bought. Chances are better than average that it'll take a trip without you one day. An insurance group says the Montero from Mitsubishi and Land Cruiser made by Toyota rank first and second on its newest list of vehicles with the highest theft losses.
September 14, 2004 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Terence Davis packed tennis gear and two boys into his black Mercedes-Benz ML320 and drove along residential streets to a park in Santa Monica one recent Wednesday. He didn't realize he was breaking the law. "You're kidding," said the 57-year old. Like many locals queried that day, Davis didn't know that almost all residential streets in Santa Monica prohibit vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating -- the heaviness of a car or truck when loaded -- of more than 6,000 pounds.
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