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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1993
Some time ago, The Times reported that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) was considering selling permits to allow non-car-pool vehicles to drive the car-pool lanes ("Car-Pool Lane Access for Price Will Be Studied," March 9). I think the OCTA should also consider allowing subcompact cars and motorcycles to use the car-pool lanes for free, either at all times or during the rush hours only. If feasible, this measure would encourage the purchase of subcompact cars for commuting and reduce pollution and relieve other freeway lanes of peak-hour congestion.
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AUTOS
March 22, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia's redesigned Soul and Fiat's all-new 500L are the latest models in the quirky "toaster" class of sub-compact cars. Picture a square box riding on a car platform. The general idea is combine the comfort and efficiency of a small car with the functionality of a sport utility vehicle or crossover. And style? Let's just say the valet will be parking these behind the restaurant. Next to his car. The success of these vehicles has been mixed. Honda's Element and the Scion xB, made by Toyota, were the founding members back in 2003.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 1985
The auto maker said the cut-rate loans--available through April 30 under company financing--would be offered on the Pontiac Fiero and Sunbird, Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk and Cadillac Cimarron subcompact cars. General Motors traditionally shuns sales gimmicks. But in the last auto sales reporting period, its share of the U.S. market fell to 53.4%, compared to 60% a year earlier.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
Of all the automakers trying to generate buzz on the Detroit auto show's first day, Toyota Motor Co. made the most noise. The company rolled out a concept design for the Corolla, one of its most important models, and announced preliminary sales figures showing that it has regained the title of world's largest automaker from General Motors Co. Called the Furia, the new-concept Corolla, with its severely raked windshield and bulging fenders, marks...
BUSINESS
February 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into the cause of fires in 2007 model year Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 sport utility vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe after receiving six complaints of fires starting in the driver's side door of the vehicles. The agency said it appeared that the fires started in the power window master switch on the door. The agency said it was looking at about 830,000 vehicles. The Camry is typically the bestselling passenger car in America.
AUTOS
July 11, 2007 | Warren Brown, Washington Post
The car went zoom-zoom, sip-sip, which was odd. Most cars that go zoom-zoom don't sip; and most that sip don't go zoom-zoom. When you get a car that does both, you pay attention. The subcompact Mazda3 2.3 Sport sedan was hard to ignore. Personally, I love the Mazda3. I think it's one of the best subcompact cars ever made -- sporty, very decent interior, fun. But it's a subcompact. To face a round-trip drive of 260 miles from our home in Arlington, Va., to Cambridge, Md.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a smackdown of South Korean sub-compacts, the Kia Rio EX outpointed the Accent from sister company Hyundai as the top-rated sedan of that size in Consumer Reports' latest tests. Chevrolet's Sonic, the American entrant in the magazine's ratings, as well as the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, both from Japan, scored lower. "Subcompact cars were once collectively known as penalty boxes for their noisiness, rudimentary interiors, uncomfortable rides, and weak performance.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be "slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years. " "While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either," said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1985 | Associated Press
Yugo America Inc., the importer selling a Yugoslavian subcompact car for under $4,000, is considering a public stock offering to raise additional working capital, company officials announced Friday. A registration statement was to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the beginning of December, said Ira Edelson, vice chairman and chief financial officer of the company, based here.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be "slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years. " "While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either," said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a smackdown of South Korean sub-compacts, the Kia Rio EX outpointed the Accent from sister company Hyundai as the top-rated sedan of that size in Consumer Reports' latest tests. Chevrolet's Sonic, the American entrant in the magazine's ratings, as well as the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, both from Japan, scored lower. "Subcompact cars were once collectively known as penalty boxes for their noisiness, rudimentary interiors, uncomfortable rides, and weak performance.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into the cause of fires in 2007 model year Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 sport utility vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe after receiving six complaints of fires starting in the driver's side door of the vehicles. The agency said it appeared that the fires started in the power window master switch on the door. The agency said it was looking at about 830,000 vehicles. The Camry is typically the bestselling passenger car in America.
NEWS
April 2, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
March was another strong month for auto sales. Ford Motor Co. sales jumped 19.2% to 212,777 from the same month a year earlier, pushing the automaker past General Motors Co. to become the top seller in the U.S. auto market in March. Ford was helped by strong sales of its core Ford brand – up more than 28%. Lincoln sales slumped 2.2%. Ford said its efforts to retool the company to produce more fuel-efficient passenger cars has paid off as gas prices have risen in recent months.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. has taken the wraps off a subcompact concept car that is likely to be the basis of a small vehicle to be sold around the world. The Verve concept competes in what the industry calls the "B-Car" segment of the market. That type of car is popular overseas but is smaller than most compact cars sold in the U.S. Ford executives said elements of the rounded Verve probably would be built into the next generation of subcompact for distribution worldwide.
AUTOS
July 11, 2007 | Warren Brown, Washington Post
The car went zoom-zoom, sip-sip, which was odd. Most cars that go zoom-zoom don't sip; and most that sip don't go zoom-zoom. When you get a car that does both, you pay attention. The subcompact Mazda3 2.3 Sport sedan was hard to ignore. Personally, I love the Mazda3. I think it's one of the best subcompact cars ever made -- sporty, very decent interior, fun. But it's a subcompact. To face a round-trip drive of 260 miles from our home in Arlington, Va., to Cambridge, Md.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
Of all the automakers trying to generate buzz on the Detroit auto show's first day, Toyota Motor Co. made the most noise. The company rolled out a concept design for the Corolla, one of its most important models, and announced preliminary sales figures showing that it has regained the title of world's largest automaker from General Motors Co. Called the Furia, the new-concept Corolla, with its severely raked windshield and bulging fenders, marks...
BUSINESS
August 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. has taken the wraps off a subcompact concept car that is likely to be the basis of a small vehicle to be sold around the world. The Verve concept competes in what the industry calls the "B-Car" segment of the market. That type of car is popular overseas but is smaller than most compact cars sold in the U.S. Ford executives said elements of the rounded Verve probably would be built into the next generation of subcompact for distribution worldwide.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co. plans to expand its U.S. model line in 2006 with a car that's smaller and cheaper than the company's Civic compact, part of an effort to lure young buyers. "American Honda will introduce a new entry-level subcompact, positioned under Civic," spokesman Andy Boyd said. The car will probably be priced at less than $15,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1993
Some time ago, The Times reported that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) was considering selling permits to allow non-car-pool vehicles to drive the car-pool lanes ("Car-Pool Lane Access for Price Will Be Studied," March 9). I think the OCTA should also consider allowing subcompact cars and motorcycles to use the car-pool lanes for free, either at all times or during the rush hours only. If feasible, this measure would encourage the purchase of subcompact cars for commuting and reduce pollution and relieve other freeway lanes of peak-hour congestion.
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