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NEWS
February 4, 1999 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
A Cyclopsian video screen, mounted dead center in the dashboard, welcomed us to Prius. "On-board Nintendo," breathed Mrs. Dean, knowing nothing about this algae-green sedan that met her at LAX. "Donkey Kong in the Kingdom of Prius?" Not quite. Prius, as may be remembered by graduates of arcane academies, is Latin for "to go before."
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Reacting to Toyota Motor Corp.'s decision to recall 2010 Prius and Lexus hybrids, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday advised owners of the affected vehicles to contact a dealer immediately if they noticed a change in the performance of their brakes. "Loss of braking is most likely to occur when traveling over an uneven road surface, pothole or bump," the agency said in a statement. "If this occurs, the agency advises owners to continue to firmly press on the brake to stop the vehicle.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Once a rarity in the showroom, fuel-sipping hybrids are becoming an increasingly common option at dealerships. Need a big luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles that still gets 29 miles to the gallon in everyday driving? Check out the Buick LaCrosse with the eAssist mileage boosting system. How about a station wagon you can pack with children and groceries and still get 42 mpg? The Prius v fits the bill. Looking for something with high style? Wait for the upcoming edition of the Ford Fusion hybrid that's expected to hit 47 mpg. All these new hybrids are a welcome option for consumers who face high gas prices.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
As Ford took aim at the Toyota Prius, a brand now synonymous with green motoring, it needed a car that looked the part. So rather than convert an existing model, it imported a dowdy hatchback from Europe - tall greenhouse, short hood - and dropped in a hybrid power plant, resulting in the 2013 C-Max. Thankfully, it doesn't drive the way it looks. Pushed from a dead stop, the five-door Ford eagerly chirps its tires as it launches on a zero-to-60-mph run of just 8.2 seconds, according to Motor Trend.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
Asian automakers once again dominate the upper ranks of Consumer Reports' annual vehicle-reliability survey, although Ford Motor Co. is making strides in improving the dependability of its cars and light trucks. Ford's sustained production of vehicles that are as dependable as -- or better than -- some of the industry's best models dispels the notion that only Japanese manufacturers make reliable cars, the consumer magazine reported Tuesday. The four-cylinder Ford Fusion and its cousin, the Mercury Milan, ranked higher in predicted reliability than any family sedan in the CR survey save the Toyota Prius.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2009 | DAN NEIL
A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Dan Turner
This post has been updated from its original version. A new paragraph, marked by an asterisk, has been added. Walking the dog the other morning, I heard an odd whistle and hum behind me; it was one of my neighbors returning home (I happened to be standing in front of his driveway at the time), driving his new Nissan Leaf electric car. "How do you like your Leaf?" I asked, while dragging the pooch out of his path. "Man, I absolutely love it. I haven't been to a gas station in, like, two months.
AUTOS
May 24, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Toyota Prius hybrid was the bestselling vehicle in California during the first quarter of this year, narrowly outpacing Honda's redesigned Accord sedan. Toyota posted sales of 15,661 of the hybrids, leading the Accord's sales of 15,369 cars. The Honda Civic was third with sales of 14,918, according to data compiled for the California New Car Dealer's Assn. by auto research firm R.L. Polk & Co. The Prius wrested the annual California sales crown from the Civic last year. Nationally, Ford's F-series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle.
AUTOS
February 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Korean automakers, Toyota and Volkswagen all had a rough time with the California auto market last year. Hyundai experienced the biggest market-share slide of any auto brand, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. The South Korean automaker's share of the Golden State's car market slipped to 3.9% from 4.6%. Corporate sibling Kia fell to 3.4% from 3.7%. Combined, the Koreans lost a full percentage point of market share in California last year. Photos: California's best selling carsĀ  Although market leader Toyota's sales continue to rise, other brands are starting to catch up. Toyota's share of the California market dipped from a dominating 19.1% to a still-impressive 18.5%.Second-place Honda is still far behind at 12.1%, unchanged from the previous year.
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