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November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. The car is essentially a more rugged yet equally sophisticated cousin of the A4 station wagon (nee Avant)
April 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Honda Fit was easily the best subcompact on the market - great fun to drive and a deft mix of efficiency, interior space and value. Then Honda discovered that fun doesn't sell. The newly redesigned 2015 Fit is still spacious, frugal and smartly engineered. But Honda - tired of seeing Fit sales lag behind those of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent - has sucked out all the joy from the car's handling. PHOTOS: 2015 Honda Fit Honda's third generation of this four-door hatchback, marked as a 2015 model, started showing up in dealerships this month.
April 3, 1986 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: My 1984 Chevrolet Chevette has 9,400 miles on it. I have a problem with the transmission. Shifting into drive causes a very rough gear engagement. The dealer told me that it's normal. I don't agree because I think the hard hitting will break something eventually. What do you say?--L.L.D. Answer: The problem of rough engagement is not a typical problem on Chevette transmissions, but you're right to be concerned about it.
June 24, 1985 | United Press International
An excursion boat on a Lake Hamilton dinner cruise crashed into its moorings Saturday night, injuring at least 25 of the 172 passengers, authorities said Sunday. The owner of the boat, Robert Burhaw, said that a loosened transmission pin prevented the pilot from using the reverse gear.
July 21, 2002
Re: "Chrysler to Offer 7-Year, 70,000-Mile Warranty," July 8. I wish them luck. I have a '99 Chrysler Town & Country with about 22,000 miles on it--my third Chrysler minivan since 1985. A couple of months ago, the transmission started acting up and I took it in to the dealer. They ended up having to replace most of the innards of the transmission. The 3/36 warranty had expired about a month earlier. Fortunately, I had purchased a service contract and I was out only the $100 deductible.
May 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
To look at the unique proportions of the Audi R8 -- wedge-shaped nose, short hood, large greenhouse -- it's easy to forget this all-wheel-drive sports c ar has been with us since 2007. Cruise down the street in this mid-engined stunner, and its unmistakable facade looks like a movie prop stolen from a film set. (Actually the car does have an enviable IMDB resume, showing up in concept form in the 2004 film "I, Robot," and serving as Tony Stark's ride of choice in the "Iron Man" trilogy.)
April 9, 1989
William C. Payette, 75, a longtime executive with United Press International and United Features Syndicate who headed UPI's Los Angeles bureau in the 1940s. Payette, after joining United Press in 1936, established the first radio Teletype delivery of news to South America and the first daily overseas transmission of news pictures. He also organized Movietone News. In Dallas on Thursday of cancer.
May 6, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Energy officials expect to get through another summer without blackouts even if the San Onofre nuclear plant remains shuttered -- but damaging fires in the months ahead could undermine that prediction. An assessment released Monday  by the California Independent System Operator, which oversees most of the state's power grid, projected that power supply will be slightly tighter this summer than last in Southern California. That is largely because two retired units at a gas-fired plant in Huntington Beach that were brought online last summer to help replace the power generated by San Onofre will not be available this summer.
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