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December 12, 2001 | By TONY PERRY, Times Staff Writer
There is a feeling of sameness here as each day unrolls just like the one before. It has become a joke among the Marines that their lives imitate the movie "Groundhog Day. " Of course, there are some important differences: Rather than waking up in a cute inn, people here sleep in tents or on concrete slabs and receive a daily bath of fiercely blowing desert dust. And they carry pistols and M-16s. Welcome to Camp Rhino, a heavily armed piece of America transported to this vast wasteland 70 miles from Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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BUSINESS
February 1, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger
Toyota Motor Corp. apologized to customers on Monday as it announced a plan to fix a sticking pedal problem that led it to halt sales and production of eight models. "We are truly sorry for what has happened," said Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota's U.S. sales division in a conference call with reporters. He detailed the remedy, which he said was already being shipped to dealerships so that repairs could begin this week. "We're sorry for what we put our customers through," Lentz added.
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September 12, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
An automotive-parts business was burglarized in broad daylight Saturday of more than $1 million worth of inventory, police said. The burglary occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at J.M.R. Hobbies, a shop and warehouse in the 60 block of Easy Street, said Simi Valley Police Officer Scott La Rue. Police said the burglar or burglars broke in through a steel roll-up door and then used one of the shop's forklifts to haul out two pallets of vehicle parts and tools.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Government data show the nation's industrial output plunged in August by nearly four times the amount that had been expected. It's the worst performance since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. The Federal Reserve reported Monday that industrial output dropped 1.1% last month, far worse than the 0.3% decline that economists had been expecting. The weakness was led by an 11.9% drop in production of motor vehicles and parts, reflecting the hard times facing the U.S. auto industry.
NEWS
May 16, 1985 | United Press International
The federal government, in an effort to curb auto theft, has proposed rules requiring a marking system for key parts of frequently stolen vehicle models, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole announced Wednesday. Industry and law enforcement officials estimate that $4-billion worth of automobiles, trucks and other vehicles are stolen each year, with many of the vehicles stripped and the parts sold individually.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nissan to Cut Back on Parts Use: Japan's second-largest auto maker said it will save on labor costs by reducing the amount of parts needed in its cars by 30% over the next three to five years. The company said it will design a new model that can be produced with fewer parts. It said it will also try to use the same parts as much as possible in different models. The company declined to say how much the plan was expected to save.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Calstart Reveals Advanced Electric Car Components: The nonprofit consortium, created to promote an advanced transportation industry in California, described the first components and systems--built by more than 20 California aerospace companies--that will be showcased in a prototype electric vehicle at auto shows around the world beginning in 1993.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Strong U.S. sales of heavy-duty trucks, and the profits of companies supplying the truck makers, offer a contrary indicator to investor fears of a global economic slump, which set stock markets trembling here and abroad last week. Truck sales for Navistar, PACCAR, General Motors, Ford and others are at their best levels in three years, up 27% in the first half of 1992 and accelerating in recent months.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1992 | From Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to buy auto parts from Chrysler Corp. for the first time to help it reach targets announced during President Bush's visit in January, a leading economic daily reported Sunday. The Nihon Keizai newspaper said in its lead story that beginning at the end of 1993 Toyota will buy a gasoline tank component from Chrysler that it will use in 400,000 Camrys made in the United States. During Bush's trade summit in January, Toyota said it would try to buy $5.
BUSINESS
March 17, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California's chance to capture a piece of the budding alternative vehicle business--and find new work for its fading aerospace industry--will not go the way of former failures if a determined group of researchers and business executives have their way.
WORLD
October 16, 2003 | Henry Chu and Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writers
A large roadside bomb exploded beneath an American diplomatic convoy in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three security officers in the first deadly attack on a U.S. target since the Palestinian uprising began three years ago. The blast upended and nearly sliced an armored Chevrolet Suburban in half, spraying vehicle and body parts and gouging a large crater in the road barely a mile from the checkpoint where the convoy had entered Gaza from Israel.
NEWS
December 12, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is a feeling of sameness here as each day unrolls just like the one before. It has become a joke among the Marines that their lives imitate the movie "Groundhog Day." Of course, there are some important differences: Rather than waking up in a cute inn, people here sleep in tents or on concrete slabs and receive a daily bath of fiercely blowing desert dust. And they carry pistols and M-16s.
NEWS
November 26, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Skimming over the sand dunes at 70 mph, Grant George explains to a white-knuckled passenger the allure that brings tens of thousands of "dune dawgs" to this remote spot in Imperial County on sunny winter weekends. "It's freedom--freedom to drive as fast you want, to ride a roller coaster with no tracks, in a setting that's absolutely beautiful," shouts George over the roar of the 450-horsepower engine that powers his custom-made, four-seat dune vehicle.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2000 | From Reuters
Caterpillar Inc., the world's No. 1 maker of construction and mining equipment, and the commercial vehicle unit of Germany's DaimlerChrysler said Wednesday they have agreed to form a global alliance to make vehicle parts. Under the 50-50 alliance, the companies said, they will form two joint ventures, one to develop and manufacture medium-duty engines and parts and another to develop and manufacture fuel systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
An automotive-parts business was burglarized in broad daylight Saturday of more than $1 million worth of inventory, police said. The burglary occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at J.M.R. Hobbies, a shop and warehouse in the 60 block of Easy Street, said Simi Valley Police Officer Scott La Rue. Police said the burglar or burglars broke in through a steel roll-up door and then used one of the shop's forklifts to haul out two pallets of vehicle parts and tools.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weber Aircraft Inc., a maker of seats, galleys and lavatories for aircraft, has been sold by its British owner for $85 million in cash. The buyer is Air Cruisers Co. of Belmar, N.J., which makes aircraft escape chutes, life vests and inflatable boats and is part of Groupe Zodiac, a French manufacturer. Makers of airplane parts have been hurt by the recession because airlines are buying fewer planes.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weber Aircraft Inc., a maker of seats, galleys and lavatories for aircraft, has been sold by its British owner for $85 million in cash. The buyer is Air Cruisers Co. of Belmar, N.J., which makes aircraft escape chutes, life vests and inflatable boats and is part of Groupe Zodiac, a French manufacturer. Makers of airplane parts have been hurt by the recession because airlines are buying fewer planes.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Strong U.S. sales of heavy-duty trucks, and the profits of companies supplying the truck makers, offer a contrary indicator to investor fears of a global economic slump, which set stock markets trembling here and abroad last week. Truck sales for Navistar, PACCAR, General Motors, Ford and others are at their best levels in three years, up 27% in the first half of 1992 and accelerating in recent months.
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