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July 15, 1987 | ASHLEY DUNN, Times Staff Writer
In an age of disposable diapers and razors, Albert Klein has clung to his beat-up, off-white 1963 Volkswagen with a devotion that puts most marriages to shame. The car's fenders are dented, its upholstery is torn, its paint is chipped and faded. But the one thing you can say for this humble Beetle is that it runs--and runs and runs.
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AUTOS
February 6, 2008 | DAN NEIL
Wolfgang SCHREIBER is smart like you wouldn't believe. Scary smart. I-vill-crush-you-like-bugs smart. Best known as the technical director of the Bugatti Veyron program, Schreiber is one of Volkswagen Group's most prolific engineers (ultra-exotic Bugatti is owned by VW).
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BUSINESS
October 8, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California is home to a huge and versatile automotive aftermarket industry that often designs and produces dress-up and performance-improving add-ons for new vehicles before the car makers even funnel their new models into dealer showrooms. The Dodge Viper, the Plymouth Prowler and the convertible Toyotas, Nissans and Ford Mustangs that sprang forth in the late 1980s can trace their bloodlines to Southern California's custom car shops.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The federal government has upgraded an investigation into the Volkswagen Passat after receiving dozens of reports of engine fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there had been 78 reports of engine fires and two injuries. The German automaker has received 14,850 warranty claims over the engine fires, the agency said. The probe, which began in May, is focused on about 345,000 Passat sedans from the 2000 to 2003 model years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1997 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pat Kelly was asked about his life in the slow lane, driving an old widget of a vehicle with a pencil-neck-size steering column, cardboard-thin floorboards you can nearly poke your foot through and a horn that bleats like a small wounded animal.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2001
* The Mexican unit of Germany's Volkswagen unit said it will continue producing the classic sedan known as the "Bug" for an "indefinite time," responding to a Mexican newspaper story alleging that the model, whose basic design dates to the 1930s, would be discontinued. Mexico is the only remaining country that produces the car, which is the cheapest on the market there.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Volkswagen's 2000 to 2003 Passat cars are being investigated by a U.S. safety agency after 19 reports of fires that may be caused by malfunctioning ignition coils. The preliminary inquiry may affect about 346,000 gasoline-powered Passats with four- and six-cylinder engines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. No injuries were reported.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
German auto maker Volkswagen said Monday that its worldwide monthly unit sales fell for the first time in three years, even as the redesigned Beetle helped North American sales surge about 48% to 23,800. VW said its January sales fell 3% to 320,500 from January 1997. But the company also said its 1997 fourth-quarter profit surged 238% to $278 million, boosted by the success of updated models, as it canceled plans to sell 3 million new shares to investors.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
VW Delays U.S. Introduction of Two Key Models: Volkswagen United States is delaying the U.S. introduction of its Golf and Jetta cars by about three months because of a five-week labor strike this summer at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. The delay leaves VW's 688 U.S. dealers without their main product lines to sell until spring, said the U.S. unit of the German auto maker.
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With bright Volkswagen and Audi flags fluttering outside, and a perimeter fence freshly painted baby blue, it's hard to miss Sven Erkner's auto repair garage amid Ruedersdorf's drab surroundings. As the head of one of a new network of VW dealerships planned for East Germany, Erkner, 28, says he knows the competition will be tough, but he's ready. "We've got an advantage over others because I've concentrated on VW and know the car," he said in an interview. "We've already got a lot of orders."
BUSINESS
May 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Volkswagen's 2000 to 2003 Passat cars are being investigated by a U.S. safety agency after 19 reports of fires that may be caused by malfunctioning ignition coils. The preliminary inquiry may affect about 346,000 gasoline-powered Passats with four- and six-cylinder engines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. No injuries were reported.
AUTOS
April 19, 2006 | Warren Brown, Washington Post
I was up to no good. But there's only so much wrong you can do in a Volkswagen New Beetle. It looks slow even when it's going fast. It's the egg shape. I'm convinced. People don't take seriously cars that resemble eggs, and the New Beetle looks like an egg threefold. There is the center portion, the main body of the car. It looks like an egg. There are the wheel wells, front and rear. Both sets mimic eggs.
AUTOS
November 2, 2005 | DAN NEIL
ON the HBO series "Entourage," entertainment agent-weasel Ari Gold is busted for sticking S600 badges on his wife's Mercedes-Benz S500. This is the most profound moment in the history of television. Because, after all, his wife doesn't know that her car is missing four cylinders and nearly 200 horsepower, and she doesn't care, since the S500 is already excessively horsy and quick for her needs, plying the golden seas of Beverly Hills.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2005 | From Reuters
Volkswagen will start making hybrid cars by 2008 with its main Chinese partner and may kick off large-scale production of the energy-efficient vehicles by 2010, the Chinese company said. Europe's biggest automaker is teaming with Shanghai Automotive in a project that could spur China's hunt for alternative energy sources and curb pollution as demand for cars soars in the world's No. 7 economy.
AUTOS
July 28, 2004 | DAN NEIL
SOMETIME during the night of Sept. 29, 1913, aboard the steamer Dresden, Rudolph Diesel, age 55, slipped out of his overcoat and into the English Channel. His body was found 10 days later. The inventor of the engine that bears his name had a Homburg hat full of troubles. He was broke. He suffered crippling headaches -- the common cold of fin de siecle Europe. And he was disillusioned.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2001
* The Mexican unit of Germany's Volkswagen unit said it will continue producing the classic sedan known as the "Bug" for an "indefinite time," responding to a Mexican newspaper story alleging that the model, whose basic design dates to the 1930s, would be discontinued. Mexico is the only remaining country that produces the car, which is the cheapest on the market there.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2005 | From Reuters
Volkswagen will start making hybrid cars by 2008 with its main Chinese partner and may kick off large-scale production of the energy-efficient vehicles by 2010, the Chinese company said. Europe's biggest automaker is teaming with Shanghai Automotive in a project that could spur China's hunt for alternative energy sources and curb pollution as demand for cars soars in the world's No. 7 economy.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1994 | From Reuters
A new generation Volkswagen Beetle is moving closer to a return to the U.S. market, where it could re-establish the auto maker's reputation for building cheap, spunky transportation, analysts said Friday. Volkswagen's supervisory board met Friday and may have approved the program, which calls for the all-new front wheel-drive vehicle to be built in Mexico for sale in the United States, Canada, Mexico and possibly elsewhere in Latin America.
NEWS
May 3, 2000
Aiming to capture a chunk of the wired generation's attention span--not to mention its copious cash flow--Volkswagen of America Inc. says it will sell two specially painted versions of its popular New Beetle exclusively to online buyers this year.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Southern California is home to a huge and versatile automotive aftermarket industry that often designs and produces dress-up and performance-improving add-ons for new vehicles before the car makers even funnel their new models into dealer showrooms. The Dodge Viper, the Plymouth Prowler and the convertible Toyotas, Nissans and Ford Mustangs that sprang forth in the late 1980s can trace their bloodlines to Southern California's custom car shops.
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