So you bought an ugly, slab-sided Honda Civic hybrid thinking it would, despite its Danny DeVito looks, become the next "it" car for the eco hipsters. Wrong again, ethanol breath. Turns out earlier models of the Civic hybrid came with way less gas mileage than advertised -- 30 versus 50 -- as a re ... More >>
The National Transportation Safety Board wants to treat your car like an airplane. Basically, once you buckle up, it's time to shut off all electronic devices. That's the recommendation of the board today following its review of a summer 2010 Missouri highway crash that killed two and injure ... More >>
amber10We here at LA Weekly are a little sick of needless, nebulous state laws that give cops way too much power to conduct fund raising write tickets. Case-in-point: California's retarded texting-while-driving law which, apparently, has done nothing to deter texting-while-driving, but has ... More >>
Google MapsUpdated at the bottom with news that the owner had been cited by California workplace health authorities in the past. First posted at 4:43 p.m. A large explosion seriously injured at least four people and took out a good part of a commercial building in Pacoima today, according to ... More >>
Ah, hybrid owners -- how we love to hate you. So smug behind the wheel of your fuel efficient dork-mobiles, switching four lanes just to get to the carpool zone where you'll pass us all by. No more. California's "Yellow Clean Air Vehicle Stickers" expire for good on Friday, so you'll have t ... More >>
A Frank Gehry design whiz creates biofueled Volkswagens
Number one.Remember when Escalades, Navigators and Hummers were all the rage? Dubs (20-inch-plus wheels), loud exhaust and bass music, right? Doesn't that seem like a million years ago? Today to be a true player in L.A., more modest hybrids are the status symbols to have. Kelly Blue Book on ... More >>
ToyotaLexus GX in L.A.Toyota's having a bad 2010. A week after learning that 200 lawsuits over so-called "sudden acceleration" and other alleged Toyota defects would be heard here in Los Angeles, the carmaker's North American leaders in Torrance woke up to the headline that Consumer Reports m ... More >>
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum fine of more than $16 million against Toyota Motor Corporation for remaining silent about acceleration problems four months even though it allegedly knew about its "sticky pedal" issues, the U.S. Department of T ... More >>
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.As smug as Toyota has been in declaring recent allegations of sudden-acceleration in its cars unfounded, it's wild to see U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announcing Tuesday that none other than NASA will be helping federal officials find th ... More >>
No surprise here: Toyota's stance on the out-of-control acceleration famously experienced by a Prius driver earlier this month will mirror that of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, the auto-industry-backed congressman who's been meddling in the case (on behalf of whom?) and practically attacking the ch ... More >>
GMThe Chevrolet Volt.In a strange reversal for Southern Californians who lamented the death of General Motors' EV1 electric car more than ten years ago, the car company announced it will invest $6 million in its Torrance Advanced Technology Center as it gears up to help the car maker produce ... More >>
You know him as the man who coined the phrases "farmers market capital of the world," "America's undisputed creative capital," and, of course, "the eco-fashion capital of the world," has created a new tag-line for Los Angeles. That's right, from this week forward, Los Angeles is the "capital ... More >>
General Motors announced Wednesday that its much-anticipated Volt electric car will be available in California first, with the roll-out happening sometime late next year. The announcement was made to media at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. "It is natural that California is the lead market ... More >>
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A federal judge re-affirms California's authority to fight pollution
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California regulators jilt the electric car
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