| Sep 12, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Opponents, led by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica activist group whose founder, Harvey Rosenfeld wrote Proposition 103, contend that Joseph's proposed initiative unfairly would rewrite the 1988 initiative to allow insurers to discriminate against...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Auto insurance could become too expensive for some Californians if George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp., gets his way. He's proposed an initiative for the June 2012 ballot that would reward longtime insured drivers but could ultimately...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Detroit automakers continued to roll last month, with double-digit sales improvements for Chrysler (up 27.2 percent) and GM (up 19.6 percent) versus September 2010. Still under the shadow of a shuttered Mercury division, Ford sales improved 8.9 percent....
| Oct 23, 2011
| 4:23 AM
There was a time when Lucinda Williams albums came like raindrops in a drought, just four in her first 18 years as a recording artist, each one hardly quenching the parched tongues of her small but avid fan base. But......
| Feb 3, 2011
After a long period of rightsizing, rebuilding and, in the case of General Motors, repaying government loans, the auto industry is back on track. "Development and strategy are taking over from the firefighting of the past 18 to 24 months," says Jeff...
| Apr 4, 2011
| 9:29 AM
Major automakers are scrambling to strip hundreds of pounds off future pickup trucks to meet new U.S. standards for fuel economy without sacrificing strength or towing capability.
The new mandates take effect in 2016, giving automakers such as Ford and...
| Sep 10, 2010
In 1990, Mazda got it right with the Miata, and it has not strayed far from the formula with the 2010 Mazda MX-5.
Both are reliable, affordable, fun sports cars that will remind customers of MGs, Triumphs, Fiats and Alfa Romeos, with one major exception:...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 9:55 AM
So long, Mercury, we hardly knew ye.
Well, actually we did – the Mercury automotive brand has been around since 1939, when it was created to build a brand that was slightly more upscale than Ford, slightly less than Lincoln. After 2010, Mercury...
| May 6, 2011
| 12:20 PM
Well-equipped, affordable cars are muscling in on the luxury market's turf.
Or is it the other way around?
Today's new-car market offers a panorama of models priced between $20,000 and $30,000 that in many respects can compete with gleaming, leather-...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 9:36 AM
(Reuters) - Ford Motor said its primary Ford brand vehicle sales topped 2 million in the United States this year, the first time since 2007 that any single automotive brand has reached that level.
The Ford brand passed the 2-million mark on Wednesday...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 7:29 AM
Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately half a million vehicles worldwide due to mechanical issues.
The company said they are recalling 205,896 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans with the model years of 2004 and 2005. Ford issued the...