Monthly Archives: January 2014

Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Nightclub

Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Night Club

Source: Facebook

By Anthony Alaniz

A woman was killed last week after she was beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. According to authorities, Pham was attacked on the morning of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby Club.

When officers arrived, they found her unconscious. She died Tuesday after being taken off life support.

According to one of Pham’s friends, the confrontation may have started when Pham unintentionally stepped into another group’s photo.

“I can’t imagine it starts with someone interrupting a photo,” her father, Dung Pham, said in an interview Sunday with The Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know what to think.”

Pham graduated from Chapman University with a degree in psychology and was married a year ago this month.

Police have arrested two suspects and are looking for another person of interest in the incident.

Last week, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with Pham’s death. She is being held on $1-million bail.

Police have released the names of the second suspect or of the other person being sought, officials said. The incident is still under investigation.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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IIHS Small-Overlap Crash Test Results for Subcompact Cars Released

IIHS Small-Overlap Crash Test Results for Subcompact Cars Released

2013 Honda Fit (Source: IIHS)

By Anthony Alaniz

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has released the small-overlap crash test results for subcompact cars. The cars tested were the Fiat 500, the Honda Fit, the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Nissan Versa, the Toyota Prius C the Ford Fiesta, the Kia Rio, the Mazda 2, the Toyota Yaris and the Chevrolet Spark.

What has alarmed many, is the disappointing ratings many of the cars received. The only vehicle to earn an “acceptable” rating was Chevy’s Spark. The other cars collected either “poor” or “marginal” ratings.

The small-overlap crash test is the latest test added to the IIHS arsenal of crash tests. In this test, the car crashes into a barrier that covers just 25 percent of the car’s outmost frontal area at 40 mph, leaving just the headlamp, front fender, front wheel and tire, and firewall to take the brunt of the impact. The test was introduced just over a year ago, and many manufacturers have not been able to update their cars for this specific test.

When the test was introduced, many larger cars did poorly in the same test. Many of the subcompact cars have received overall “acceptable” or “good” crash-test ratings. These cars are still safe; this test just highlights one area that automakers will soon be focusing on for optimal safety. It takes time, money, and research and development to pass new crash tests, and most automakers will soon exceed the tests’ expectations.

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Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

By Anthony Alaniz

A fire broke out at a vacant car dealership around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Inglewood. Firefighters knocked had everything under control in under three hours.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the two-story commercial building, according to officials.

“It used to be a Honda dealership, it’s been vacant for a few months,” Los Angeles Fire Department Asst. Chief Ralph Terrazas said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles.

The dealership is located on the 5200 block of of Centinela Ave. near La Cienega Blvd.

Two homeless people had to be rescued by firefighters. They were on the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene. They searched the vacant building for any additional homeless people who could have been staying in the space.

It took approximately 120 firefighters to battle the blaze Tuesday. It wasn’t clear what departments were called to assist in fighting the incident.

No injurers were reported from the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No other information is available at this time.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept

By Anthony Alaniz

The Toyota FT-1 Concept revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show could signal the return of the legendary Toyota Supra. While not many details are known about the concept, it is still an engine-less design visualization. It was designed at Toyota’s Calty design studio in Southern California in cooperation with Sony’s Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo video-game franchise.

While rumors about the return of the Supra have been swirling since the mid-2000s, when Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S, it got many thinking that Toyota could be making a valiant push back into the sports car arena.

An interesting aspect of the FT-1 Concept is that it has likely been born out of a recent partnership with BMW that is supposed to yield a new sports car jointly designed by the two companies. It is unclear right now which company will lead the design and engineering, but even with Toyota bringing this concept to fruition and revealing at the auto show, there is hope that some sort of production vehicle based on this concept could be seen in the future.

It’s also best to remember that when Toyota was working with Subaru to bring the FR-S/BRZ to market, they released numerous concepts before the final, toned-down production version was revealed, leaving many bored with the styling.

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2015 Ford F-150 revealed

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford has unveiled the 2015 Ford F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show. This is an important vehicle for Ford. While continuously being the brands biggest seller, it has a long history of being the number one selling vehicle in America. So, when Ford set out to design the 2015 model, the pressure was on to create a vehicle that was not only true to the “Built Ford Tough” mentality, but revolutionary as well, especially with ever increasing fuel economy standards.

One of the biggest, and most controversial improvements to the 2015 F-150, is its extensive use of aluminum, which has cut nearly 900 pounds from the previous model’s weight. That’s a huge improvement, letting the vehicle’s weight slip beneath the 5000-pound mark.

Styling is reminiscent of the Atlas Concept from last year’s North American International Auto Show—and that’s a wonderful thing. It looks powerful, yet elegant, and that mentality seeps into the restyled interior. The interior looks rugged, yet luxurious. It will look wonderful in the higher-trimmed models.

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150 interior

The engine lineup gets a reshuffling as well. Only one V-8 engine is available, the 5.0-liter Coyote engine. The base V-6 engine is downsized to 3.5-liters from 3.7, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is still available. New to the lineup is a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. No power figures for any of the engines are available yet.

Power will be sent through a six-speed automatic transmission, yet the new 10-speed transmission being developed jointly with General Motors should make an appearance in the truck in the next few years.

Another addition to the F-150 is features. Safety features like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, second-row seatbelt airbags, and its signature Curve Control electronic stability control program are all available. Other neat features include adaptive cruise control, LED spotlights for the bed and side mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, trailer-hitch assist, and a remote-locking tailgate.

Ford hasn’t released the pricing for the 2015 F-150, but the truck should be on dealership lots later this fall.

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Deceptive advertising charges filed against Los Angeles County dealerships by FTC

Los Angeles County car dealerships settle with FTC over deceptive ads

Source: Forbes

By Anthony Alaniz

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four Los Angeles Cunty car dealerships alleging they used deceptive advertising tactics. The deceptive ads were an apparent tactic to lure customers into showrooms.

Casino Auto Sales, of La Puente, Rainbow Auto Sales, of South Gate, Honda of Hollywood, in Los Angeles, and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos, were among the car dealerships charged, according to the FTC.

No fines or penalties were brought against the dealerships, though a violation of the consent order will result in a $16,000 fine per violation per day, said the FTC.

Allegedly, some of the advertisements would promote low cost vehicles, but the fine print would hide hidden fees, taxes, and down payments.

“You should never have fine print disclaimers that are inconsistent with any prominent claims your making, that’s deceptive,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t cure a misrepresentation to have fine print disclaimers that nobody can read or understand. It’s still deceptive.”

An Advertisement from Casino Auto Sales, provided by the FTC, stated a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LS was priced at $17,995. Buried in the fine print was a $5,000 down payment, though it was unclear if the down payment was part of the $17,995 price or an additional fee.

This is part of a larger operation by the FTC called “Operation Steer Clear.” Six other dealerships across the country have been charged.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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Domino’s Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest In-Car Ordering App

Domino’s Pizza, Ford Unveil Latest In-Car Ordering App

Source: Ford

By Anthony Alaniz

Domino’s Pizza and Ford have teamed up to solve a problem you didn’t know you had. They are bringing a brand-new food-ordering platform to your car. Right now, the process is a bit convoluted and limited to a customer’s saved Domino’s Easy Order, but with a few voice commands, one could have an order placed in short time.

The two companies unveiled their in-car ordering app at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system works by using the Ford SYNC AppLink in-car connectivity system in conjunction with the Domino’s smartphone application.

The AppLink system allows drivers to control selected apps on connected smartphones using the SYNC steering-wheel-mounted button in equipped Ford vehicles.

“We’re thrilled to add Domino’s to the ever-expanding lineup of mobile apps Ford drivers can use hands-free,” said Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC AppLink, in a press release. “Americans love pizza, and now they can have one ready for pickup or delivery when they are on their way home or heading to a gathering with friends.”

“This is, no question, one of the coolest in a long list of recent technology innovations for Domino’s,” said Patrick Doyle, Domino’s Pizza president and CEO, in a press release. “To be able to work with a brand like Ford, with its terrific SYNC technology, and offer yet another way to bring our ordering app experience to life makes it all the better.”

A date for the app’s ordering ability has been released, but is expected to be available soon.

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Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Unveiled at 2014 CES

Source: Ford

Source: Ford

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford is unveiling a new concept car at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept. Based off the C-Max Energi, Ford’s plug-in hybrid, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept adds a solar-powered charging apparatus as its battery pack. Ford has had a present at CES over the last few years as it tries to publicize itself as both a car company and a technology company, using the event to highlight numerous technologies in the past.

Below the solar array on the roof is a standard Ford C-Max, including the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford claims the C-Max Solar Energi can travel a claimed 21 miles on electricity alone.

Ford isn’t the first company to place solar panels on their car roofs. The Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf both offer solar panels as options.

What differentiates the Solar Energi from the standard model is that instead of obtaining electricity through a power cord, it uses the solar array on the roof. Ford says there is a “concentrator,” or large Fresnel lens, that can take in a constant amount of light regardless of sunlight angle and direction, and intensifies the light on the solar panels. This is in the design of a canopy that is placed over the car when it is parked.

People running off with your “concentrator,” wasn’t addressed by Ford.

However, consumers don’t have to worry if the sun isn’t out, Ford kept the charging port in place just in case.

Ford worked with Sunpower Corporation and the Georgia Institute of Technology on the panels and concentrator device. While the concept may seem novel, its feasibility is still unknown. Solar panels are still expensive and are not known for converting sunlight into electricity well.

Ford says the lens intensifies sunlight by eight times helping the car charge up 8 kW of energy.  It’s unknown whether Ford’s claim will transfer into real-world results.

Ford is considering the car for production in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology, but no official decision has been made.

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