Los Angeles Times

Jerry Hirsch

Writer

A third-generation Angeleno, Jerry Hirsch covered the automotive industry for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote frequently about consumer and safety issues in the car business and the relationship between the auto industry and the state and national economies. He has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    What it is Built by General Motors, the Buick LaCrosse is an elegant, full-size sedan designed to compete at the lower end of the luxury automobile segment. Buick hasn’t released pricing, but the car it replaces starts at $31,990. It goes on sale next summer. Why it matters The LaCrosse is the...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Kia Sportage

    L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Kia Sportage

    What it is This will be the fourth-generation Sportage, a compact crossover that is Kia’s longest-running U.S. nameplate. Why it matters: Although Sportage sales are up nearly 20% this year, Kia’s not likely to sell much more than 50,000 of the crossover, despite the compact crossover being in...

  • 2015 L.A. Auto Show: Mazda CEO talks rotary engines, hydrogen fuel

    2015 L.A. Auto Show: Mazda CEO talks rotary engines, hydrogen fuel

    Mazda is a quirky brand. It’s the only automaker to have mass-produced vehicles equipped with rotary engines, and it is content to remain one of the smallest companies in the business. The Japanese car company makes only about 1.5 million cars annually and controls about 2% of U.S. auto sales. ...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2015: Mazda CX-9

    L.A. Auto Show 2015: Mazda CX-9

    What is it? This will be Mazda’s second iteration of the CX-9, a large 7-seat crossover. Mazda has not yet announcing pricing for the new model, which goes on sale in the spring. The starting price of the current model is $30,875 including delivery fee. UPDATES: Get live updates from the floor...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Infiniti QX30

    L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Infiniti QX30

    What it is This is a subcompact luxury crossover that Infiniti is aiming at new, younger customers. It goes on sale in mid-2016 as a 2017 model and is new to Infiniti’s lineup. The automaker has not discussed pricing, but based on similar vehicles it is expected to start in the mid-$30,000 range....

  • L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

    L.A. Auto Show 2015: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

    What is it: This is a midsize luxury sedan offering three drivetrains, including a new twin-turbocharged 400 horsepower engine that Ford plans to keep exclusive to its Lincoln brand. Pricing won’t be out until early next year, but the current version starts at $35,190. Why it matters: Lincoln needs...

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