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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

  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle...

  • Electric vehicles beat gasoline cars in cradle-to-grave emissions study

    Electric vehicles beat gasoline cars in cradle-to-grave emissions study

    A cradle-to-grave analysis finds driving an electric car in California creates less greenhouse gas emissions than even the most efficient gasoline vehicle. A car running on electricity -- even when powerplant emissions are considered -- produces pollution equivalent to a theoretical conventional...

  • Spare us, automakers. They're removing trunk tires in more new car models

    Spare us, automakers. They're removing trunk tires in more new car models

    Nearly four in 10 new cars are sold without a most basic feature – the spare tire. A study by the American Automobile Assn., or AAA, found that 36% of 2015 models come with run-flat tires or tire inflation kits instead of a spare tire. That’s up from just 5% in 2006. “Flat tires are not a disappearing...

  • Does VW 'goodwill' payment clause prevent owners from suing?

    Does VW 'goodwill' payment clause prevent owners from suing?

    Volkswagen is offering $500 in cash and $500 in VW dealer credit to owners of its diesel cars, a first step in compensating them in the wake of a global emissions-test cheating scandal. The “goodwill package” is a stopgap measure while the automaker works on a way to fix the cars, which contain...

  • Mysterious electric car start-up in Gardena has ties to Chinese multibillionaire

    Mysterious electric car start-up in Gardena has ties to Chinese multibillionaire

    In an industrial corner of Gardena, near a credit union and pet cemetery, a small white sign in front of a metal building reads “Faraday Future,” with a number to call for deliveries.It's the only indication of the high-tech hive of activity inside, where a mysterious electric car start-up is taking...

  • Scandal puts dent in Volkswagen sales

    Scandal puts dent in Volkswagen sales

    A beleaguered Volkswagen employed deep discounts just to maintain flat sales in October — while the industry boomed, with a double-digit surge over last year.In the first full month since it admitted cheating on U.S. emissions tests for diesel cars, the automaker might have done worse. It has typically...

  • Automakers struggle to bring affordable diesel cars to U.S. market

    Automakers struggle to bring affordable diesel cars to U.S. market

    In hindsight, it's clear how Volkswagen, in the 2009 model year, seemed to have nailed the elusive formula for affordable, sporty diesel cars — when none of its competitors could crack the code. At the time, U.S. regulators had been tightening pollution controls on diesels and diesel fuel for years,...

  • Toyota shoves Volkswagen aside, takes global auto sales crown

    Toyota shoves Volkswagen aside, takes global auto sales crown

    Toyota Motor Corp. snatched the global auto sales lead back from Volkswagen Group in the third quarter. Through the first nine months of this year the Japanese automaker sold just under 7.5 million vehicles, making it the world’s largest car company. But Toyota backed into the sales crown. Its...

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