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Jerry Hirsch

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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

  • Tesla quality problems could signal challenges with Model X and Model 3

    Tesla quality problems could signal challenges with Model X and Model 3

    Consumer Reports withdrew its recommendation for the Tesla Model S — a car the magazine previously raved about — because of poor reliability for the $100,000 electric sport sedan. The turnabout comes after the influential consumer magazine handed the luxury car a “worse-than-average” rating in...

  • VW's North America business chief resigns just weeks after taking job

    VW's North America business chief resigns just weeks after taking job

    The veteran executive tapped to take charge of Volkswagen's North American operations quit Wednesday just weeks after taking the post — the latest sign of an accelerating downward spiral for the world's largest automaker.VW, embroiled in a global scandal over emissions-test cheating, promoted Winfried...

  • The tax loophole that can save you big bucks off a Tesla Model X

    The tax loophole that can save you big bucks off a Tesla Model X

    Elon Musk and Tesla Motors, masterful at mining state and federal tax incentives, may have lucked into a tax loophole. The company's new $100,000-plus Model X electric SUV qualifies for a $25,000 federal tax deduction. That's on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $2,500 California rebate...

  • Lawsuit seeks Volkswagen buyback of emissions-cheating diesels in California

    Lawsuit seeks Volkswagen buyback of emissions-cheating diesels in California

    California owners of Volkswagen diesel cars caught up in the emissions-test rigging scandal might have a shot at getting the German automaker to buy back the vehicles. A Seattle law firm filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen in Los Angeles federal court Monday demanding an immediate buyback...

  • Tesla Motors investors turn bearish as stock slumps

    Tesla Motors investors turn bearish as stock slumps

    Some investors are souring on Tesla Motors, long one of the favorite stocks on Wall Street. Shares of the Palo Alto electric car company have dropped 22% from their three-month high of $282.26 on July 20 to close Friday at $222.69. In trading Monday morning, Telsa shares sliped another 1% to $218.50....

  • VW exec blames 'a couple of' rogue engineers for emissions scandal

    VW exec blames 'a couple of' rogue engineers for emissions scandal

    A top Volkswagen executive on Thursday blamed a handful of rogue software engineers for the company's emissions-test cheating scandal and told outraged lawmakers that it would take years to fix most of the nearly half million vehicles affected in the U.S. "This was a couple of software engineers...

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