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

  • Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut

    Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut

    The next Toyota Prius will largely abandon the eco-chic egg shape of its previous three generations in favor of a more traditional sedan profile, spy shots of the new car revealed Friday. Toyota has worked hard to keep the next generation of its popular Prius hybrid under wraps, but its efforts...

  • Hyundai teases redesigned 2017 Elantra in advance of L.A. Auto Show

    Hyundai teases redesigned 2017 Elantra in advance of L.A. Auto Show

    Hyundai has released a glimpse of the next Elantra. The South Korean automaker is readying a new version of the compact car, its bestselling vehicle in the U.S., where it competes with other top sellers including the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The redesigned 2017 Elantra will be shown for...

  • Audi, Mercedes ready challenges to Tesla luxury electric car dominance

    Audi, Mercedes ready challenges to Tesla luxury electric car dominance

    Audi plans to challenge Tesla’s dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market when it introduces a sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt, Germany auto show next month. Called the Audi e-tron quattro, the sporty SUV concept auto will provide the first look at the luxury brand’s plans for fully...

  • VW's new Golf SportWagen diesel bucks conventional U.S. preferences

    VW's new Golf SportWagen diesel bucks conventional U.S. preferences

    In a U.S. auto market dominated by gasoline-powered trucks, SUVs, crossovers and family sedans, Volkswagen is taking a contrarian stand by introducing a new model of its diesel station wagon. Yet despite great reviews and near-hybrid fuel economy, slim sales of its Golf SportWagen TDI demonstrate...

  • TrueCar posts big 2nd-quarter loss; CEO Scott Painter to step down

    TrueCar posts big 2nd-quarter loss; CEO Scott Painter to step down

    Scott Painter, the often blunt founder and chief executive of TrueCar Inc., plans to step down as the company's head this year after a search is conducted for a successor.Painter has long been the public face of the Santa Monica company, which has roiled the car business by allowing consumers to...

  • Tesla cuts annual production forecast; second-quarter loss widens

    Tesla cuts annual production forecast; second-quarter loss widens

    Tesla Motors Inc.'s second-quarter loss nearly tripled as it invested in launching a sport utility vehicle, releasing new versions of its flagship Model S sports sedan and constructing a giant battery plant near Reno. The Palo Alto electric-car company said Wednesday that it lost $184 million in...

  • Tesla's push for tougher emission standards would boost its bottom line

    Tesla's push for tougher emission standards would boost its bottom line

    Tesla Motors Inc. is pushing for tougher auto-emission regulations even as major carmakers are launching initiatives to water down state and federal mandates to increase fuel economy and the number of zero emission vehicles on U.S. roads. At an industry conference in Michigan, representatives of...

  • Virtual used-car dealers gain traction

    Virtual used-car dealers gain traction

    A move from transit-rich New York to car-crazy Los Angeles prompted Manuela White to spend more than $17,000 on a used Toyota Corolla sight unseen with just a click on her laptop. White, 25, purchased her car from Beepi, which along with start-ups that include Carvana, Shift, Vroom and others is...

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