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By Wheelbase Communications | May 7, 2008
If you were out to change the notions that diesel engines are smelly, noisy and slow — when they’re anything but — what would you do? If you were Audi, you would wedge a virtually smog-free 500-horsepower V12 turbo-diesel into one of the hottest sports cars on the road. A decade ago, the idea of splicing the DNA of a sports cars such as the R8 with a diesel engine (you might be thinking of a tug boat or a tour bus, here) would have flopped. Remember the smelly, noisy and slow part?
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By Rachel Terrazas | May 20, 2010
Newport Beach opened its first natural gas fueling station Wednesday. The $1-million facility at the General Services Corporation Yard, 592 Superior Ave., allows the city to power its fleet of vehicles with cleaner-burning compressed natural gas, officials said. The station, which will be open to the public and operate at all hours, was made possible through a partnership between Newport Beach and Clean Energy, an alternative energy transportation company. Newport Beach let Clean Energy build the gas station on city land, rent free.
NEWS
May 19, 2003
American Vanguard's profit streak hits 16th quarter Newport Beach-based American Vanguard Corp. posted record quarterly earnings Wednesday, logging a 44% increase in sales and 53% increase in income from a year ago. These results give American Vanguard its 16th consecutive profitable quarter. Net sales during the first quarter rose to $27.3 million from $19 million a year ago. Net income grew to $1.2 million, or 20 cents per share, from $799,000, or 13 cents per share, during the first quarter of 2002.
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November 9, 1999
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- The riverboat Angela Louise will be making her maiden voyage through Newport Harbor this evening as an electrically powered vessel. The boat is the first of its class to be approved for electric power, said Capt. Joseph Warren. The boat's power was switched to create a boating experience that is quieter for passengers and less harmful to the marine environment. The boat still has diesel engines available for use, Warren said, but they have been "relegated to a minute or two of use during each trip."
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By Wheelbase Communications | June 25, 2008
Hot off the press! Nissan’s Maxima goes diesel: The trend, my friends, is clear. Either go diesel (or something other than really expensive, low-fuel efficiency unleaded gasoline) or go home. It seems that Nissan is about to jump on the bandwagon. The Sleuth’s gumshoes report that the Japanese automaker is going to throw a diesel into the 2010 Maxima. It will only be available with an automatic to stay in line with North American preferences for non-manual transmissions.
NEWS
July 23, 2001
John Blaich Newport Harbor has seen its share of large yachts through the years. There was the Motor Ship Stranger at 230 feet; the Goodwill at 161 feet, the Pioneer at 172 feet; and the Steam Yacht Stranger at 175 feet. However, the largest yacht to ever enter Newport Harbor is the Motor Yacht Vida, at 234 feet. This large clipper-bowed diesel yacht considered Newport Harbor her home port from 1939 to 1942. Vida had a beam of 34 feet and a draft of 12 feet.
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December 27, 2002
John Blaich The motor yacht Vida, a large clipper-bowed diesel yacht, considered Newport Harbor her home port from 1939 to 1942. Vida was 234-feet long, with a beam of 34 feet and a draft of 12 feet. She was powered by two Winton diesel engines, each had 422-brake horsepower. With this power, she could cruise at 16 knots. Originally named Cambrioas, she was designed by Cox and Stevens of New York and built by Pussy and Jones of Wilmington, Del., in 1930.
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July 8, 2013
Newport Beach firefighters and officials from the Orange County Sheriff's Department cleaned up about 200 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked into Newport Bay between Adams and Cypress streets, officials said Monday. About 1:50 p.m. Friday, the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a fuel leak in the bay at the Petrosea fuel dock, 503 E. Edgewater Ave., according to the Fire Department. Authorities found that a supply line leading to the dock was leaking, and it was immediately shut off, according to the Fire Department.
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By Rachel Terrazas | May 20, 2010
Newport Beach opened its first natural gas fueling station Wednesday. The $1-million facility at the General Services Corporation Yard, 592 Superior Ave., allows the city to power its fleet of vehicles with cleaner-burning compressed natural gas, officials said. The station, which will be open to the public and operate at all hours, was made possible through a partnership between Newport Beach and Clean Energy, an alternative energy transportation company. Newport Beach let Clean Energy build the gas station on city land, rent free.
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By Candice Baker | October 30, 2009
The engine on the bus is green, green, green. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station opened this week. The station and 29 new buses that run on CNG were made possible through five grants from organizations like the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Air Resources Board, which the district has earned over the past four years. The fueling station at the district bus yard in Costa Mesa has 26 hoses, and was installed over the summer; it had its ribbon cutting Thursday.
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | September 11, 2008
Hot off the press! Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty to merge . . . but into what?: Although Chrysler has several wrinkles to iron out in its North American operations, eliminating product overlap is a key priority for the automaker. The privately owned company is moving to get its three brands — Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep — under one roof, which makes vehicles that are a bit too similar even more redundant now. The new direction will see more than a few models ride off into the sunset, the first of which will either be the Dodge Nitro or Jeep Liberty.
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | July 24, 2008
Hot off the press! Cobalt is out and the Cruze is in . . . but not just yet: The crunch of gasoline prices is forcing some automakers to really rethink what they are doing with their product portfolio. The Sleuth has learned that in 2010 that General Motors’ biggest division, Chevrolet, will replace its Cobalt small car with the Cruze, a car that will inherit GM’s new turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and will get at least 40 miles per gallon. The thinking is that GM wants to come out with a new name and product to really identify itself as a small-car leader.
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | June 11, 2008
Walter de’Silvia says it’s the most beautiful car he has ever designed. He should know all about that since he heads up styling department for Audi. And the gleaming blue A5 coupe sure looks like a sports car even if the eight LEDs lining the bottom of each headlight pod are a little over the top. It has two doors, a six-speed manual transmission and 19-inch wheels. The base engine is a stout gasoline V6 with 265 horsepower. There’s a V8-powered model, called the S5, with 100 more horsepower.
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | May 7, 2008
If you were out to change the notions that diesel engines are smelly, noisy and slow — when they’re anything but — what would you do? If you were Audi, you would wedge a virtually smog-free 500-horsepower V12 turbo-diesel into one of the hottest sports cars on the road. A decade ago, the idea of splicing the DNA of a sports cars such as the R8 with a diesel engine (you might be thinking of a tug boat or a tour bus, here) would have flopped. Remember the smelly, noisy and slow part?
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | February 27, 2008
Diesels are loud, smoky and they stink. Right? Wrong. Mercedes-Benz might have the answer to getting the average car buyer thinking much differently about the smog-inducing, black-smoke-puffing diesel era of the 1970s. It might even hold the key to a diesel revolution in North America. OK, maybe evolution. Bluetec, as Mercedes calls its new range of engines, is not your father’s diesel. In a very short time, the technology will find its way into more than just Mercedes vehicles.
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By JEFF MELNYCHUKWheelbase Communications | November 6, 2007
Hot rodding and Mother Nature traditionally mix like, well, oil and water. Carburetors, big engines and smog equipment built for 40-year-old laws are certainly out of step with modern times. Concerns over carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel costs are finally catching our attention . . . and the attention of the hot-rodding community. The recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nev., considered the tip of the sword when it comes to the latest trends in aftermarket parts and accessories, was all about technology to convert older vehicles to fuel injection and about swapping old engines for more efficient and technically proficient engines of today.
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