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New Executives at Top for Kia Motors

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company adviser.

Autobytel Brings ‘Digital Concierge’ to Scion Website

Has Stake in Firm That Developed Technology

Online car shopping does not have to be a solitary experience, according to folks at Autobytel Inc.

Apple Nears Samsung at Top of Broadcom’s List

Brisk iPhone, Phablet Sales Account for $1.4B

Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped push Apple Inc. last year to the cusp of overtaking Samsung Electronics Co. as Broadcom Corp.’s largest customer.

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New Execs for Kia

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine has named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company advisor.

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Toshiba Unit Sponsors Vegas Arena

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. signed on as the founding sponsor of the yet-to-be-completed $375 million Las Vegas Arena.

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Ambry Buys Software Company

Aliso Viejo-based Ambry Genetics Corp. acquired Delray Beach, Fla-based Progeny Software LLC for an undisclosed price.

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American Vanguard in Deal for European Business

American Vanguard Corp., a Newport Beach-based maker of specialty chemicals and agriculture products, has acquired the European insecticide business assets of Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd.

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Most OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace in March

All but one Orange County-based automaker beat the relatively flat national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Judge Approves Sale of Wet Seal

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi today in Delaware approved the sale of Wet Seal Inc. to private equity firm Mador Lending LLC.

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Irvine Printer Maker Names CEO

Industry veteran Werner Heid has been named chief executive of Irvine-based Printronix Inc.

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Taco Bell Japan to Open

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. has set an April 21 opening for its first restaurant in Japan under a franchising deal with Tokyo-based Asrapport Dining Co. Ltd., according to the Wall Street Journal.

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DOT Approves New JWA-Mexico Flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved Seattle-based Alaska Airlines to begin flights between Mexico and John Wayne Airport in October.

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CM Investor Buys EB-5 Regional Center

Costa Mesa-based real estate developer and private equity firm PDC Capital Group LLC has acquired ZGlobal Southern California EB-5 Investment Regional Center.

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PE Firm Backs Water Treatment Company

Anaheim Hills-based investment firm Metrix Capital Group LLC has provided an undisclosed amount of growth capital to Superior Water Technologies Inc. in Irvine.

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PacSun Results Up, Shares Down

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. beat analysts’ expectations for the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 31, before its stock fell about 2% to $2.82 and a market value of about $195 million in midday trading Thursday