SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The first shipment of Fiat automobiles to San Diego -- the only arrival point for the brand on the West Coast -- arrived Thursday under a new three-year contract, according to port officials.
The 370 cars from the Italian automaker arrived on the vessel Demeter Leader at the 135-acre National City Marine Terminal, which is operated by Pasha Automotive Services. The vehicles are the four-door Model 500L type, which Fiat describes as an urban utility vehicle.
About 12,000 Fiats are set to be delivered this year to San Diego, according to the port. The deal ultimately calls for 40,000 Fiats to come to San Diego annually.
Once the cars are unloaded and processed, they'll be trucked to dealers around the western United States.
The port said the Demeter Leader was also carrying 1,700 Volkswagens.
Last year, about 330,000 vehicles were imported through the Port of San Diego and processed by Pasha Automotive Services, according to the port.
Pasha began its operations at the National City Marine Terminal in 1990 with a shipment of Isuzus. Since then, 5 million vehicles have gone through the facility.
Other makes handled by Pasha at the terminal include Honda, Acura, Audi, Mazda, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Kia.
A proposal by the company to increase operations at the terminal is currently working its way through the port's Board of Commissioners.
A San Diego police officer has been arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred in La Mesa on Tuesday, says La Mesa police.
The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to take the first step in calling for residents to conserve water on a voluntary basis following the third straight winter with below-average rainfall.
Testimony is set to resume Wednesday in a preliminary hearing for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping and illegally detaining women while on patrol last year.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of gunning down his ex-wife in their Lakeside home and then trying to commit suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.
A San Diego State student awoke to find a man rummaging through her apartment near campus early Wednesday, police said.
Three months after proposing a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in San Diego, City Council President Todd Gloria is scheduled Wednesday to release details of the plan, including an amount.
An 18-year-old student has been hospitalized and is undergoing a psychological evaluation after allegedly threatening her parents with a knife.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.