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Alfa Romeo concept marks Disco Volante's 60th year

(Alfa Romeo) Alfa Romeo Disco Volante To mark the 60th birthday of its 1900 C52 Disco Volante, Alfa Romeo turned to Italian sports-car designer and manufacturer Touring Superleggera to create...

September 19, 2014

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Safety checks for child seats; 3 sinkhole Corvettes to get fix

(Thinkstock) Safety group offers car-seat inspections Tomorrow is National Seat Check Saturday, but parents can jump ahead by getting a child-seat inspection today from noon to 3 p.m. at Costco,...

September 19, 2014

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Tailgate theft rising; Petersen museum plans remodel

Thieves are increasingly targeting tailgates, such as this one on a Ford F-150. (Ford) Tailgate theft is rising, says insurance group The insurance industry is warning pickup drivers to watch...

September 14, 2014

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Concept celebrates 100 years of Aston Martin

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin CC100 Created as a celebration of the automaker's centennial, this concept was showcased at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. It has the latest V-12...

September 12, 2014

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Year's best by Motorcycle.com; cost of driving in Washington

(KTM) KTM is best of 2014, says Motorcycle.com Motorcycle.com named these bikes as the winners in its 2014 rankings of the best motorcycles of the year. Motorcycle of the Year:...

September 12, 2014

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Fall RV show comes to CenturyLink; August's top sellers

(File photo) Fall RV show to fill CenturyLink for 4 days Hundreds of new RVs will be on display for the Seattle Fall RV Show, coming to CenturyLink Field Event...

September 7, 2014

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BMW Vision Future is a luxury concept

(BMW) BMW Vision Future Luxury This concept debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last month. Its interior features extensive use of carbon fiber, as well as wood and leather...

September 5, 2014

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The 10 most stolen last year; Corvette Museum to fill sinkhole

(Honda) The 10 vehicles most targeted for theft in '13 The latest Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says these are the 10 vehicles most reported stolen...

September 5, 2014

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4 automakers invest in plants; Honda upgrades Fit bumper

Toyota plans to expand production of its Highlander SUV. (Toyota) 4 automakers reveal big plant changes A variety of automakers announced major moves and investments recently: Ford has closed its...

August 31, 2014

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Tacoma Carfest is 3 days; McConaughey in ads for Lincoln MKC

Tacoma Carfest offers 3 days of cars, music Muscle cars, low riders, classics and modified imports will be among the vehicles on display during the Tacoma Carfest, Saturday through Monday....

August 29, 2014

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Renovo works 4 years in 'stealth mode' for concept

(Renovo) Renovo Coupe Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month, this concept is by Renovo. The Campbell, Calif.-based company says it's been operating in "stealth mode" for the...

August 29, 2014

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10 comfy cars under $30K; site checks recall fixes

(General Motors) KBB names comfy cars below $30K Kelley Blue Book chose these as the 10 Most Comfortable New Cars Under $30,000. All are model year 2014, unless noted otherwise....

August 24, 2014

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Concept car: Toyota takes another look at FT-1

(Toyota) Toyota FT-1 Toyota updated the interior styling and exterior color for this second interpretation of the FT-1 concept. It debuted last week during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....

August 22, 2014

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Best car of Pebble Beach comes from Medina

(Reg Regalado / Monterey (Calif.) Herald) Medina Ferrari is the best of Pebble Beach The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance wrapped up last week in California. Among the highlights: Best of...

August 22, 2014

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Survey: It's road-trip time; half of Gen Y shops by smartphone

(Thinkstock) Thinking of a road trip? You're not alone August is a hot time for a road trip. Forty percent of drivers plan to take a road trip before Labor...

August 17, 2014

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Three British brands show off new cars at Pebble Beach

(Aston Martin) Debuts at Pebble Beach Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover are debuting all-new vehicles during Monterey Car Week, which leads up to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in...

August 15, 2014

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Concept car: McLaren unveils P1 at Pebble Beach

(McLaren) McLaren P1 GTR The British automaker is unveiling this plug-in hybrid sports car concept today as part of the festivities for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It's a track-focused...

August 15, 2014

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KBB's picks for back-to-school cars; Acura releases a punk pitch for TLX

(Nissan) KBB names 10 best cars for back to school Kelley Blue Book picked the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars. All are model year 2014, unless otherwise noted, and start below...

August 15, 2014

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The 10 best-selling cars in July; Gen Y buys more cars than Gen X

(Toyota) The top-selling cars and trucks last month The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in July, with June's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 63,240 (1) 2. Chevrolet...

August 10, 2014

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Concept car: Design students create Hyundai sports car

(Hyundai) Hyundai PassoCorto Sixteen students at the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Turin, Italy, helped design this concept in collaboration with Hyundai. The full-scale model debuted at the Geneva auto...

August 8, 2014

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Car ads score during World Cup; decals offer safety warning for kids

A TV commercial for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI features Argentinian sports commentator Andres Cantor teaching his son how to drive. (Volkswagen) Car ads during World Cup kick up interest...

August 3, 2014

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Concept car: Renault Kwid equipped with drone

(Renault) Renault Kwid An international team designed this concept, which debuted at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, for Renault Design India. Its oversized wheels give it the look of...

August 1, 2014

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Convertible buyers have money and smarts; BMW touts i8 in D.C.

(Thinkstock) Convertible buyers richer, more educated Convertible car buyers tend to be affluent and educated, according to Experian Automotive, an industry research company. Experian looked at convertible buyers during the...

August 1, 2014

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Hyundai, Porsche have top APEAL; GM gives educators a discount

Hyundai and Porsche lead APEAL Study Hyundai is the top-ranked non-premium brand in J.D. Power and Associates 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Porsche, the highest-ranked nameplate in...

July 27, 2014

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Concept car: Jeep Wrangler gets luxury touches

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Introduced at the Beijing auto show in April, this concept is a luxury version of the iconic Jeep Wrangler. It has linear LED lighting on the...

July 25, 2014

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Goodguys show fills fairgrounds for 3 days; Mercedes links up with LinkedIn

(Linda Hughes / NWautos) Goodguys show fills fairgrounds with cars More than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars will fill the Puyallup fairgrounds today through Sunday for the...

July 25, 2014

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SUV/CUV sales overtake sedans for first time; teens' cars often less safe

(Nissan) A first: SUV and CUV sales overtake sedans For the first time, SUVs and crossovers have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according...

July 20, 2014

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See about 1,000 Mustangs at Bellevue College; VW to make SUV

(Ford) Mustangs fill 2 days at Bellevue College Ford Mustangs will take center stage this weekend during the Mustang Roundup and All-Ford Picnic at Bellevue College. On Saturday, a free...

July 18, 2014

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AAA's top NW road trips; top fun cars for CEOs

AAA's picks for top Northwest road trips In the thick of road-trip season, here are AAA Washington's top picks for Northwest drives and destinations notable for their scenery and attractions....

July 13, 2014

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Concept car: Mini Superleggera Vision is a team effort

(BMW) Mini Superleggera Vision Mini has teamed with Italian sports-car design company Touring Superleggera to create this concept. It debuted at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Italy in...

July 11, 2014

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Harley holds grand opening in Renton; BMW to add Mexico plant

(Harley-Davidson) Harley grand opening offers music, barbecue Lawless Harley-Davidson is going big for its grand opening, today through Sunday. The former home of Downtown Harley-Davidson in Renton will offer three...

July 11, 2014

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Apple's CarPlay reach grows; top 10 cars for June sales

(Volvo) Nine more brands will support Apple CarPlay CarPlay, Apple's vehicle in-dash entertainment system, will be supported by nine more auto brands, says the tech company. Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep,...

July 6, 2014

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Concept car: Aston Martin designs for 'Gran Turismo 6'

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin Design Prototype 100 Vision Gran Turismo The design team at Aston Martin spent six months creating this virtual car, which will be available for download in...

July 4, 2014

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Ten cool cars below $18K; Daimler, Renault-Nissan unite for Mexico plant

(Kia) KBB picks the coolest cars for less than $18K They're fun to drive, according to Kelley Blue Book, which picked these as the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000...

July 4, 2014

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Harley electic bike is on tour; USB port a top tech 'must'

Riders cross the Manhattan Bridge in New York during the first stop of the Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire Experience. (Harley-Davidson) Harley tour introduces electric motorcycle Harley-Davidson is introducing its Project LiveWire...

June 29, 2014

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Concept car: Nissan 2020 Vision game for 'Gran Turismo'

(Nissan) Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Nissan Design Europe collaborated with "Gran Turismo" creators to develop this virtual car as a vision of what a high-performance Nissan could...

June 27, 2014

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Audi scoreboard made for soccer; motorcycle thefts drop, but not for Harley

(Audi) Audi kicks up soccer fun with scoreboard Soccer fans in New York can look to Audi-car headlights to learn the scores of World Cup games. The automaker placed 28...

June 27, 2014

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The 10 most-stolen SUVs; Honda advertising changes channel to music

(Ford) Ford leads the list of most-stolen SUVs and CUVs The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently reported these 10 vehicles as the most-stolen SUVs and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) for...

June 22, 2014

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Concept car: Ford explores lightweighting

(Ford) Ford Lightweight Concept As part of the automaker's research to reduce the weight of its vehicles for better fuel efficiency, Ford created this concept. It's a 2013 Fusion made...

June 20, 2014

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Arts cars part of show-packed weekend; Lincoln, GMC brands satisfy

The Phone Car, built on a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle chassis, will be among the art cars on display this weekend. (Courtesy of Seattle Art Car Blowout) Art cars are part...

June 20, 2014

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It may be safer to let car think for you; insurers may look to your credit score

Lane-departure-warning systems, as on the Volvo XC60, can prevent crashes. (Volvo) Studies: Robots may be safer drivers Two studies by researchers at Virginia Tech suggest that cars that automate some...

June 15, 2014

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LeMay shows 'Masters of Mustang'; first EarthCruiser export

(Ford) 'Masters of Mustang' show opens at LeMay To mark the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, LeMay — America's Car Museum is presenting the show "Masters of Mustang" from...

June 13, 2014

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Concept car: Volvo Estate looks forward — and backward

(Volvo) Volvo Concept Estate Volvo introduced this two-door station wagon at the Geneva auto show in March to show its ideas for future design. A tablet-like touch screen in the...

June 13, 2014

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Mecum to hold auction at CenturyLink; 10 best family cars

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible will be among the cars up for auction. (Courtesy of Mecum Auctions) Mecum to auction hundreds of cars at CenturyLink Mecum Auctions expects to...

June 8, 2014

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Concept car: Maserati marks 100th anniversry with Alfieri

(Maserati) Maserati Alfieri As part of the automaker's celebration of its 100-year anniversary, Maserati unveiled this V-8 coupe at the Geneva auto show in March. The car is named after...

June 6, 2014

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May's top sellers; what Washingtonians pay for insurance

(Honda) The top-selling cars and trucks last month The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in May, with April's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 68,520 (1) 2. Toyota...

June 6, 2014

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KBB: 10 affordable SUVs; Ford to share inflatable seat belt tech

(General Motors) Jeep in top 2 spots of most affordable SUVs Kelley Blue Book picked these 2014 vehicles as the 10 Most Affordable SUVs based on their Fair Purchase Price,...

June 1, 2014

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Concept car: Hazumi hints at next Mazda2

(Mazda) Mazda Hazumi The name of this subcompact concept means "bound" or "spring up" in Japanese. The car, meant to convey the image of an untamed animal leaping, debuted at...

May 30, 2014

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Recalls don't hurt resale value; 'the other guy' is aggressive driver

The recalled 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt hasn't seen a significant price drop. (General Motors) Recalled cars tend to hold resale value Used-car shoppers hoping to score a deal on one of...

May 30, 2014

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Supercar maker plans plant in state; share Route 66 stories

(SSC North America) Supercar maker SSC to open plant in state A state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is back on track for supercar maker SSC North America. Company founder Jerod Shelby says...

May 25, 2014

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Concept car: Jeep modified for Moab

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance This concept, designed for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-road trail rides in Utah last month, features a Mopar Blue exterior. Its off-road capabilities are...

May 23, 2014

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Holiday travel expected to rise; test drive at Emerald Downs

(Thinkstock) More will be hitting the road for holiday AAA Travel estimates that 36.1 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day holiday weekend. That's...

May 23, 2014

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AAA: Cost to drive down this year; museum may keep sinkhole

(Thinkstock) Cost to drive is down this year, AAA says It's less expensive to drive this year than last year, according to AAA's annual Your Driving Costs study. The cost...

May 18, 2014

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Concept car: Nissan redefines sedan with Lannia

(Nissan) Nissan Lannia Nissan featured this sedan concept at the Beijing auto show last month. It has signature trademarks of the company's next-generation design, including a V-motion grille, boomerang headlamps...

May 16, 2014

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Jeep named top for NW; Toyota ends Tesla deal for fuel-cell future

(Chrysler) Cherokee named top pick for NW driving More than 20 auto journalists from the Northwest Automotive Press Association tested 23 vehicles during the recent two-day Mudfest competition at Snoqualmie's...

May 16, 2014

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Driverless-car site gets support; a third buy after 1 test drive

(University of Michigan via The Associated Press) Automakers join in for driverless-car test site General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan to establish a testing site...

May 11, 2014

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Concept car: Ford Edge will do the parking for you

(Ford) Ford Edge Concept Featuring technologies under development, this concept points to future options from Ford. The SUV, displayed at the recent New York auto show, has a fully assisted...

May 9, 2014

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The 10 best used cars; Chrysler plans new compact and SUV

(Honda) Honda Civic tops list of 10 best used cars Kelley Blue Book picked these 2004-or-newer vehicles as the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000: 1. 2007 Honda Civic (shown)...

May 9, 2014

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Wal-Mart partners with insurance site; top sellers for April

(The Associated Press) Wal-Mart to market auto-insurance site Wal-Mart is bringing one-stop shopping to another area: auto insurance. The retailer has teamed up with AutoInsurance .com to promote the site...

May 4, 2014

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Three Jeeps to be made in China; insurance-switch savings average $300

(The Associated Press) Three new Jeeps to be built in China next year Fiat and Chrysler recently announced that they plan to build three new Jeep models in China for...

May 2, 2014

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Concept car: VW Golf SportWagen to replace Jetta version

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Golf SportWagen This all-wheel-drive, TDI clean-diesel version of the SportWagen debuted at the recent New York auto show as a preview of the redesigned SportWagen coming early next...

May 2, 2014

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First Teslas delivered in China; 'Need for Speed' Mustang sells for $300K

A worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before it's delivered to a customer in China. (Ng Han Guan / The Associated Press) Tesla delivers first Model S cars to...

April 27, 2014

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Concept car: Land Rover ride a preview of Discovery line

(The Associated Press) Land Rover Discovery Vision As an introduction to its future line of Discovery vehicles, Land Rover debuted this concept at the New York International Auto Show this...

April 25, 2014

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Ford to sell Lincolns in China; KBB names Brand Image winners

(The Associated Press) Ford to introduce Lincolns in China Ford says it will sell its luxury Lincoln line in China for the first time this year when it opens eight...

April 25, 2014

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Noteworthy cars from the New York auto show

The Acura TLX has a sharper look. (The Associated Press) Notable rides at the New York auto show Here are some of the noteworthy vehicles that debuted this week at...

April 20, 2014

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Concept car: Bentley introduces hybrid

(Bentley) Bentley Hybrid Concept Based on the Bentley Mulsanne, this concept will debut at the Beijing auto show on Sunday. It's a plug-in hybrid capable of going 31 miles on...

April 18, 2014

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Toyota debuts redesigned Camry; 10 great auto interiors

(The Associated Press) Toyota introduces sportier Camry design Toyota revealed its redesigned 2015 Camry (shown) at the New York auto show this week, saying that it changed every exterior piece...

April 18, 2014

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Automobile Magazine favorites; Toyota reworks gas engine for efficiency

(Honda) Automobile Magazine names its favorites Automobile Magazine named its 10 All-Stars for 2014. These are the favorite vehicles of the editorial staff, in alphabetical order: • Audi A7/S7/RS 7...

April 13, 2014

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Concept car: Ford Everest a hit in Bangkok

(Ford) Ford Everest This concept made its debut last week at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Its headlamps are swept back for an aerodynamic look, and it features high ground...

April 11, 2014

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Auto events come to Spring Fair; businesses can lease Teslas

(Courtesy of Washington State Fair Events Center) Monster trucks, demo derbys at Spring Fair Demolition derbys (shown) and a monster truck show are among the automotive events coming to the...

April 11, 2014

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Small violations can hike insurance, too; top fuel-efficient trucks

(Thinkstock) Even small violations raise insurance rates A new report from InsuranceQuotes.com says even minor traffic violations can cause significant auto-insurance rate increases. Of seven moving violations examined, the rate-comparison...

April 6, 2014

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Concept car: Sport Sedan shows off Nissan's design direction

(Nissan) Nissan Sport Sedan A low roofline and boomerang-shaped headlights of this sedan reflect Nissan's future design direction. The car made its world debut at the Detroit auto show in...

April 4, 2014

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Most mistakenly believe hands-free devices safer; top sellers for March

(Thinkstock) Think hands-free is safer? You're wrong A public opinion poll conducted by the National Safety Council says 80 percent of drivers incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than...

April 4, 2014

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Trucks that lead in retained value; singing is top non-driving activity

(Land Rover) NADA report: Best '11 trucks to hold value The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is the leading truck or SUV to retain its value after three years, says a March...

March 30, 2014

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Concept car: A look forward at Subaru Legacy

(Subaru) Subaru Legacy Marking the 25th anniversary of the Legacy, Subaru introduced a concept version at the L.A. auto show in November. The concept features a more distinctive front design,...

March 28, 2014

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Cold, heat shorten EV battery range; RV maker adds workers to meet demand

(Ford) Temperature affects range of EV batteries Testing by auto club AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the...

March 28, 2014

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Theme for Movie Night: Karting; Lexus, Mazda have lowest cost of ownership

(Racing Dreams) Thursday Movie Night features karting theme Karting documentary "Racing Dreams" will show Thursday during Club Auto Kirkland's Movie Night. Kart racing is the theme for the evening, which...

March 23, 2014

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Concept car: Toyota i-Road a 3-wheel innovation

(Toyota) Toyota i-Road A blend of car and motorcycle, the three-wheel i-Road is all electric and made for two. Toyota showcased it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It...

March 21, 2014

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Tesla on top in Consumer Reports issue; rear cameras safer than sensors

(Tesla) Consumer Reports picks Tesla as top car The Tesla Model S (shown) is the top-scoring car for 2014 in Consumer Reports' annual auto issue, on sale now. The car...

March 21, 2014

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NADA: These cars hold value; Jeep ups Cherokee, Wrangler production

(Subaru) NADA report: Best '11 cars to hold value The 2011 Subaru Impreza (shown) is the leading vehicle to retain its value after three years, says a February report on...

March 16, 2014

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Concept car: Volkswagen T-Roc has open-air option

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen T-Roc Removable roof panels give this two-door "compact SUV" an open-air option. The vehicle made its world debut at the Geneva auto show, which continues through Sunday. It...

March 14, 2014

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Automakers among Customer Champions; Subaru to make Impreza in Indiana

Customer Champions include 4 auto brands Four automakers — Cadillac (logo shown), Jaguar, Lexus and Lincoln — are among 50 companies noted for their outstanding customer service on the...

March 14, 2014

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Three of 8 Corvettes pulled from sinkhole; the coolest cars under $25K

The first Corvette pulled from the sinkhole, a 2009 ZR1, emerges with only a coating of dust and dirt. (The Associated Press) First three Corvettes pulled from sinkhole Like a...

March 9, 2014

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Concept car: Lexus coupe meets racing standards

(Toyota) Lexus RC F GT3 Offering 540 horsepower, this racing concept debuted this week at the Geneva auto show. The car is based on the Lexus RC F performance coupe...

March 7, 2014

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Small cars star at Geneva show; 10 top-selling cars for February

(The Associated Press) Small cars play a big role at Geneva show Dozens of cars debuted this week at the Geneva auto show, including a large number of small models....

March 6, 2014

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Subaru nabs half of KBB's top 10 AWD list; insurance rates high in March

(Subaru) Subaru dominates list of top 10 AWD Kelley Blue Book has chosen the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Cars & SUVs Under $25,000. The picks for model-year 2014 vehicles: 1. Subaru...

March 2, 2014

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Concept car: GT4 Stinger shows sporty side of Kia

(Kia) Kia GT4 Stinger Transparent A-pillars give drivers a 270-degree view in this sports car, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The rear-drive four seater has a...

February 28, 2014

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Ford to freshen look, engine of Focus; museum to display damaged Corvettes

(Ford) Ford to update Focus engine and looks Ford is giving its Focus compact car (shown) a more fuel-efficient engine for 2015 and a small face-lift, including a restyled hood...

February 28, 2014

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KBB: The 12 best cars for families; accident rates fall for older drivers

(Ford) KBB taps families for roundup of best cars Kelley Blue Book editors got input from families to help pick the dozen cars on its Best Family Cars of 2014...

February 23, 2014

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Chevrolet to restore sinkhole Corvettes; SRT Viper now 'collectible'

(The Associated Press) Chevrolet to restore Corvettes in sinkhole What Mother Earth devoured, Chevrolet plans to resurrect. The carmaker says it will oversee restoration of the classic cars swallowed by...

February 21, 2014

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Concept car: Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge has Formula 1 accents

(Infiniti) Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Formula 1-inspired touches accent this concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. Infiniti collaborated with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team to...

February 21, 2014

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'MotorWeek': Drivers' Choice winners; Lexus tops dependability study

(General Motors) 'MotorWeek' honors Corvette Stingray TV show "MotorWeek" named the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (shown) the Best of the Year in its 2014 Drivers' Choice Awards, recently announced at the...

February 16, 2014

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Concept car: Kia Niro can record views on all sides

(Kia) Kia Niro Butterfly doors add glamour to this hybrid-electric car. The vehicle made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show, which continues through Monday. Front, side, interior and...

February 14, 2014

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Survey: Brands with best image; motorcycle show starts today

(Toyota) Car brands with best image among public Toyota was the leading brand in Consumer Reports' 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey. The annual survey weighs seven factors of importance to consumers:...

February 14, 2014

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Find and fix auto leaks in free class; the best days to buy gas

(Thinkstock) Free classes teach how to find, fix leaks Four free classes at South Seattle Community College will help motorists check for auto leaks and learn how to fix them...

February 9, 2014

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Concept car: Audi offers a bright future with laser headlights

(Audi) Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight This plug-in hybrid made its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Its laser headlights are three times as bright and beam twice...

February 7, 2014

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Ford plans $80M investment in truck plant; the 10 top-sellers of January

(Ford) Ford to invest $80M to make more trucks Ford plans to invest $80 million in its Louisville, Ky., truck plant (shown) to make more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The...

February 7, 2014

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Toyota tops global sales; Subaru showcases hybrid at Seattle garden show

(The Associated Press) Toyota leads sales for second year in a row Toyota remained the world's top-selling automaker for a second year in a row in 2013 and set an...

February 2, 2014

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Concept car: VW gives ruggedness to Beetle Dune

(The Associated Press) Volkswagen Beetle Dune Volkswagen bills this concept as a 21st century version of the Baja Bug, a modified Beetle, popular in the 1960s, that can handle off-road...

January 31, 2014

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Plenty of automakers tackle Super Bowl ads

Toyota will advertise the Highlander in its Muppet-themed Super Bowl commercial. (Toyota) Automakers prep for Super Bowl response This year's Super Bowl will be the fourth in a row with...

January 31, 2014

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Feds push to boost car seat test standards; NADA predicts strong 2014 sales

(Thinkstock) Feds want side-crash test for child car seats The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking a new rule that requires child car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of...

January 26, 2014

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Concept car: Toyota FT-1 wows at Detroit auto show

(The Associated Press) Toyota FT-1 The "FT" stands for "Future Toyota" and the number represents "the ultimate" in this concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show. Technical details of...

January 24, 2014

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Ford to try Fiesta sales in Japan again; KBB's picks for best SUVs

(Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press) Ford to give its Fiesta another try in Japan Ford's Fiesta compact (shown) is returning to Japan despite failing a decade ago. Ford has...

January 24, 2014

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A look at performance cars from Detroit show

Clockwise from top left: Volkswagen's Golf R all-wheel-drive car promises zero-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds; the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 has a supercharged V-8 engine that delivers 625 horsepower; the...

January 19, 2014

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Concept car: Gas-powered VW Passat gets 42 mpg

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion It's not a hybrid, but this sedan gets 42 mpg. Volkswagen is showcasing its fuel-efficiency star at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public...

January 17, 2014

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GM wins Detroit show awards; college plans driverless-car test track

(The Associated Press) GM wins car, truck of the year in Detroit The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (shown) won the North American Car of the Year award at the Detroit auto...

January 17, 2014

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Dialing while driving is top distraction; Elio moving into old GM plant

(Thinkstock) Leading distraction: Dialing while driving The next time you're tempted to make a phone call while you're behind the wheel, remember this: Dialing while driving increases the risk of...

January 12, 2014

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Concept car: Ford debuts solar-powered C-Max at CES

(Ford) Ford C-Max Solar Energi Ford unveiled its solar-powered concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. The C-Max Solar Energi uses a gasoline engine combined with...

January 10, 2014

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LeMay exhibit showcases Volkswagens; top sellers for December

(Sean Maynard / Volkswagen of America) LeMay kicks off Volkswagen exhibit Fanciful and classic Volkswagens roll into LeMay — America's Car Museum for the exhibit "VeeDub: Bohemian Beauties" from Saturday...

January 10, 2014

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Best of What's New: Popular Science reveals automotive winners

Popular Science picks best auto innovations What were the best innovations in the automotive world last year? Popular Science magazine picked these for its "Best of What's New" roundup. Chevrolet...

January 5, 2014

Concept car: Mercedes SUV powers up on four cyclinders

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG This SUV from Mercedes manages to generate 355 horsepower on four cylinders. The vehicle, which debuted at the L.A. Auto Show in November, also zips...

January 3, 2014

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Washington drivers: 13th best in U.S.; Audi to invest $30B through 2018

(Thinkstock) Washington drivers rank 13th best in U.S. Washington drivers aren't as good as our Oregon neighbors, but we certainly aren't among the worst drivers in the country. That distinction...

January 3, 2014

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Kent man passes 100,000 miles in Leaf; a warning about filing claims

Gov. Jay Inslee, right, congratulates Nissan Leaf driver Steve Marsh for his milestone. (Nissan) Kent driver noted for 100,000 miles in Leaf Steve Marsh, of Kent, hit 100,000 miles on...

December 29, 2013

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Concept car: Volvo Coupe the next direction for carmaker

(Volvo) Volvo Concept Coupé The Coupé is the first in a series of three concepts that demonstrate the new design direction of Volvo Cars. The hybrid, which debuted at the...

December 27, 2013

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Ford achives heading online; Seinfeld, Acura team for ads on Web series

(The Associated Press) Ford digitizes archives for online museum Ford and the Henry Ford museum are digitizing their historical documents, photos, video and other items so they can be shared...

December 27, 2013

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Most NW drivers say they're OK on ice; Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2014

Poll: NW drivers have icy-road confidence Four out of five Northwest drivers consider themselves on par with or more skilled than their peers at navigating icy roads, according to a...

December 22, 2013

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Concept car: Corvette Stingray loaded with carbon fiber

(General Motors) Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific Carbon fiber is inside and out in this concept that debuted at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in November. The exterior's carbon fiber...

December 20, 2013

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A state first: Olympia joins lease deal for electrics; GM plans $1.3B upgrades

(Nissan) Olympia adds Nissan Leafs to its city fleet Olympia is the first city in the state to join a lease program that will bring more electric vehicles to the...

December 20, 2013

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BMW considers more N. America production; tips to avoid odometer fraud

(BMW) BMW weighing engine plant in N. America BMW is considering building engines in North America for the first time and expanding vehicle production in the region to capitalize on...

December 15, 2013

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Concept car: Nissan Sentra Nismo ready to race

(Nissan) Nissan Sentra Nismo It may be built on the foundation of the Nissan Sentra, but this concept has a race-inspired exterior and enhanced aerodynamics, suspension, transmission and motorsports-style cockpit....

December 13, 2013

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LeMay's Family Zone has grand opening; loans grow as interest rates drop

(LeMay) LeMay to hold Family Zone grand opening Kids and kids at heart can have hands-on automotive fun during the Family Zone grand opening Saturday at LeMay — America's Car...

December 13, 2013

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Older drivers can find a car match at AAA site; November's top sellers

(Thinstock) AAA: 'Smart' features help older drivers Adjustable seats, keyless entry, thick steering wheels and displays with contrasting text are among the features helpful to older drivers, according to AAA....

December 8, 2013

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Concept car: VW's Twin Up! a high-mpg hybrid

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Twin Up! Volkswagen says this plug-in hybrid gets 214 mpg. That's in part because of the drive system it shares with VW's other mileage superstar, the XL1, which...

December 6, 2013

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The tech car shoppers want; Volvo to test self-driving cars

(Toyota) Touch screens a tech desire for buyers Among those planning to buy a new car in the next year, 42 percent want one with a touch screen, according to...

December 6, 2013

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Moses Lake plant adds to carbon-fiber plans; VW to invest $114 billion

(BMW) Moses Lake plant ups carbon-fiber plans The BMW/SGL Group manufacturing plant in Moses Lake will be able to produce twice as much raw carbon fiber as it does now...

December 1, 2013

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Concept car: Honda shows fuel-cell car at L.A. Auto Show

(Honda) Honda FCEV A hint of the fuel-cell future for Honda, this concept made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, continuing through Sunday. With the fuel-cell powertrain...

November 29, 2013

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Hyundai ups plant efficiency through robots; top resale picks from KBB

(Hyundai) Hyundai ups robotic efficiency in Alabama Hyundai has invested $7 million in an Alabama plant that manufactures two of the automaker's most popular vehicles, the Elantra (shown) and Sonata...

November 29, 2013

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Lexus debuts CT 200h in China; fewer expected on roads during holiday

(The Associated Press) Lexus saves CT 200h debut for China show While a flurry of new car models are being paraded this week at auto shows in Los Angeles and...

November 24, 2013

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Concept car: Jeff Gordon behind Chevy SS design

(General Motors) Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon had a hand in the design of this Chevrolet concept, which debuted this month at the Specialty Equipment Market...

November 22, 2013

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Road & Track picks 'Best Cars'; auto loans on a 7-year high

(General Motors) Road & Track names 'Best Cars' for 2014 Road & Track has released its first "Best Cars" list, detailed in the December/January issue on newsstands now. The winners...

November 22, 2013

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Mazda6 the Popular Mechanics pick; most don't know electrics' advantages

(Mazda) Mazda6 top pick by Popular Mechanics Popular Mechanics magazine named the 2014 Mazda6 (shown) "Car of the Year." The award is based on affordability, utility, fuel efficiency, performance, innovation...

November 17, 2013

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Concept car: Highlander fully 'Tanked'

(Toyota) SpongeBob Toyota Highlander: 'Tanked' Edition The back-seat passengers of this 2014 Highlander are meant to be of the aquatic kind, swimming in an 800-gallon tank behind the two front...

November 15, 2013

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A boost for booster seats; most don't use insurance monitoring option

(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Majority of booster seats earn 'best bet' More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from...

November 15, 2013

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Number of vehicles rises to 2008 level; Dubai police show off Brabus

(Thinkstock) Number of vehicles on the road is on the rise If it seems like there are more fellow drivers lately, that's because there were 247.9 million cars and light...

November 10, 2013

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Concept car: Ford S-Max lets drivers follow their heart

(Ford) Ford S-Max The driver's seat doubles as a heart-rate monitor in this concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Another high-tech advance in the "sport activity...

November 8, 2013

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'Anchorman' ads push Durango forward; the 10 top-sellers in October

(Chrysler) 'Anchorman' ads drive Durango sales Ron Burgundy has turned out to be quite the salesman. The fictional character played by actor Will Ferrell in the movie "Anchorman" has starred...

November 8, 2013

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Two added to Motorcycle Hall of Fame; Duke's Caddy ready for auction

Motorcycle Hall of Fame adds 2 racers Racers Mike Sullivan (shown) and Buck Murphy will be inducted into the Washington State Motorcycle Hall of Fame today at Emerald Downs in...

November 3, 2013

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Eight states back zero-emission goal; Toyota in No. 1 sales spot

(Nissan) Eight states unite for zero-emission goal The governors in eight states have signed a pledge to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roadways by 2025 in an effort...

November 1, 2013

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Concept car: Jaguar's Project 7 hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds

(Jaguar) Jaguar Project 7 The Jaguar director of design led the creation of this concept, based on the 2014 Jaguar F-Type. It debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in...

November 1, 2013

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Dealers, mobile websites matter to shoppers; Ford ups F-Series choices

(Thinkstock) Edmunds to dealers: Mind mobile future Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing the way consumers shop for their vehicles, making it critical for dealers to invest...

October 27, 2013

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Concept car: Lexus LF-NX crossover makes the most of small size

(Toyota) Lexus LF-NX This crossover hybrid concept that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September is an example of a smaller crossover for Lexus. It's finished in Brushed Metal...

October 25, 2013

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Survey looks at who's likely to buy an electric; Esquire's top car picks

(Honda) Survey gauges buyer demand for electrics A survey of consumers' interest in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) says 6.9 percent of shoppers are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to purchase...

October 25, 2013

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Men downplay texting, driving danger; Lincoln's days in China near

(Thinkstock) Males downplay risk of texting and driving Do you think it's OK to text and drive because you're a great driver? If so, chances are you're a guy. A...

October 20, 2013

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Concept car: Smart fourjoy does away with doors and more

(Daimler) Smart fourjoy No doors, no rear window and an open roof lighten the load on this concept that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Its futuristic interior...

October 18, 2013

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Great Wall coming on strong in China; fan's Zombie Survival Machine debuts

(Great Wall) Ford eyes Great Wall as strong competitor Great Wall Motor Co., China's top seller of sport utility vehicles such as the M4 (shown), has the most traction among...

October 18, 2013

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Forecast: Sales next year will be strong; U.S. in top spot for insurance costs

(The Associated Press) Vehicle sales in 2014 expected to be strong New-car sales in 2014 are expected to reach 16.4 million, forecasts Edmunds.com, an automotive-information site. The figure is close...

October 13, 2013

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Concept car: Honda NSX made for racing

(Honda) Honda NSX Concept-GT This Honda racing vehicle is based on the NSX Concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January 2012. The GT concept competed at the...

October 11, 2013

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Tacoma Fall RV Show throughout weekend; pet restraints put to the test

(Thinkstock) Tacoma Fall RV Show comes to the Dome Hundreds of RVs will be part of the 30th annual Tacoma Fall RV Show, which continues through Sunday at the Tacoma...

October 11, 2013

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Demand creates supply dip for Chevy trucks; top sellers for September

(General Motors) Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra in short supply General Motors, introducing its first redesigned pickups since 2006, can't make enough of the most popular versions of its new Chevrolet...

October 6, 2013

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Concept car: Kulla an electric hopeful for China

(Associated Press) Great Wall Kulla EV The Chinese answer to the Renault Twizzy, this all-electric concept seats two people, one behind the other. It debuted at the Shanghai auto show...

October 4, 2013

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Toyota ups Corolla exports; teens can win Kelly Clarkson show

(Toyota) Corollas are going to 18 more countries Toyota will begin sending its U.S.-built Corolla sedans (shown) to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The...

October 4, 2013

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Look for oil leak in free class; Ford invests $685M in Canadian plant

(Thinkstock) Free workshops offer oil-leak inspections Drivers can learn basic car care and get an oil-leak inspection during free workshops through December by the Washington State Department of Ecology. In...

September 29, 2013

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Concept car: Infiniti Q30 a style blender

(Infiniti) Infiniti Q30 Concept A fusion of coupe, hatchback and crossover body styles, this concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show this month. Its unorthodox shape is intended to appeal...

September 27, 2013

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Plug In Day comes to Eastside; a look at Web-shopping habits

(Nissan) Saturday event made for fans of plug-ins Owners and would-be owners of plug-in vehicles can celebrate the cars during National Plug In Day Saturday, presented locally at Nissan of...

September 27, 2013

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Electric VW Golf coming in 2015; fuel economy at a new high

(Associated Press) VW to create electric version of the Golf Volkswagen will introduce its first electric car to the U.S. when the e-Golf, an electrified version of the company's subcompact...

September 22, 2013

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Concept car: Cadillac Elmiraj a reintroduction to big luxury

(General Motors) Cadillac Elmiraj This Cadillac two-door coupe is the likely prototype for the brand's re-entry into big and expensive luxury cars. The Elmiraj, which debuted at a luxury-car event...

September 20, 2013

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Bond car fetches almost $1M at auction; German debuts at Frankfurt show

(Associated Press) Bond car auctioned for almost $1 million The submersible Lotus Esprit (shown) used for underwater scenes in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" recently...

September 20, 2013

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AAA options for family-friendly vehicles; KBB picks Frankfurt favorites

(Mazda) AAA's picks for family-friendly rides The Mazda5 (shown) is one of the top vehicles for expanding families, according to AAA. Other picks that offer easy handling, dependability and spaciousness...

September 15, 2013

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Concept car: Hyundai HND-9 has color-changing seats

(Hyundai) Hyundai HND-9 Butterfly doors and sculptural rear lights add to the sleek look of this sports coupe that made its world debut at the Seoul Motor Show in March....

September 13, 2013

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Worst drivers are in D.C., Allstate says; Toyota boosts transmission making

(Thinkstock) D.C. drivers the worst, says Allstate report Drivers in the "other" Washington are the worst in the country, according to an Allstate Insurance Best Drivers Report of 200 U.S....

September 13, 2013

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Oregon cheapest state for driving; top sellers for August

(Thinkstock) Oregonians pay least to drive, says report Oregon is the cheapest state in which to operate a motor vehicle, according to a report from Bankrate, a financial-information company. Factoring...

September 8, 2013

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Concept car: Jeep Wrangler outfitted for off-road

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon Mopar touches include a 470-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine, modified Stinger bumpers, high-clearance flat fenders, and half-door and window kits. The vehicle was created for...

September 6, 2013

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AAA survey finds less safety concern; fair brings new cars, tractor action

(The Associated Press) Driver concern for safety slips, AAA says Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago, says a survey...

September 6, 2013

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How men and women differ in car shopping; Fusion now made in U.S.

(Thinkstock) KBB: Shopping habits vary between sexes Women are more likely to prioritize safety and affordability in shopping for cars, while men appear to seek out cars based on exterior...

September 1, 2013

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Concept car: Kids can change panels on Camatte57s

(Toyota) Toyota Camatte57s Fifty-seven detachable panels offer lots of options for children to customize this car that was displayed at the International Tokyo Toy Show in June. Acceleration and braking...

August 30, 2013

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Kia hamsters and Soul transformed; Toyota gets in on Bumbershoot fun

(Kia) Kia's hamsters reflect Soul's transformation Kia's hamsters have a new look, which debuted in a commercial during the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday. The advertising mascots have slimmed...

August 30, 2013

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Ferrari auctioned for $27.5 million; more traveling for Labor Day

(Bloomberg) Ferrari fetches record price during auction A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider (shown) sold for $27.5 million last week during an auction in Monterey, Calif., as the Pebble...

August 25, 2013

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Concept car: Sports car-SUV blend has V-10

(Italdesign) Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour A blend of a sports car and an SUV, the concept debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. The hood, doors and engine cover are...

August 23, 2013

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A more direct link to recall info; Mercedes at top of Ideal Vehicles

(Thinkstock) Feds to make recall info easier to access Automakers and motorcycle manufacturers will be required to provide consumers way to search recall information free online using vehicle identification numbers...

August 23, 2013

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GM to make factory upgrade; young buyers are coming back

(The Associated Press) GM invests in factory to add 2 new vehicles General Motors plans to spend $167 million on its Tennessee factory in Spring Hill (shown) so it can...

August 18, 2013

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Concept car: Students create Espera Sbarro React'EV

(The Associated Press) Espera Sbarro React'EV Thirty students from the Espera Sbarro design school in France designed this sports car, displayed at the Geneva auto show in March. The EV...

August 16, 2013

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Honda to spend $215 million to upgrade Ohio plants; accident deaths down

(Honda) Honda to invest in new facilities in Ohio Honda says it will spend $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio. About $180...

August 16, 2013

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'Porter Ridge' set in auto junkyard; KBB names top luxury SUVs

(Discovery Channel) 'Porter Ridge' debuts on Discovery Channel Country Auto Parts owner Terry Porter (shown) and the characters who frequent his auto junkyard in Indiana will star in the new...

August 11, 2013

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Concept cars: Corvette rarities help kick off LeMay exhibit

Clockwise from top left: 1965 Manta Ray, 1961 Mako Shark and 1959 Stingray Racer. (LeMay) Corvette concepts From top, a 1961 Mako Shark, 1965 Manta Ray and 1959 Stingray Racer...

August 9, 2013

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Ford beefs up production to meet F-Series demand; July's top-selling cars

(Ford) Ford adds 900 jobs to meet F-Series demand Ford has added a third crew to its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant in order to keep up with demand for...

August 9, 2013

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Justice League Kia auctioned; many missing out on insurance discounts

(Kia) Justice League Kia raises $41K for charity A special-edition Justice League Kia Sorento sold for $41,075 last week during an eBay auction to raise funds for DC Entertainment's "We...

August 4, 2013

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Concept car: Toyota Highlander soaks in SpongeBob fun

(Toyota) SpongeBob Toyota Highlander Nickelodeon and Toyota teamed to create this one-of-a-kind SpongeBob SquarePants-themed vehicle, which was unveiled in July during SpongeBob Day at a Padres baseball game in San...

August 2, 2013

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Ford system gives police a hand; Jay Leno comments for California auction

(Carlos Osorio / The Associated Press) Ford surveillance system protects police Ford's new surveillance system for police cars automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows...

August 2, 2013

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Toyota's new service center has test course; VW big winner in APEAL scores

Mechanics work on a Prius at the new Toyota training center in Tajimi, Japan. (Yuri Kageyama / The Associated Press) Toyota training center also has test track As part of...

July 28, 2013

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Concept car: Venucia Viwa designed for zero emissions in China

(Nissan) Venucia Viwa This electric vehicle was unveiled at the Shanghai auto show in April. It was created by Venucia, a joint venture between Nissan and Chinese automaker Dongfeng. The...

July 26, 2013

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Gas prices climb for summer; Veloster tops KBB list of cool cars below $18K

(The Associated Press) Gas prices jumping; increases expected American motorists are bracing for further increases in the cost of gasoline this summer after average national prices rose 12 cents last...

July 26, 2013

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Most-stolen vehicle? F-250; Mercedes race car fetches $29 million

(Ford) F-250 tops Escalade as most-stolen vehicle The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, the Highway Loss Data Institute reports. New antitheft technology...

July 21, 2013

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Concept car: Camaro has 'Turbo' inspiration

(General Motors) Chevrolet Camaro Turbo In a partnership with DreamWorks, Chevrolet created this concept to promote the animated movie "Turbo," released in theaters this week. The Camaro, displayed at the...

July 19, 2013

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June sales sizzle; 2014 Corvette to get 29 mpg

A Honda Civic sits outside a Honda dealership in Des Plaines, Ill. (Nam Y. Huh / The Associated Press) Auto sales hot streak continues in June Sales of new vehicles...

July 19, 2013

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Monitor Tesla with Google Glass app; women quoted higher for repairs

How the Tesla app looks in Google Glass. (GlassTesla) Google Glass app keeps tabs on Teslas A new app designed for Google Glass allows Tesla Model S owners to control...

July 14, 2013

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Nissan to build Rogue, jobs in U.S.; Yakima and Spokane in car-theft top 10

Workers at the Nissan plant in Tennessee walk by an Altima sedan. (Erik Schelzig / The Associated Press) Nissan adds U.S. jobs to build Rogue SUV Nissan is adding 900...

July 12, 2013

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Concept car: Ford plans redo of Escort for China

(Ford) Ford Escort Ford stopped making the Escort for the U.S. market in 2003, but it's looking to bring the brand to Chinese customers. This concept debuted at the Shanghai...

July 12, 2013

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Picks for 'most American' vehicles; new-car sales hit pre-recession level

(Toyota) Edmunds releases 'most American' list In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, Edmunds has released its list of the "most American" vehicles on the market. The ratings were...

July 7, 2013

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Concept car: Kia Forte Cyborg has superhero inspiration

(Kia) Kia Forte Cyborg Built by RIDES magazine and based on the superhero Cyborg, this Kia Forte debuted at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas last fall. It features...

July 5, 2013

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LeMay exhibit to celebrate Corvettes; top-selling vehicles for June

(General Motors) LeMay exhibit to celebrate Corvettes LeMay — America's Car Museum is celebrating the Chevrolet Corvette's 60th anniversary with an exhibit, "60 Years of Vette," opening Aug. 9. The...

July 5, 2013

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AAA study compares driver distractions; price cut ups Nissan sales

(File photo) Report studies levels of driving distraction A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that listening and responding to in-vehicle, voice-activated email features increased mental...

June 30, 2013

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Concept car: Emissions low for Mitsubishi's diesel-hybrid truck

(The Associated Press) Mitsubishi GR-HEV A diesel-hybrid system is under development for this sport utility truck, which debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. Its diesel engine and high-output...

June 28, 2013

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Rent a Dream Car from Hertz; 2015 is new deadline for rear-view-camera rules

(Hertz) Hertz begins renting 'Dream Cars' in Seattle If you want to rent a Bentley or an Aston Martin on your next vacation, now you can. But it'll cost you....

June 28, 2013

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Porsche tops in performance rating; factory in China will build Cadillacs

(Porsche) Porsche leads in performance rankings Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new-vehicle quality. J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with...

June 23, 2013

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Concept car: A first look at new Acura NSX interior

(Acura) Acura NSX This updated concept car was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. It was the first look at the new interior design, founded on a...

June 21, 2013

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Sandy-damaged cars winding up in Washington; Oregon bans smoking in vehicles with kids

Vehicles float in a parking lot in New York after Superstorm Sandy struck in October. (New York Times file photo) Flood-damaged Sandy autos found in state Vehicles damaged by Superstorm...

June 21, 2013

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GM introduces free maintenance plan; Ford leads brand-loyalty ranking

(The Associated Press) New GM cars to get free maintenance plan General Motors, aiming to increase customer loyalty, recently announced that it will expand its free scheduled-maintenance program to most...

June 16, 2013

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Cadillac tops satisfaction awards; LeMay drive-in series begins

(General Motors) Cadillac, Buick top satisfaction survey Cadillac and Buick were the top brands in AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, based on measures of owner satisfaction with 51 vehicle attributes including...

June 14, 2013

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Concept car: Trailhawk made for off-road adventures

(Chrysler) Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk An extreme version of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Trailhawk was created for the off-road event East Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, in March....

June 14, 2013

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Cadillac sales groovy like the '70s again; plant workers get less summer break

(General Motors) Cadillac has biggest sales gain since 1970s Cadillac has had its biggest gain so far this year since 1976, when Gerald Ford was president, the U.S. celebrated its...

June 9, 2013

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Concept car: Egoista a Lamborghini made for one

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini Egoista This one-off car, unveiled at Lamborghini's 50th-anniversary party in May, is inspired by the look of Apache attack helicopters and is powered by a 600-horsepower V-10 engine....

June 7, 2013

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Pickups lead strong May sales; dealer group coming to Renton

(The Associated Press) Trucks, Nissan have strong May sales Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses replaced the aging pickups they held onto during...

June 7, 2013

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Leasing prices drop for EVs; helmet-law change has costly consequences

(Honda) Automakers cut EV lease prices, add perks Auto companies are lowering lease prices for electric cars as they try to jump-start slow sales in a competitive market. Honda announced...

June 2, 2013

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Concept car: Drive by hologram in Buick Riviera

(The Associated Press) Buick Riviera This plug-in electric hybrid made its debut at the Shanghai auto show in April. It features a new take on Buick's signature waterfall grille and...

May 31, 2013

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China revives elite sedan; AAA expects a travel-friendly summer

The Hongqi (Red Flag) H7 sedan. (Hongqi) Sedan once made for Mao returns in China A new version of the Red Flag sedan went on sale in China last week...

May 31, 2013

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New crash test stymies SUVs; Fiat mulls move to U.S.

A Nissan Rogue undergoes the "small overlap" test. (New York Times News Service) Subaru, Mitsubishi pass new crash test Just two of the 13 small SUVs tested performed well in...

May 26, 2013

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Concept car: Jeep creates Flattop for safari event

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Flattop This Jeep was created for the Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab, Utah, in March. Jeep designers gave it a one-piece hard top that's chopped 2...

May 23, 2013

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Domestic cars, trucks score in quality study

(General Motors) U.S. carmakers score in quality survey For the first time in more than a decade, cars and trucks made by domestic automakers finished first in a majority of...

May 23, 2013

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LeMay opens NASCAR exhibit; the comeback of full-size trucks

(Courtesy of LeMay — America's Car Museum) New LeMay exhibit to look at NASCAR LeMay — America's Car Museum in Tacoma will look at the wild world of NASCAR in...

May 19, 2013

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Concept car: GLA headlights double as projectors

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA The compact SUV shown at the Shanghai auto show in April strives for a sporty, coupe-like look. Its four-cylinder turbocharged engine is rated at 208 horsepower....

May 17, 2013

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Hyundai of Everett holds grand opening; summer gas prices expected to drop

(Courtesy of Hyundai of Everett) Hyundai of Everett's grand-opening events This weekend, Hyundai of Everett is celebrating the grand opening of its new dealership at 7800 Evergreen Way, which features...

May 17, 2013

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Seven Nissan models get a price cut; Honda CR-V the leading small SUV

The Nissan Altima is getting a $580 price cut. (Nissan) Nissan cuts prices on seven U.S. models Nissan is cutting prices on seven of its 18 models in the U.S.,...

May 12, 2013

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Concept car: Next generation of Subaru WRX sleeker, lighter

(Subaru) Subaru WRX The lower, sleeker and wider design of this concept, shown at the New York auto show in March, hints at the next generation of the WRX. Its...

May 10, 2013

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Park free on Mother's Day at 6 downtown lots; April's top-selling vehicles

(Archive photo) Free parking offer for some downtown lots The Washington State Department of Transportation and City of Seattle are teaming with several waterfront businesses to offer up to four...

May 10, 2013

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Auto sales surge thanks to pickups; Stingray pricing released

(The Associated Press) April auto sales up, led by truck rebound Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car...

May 5, 2013

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Concept car: Fuel efficiency the driving force behind Volkswagen's XL1

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen XL1 Designed to be a highly fuel-efficient car, the XL1 gets 261 mpg. The hybrid, which debuted at the Geneva auto show in March, can cover up to...

May 3, 2013

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Feds to automakers: Cut distracted-driving risks; Churchill car sold on eBay

(The Associated Press) Feds ask automakers to limit distractions The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released guidelines last week aimed at lessening the risks of distracted driving, recommending that automakers...

May 3, 2013

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Seattle No. 8 for bad traffic; Dubai police drive Lamborghini, Ferrari

(The Associated Press file photo) L.A. leads for worst traffic; Seattle 8th Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation, according to a new report, with Seattle coming in...

April 28, 2013

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Concept car: Subaru Viziv a vision for innovation

(Subaru) Subaru Viziv Clean lines enhance the solid look of this crossover shown at the Geneva auto show in March. The name Viziv is based on the phrase "vision for...

April 26, 2013

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GM says its global sales bested VW's; states with toughest texting laws

Strong Chevrolet sales helped GM's figures. (General Motors) GM keeps global sales edge over VW General Motors says its worldwide sales rose 3.6 percent during the first quarter compared with...

April 26, 2013

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Cost of driving rises; Japan a hot market for Ferrari

(iStock) Driving costs rise slightly in AAA study The average cost to own and operate a sedan in the U.S. has gone up 1.96 percent — or 1.17 cents —...

April 21, 2013

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Concept car: Spyker B6 Venator to land in U.S. next year

(Martial Trezzini / The Associated Press) Spyker B6 Venator "Venator" is Latin for hunter, an appropriate name for this mid-engine sports car that pays homage to aircraft influences (Spyker created...

April 19, 2013

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GM revamping midsize pickups; Ward's picks top interiors

The current Chevrolet Colorado. (General Motors) GM planning new midsize pickups General Motors plans to unveil a line of revamped midsize pickup trucks this year with gas mileage and...

April 19, 2013

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Toyota counters Ford's top-spot claim; Honda among KBB brand winners

(Ford) Ford, Toyota both claim top-selling car Shortly after Ford announced last week that its Focus compact car (shown) was the leading global nameplate, with 1.02 million sales last year,...

April 14, 2013

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Concept car: Kia Provo has a hybrid heart, racing looks

(Kia) Kia Provo This coupe-style hatchback from Kia debuted at the Geneva auto show last month. Designed to be a street-legal racing car, it features a turbocharged engine regenerated by...

April 12, 2013

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Chevrolet ups mpg for 2014 Silverado; top sellers for March

(General Motors) GM boosts mileage in redesigned Silverado General Motors recently announced that its 2014 Chevy Silverado (shown) will get 23 mpg on the highway with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine....

April 12, 2013

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Consumer Reports takes on motorcycle rating; AAA's top commuter picks

The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two. (Harley-Davidson) Reliability report ranks motorcycles Yamaha motorcycles were found to be the most reliable in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. It's the publication's first look into...

April 7, 2013 1 Comment

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Concept car: BoConcept brings interior-design touch to smart car

(Daimler) smart fortwo BoConcept It's a match made for city living. BoConcept, a Danish interior design company, helped design a smart fortwo cabrio that optimizes space in urban environments. It...

April 5, 2013

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VW Golf wins World Car of the Year — again; Ford takes top loyalty spot

Volkswagen chief designer Walter de'Silva holds the World Car of the Year award. (Richard Drew / The Associated Press) VW Golf takes World Car of Year award The Volkswagen Golf...

April 5, 2013

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Young buyers turning to U.S., Korean brands; Ford of Kirkland awarded

(Kia) Young buyers turn from Japanese brands Detroit's automakers are doing better selling to young buyers, but South Korean car companies are making the biggest inroads in that segment, primarily...

March 31, 2013

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Concept car: 'Zombie Survival Machine' livens Chicago auto show

(Hyundai) Hyundai Elantra 'Zombie Survival Machine' In association with the TV series "The Walking Dead," Hyundai created the "Zombie Survival Machine" and presented it at the Chicago auto show last...

March 29, 2013

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VW tops in profitability; SaferCar.gov has new app for safety

(The Associated Press) VW led auto world in profitability in 2012 Volkswagen, which six years ago set out to become the world's biggest carmaker by 2018, has become the leader...

March 29, 2013

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European drivers less distracted; Lamborghini sales up

(The Associated Press) Study: European drivers use phone less Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a recent study that surveyed drivers about their...

March 24, 2013

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Consumer Reports lists top used cars; efficiency key to Hyundai's growth

(Toyota) Consumer Reports' picks for used cars Consumer Reports has compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012. The magazine looked at four price...

March 22, 2013

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Concept car: Opel crossover made for sunny days

(The Associated Press) Opel Adam Rocks This mini-crossover made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this month. The muscular-looking car offers open-air capability; a fabric top extends across...

March 22, 2013

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Sedan, coupe give Studebaker owner options

OWNER: Larry Worden, Auburn OCCUPATION: Retired CAR'S MAKE AND MODEL: 1955 Studebaker two-door sedan (left) and coupe "I LOVE MY CARS BECAUSE ...to me the Studebakers from 1950 to...

March 17, 2013

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Buyers benefit from low interest rates; teen driving deaths rise in 2012

(Thinkstock) Historic interest rates boosting car sales New-car buyers, shunned by lenders just four years ago, now are benefiting from historically low interest rates and more-available credit, pacing a U.S....

March 17, 2013

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Kia combines luxury crossover with its GT concept

(Kia) Kia Cross GT A blend of Kia's GT concept and a luxury crossover utility vehicle, the Cross GT debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The V-6 hybrid...

March 15, 2013

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Gas-price dip will continue, analyst says; fewer in King County drive alone

(The Associated Press) Analyst: Gas prices expected to drop The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps has fallen over the past few weeks, and experts expect more declines....

March 15, 2013

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Chrysler invests in its Indiana plants; VW Golf is tops in Europe

(AJ Mast / The Associated Press) Chrysler's Indiana plants to get upgrade Chrysler will hire 1,250 new workers and invest $374 million at its plants in central Indiana, where the...

March 10, 2013

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Larger front glass panel makes Resonance feel more spacious

(Nissan) Nissan Resonance This aerodynamic hybrid crossover made its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January. It features an extra large front glass panel that the company says...

March 8, 2013

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Trucks lead the way in February sales; Consumer Reports lauds Lexus

(General Motors) The top-selling vehicles for February The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in February, with January's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 54,489 (1) 2. Chevrolet Silverado...

March 8, 2013

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Fiesta to enlist fans through social media; GM's OnStar will go 4G in 2015

(Ford) Social-media fans to rule Fiesta campaign Wanted: 100 social-media enthusiasts to promote the 2014 Ford Fiesta (shown). That's who Ford is recruiting for Fiesta Movement: A Social Remix, the...

March 3, 2013

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Diesel-electric hybrid from VW seats seven

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen CrossBlue The seven-seat midsize SUV designed for the U.S. and Canada made its global debut at the Detroit auto show in January. The diesel-electric hybrid is estimated to...

March 1, 2013 1 Comment

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Best Cars for the Money named; tix don't usually hike insurance

(Honda) Magazine picks Best Cars for the Money The Honda Fit (shown) was named both the top subcompact and top hatchback car in U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars...

March 1, 2013

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'Farmer' was top Super Bowl ad; Mercedes-Benz unveils new designs

(Ram) Ram's 'Farmer' the top Super Bowl ad The Ram truck "Farmer" ad (shown) won best Super Bowl commercial in YouTube's 2013 Ad Blitz contest. The top five ads --...

February 24, 2013 1 Comment

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Concept car: Lincoln offers openness inside, sleekness outside

(Ford) Lincoln MKC Lincoln's take on a small premium utility vehicle strives for openness inside and sleekness outside. Revealed at the Detroit auto show in January, the MKC features the...

February 22, 2013

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Museum offers free meal to responders; commercial trucks recognized

LeMay — America's Car Museum celebrates Community Hero Month in March. (LeMay) Museum offers free meal to responders As part of its Community Hero Month, LeMay — America's Car Museum...

February 22, 2013

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Superman-themed Kia lands in Chicago; Porsche celebrates 50 years of 911

Custom colors and lights make this Kia Optima Hybrid wheels for the Man of Steel. (Kia) Superheroes get into the act at car show A Superman-themed Kia Optima Hybrid was...

February 17, 2013

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Concept car: Truck's toolbox overflows with options

(Ford) Ford Atlas Ford debuted this truck concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. Designed to accommodate a wide variety of trucking needs, it includes...

February 15, 2013

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Price reduction for Chevrolet Malibu; Mercedes-Benz adds SUV at U.S. plant

GM is lowering the price of its Chevy Malibu in order to stay competitive. (General Motors) Automaker brings down price of car In an effort to make its Chevrolet Malibu...

February 15, 2013

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SUVs among least expensive to insure; expansion to speed tech offerings

(Ford) SUVs lead ranking of low insurance rates SUVs dominate the top 10 least-expensive 2013 vehicles to insure, according to Insure.com, a resource for consumer-insurance information. The 2013 Ford Edge...

February 10, 2013

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Concept car: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis avoids distractions

(The Associated Press) Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, this Hyundai won Best Concept honors in the Autoweek Editors' Choice Awards....

February 8, 2013

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Honda rated a best value; January's top-selling vehicles

(Honda) Kiplinger awards Honda top honors The 2013 Honda Accord (shown) and 2013 Honda CR-V have earned Best Value awards from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The Accord was named "Best...

February 8, 2013

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Study notes impact of traffic cameras; Toyota favored after Super Bowl

(Thinkstock) Traffic cameras slow violations, study finds A year-long study undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that red-light-running rates declined at Arlington, Va., intersections equipped with cameras....

February 3, 2013

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Concept car: Exterior styling is focus of Toyota Furia

(The Associated Press) Toyota Furia Designed to be the next-generation Corolla, this concept debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Toyota focused on exterior styling...

February 1, 2013

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Town & Country is 'Best Family Hauler;' Toyota unveils full-size pickup

(Chrysler) Minivan honors For the eighth consecutive year, the Chrysler Town & Country was chosen the "Best Family Hauler" in the Detroit News Readers' Choice awards. The honor was bestowed...

February 1, 2013

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Subaru ad campaign goes to the dogs; VW commercial named best ever

(Subaru of America) Subaru advertising goes to the dogs Subaru will air its "Dog Tested, Dog Approved" campaign during Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl IX," a two-hour program that airs 3...

February 1, 2013 1 Comment

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No slowing down for Honda sales; Lincoln aims for Chinese market

The 2013 Civic, shown at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, has helped Honda. (Honda) Honda confident of sales momentum Last year was Honda's comeback year. After an earthquake and flooding...

January 27, 2013

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VW wants to double U.S. sales; pickup-truck sales poised for banner year

Workers assemble Passat sedans at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Volkswagen AG) Volkswagen plans to double U.S. sales New vehicles and lower prices helped Volkswagen AG to its best...

January 25, 2013

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Concept car: Honda SUV hints at things to come

(Honda) Honda Urban SUV Concept A hint of things to come, this fuel-efficient vehicle made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week. The...

January 25, 2013 1 Comment

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Kia looks to fill gap between mainstream, luxury; Jeep Cherokee goes diesel

(The Associated Press) Premium sedan Kia Motors Corp. is moving into the North American premium sedan market with the 2014 Cadenza, aiming for buyers looking in the gap between mainstream...

January 25, 2013

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New cars' fuel efficiency climbs; Leaf making moves to Tennessee

(Thinkstock) Fuel economy Fuel efficiency in the U.S. new-car market continues to improve. The average fuel economy for new cars sold in 2012 increased to 23.1 mpg — up from...

January 20, 2013

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Toyota offers indoor rides at auto show; many foreign cars made in U.S.

(Toyota) Toyota demos cars in auto show rides Toyota is offering an interactive ride-and-drive event at the Philadelphia Auto Show, which continues through Jan. 27. "Let's Go for a Ride"...

January 20, 2013

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Chrysler, Carhartt team for clothing; Grohl part of Acura-backed film festival

(Carhartt) Clothing combo Chrysler and Carhartt have teamed to launch a limited-edition "Imported From Detroit" line of workwear. The collection includes shirts, jackets and pants. For details, visit carhartt.com/chryslerifd. —...

January 18, 2013

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Concept car: Visteon e-Bee a hint of the future

(Visteon) Visteon e-Bee Representing Visteon Corporation's vision of mobility in 2020, this concept car was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. Displays can be customized for the...

January 18, 2013 2 Comments

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Murano assembly to move to U.S. from Japan; Chevy has new slogan

Nissan will move assembly of its Murano crossover vehicle to Mississippi in 2014. (Nissan) Murano assembly coming stateside Nissan Motor Co. will assemble its Murano crossover vehicle in its Canton,...

January 18, 2013

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Auto ingenuity strong at CES; Detroit auto show begins next week

Preparation for the Audi booth at CES. (Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press) Auto presence better than ever at CES A record number of auto manufacturers exhibited at the...

January 13, 2013

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Honda CR-V is well-researched; Ford F-Series top seller last year

(Honda) Honda CR-V leads KBB research list The Honda CR-V (shown) is No. 1 on the list of the most-researched new vehicles of 2012 on Kelley Blue Book's website kbb.com....

January 11, 2013

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Concept car: Jeep Mighty FC built for off-road

(Jeep) Jeep Mighty FC AutoWeek magazine picked this vehicle as one of its favorite concept trucks for 2012. It debuted at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, last year....

January 11, 2013

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Strong sales expected this year; sign up online for service reminders

(Thinkstock) Polk anticipates rise in vehicle sales in '13 Auto-industry research firm Polk expects new-vehicle registrations to rise 6.6 percent this year over last, totaling 15.3 million car sales. It...

January 6, 2013

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Concept car: Infiniti LE can be charged wirelessly

(Infiniti) Infiniti LE Almost ready for showrooms in 2014, this five-seat Infiniti concept made a stop at the L.A. auto show in December. The electric vehicle can be charged wirelessly...

January 4, 2013

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Ford leads U.S. sales; Infiniti names to begin with Q

(Ford) Ford holds onto lead in sales last year Ford kept its lead in U.S. auto sales last year, selling more than 2 million vehicles the second year in a...

January 4, 2013 1 Comment

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Auto review: Turbo kicks up appeal of Hyundai Veloster

When we drove the new Hyundai Veloster last year, we immediately took to the little hatchback with the odd number of doors and even odder name. We liked its funky design, but were disappointed with the "sporty" coupe's obvious lack of power. Now comes a turbo model, and all is right in the Veloster's world.

By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek January 2, 2013

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Top safety picks for 2013; New Year's Eve reminder: drive safely

(Subara) Group names top safety picks for 2013 Thirteen 2013 vehicles have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety award as a Top Safety Pick+: • Acura TL • Chrysler...

December 30, 2012

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Concept car: Nissan Mixim wows at China show

(Nissan) Nissan Mixim A wraparound windscreen and flowing roofline give this updated electric concept car a sporty look. Visitors at the November Guangzhou auto show in China were able...

December 28, 2012

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Fiat invests in factory; big vehicles may get computerized brakes

(The Associated Press) Fiat to spend $1.3B to beef up production Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (shown) will invest $1.32 billion in the auto company's southern Italian factory to produce two...

December 28, 2012

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AAA predicts more holiday traveling; Camaro on move to Michigan

(Thinkstock) AAA: Holiday travel to increase this year AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent...

December 23, 2012

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Concept car: Volvo Polestar built for performance

(Volvo) Volvo S60 Polestar Handling and performance are enhanced in this Volvo concept car that debuted at the L.A. Auto Show this month. A turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine generates 508...

December 21, 2012

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Car thieves take a break for Christmas; men quoted higher insurance rates

(Thinkstock) Even car thieves take it easy on Christmas You better watch out for your vehicle on New Year's Day, the busiest official holiday for car thieves in 2011, says...

December 21, 2012

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Toyotas lauded for resale values; stiffer drunk-driver laws sought

(Toyota) KBB resale awards laud Toyota products Kelley Blue Blook (KBB) has released its list of 2013-model-year vehicles that have the best resale value over the first five years of...

December 16, 2012

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Strong sales for pickups; Renault hoping for turnaround

(General Motors) Truck incentives increase this month December is turning out to be a good month to buy a pickup. General Motors, straining with an oversupply of full-size trucks, is...

December 14, 2012

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The ultimate patrol car; teens texting more than imagined

(Subaru) Subaru designs the ultimate patrol car The Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC, shown) won the Design Challenge as part of the L.A. Auto Show. The Design Challenge theme,...

December 9, 2012

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Record-setting prices predicted; top-selling cars, trucks

(Associated Press file photo) Forecast: 2012 most expensive for gas This year will go down as having the highest average price for gasoline ever, according to GasBuddy. "We did the...

December 7, 2012 1 Comment

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New mobile app for auto shows; another GM factory in China

Porsche's 2014 Cayman is on display at the L.A. Auto Show, one of several auto shows featured on a new Cars.com app. (The Associated Press) App features latest from auto...

December 2, 2012

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Concept car: BMW C evolution scooter goes 60 miles per charge

(BMW) BMW C evolution Designed for daily commuter traffic, BMW's electric scooter concept can go approximately 60 miles before needing a charge at a household power socket or public charging...

November 30, 2012

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Paris takes aim at older cars; Porsche breaks ground for new HQ

(Citroen) Paris mayor proposes older-car ban in city Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has angered vintage-car owners and motorist groups with his proposal to ban vehicles made before 1997 in metropolitan...

November 30, 2012

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Lamborghini may join SUV fray; Volvo eyes India expansion

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini still mulling adding SUV Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the automaker will decide in coming months whether to join other luxury brands and expand into all-terrain SUVs.Lamborghini, owned...

November 25, 2012

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Concept car: Infiniti Emerg-E hybrid has get-up-and-go

(Infiniti) Infiniti Emerg-E Named Best in Show at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, this hybrid concept made its North American debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. It's...

November 23, 2012

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Leaf boosts battery life; Chrysler adds truck jobs

A Nissan employee plugs in a Leaf electric car in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Junji Kurokawa / The Associated Press) Leaf upgrades include longer battery life The upgraded Nissan Leaf electric...

November 23, 2012

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Auto braking among safety recommendations; Toyota to up exports of Venzas

(Thinkstock) Feds release wish list of safety changes The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual list of its 10 most-wanted safety improvements last week, and three involved autos. Recommendations...

November 18, 2012

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Concept car: Lamborghini Urus has cameras instead of mirrors

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini Urus This Lamborghini SUV showed off its clean lines at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The Urus offers 600 horsepower and the lowest carbon dioxide figures...

November 16, 2012

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More women than men licensed to drive; Thanksgiving travel to inch up

(Thinkstock) Study: More women than men are licensed More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel. A study by the...

November 16, 2012

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Used-car prices could rise in wake of Sandy; Land Rover sales lift Tata

Cars are shown submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30. (Richard Drew / The Associated Press)...

November 11, 2012

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Concept car: Lexus LF-CC a luxury hybrid

(Toyota) Lexus LF-CC This midsize hybrid coupe concept debuted at the Paris auto show last month. It features a three-LED projector headlamp design and Fluid Titanium metallic paint. The dash...

November 9, 2012

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Suzuki leaves car market; top sellers for October

(Suzuki) Suzuki cuts cars, will still sell bikes in U.S. Suzuki, which announced this week it will pull out of the U.S. car market after almost three decades, will continue...

November 9, 2012

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SEMA picks hottest cars; time change a wiper and lights reminder

(Toyota) SEMA awards go to Ford, Scion and Jeep The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car at this year's SEMA show, while the Scion FR-S (shown) took Hottest Sport Compact...

November 4, 2012

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Scion leads reliability ranking; VW gains ground in China

(The Associated Press) Japanese brands lead reliability rankings Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings placed Japanese brands in the top seven spots. The rankings predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles...

November 2, 2012

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Concept car: Bentley gets racy with Continental GT3

(Bentley) Bentley Continental GT3 Signaling Bentley's intention to return to motorsports, the company debuted this race-car concept at the Paris auto show in October. It can go 205 mph and...

November 2, 2012

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Volkswagen eyes U.S. plant to make SUV; Peugeot and GM team

An employee works an assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Erik Schelzig/The Associated Press) VW mulls new SUV for North America German automaker Volkswagen is considering the...

October 28, 2012

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Concept Car: Volkswagen Golf GTI gets sporty

(Volkswagen) The concept of the seventh-generation Golf GTI debuted at the recent Paris auto show, showing off a sportier look than found in its predecessors. Volkswagen is planning the option...

October 26, 2012

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Feds see a future with driverless cars; Audi closes in on competition

Google's autonomous car in 2010. (Associated Press file photo) Fed group sees future with driverless cars Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an...

October 26, 2012

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Sales at collector-car auction sizzle; Aston Martin a Bond fave

A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione sold for $11.3 million this year. (Gooding & Co.) Collector-car sales see spike at auction The collector-car market was particularly hot...

October 21, 2012

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Concept car: Smart Forstars projects video

(Daimler) Smart Forstars An iPhone and a blank wall are all that are needed to see movies or videos projected from the Smart concept car, which debuted at the recent...

October 19, 2012

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Mercedes SUV wins Motor Trend award; Tundra bridges shuttle move

(Mercedes-Benz) New Mercedes GL given top SUV award The all-new, second-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV has been named the 2013 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year. It's the second time the GL...

October 19, 2012

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Small-car sales surge in September; white is top auto color

The Chevrolet Sonic led subcompact sales. (General Motors) Small-car sales surge for all in September Small cars are selling big across the board, on pace to capture the largest share...

October 14, 2012

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Concept car: Comfort is key with BMW Active Tourer

(BMW) BMW Concept Active Tourer BMW is showing off this compact concept at the ongoing Paris auto show. The hybrid can go 18 miles on electric power alone. A raised...

October 12, 2012

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Autoweek's top cars from Paris auto show

The editors of Autoweek favored power in their picks for the best of the Paris auto show, which wraps up on Sunday. Best in show: Jaguar F-Type (pictured). Others...

October 12, 2012

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No gas-price relief for West Coast; Mercedes leads luxury sales

(The Associated Press) Still no gas-price relief for West Coast Drivers on the West Coast may be questioning the conventional wisdom that gas prices fall after Labor Day. Motorists in...

October 7, 2012

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Survey finds common car-seat mistakes; Ford F-Series among recent best-sellers

(File photo) Survey finds common car-seat mistakes A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey shows that parents are making five significant mistakes when using car seats and booster seats....

October 5, 2012

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Concept car: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a high-tech, hybrid dream

(Porsche) Instead of exterior mirrors, this Porsche concept car now at the Paris auto show has two cameras mounted in side air outlets to display images in the cockpit. A...

October 5, 2012 1 Comment

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Honda aims to double global sales; Report looks at injury rates among vehicles

(The Associated Pres) Honda's goal: double global sales in 5 years Honda is aiming to double its global auto sales to more than 6 million vehicles over the next five...

September 30, 2012

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GM hits 2 million sales mark early in China; traffic lights are getting 'smart'

Shanghai GM's sales were led by the Buick Excelle family. (General Motors) GM hits 2 million sales mark early in China General Motors says it has sold 2 million cars...

September 28, 2012

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Concept car: Toyota Fun-Vii is all about interactivity

(Toyota) With a name that stands for "Fun Vehicle Interactive Internet," this Toyota concept from the Tokyo auto show is all about interactivity. Drivers can download apps or upload images...

September 28, 2012

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GM to offer infotainment training; Passat sales jump, but still trail leaders

The touch screen on a Chevrolet Spark. (General Motors) GM to focus on infotainment training Infotainment systems are often the biggest source of frustration for new-car buyers. So General Motors...

September 23, 2012 1 Comment

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'Automotive Misery' low in Washington; Pickup sales picking up

(Associated Press file photo) 'Misery' index finds most pain in the South The cost of driving a car in in Washington state is among the lowest in the country, according...

September 21, 2012

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Concept car: Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 expands on sensing technology

(General Motors) This followup to the 2010 EN-V (electric networked-vehicle) concept has a more practical design and expands on sensing technology, wireless communication and GPS navigation. The concept, which debuted...

September 21, 2012 1 Comment

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Ford Fusion to be made in the USA; NW drivers feeling polite

(Ford) U.S. to manufacture the Ford Fusion Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a Flat Rock, Mich., factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan...

September 16, 2012 1 Comment

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Concept car: McLaren creates a track star

(McLaren) McLaren 12C Can-Am McLaren GT debuted its "ultimate track car" at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The car's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine can produce up to 630...

September 14, 2012 3 Comments

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Toyota tops Kelley list; OnStar plans expansion into Mexico

(Toyota) Toyota most-shopped brand on Kelley list Last month, five of the top 25 most-shopped new cars on the Kelley Blue Book site kbb.com were Toyota models: Camry (No. 1,...

September 14, 2012

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Ford Focus a global top seller; Carrera wins Motor Trend award

(Ford) Ford Focus on track to be top-selling car Ford says its Focus small car (shown) is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping...

September 9, 2012

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Concept car: Mercedes-Benz Coupe has sporty look

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz Coupe The blend of concave and convex lines gives this coupe its distinctive sporty look. It made its U.S. debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last month....

September 7, 2012 7 Comments

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Used cars holding value; top sellers for August

(File photo) Used-car depreciation expected to stay flat A period of used-vehicle price stability that hasn't been seen in more than a decade is expected over the next few years,...

September 7, 2012 1 Comment

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More Cadillacs coming; Nissan hires Consumer Reports reviewer

(General Motors) Slew of new Cadillacs scheduled to roll out General Motors plans to introduce 10 all-new or redesigned Cadillacs within the next three years, executives say. The plan reflects...

September 2, 2012

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Concept car: Bentley EXP 9 F a luxury ride

(Bentley) Bentley EXP 9 F The F stands for falcon in this Bentley Motors SUV concept that made its North American debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month....

August 31, 2012

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Ford to sell Lincolns in China; Hertz buys Dollar Thrifty

Ford Vice President Jim Farley shows a Lincoln to reporters in Beijing Tuesday. (Ford) Ford to sell Lincolns in China for first time Ford, eager to grab a piece of...

August 31, 2012

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Chrysler 300 highly rated; number of late auto payments drops

(Chrysler) Chrysler 300 gets high marks in review Consumer Reports car reviewers gave high marks to the latest version of the Chrysler 300 (shown), putting it near the top of...

August 26, 2012

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Concept car: Daihatsu PICO surrounded by warning light

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu PICO Created as a cross between a car and a motorized bicycle, the two-seat electric PICO debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. An LED belt on...

August 24, 2012

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Accord from '94 most-stolen car; more traveling for Labor Day

(Honda) Honda Accord is most stolen car once again Honda's 1994 Accord (shown) was the most frequently stolen car in the United States in 2011 for the fourth straight year...

August 24, 2012

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More young drivers buy Camrys; auto CD players may fade

(Toyota) Camry sales boosted by younger buyers A top Toyota executive says a new version of the Camry is selling well and attracting younger buyers. Senior Vice President Bob Carter...

August 19, 2012 2 Comments

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Safety tips for back-to-school driving; Mercedes sends kits to Asia

(File photo) Tips for preparing for back-to-school driving Get your child ready for back-to-school driving with an auto checkup and a discussion about travel safety. First-time drivers should also practice...

August 17, 2012

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Concept car: Toyota Camatte a toy that really drives

(Toyota) Toyota Camatte An instrument panel, adjustable seats, gas pedal, steering wheel and brakes make this working kids' car more than child's play. It debuted at the Tokyo Toy Show...

August 17, 2012

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Dodge drops NASCAR; U.S. News adds used-car best bets

Sam Hornish Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger during a NASCAR race in May. (Charlie Neibergall / The Associated Press) Dodge pulls out of NASCAR for 2013 Dodge has decided to...

August 12, 2012

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Concept car: EDAG designed for sharing

(EDAG) EDAG Light Car - Sharing The electric-powered vehicle created for car sharing debuted at the Geneva car show in March. It seats six and has gel pads around the...

August 10, 2012

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Mini heads to Olympics; top sales for July

(The Associated Press) BMW hopes Mini grabs Olympic glory BMW is featuring Mini in its sponsorship of the Olympics as part of a bid to burnish the brand's sporty image...

August 10, 2012

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Stick shift making a comeback; safety devices for kids disappoint

(Ford) An unexpected shift: stick-shift sales jump Cars with manual transmissions are making a modest comeback, but with tens of millions of drivers lacking the ability to operate a stick...

August 5, 2012

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Chrysler introduces eight-speed; rent a BMW for $35 an hour

(The Associated Press) Chrysler rolling out 8-speed transmissions Chrysler's biggest U.S. investment since its 2009 bankruptcy exit is about to show up under more of its hoods: transmissions with additional...

August 3, 2012

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Toyota takes global sales lead; Study ranks makes, models

(The Associated Press) Toyota retakes global sales lead from GM Toyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the...

July 29, 2012

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Fewer teens behind the wheel; Ferrari collection for sale

(File photo) Internet use drives down teen driving The percentage of 19-year-olds in the U.S. who have driver's licenses dropped from 87.3 percent in 1983 to 69.5 percent in 2010,...

July 27, 2012

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GM planning Olympic ad binge; VW making big move into France

(General Motors) GM to push Cadillac ATS during Olympics General Motors, which begins selling the new Cadillac ATS compact car in August, will introduce a television ad campaign during the...

July 22, 2012

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Mitsubishi to make Outlander in U.S.; Mercedes backs compacts

An Outlander Sport crossover is displayed at Mitsubishi's Illinois plant. (Steve Smedley/The Associated Press) Mitsubishi crossover to be built in the U.S. Mitsubishi's plant in central Illinois will produce the...

July 20, 2012

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Concept car: Kia Track'ster kicks up horsepower

(Kia) Kia Track'ster The performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept debuted at the Chicago auto show in February. Its engine offers 250 horsepower, a 66 percent increase over a standard Soul....

July 20, 2012

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U.S. won't get Indian trucks; Peugeot to close French plant

(Mahindra & Mahindra) Indian company drops bid to import truck Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian manufacturer of farm equipment, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, has abandoned its effort to...

July 15, 2012

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Concept car: VW Passat Alltrack is a test for U.S. market

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Volkswagen showed this overseas model at the New York auto show in April as a "concept" to gauge U.S. interest. The wagon is intended to close...

July 13, 2012 6 Comments

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Chevy adding a return program; top selling vehicles in June

The Chevrolet website is promoting the "Chevy Confidence" program. (General Motors) GM: New Chevy buyers allowed to return cars General Motors will allow Chevrolet buyers to return their vehicles up...

July 13, 2012

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VW, Porsche deal finally done; GM may be back on Facebook

A Volkswagen badge is reflected in a Porsche sports car in Germany. (Matthias Rietschel/The Associated Press) VW pays $5.6 billion to close Porsche deal Volkswagen agreed to buy the 50.1...

July 8, 2012

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Concept car: Toyota FCV-R takes another swing at fuel cells

(Toyota) Toyota FCV-R Toyota is taking another look at fuel-cell technology with the FCV-R, which it debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. The car seats four and has...

July 6, 2012

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Chrysler, GM have strong June; Fit EV comes with unusual perk

(Associated Press file photo) GM, Chrysler get sales boosts in June General Motors and Chrysler reported double-digit sales growth of new vehicles in June as the auto industry was helped...

July 6, 2012

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Car prices drop; Ford wants to check your stress levels

(Associated Press file photo) Car prices decline as dealers get restocked New-vehicle prices have dropped $500 on average in the past year, mainly because Japanese automakers have restocked dealers after...

July 1, 2012

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Concept car: Suzuki Regina is light-weight and fuel-efficient

(Suzuki) Suzuki Regina This compact city car debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It is designed to get 75 mpg from a three-cylinder engine, as well as start-stop...

June 29, 2012

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U.S. sees two weeks of fuel-price drops; July 4 travel to rise

(The Associated Press) Survey: Fuel prices dropping across U.S. The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 15 cents over the past two weeks. That's according to...

June 29, 2012

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Lexus tops J.D. Power quality survey; AAA's car picks for teens

(Toyota) Lexus tops quality study, U.S. improves Lexus makes the best-quality cars in the U.S., and automakers overall are much better at eliminating problems that land vehicles in the repair...

June 24, 2012

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Concept car: Acura RLX is a concept ready for production

(Honda) Acura RLX This luxury sedan debuted at the New York auto show in April. It's intended to be a replacement for the RL model. It will feature a "Sport...

June 22, 2012

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Scarff Ford celebrates 90 years; site names Infiniti top brand

Scarff family members pose with classic Fords at the dealership in the 1970s. (Courtesy of Scarff Ford) Scarff Ford in Auburn celebrates 90 years Scarff Ford in Auburn is celebrating...

June 22, 2012

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Saab to become e-car company; Mercedes boosts AMG versions

(The Associated Press) Saab sold again, will become e-car brand A Chinese-Japanese investment group has agreed to buy Saab and convert the bankrupt Swedish manufacturer into a maker of electric...

June 17, 2012

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Concept car: Ford Mustang High Gear has feminine flavor

(Ford) Ford Mustang High Gear This concept came out of a collaboration between Ford and SEMA in which three Mustangs were designed by women. The public then voted on which...

June 15, 2012

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New Aston Martin due out soon; car dealers feeling bullish

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin flagship DBS to be replaced Aston Martin, the 99-year-old British maker of luxury sports cars featured in James Bond movies, is preparing to introduce a vehicle...

June 15, 2012

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High rates of teen texting; Buick leads satisfaction survey

(File photo) National survey finds teen texting common More than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving — the first federal statistics on how common...

June 10, 2012

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Concept car: Subaru Advanced Tourer is a lean, mean wagon

(Subaru) Subaru Advanced Tourer This aggressive-looking sports wagon debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November, and is an early look at the next-generation WRX. The concept features an all-glass...

June 8, 2012

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Survey puts fuel economy atop buyers' list; top sellers in May

(The Associated Press) Survey: Fuel economy top priority for buyers Consumers are planning to move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles with their next purchase, according to a recent survey by...

June 8, 2012

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End of record used-car prices, GM partners with Man U

(file photo) Used-car prices down, likely to fall further Used-car prices are starting to fall after rising steadily for much of the year. Easing gas prices in much of the...

June 3, 2012

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Late auto loans decrease; Tata profits from Evoque sales

(File photo) Late loan payments drop to 13-year low The rate of late payments for auto loans fell nationally in the first three months of the year to the lowest...

June 1, 2012

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Concept car: Accord Coupe is a look at future Hondas

(Honda) Honda Accord Coupe Concept This two-door version of the Accord offers a peek at the line's new styling. It has a sleeker look, a new honeycomb grille and deeply...

June 1, 2012 3 Comments

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GM is out of Super Bowl; Mazda, Fiat joining forces on car

GM's "Happy Grad" 2012 Super Bowl ad. (General Motors) GM cuts Super Bowl from its ad budget General Motors says it won't run ads during the next Super Bowl. "We...

May 27, 2012 3 Comments

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Concept car: Sho Case is a rolling entertainment station

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu FC Sho Case This futuristic four-seater debuted at the Tokyo auto show in December. Its seats can fold flat into the floor and the steering wheel retracts...

May 25, 2012 2 Comments

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Chevy adding rear-wheel sedan; Memorial Day traffic on rise

(General Motors) Chevy to bring back rear-wheel sedan For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chevrolet brand will have a rear-wheel-drive sedan in its U.S. lineup. The 2014...

May 25, 2012 2 Comments

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Forecaster warns of sharp jump in Seattle-area gas prices

A sharp rise in gasoline prices is likely to occur over the next few days and through the weekend in Seattle, according to analysts at GasBuddy.com, a gas-price-tracking website. "I...

May 23, 2012

Honda Uni-Cub is a mini mobile unit; Feds push for truck safety

(The Associated Press) Honda device is like scaled-down Segway Honda has introduced its new Uni-Cub, a personal mobility device that lets you glide around the office or the aquarium perched...

May 20, 2012

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Concept car: Hi-Cross adds to Nissan crossover portfolio

(Nissan) Nissan Hi-Cross This hybrid cossover debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. It seats seven in its compact frame. Due to its production-ready looks, the SUV is expected...

May 18, 2012

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Carroll Shelby's life remembered; Suppliers rank carmakers

Carroll Shelby is shown in 1964. (The Associated Press) Miniseries revisits Carroll Shelby's legacy The life of Carroll Shelby, the legendary car designer and champion auto racer who died May...

May 18, 2012

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Gas prices unlikely to set record; highway deaths at record low

(The Associated Press) Summer gas prices unlikely to set record Gasoline prices likely won't set any records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil. The...

May 13, 2012

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Driverless car moves forward; top-selling autos in April

(The Associated Press file, 2010) Google gets license for self-driving cars Nevada has issued the country's first license to test self-driving cars on public roads, and Google's name is on...

May 11, 2012

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Concept car: Nissan Pathfinder is a look into next generation

(Nissan) Nissan Pathfinder concept This SUV, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, is expected to be very close to the production version due out in the fall....

May 11, 2012

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Drivers open to autonomous cars; Toyota makes a comeback

A Google autonomous car is tested in 2010. (The Associated Press) Survey: Some ready to try driverless cars Although the technology is just in its infancy, one in five drivers...

May 6, 2012

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Gas prices raise driving costs, but may have peaked for year

(The Associated Press) Study: Driving costs up due to fuel prices Increases in the cost of fuel and tires have driven up the average cost to operate a vehicle, according...

May 4, 2012

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Concept car: Toyota NS4 takes the Prius into the future

(Toyota) Toyota NS4 This plug-in hybrid concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It's a break from the Prius family, with a lower, more futuristic design. The midsize...

May 4, 2012 2 Comments

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Chrysler has huge first quarter; Ford pondering China brand

(The Associated Press) Chrysler makes global comeback in 2012 Chrysler says it earned $473 million in the first quarter, exceeding its profit for all of 2011 in just three months...

April 29, 2012

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Concept car: Daihatsu D-Cross is a real chameleon

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu D-X Pronounced D-Cross, this concept was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in December. It features swappable plastic body parts that can change it from a roadster to...

April 27, 2012

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Lamborghini develops an SUV; Ward names top interiors

(The Associated Press) Lamborghini mulls adding SUV to lineup Lamborghini unveiled its first SUV in almost two decades as the Italian supercar maker looks to tap rising demand from emerging...

April 27, 2012

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Car seats and auto design not mixing; Maserati plans to expand

(File photo) Study: Auto design hinders car-seat use Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars because of the design of most passenger seats, according to an insurance...

April 22, 2012

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Concept Car: Cadillac Ciel is the most luxury of convertibles

(General Motors) Cadillac Ciel This luxury convertible takes its name from the French word for sky. It also borrows the French door style, with the rear doors hinging in the...

April 20, 2012

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Gas-price drop likely temporary; Avalanche getting scrapped

(The Associated Press) Gas prices drop again, but will likely rise Gasoline prices dropped around much of the nation for the second straight week, an Energy Department survey found. But...

April 20, 2012

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VW Up! wins World Car award; Toyota raising prices in May

(Volkswagen) VW compact named World Car of the Year Automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America announced their picks for the top world cars — vehicles available on at...

April 15, 2012

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Honda tops perception survey; age of trade-ins reaches high

(The Associated Press) Honda, Ford top perception survey Kelley Blue Book has named the winners of its 2012 Brand Image Awards. The awards are based on a study of how...

April 13, 2012

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Concept car: Acura ILX gets boost from Honda Civic

(Acura) Acura ILX This premium compact concept is very close to the version that will be released this spring. It will be available as a hybrid, based on the Honda...

April 13, 2012

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Autos a standout when the world came to Seattle

Auto ads from the 1962 World's Fair souvenir edition. Auto-related facts in honor of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next weekend: 1962 souvenir edition Explore...

April 13, 2012

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Flying car shows up in New York; car sales surging this year

(Terrafugia.com) Flying car takes off, shows off in New York Terrafugia says that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of...

April 8, 2012

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Chrysler rebadges for Europe; Top sellers in March

(Chrysler) Chrysler 200 becomes a Lancia for Europe Rebadged versions of the Chrysler 200 convertible rolling off a Michigan assembly line will soon be on sale across Europe as the...

April 6, 2012

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Concept car: Maserati Kubang is a head turning SUV

(Maserati) Maserati Kubang This luxury SUV turned heads at its Frankfurt auto show debut in September, and again at its North American debut at the Detroit auto show in January....

April 6, 2012 2 Comments

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Cadillac's innovative safety feature; Land Rover marks 25 years

Cadillac's new safety technology combines cameras and sensors to detect collisions. (General Motors) Cadillac safety system adds seat vibration Cadillac is rolling out a suite of safety features ­­-- including...

April 1, 2012

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Concept Car: Nissan van is an electric hauler

(Nissan) Nissan e-NV200 Concept This van is a new version of the model that won the contest to become the official taxi for New York City starting in 2013. It...

March 30, 2012 1 Comment

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Summer road trips may take hit; report tallies congestion costs

(The Associated Press) Gas prices likely to cut into summer trips Rising fuel prices are likely to make business and leisure travelers alter their plans this summer, a survey by...

March 30, 2012

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Seattleites on Ford reality show; Service department ratings

(Ford) Ford reality show features Seattleites Ford has purchased a reality-TV show, "Escape Routes," that will debut March 31 on NBC. The show is a road-trip competition designed to promote...

March 25, 2012

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Concept Car: New Bentley would be company's first SUV

(Bentley) Bentley EXP 9 F This SUV concept debuted at the Geneva auto show this month. The all-wheel-drive luxury vehicle has all-terrain capability and can support a V-8 or hybrid...

March 23, 2012

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$4-a-gallon club gets new members; cars improve in mileage

(File photo) Gas prices continue to rise across nation Pump prices rose in most of the U.S. during the past week, with five more states, including Washington, joining the $4-a-gallon...

March 23, 2012

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Audi may buy Ducati; Ford infotainment upgrades mailed

(Ducati) Audi may add bike maker to holdings Audi is in talks to buy Ducati Motor Holding, the maker of luxury motorbikes ridden by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, according...

March 18, 2012 2 Comments

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Concept Car: Volvo XC60 plug-in shows company's future

(Vovlo) Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid This concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, is intended to show the direction Volvo will take as it develops its hybrid...

March 16, 2012

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Nissan may be reviving Datsun brand; top picks for families

(Nissan) Nissan may soon revive Datsun brand Nissan's chief executive has fueled speculation that the Japanese automaker may revive its Datsun brand to compete in the low-cost end of the...

March 16, 2012

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World auto production hits a high; New Ferrari is fastest yet

(The Associated Press) Auto production hits record around globe Global auto production hit record levels in 2011, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. The Paris-based industry group...

March 11, 2012

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Concept car: Chrysler 700 a test model for next minivan

(Chrysler) Chrysler 700C This minivan concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It was rolled out early — without an engine or powertrain — so Chrysler could get...

March 9, 2012

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Volt version named top auto in Europe; February's top sellers

(General Motors) European version of Volt given top award The Opel Ampera, which sells in the U.S. as the Chevrolet Volt, has been named European Car of the Year by...

March 9, 2012 3 Comments

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Most, least expensive autos to insure; February car sales up

Toyota minivan found cheapest to insure Insure.com has released its 2012 model-year rankings of the most and least expensive vehicles to insure. The least expensive was the four-cylinder Toyota...

March 4, 2012 1 Comment

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Consumer Reports releases annual list of top autos

(The Associated Press) Japan tops Consumer Reports' rankings Subaru and Mazda received the top scores in Consumer Reports' annual Automaker Report Card, and Japanese automakers claimed the five top spots,...

March 2, 2012

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Concept car: Audi bringing Q3 to America

(Audi) Audi Q3 Vail The Q3 — a compact crossover offered in the European market — will soon be coming to the U.S. Audi made the announcement at the Detroit...

March 2, 2012 3 Comments

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GM, Peugeot might partner; Hyundai aims to boost production

(Peugeot) GM, Peugeot may be talking partnership General Motors is in talks about a possible tie-up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, a French government official said last week. An...

February 26, 2012 2 Comments

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Concept cars: Sporty Chevrolets have Gen Y in mind

Chevrolet Code 130R and Tru 140S Chevy unveiled these coupes at the Detroit auto show in January. Both are aimed at younger buyers, and the company surveyed college and...

February 24, 2012

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Feds calls for fewer distractions; owners hanging onto cars

(Ford) Safety group calls for infotainment restraint The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has formally urged carmakers to stop equipping autos with infotainment systems that can distract drivers. The agency...

February 24, 2012

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Kia leads cost-of-ownership rankings; Toyota's fleet sales

(Kia) Kia takes top spot on cost-of-ownership list Kia was the top-rated brand in Kelley Blue Book's inaugural Total Cost of Ownership Awards. The awards honor current model-year vehicles and...

February 19, 2012

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Lexus tops reliability rankings; gas prices rising fast, early

(The Associated Press) Auto reliability grows; Lexus leads in survey Lexus was the top performer in a survey of vehicle dependability released last week, but most other brands also showed...

February 17, 2012

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Concept Car: Toyota model updates the GRMN

(Toyota) Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II First unveiled at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race last summer, this hybrid sports car was shown again at the Tokyo auto show in December....

February 17, 2012

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Dealer group sees auto prices going up; Britain ups production

(The Associated Press) Dealer group: Car prices, sales to go up Car buyers will likely pay more for new and used autos this year as the economy improves. That's according...

February 12, 2012

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Two off-season Harley debuts; fuel prices continue to rise

Two new Harleys target younger riders Harley-Davidson unveiled two new motorcycles for the 2012 model year last week: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro...

February 10, 2012

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Concept car: Honda Micro Commuter has bonus scooter

(Honda) Honda Micro Commuter This three-person electric vehicle debuted at the Tokyo auto show in December. It features a customizable, aerodynamic exterior. It also includes a fold-up electric two-wheeler, the...

February 10, 2012

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Brand perception up for automakers; Mopar celebrates 75 years

Brand perception up for most car makes More auto brands scored near the top of Consumer Reports' annual Car-Brand Perception Survey than in recent years. The survey measures how...

February 5, 2012

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New safety technology may become standard; fuel-price outlook

An illustration of Ford's "intelligent vehicle" program, in which cars would communicate. (Ford) Car-to-car communication may become standard The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced it will decide next...

February 3, 2012

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Concept car: Lexus LF-LC coupe hybrid embodies dramatic design

(Toyota) Lexus LF-LC This performance coupe hybrid won the Eyes on Design award at its debut at the Detroit auto show last month. A long hood, dramatic spindle grille and...

February 3, 2012

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Saab classics go to auction; China's auto sales lose steam

(Saab) Up for sale: Saab's heritage collection More than 100 Saabs, from a 1947 Ursaab prototype to a 2010 9-5 sedan, are to be taken from the company's museum in...

January 29, 2012 1 Comment

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Concept car: Latest NSX is a stunning supercar

(Honda) Acura NSX A new hybrid version of the NSX supercar debuted at the Detroit auto show to raves earlier this month. A V-6 engine mated with a pair of...

January 27, 2012

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Detroit auto show a hit; Toyota electronics cleared

Show visitors play in a Mercedes-Benz E350. (The Associated Press) Detroit auto show attendance spikes It wasn't a record, but the 770,932 people who attended the North American International Auto...

January 27, 2012

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Average car age hits record; More auto jobs expected in U.S.

Average car age hits record of 10.8 years The average age of a car or truck in the U.S. hit a record 10.8 years in 2011 as eco- nomic worries...

January 22, 2012 1 Comment

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Concept car: Nissan adds Nismo sportiness to Juke

(Nissan) Nissan Juke Nismo This race-car-inspired take on the Juke debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It gets Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels and more aerodynamic front and rear...

January 20, 2012

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Autoweek's picks for best of Detroit show

Clockwise from top left: Ford Fusion, Dodge Dart, Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Acura NSX. Autoweek's editors have named their top picks from the Detroit auto show, which wraps on Jan. 22....

January 20, 2012

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Detroit auto show heavy with hybrids, electric cars

The 2013 Toyota Prius c debuted at the show. (The Associated Press) New hybrids and electric vehicles continue to roll out at the Detroit auto show, which opened to the...

January 15, 2012 2 Comments

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Top-selling autos, brands and companies in US for 2011

Ford was the second-best-selling company and the top-selling brand, and had the top-selling model in 2011 with the F-Series truck. (Ford) The top companies, brands and models by sales for...

January 13, 2012

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Concept car: VW Cross Coupe is sign of things to come

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Cross Coupe This four-door "coupe" debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It previews the look and underpinning of VW's next generation of crossover vehicle, with a...

January 13, 2012 3 Comments

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New challenger for world's cheapest car; Ford hits sales mark

(The Associated Press) New car could vie for world's cheapest In the race to make the world's cheapest car, Indian company Tata Motors might soon lose its No. 1 status...

January 8, 2012

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Concept car: Mazda Takeri turns heads in Tokyo

(Mazda) This compact sedan debuted to strong praise at the Tokyo auto show in December. It continues Mazda's Kodo design language and is an indicator of the look of the...

January 6, 2012 2 Comments

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2011 sees auto-sales rebound; Super Bowl ads plum with cars

(The Associated Press) 2011 auto-sales totals top previous years Americans bought more cars and trucks last year, inspired by easier credit, an improved economy and the desire to replace aging...

January 6, 2012

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Car ads some of year's best; an auto artist dies at 84

(Volkswagen) Best 2011 auto ads led by VW, Chrysler If TV-ad quality is any indication of coming sales, Volkswagen and Chrysler have a lot to look forward to. Their ads...

January 1, 2012

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Concept car: Suzuki Q EV is short, cute and quirky

(Suzuki) This cutesy electric vehicle that's a mere 98 inches long debuted at the Tokyo auto show this month. The seating can be configured to seat two adults in tandem,...

December 30, 2011

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New releases slated for Detroit show; Toyota's comeback bid

(Acura) Acura, Buick set to unveil new designs Acura and Buick will debut two all-new vehicles at the Detroit auto show next month. Acura is introducing a sedan intended for...

December 30, 2011

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Holiday travel is up again; safety picks reach record number

(Archive photo) Holiday travel up for third straight year U.S. travel during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends is expected to increase 1.4 percent from 2010 to the highest...

December 25, 2011

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Concept car: Honda EV-STER is a high-tech electric coupe

(Honda) This electric rear-wheel-drive roadster, which debuted at the Tokyo auto show this month, has a range of about 100 miles and a top speed of 99 mph. The two-seater...

December 23, 2011 1 Comment

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Big Three make gains; Americans break record for gas spending

(The Associated Press) Detroit carmakers all gain market share This year, for the first time since 1988, all three Detroit automakers have gained market share in the U.S. Through November,...

December 23, 2011

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Top picks out of Tokyo; traffic deaths drop to 60-year low

Autoweek's top picks from Tokyo auto show Autoweek's editors have named their picks for the best of the Tokyo auto show, which wrapped last week. The winners: Most Fun:...

December 18, 2011

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Concept car: Toyota Boshoku T-Brain is a wonder

(The Associated Press) This four-seat wagon design study grabbed attention at the Tokyo auto show, which wrapped on Dec. 11. Totoya Boshoku is a Japanese auto-parts supplier. — NWautos staff...

December 16, 2011 1 Comment

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Car and Driver's top picks for 2012; young drivers still texting

(Ford) Car and Driver names its 10 best for 2012 Car and Driver magazine has named its top 10 cars for 2012. All cars are priced under $80,000, are all-new...

December 16, 2011

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Volt is tops in customer satisfaction; Dodge Dart name returns

(General Motors) Volt owners report highest satisfaction Chevrolet Volt buyers are the most satisfied car owners in the U.S., according to the latest owner-satisfaction survey from Consumer Reports. Ninety-three percent...

December 11, 2011

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Concept Car: Subaru BRZ shows automaker's sportier side

(Subaru) The STI version of the BRZ concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. The performance car has a sporty suspension setup, Brembo brakes and carbon-fiber parts...

December 9, 2011

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Auto jobs expected to increase; November's top-selling autos

Autoworkers assemble the body of a Ford F-150 at a Ford plant in Michigan. (Paul Sancya / The Associated Press) Auto jobs expected to jump in next few years Employment...

December 9, 2011

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VW may be top car seller this year; Hybrid drivers safer

Volkswagen logos sit in a production line at the company's headquarters in Germany. (Fabian Bimmer / The Associated Press) VW may take world's No. 1 title this year Some forecasters...

December 4, 2011

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Find parking and enter to win theater tickets at e-Park

The Seattle Department of Transportation's e-Park division is giving away theater tickets to four different downtown shows. Two tickets will be awarded per winner to The 5th Avenue Theatre's "Cinderella"...

December 2, 2011

Concept Car: Beetle gets a macho makeover with the R

(Volkswagen) The Volkswagen Beetle gets a macho makeover with the R concept. Engine specifics weren't released at its debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, but it's likely to...

December 2, 2011

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Toy Run comes to raceway; design concept scales walls

Car show to double as toy donation site On Sunday, Pacific Raceways will turn into a huge toy-collection site as car clubs and enthusiasts participate in the Northwest Toy Run...

December 2, 2011

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Audi A7 wins awards; Toyota and Lexus keep resale value

(Audi) Audi picks up two awards for all-new A7 The Audi A7 has racked up two 2012 awards, being named Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year and Motor Press Guild...

November 27, 2011

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Escape makeover debut; Passat Car of the Year

(The Associated Press) Escape makeover debuts at LA show Ford unveiled its redesigned Escape at the on-going Los Angeles Auto Show, transforming it from a five-passenger SUV into a sloping...

November 25, 2011

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Concept Car: Citroën Tubik goes back to the future

(Citroën) This nine-person "executive shuttle" debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. A single gull-wing door opens the cabin, which features violet modular lounge seats and a driver's cockpit....

November 25, 2011

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Ford's new front seat, luxury car event

Seat engineer Mike Kolich shows off the inner structure of Ford's new global seat. (Ford) New seats for Ford cars around the world When it goes on sale next...

November 20, 2011

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MyFordTouch upgrades and Honda Civic refresh

The new MyFordTouch navigation system. (Ford) MyFordTouch system getting upgrades Ford is improving its onboard infotainment system, MyFordTouch, for the 2013 model year. Customers with earlier versions of the...

November 18, 2011

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Concept Car: Kia GT rear-wheel-drive sports car

Kia This rear-wheel-drive sports car was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. It's Kia's attempt to go up-market with a V-6 engine producing 389 horsepower. Aggressive exterior styling...

November 18, 2011

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Evoque nabs best of 2012 awards; first month is risky for new drivers

(Land Rover) Evoque nabs two best of 2012 awards The new Range Rover Evoque (shown) was recently named Motor Trend's 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year. The small SUV was designed...

November 13, 2011

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Kick-start tailgate control and top-selling autos in October

photo credit: Ford Kick of the foot to open tailgates, trucks Ford will introduce its "gesture-based" tailgate control on the redesigned 2013 Escape SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show...

November 11, 2011

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Concept Car: Land Rover DC100 Sport convertible SUV

Land Rover This convertible SUV was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. It's an open-air version of the DC100, which is likely to come out in 2015 as...

November 11, 2011

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Best of 2012 short list announced, for-profit red-light cameras criticized

(Volkswagen) Best of 2012 field pared to two dozen The North American Car and Truck of the Year jury has announced its short list of 24 vehicles up for its...

November 6, 2011

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Scion ranks tops for reliability; Honda and Toyota up sales incentives

(Toyota) CR reliability survey puts Scion on top Consumer Reports has issued its 2011 ranking of vehicle brands' overall reliability, based on responses from the owners of 1.3 million vehicles...

November 4, 2011 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz F 125! Offers a glimpse of the future

(Mercedes-Benz) This look at what autos may look like in the year 2025 was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. In that year, the F125 would travel more...

November 4, 2011 1 Comment

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GM to sell midsize pickup and facilitate owner rentals

(General Motors) Chevy to sell midsize pickup in the US General Motors will build and sell the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck in the U.S., the company recently announced....

October 30, 2011

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Neiman Marcus picks Ferrari for catalog; car sales growth predicted for 2012

(Neiman Marcus) Neiman Marcus picks Ferrari for catalog An exclusive edition of the 2012 Ferrari FF, which reaches top speeds of more than 200 mph, is the car featured in...

October 28, 2011

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Concept Car: Volvo Concept You is a tech-savvy luxury vehicle

(Volvo) This four-door fastback, which debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month, is already scheduled for production. It features suicide doors and a sleek exterior in a move to...

October 28, 2011

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Toyota backs Camry with big ad money; Cadillac takes a 'Cue' from smartphones

(Toyota) Toyota putting big ad dollars behind Camry Toyota is spending an estimated $175 million in what it is calling its largest-ever marketing campaign to promote the 2012 version of...

October 23, 2011

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1884 steam vehicle sells for $4.62 million; Brotherton dealership reopens

(The Associated Press) 1884 steam vehicle sells for $4.62 million An 1884 French-built steam runabout, billed as the world's oldest running family car, sold in Hershey, Pa., for $4.62 million...

October 21, 2011

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Concept Car: Fisker Surf e-sports car/station wagon

(Fisker) This electric sports car/station wagon from the maker of the Karma all-electric vehicle debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month. It adds extra, flexible load-carrying capability to the...

October 21, 2011

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White is the new silver, Jaguar wins Autoweek's Best in Show

(Kia) White bests silver as 2011's top auto color White has passed silver as the world's most popular car color, according to an annual survey by paint maker PPG Industries....

October 16, 2011

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Mercedes name on Superdome, September's top sellers, Fiat staying in Italy

(The Associated Press) Mercedes name to be on first US stadium The home of the New Orleans Saints and site of six Super Bowls will be renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome...

October 14, 2011

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Concept Car: The Jaguar C-X16 shows the future of technology

This two-door, rear-wheel drive sports car shows the future of Jaguar design and technology. It's powered by a supercharged V-6 that produces 375 horsepower. The push of a steering-wheel...

October 14, 2011

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Center air bags for GM, and used-car scam warning signs

(General Motors) GM to install center air bags in crossovers General Motors will install a center air bag on three of its models next year to better protect drivers and...

October 9, 2011

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New car laws for Cuba, how to avoid flooded cars

(The Associated Press) Cuban streets may get less 'American' Cuban streets may get a new look as the country recently legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens....

October 7, 2011

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Concept Car: Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior

(Bentley) This interior concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month. The ultra-luxurious cabin includes two iPad workstations, a 15.6-inch LED television, fold-down backseat tables, multi-directional lighting, USB connectors...

October 7, 2011

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NADAguides ' top buys, new Infiniti's Mercedes-Benz base

(General Motors) NADAguides names top new-model buys NADAguides has announced its Top Recommended Current Buys for the quarter, based on depreciation value, current incentives and rebates, warranty, assistance services and...

October 2, 2011

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Most-stolen motorcycles and wheelchair-ready vehicle

(Honda) Honda tops list of most-stolen motorcycles Motorcycle thefts dropped by 24 percent from 2007 to 2010, the National Insurance Crime Bureau recently reported. There were 65,678 motorcycles reported stolen...

September 30, 2011 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Ultra-light Audi Urban Concept

(Audi) This ultra-light concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show this month. The two-seater combines elements of a race car and an urban car, and is intended to be fun...

September 30, 2011

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Fiat Doblo coming to America, new 911 Carrera, trucker cellphone ban

(Fiat) Fiat bringing Doblo small van to US Fiat plans to sell its Doblo small van in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2013. The Italian automaker says the Doblo...

September 25, 2011

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Record fuel spending, Lamborghini supercars and Alfa Romeo's return delay

(The Associated Press) US drivers facing record fuel spending U.S. motorists are on pace to spend $491 billion for gasoline this year, the most ever. The average high for the...

September 23, 2011

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Concept Car: Ford Evos reveals a glimpse of Ford's future

(Ford) This concept reveals the new face and future look for the Ford brand. The sleek, edgy plug-in hybrid debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last week. The four gullwing...

September 23, 2011

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More affordable GM luxury car, increasing car sales, and gas prices

(General Motors) GM sets price for new luxury car on low end General Motors will price its newest luxury compact, the Buick Verano, on the low end of its class,...

September 18, 2011

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Compact cars improve, Fiat may move production to US and GM's Lutz is back

(Honda) Civic, Elantra top Kelley compact test Compact cars available in the U.S. are all significantly better, more fuel-efficient and more pleasant to drive than they were five years ago,...

September 16, 2011

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Concept Car: BMW i8 and i3 electric cars are coming in 2013

(BMW) Although labeled concepts, the i8 and i3 are already slated for production in 2013. The i8 (shown, top) is a plug-in hybrid sport coupe that will carry a six-figure...

September 16, 2011

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End of the line for Ford cop car; car auctions set world record

(Ford) Last of Ford's iconic cop cars rolls off line The last Crown Victoria -- the no-nonsense police car that has made motorists straighten up and drive attentively for more...

September 11, 2011

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Maserati SUV to be made in Detroit; August's top auto sellers

(Maserati) Maserati SUV to be made in Detroit Fiat's Maserati is betting that Italian luxury can also be a made-in-Detroit SUV. The elite car brand, based in Italy, plans to...

September 9, 2011

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Concept Car: The Infiniti JX seven-seat luxury crossover

(Infiniti) This three-row luxury crossover debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The seven-seater features a second row that slides five and a half inches for easier access....

September 9, 2011

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Thieves love Escalades, US drivers stay home, auto dealerships see gain

(General Motors) Escalade tops list of vehicles thieves love The Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV is the vehicle most likely to be targeted by thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data...

September 4, 2011

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More Camry for less, seven-seat VW SUV and GM support of King memorial

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, unveils the 2012 Camry at the Toyota plant in Kentucky, Aug. 23. (David Perry / The Associated Press) New Camry adds...

September 2, 2011

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Concept Car: Scion FR-S rear-wheel drive sports coupe

(The Associated Press) This rear-wheel-drive sports car was unveiled at the New York auto show in April. Part of the joint venture between Toyota and Subaru, the FR-S was inspired...

September 2, 2011

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Vista roofs soar, Portland gets 'Electric Avenue' and Focus gets game

(Ford) Drivers want sun, but not convertibles Auto buyers are trading the open air for high-tech glass. Ford says sales of vehicles with "vista" or "panoramic" roofs are soaring. The...

August 28, 2011

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Toyota satisfies, Honda leads Web, and Fiat joins Gucci for high-fashion 500

(The Associated Press) Toyota brands lead in satisfaction survey Improved customer satisfaction with Japanese automakers helped boost the auto industry's overall score by 1.2 percent in the American Customer Satisfaction...

August 26, 2011

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Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class is all class

(Mercedes-Benz) This three-door hatchback debuted at the Shanghai and New York auto shows in April is expected to go into production worldwide. It features an elaborate pinwork grille, elongated headlights...

August 26, 2011

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Seniors buy domestic, OnStar adds tracking and the Ram goes Wild West

(General Motors) Older Americans still favor domestic brands Americans age 65 and older tend to chose vehicles from brands they grew up with, according to a new study by TrueCar.com,...

August 21, 2011

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Concept Car: Saab PhoeniX hybrid sports coupe is the future of design

(The Associated Press) This hybrid sports coupe debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The turbocharged all-wheel-drive sports car is the Saab design debut of former Ferrari design head...

August 19, 2011

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Solar option for Electric Focus, increase in value for used cars

(SunPower) Electric Focus buyers can add solar option Ford is teaming with solar provider SunPower to sell a discounted solar energy system in conjunction with the Focus Electric sedan that...

August 19, 2011

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Hondas are most-stolen cars, Cadillac to get two new models

(Honda) Hondas lead list of most-stolen cars Thieves are stealing more American vehicles than foreign cars for the first time since 2002, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The...

August 14, 2011

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Free car insurance, Chevy top-sellers and the return of the auto industry

(General Motors) GM testing insurance giveaway in state General Motors is test-marketing a free year of auto insurance as an incentive to buyers in the Northwest, according to the industry...

August 12, 2011

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Concept Car: Bertone B99 Jaguar is a small, classic luxury

(Bertone) The B99, produced by Bertone for the Geneva Motor Show in March, is a proposal for a small, luxury Jaguar that returns to a more classic look. Jaguar did...

August 12, 2011 1 Comment

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Ford scores big in satisfaction; L.A.'s post-red-light-camera cleanup

(The Associated Press) Ford ranks highly in satisfaction survey Porsche topped this year's J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction survey, with Jaguar and BMW coming in second and third. Ford...

August 7, 2011

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Formula One racing returns, Fiat 500 gets Mopar treatment

(Wheelbase Communications) Formula One to return to the US in 2012 The Austin city council has voted overwhelmingly to endorse the return of Formula One racing to America, clearing the...

August 5, 2011

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Concept Car Mazda Minagi

(Mazda) This compact crossover SUV debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and continues Mazda's "Kodo" design language. The style emphasizes sharp details and an aggressive look. The interior...

August 5, 2011

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Volvo 'City Safety' crash system, Fiat majority owner of Chrysler

(Volvo) Study: Volvo crash system successful The "City Safety" automatic braking systems sold in some Volvos could slice the number of low-speed crashes that happen by one-quarter if widely adopted,...

July 31, 2011

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Leaf leads sales, OnStar now available for non-GM cars

(Nissan) Leaf leading Volt in sales; will raise price Nissan is charging ahead in electric vehicle sales, selling 4,134 of its battery-powered Leafs so far this year. Chevrolet, by comparison,...

July 29, 2011

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Concept Car: Nissan Esflow is a fast electric sports car

(Nissan) This electric sports car debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March. It's powered by an electric motor on each rear wheel, taking it from zero to 60 mph...

July 29, 2011

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Ford's live phone operators, Prince Albert's custom Lexus

(Ford) Ford testing operator support for Sync Ford is taking a page from General Motors' OnStar system by testing live phone operators to help customers looking for directions to a...

July 24, 2011

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Ford supports phone ban, VW sales up, local Ford dealership on TV

(NWautos archive) Ford endorses ban on phone use in cars Ford has come out in support of congressional legislation that would institute a nationwide ban on motorists using hand-held cellphones...

July 22, 2011

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Concept Car: GMC Sierra All Terrain HD is built for off-roading

(GMC) This large, lifestyle truck may be a precursor to the next generation 1500 Sierra. It's built for off-roading -- with knobby 35-inch tires and a swing-down exit step --...

July 22, 2011

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Gen Y prefers foreign cars, auto jobs on the rise

(Toyota) Foreign brands most popular for Gen Y Millennials showed a distinct preference for Asian autos in 2009 and 2010, according to a new study by TrueCar.com, an auto data...

July 17, 2011

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Highest parking rates, June's top sellers and local Chevy show

(Thinkstock) NYC, London parkers fork out top rates It's not just Manhattan apartments that are expensive -- so are the parking spaces. An annual survey of parking rates finds that...

July 15, 2011

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Concept Car: Mini Paceman crossover is not so mini

(Mini) This not-so-mini Mini was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. The crossover coupe is expected to go into production, although not until after the coupe and roadster...

July 15, 2011

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Camry is 'most-American' car, Land Rover revamp starts with new SUV

(Toyota) Camry remains atop 'most-American' list The Toyota Camry (shown) took the top spot for the third-consecutive year in Cars.com's American Made Index. The list is based on percentage of...

July 10, 2011

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Jaguar and Fiat 500 win honors, Nevada gets Google's driverless cars

(Jaguar) Jaguar supercar nabs top concept awards The high-performance Jaguar C-X75 received top honors at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, winning Concept Car of the Year...

July 8, 2011

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Concept Car: The Prius C is the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in hybrid

(The Associated Press) The Prius C, unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, is Toyota's small, urban hybrid option. It's expected to come to market in 2012, affordably priced...

July 8, 2011

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Foreign cars lead in quality rankings; Ford plans new Lincoln models

(Toyota) Foreign cars head up quality rankings New cars and trucks made by foreign-based automakers dominated the J.D. Power and Associates quality rankings. The survey asked drivers about problem with...

July 3, 2011

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Ford boosts fonts and adds new seat belts, Kia scores Blake Griffin

Ford's inflatable seat belts have an air bag sewn in. They are an option in the Explorer. (Ford) Ford to boost fonts, expand new seat belts Ford plans to use...

July 1, 2011

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Concept Car: Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec is all decked out

(The Associated Press) Chevy put all of its favorite factory and after-market accessories on this Sonic variation for the Detroit auto show in January. It features a rear spoiler, 18-inch...

July 1, 2011

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Cars in demand, GM Sonic pricing and Gran Turismo racer

(Ford) Top selling cars that are hardest to find NADAguides has complied a list of the most in-demand vehicles -- cars that have had high sales but have limited availability...

June 26, 2011

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Concept Car: Kia KV7 is an 'activity van'

(The Associated Press) Kia's boxy design sensibility continues with this "activity van," which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The SUV-like minivan features a passenger-side gullwing door for...

June 24, 2011

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Consumer Reports' fuel efficiency picks, free Ford music event

(Volkswagen) Consumer Reports' picks for fuel sippers Consumer Reports recently conducted real-world testing to determine the best new cars for fuel efficiency. The recommended models also had to meet the...

June 24, 2011

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SUV safety surge and Cadillac makeovers

(The Associated Press) Report: Safety surges for SUV drivers Drivers of SUVs are among the least likely to die in a crash thanks mainly to the addition of electronic stability...

June 19, 2011 1 Comment

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New Ford C-Max, Royal Rolls-Royce, 2012 VW Beetle and 'Transformers'

(Ford) New Ford C-Max van will be hybrid only Ford will sell a hybrid-only minivan in the U.S. next year in a bid to challenge Toyota's hybrid dominance. The five-passenger...

June 17, 2011

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Concept Car: Hyundai Curb is a high-tech crossover

(Hyundai) This compact crossover is aimed at young urban drivers and features a rugged exterior that includes a pop-up roof rack and pull-out bike rack. The high-tech interior features touch...

June 17, 2011 1 Comment

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Chrysler small pickup and classic cars that won't break the bank

(Chrysler) New Chrysler small pickup is in the works Chrysler is making progress toward a new "lifestyle" pickup for the Ram brand to replace the soon-to-be-retired Dodge Dakota. The Dakota,...

June 12, 2011

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Top fuel-efficient vehicles, May's best sellers and Mazda production

(Mitsubishi) Most fuel-efficient vehicles NADAguides has compiled the most fuel-efficient 2011 vehicles in each segment based on combined mpg ratings. The top models: Crossover: Kia Sorento two-wheel-drive four-door I4 LX...

June 10, 2011

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Concept car: Porsche 918 RSR is a Spyder racecar

(The Associated Press) This racecar version of the company's 918 Spyder Concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It will have 767 horsepower that comes from a 6.2-liter...

June 10, 2011

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Small car safety, fuel economy labels and NYC taxi horns

The Nissan Leaf was named a Top Safety Pick after its crash test. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Small cars make big strides in safety tests Small cars are getting...

June 5, 2011

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Concept Car: Ford Vertrek has an EcoBoost engine

(Ford) This compact crossover, set to replace the Escape, debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It is scheduled for production in 2012, complete with a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine...

June 3, 2011

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Save on car maintenance

Some online deals to save on car maintenance According to AAA, it will cost drivers in an urban area $6,758 to $11,239 to own and operate their vehicles in...

June 3, 2011

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Ferrari hatchback and in-car health apps for Ford

(New York Times News Service) A new Ferrari that's fit for a baby seat Ferrari is looking to get a bit practical with -- brace yourself -- a hatchback. Mind...

May 29, 2011

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Concept Car: Toyota RAV4 EV is a second-generation e-car

(Toyota) The second generation of the electric RAV4 is a collaboration between Toyota and Tesla Motors. It gets about 100 miles on a charge and is expected to go on...

May 27, 2011 1 Comment

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New car sales on the rebound; less holiday travel by car

Dealerships, like this Ford showroom in Vermont, can expect more customers in the next two years. (Toby Talbot / The Associated Press) Study: new car sales to jump by 2013...

May 27, 2011

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Best buys for 2011 and Google's driverless cars

(Kia) NADAguides names Best Buys for 2011 NADAguides, an online provider of vehicle pricing and information, has named its Best Car Buys for 2011. Vehicles were scored on price, first...

May 22, 2011

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Seattle's first Airstream dealership; Toyota rebound

(Airstream) Seattle gets first Airstream dealership Seattleites interested in one of Airstream's iconic silver trailers no longer have to travel to Spokane or Portland to find a dealer. The Seattle...

May 20, 2011

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Concept Car: Cub Cadet Volunteer VTX utility concept is a transformer

(Cub Cadet) Cub Cadet, a maker of outdoor power equipment, debuted its utility vehicle concept at the SEMA show in November. Designed for use in areas such as municipal work,...

May 20, 2011

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Small car supply dwindling; vote to choose which charity wins a Toyota

Ford has just 31 days worth of the Fiesta, the most popular subcompact last month. (Ford) Small cars hot, but getting hard to find Shoppers looking for small cars may...

May 15, 2011

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Minivan taxicabs for NYC; overhaul for Ford Taurus

The Nissan NV200 was selected to be the new fleet taxi for New York City. (Nissan) Next NYC taxis will be Nissan minivans A boxy minivan made by Nissan will...

May 13, 2011

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Concept Car: Nissan New Mobility is a mini e-car

(Nissan) This electric two-seater has a range of 62 miles on a charge, and a maximum speed of 47 mph. The EV system was developed by alliance partner Renault, and...

May 13, 2011 1 Comment

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Sunscreen while driving; Ford F-Series leads sales

(Thinkstock) Think SPF on those sunny driving days If you spend long hours driving, especially during daylight hours, sunscreen may be a good idea. Most car manufacturers install laminated windshields...

May 8, 2011

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GM expands military discount; laser spark plugs in the future

GM Military Discount expanded this month Chevrolet will honor National Military Appreciation Month by expanding the GM Military Discount to military spouses and retirees this month. The discount is...

May 6, 2011 4 Comments

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Concept Car: Subaru Impreza is a four-door coupe

(Subaru) This design concept, which debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, hints at future styling trends for Subaru vehicles. The "four-door coupe" style is intended to be...

May 6, 2011

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Seattle among top 10 for worst traffic; stars for cars at auto show

(Linda Hughes) Traffic woes earn Seattle spot in top 10 Seattle ranked among the 10 most traffic congested in the U.S. in 2010, according to INRIX, a provider of traffic...

May 1, 2011

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Concept Car: Honda Fit EV has an electric motor and its own remote

Using the same five-passenger layout of the Fit hatchback, this EV concept adds the electric motor from the FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle. It comes with a remote that drivers...

April 29, 2011

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Dr. Dre in Chrysler ads; Corvette's Centennial Edition

Dr. Dre among celebs in Chrysler campaign After making a splash with its Super Bowl ad showcasing rapper Eminem, Chrysler plans to keep its urban music theme going with...

April 29, 2011

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Yao Ming backs BMW e-car; Jeep Grand Cherokee is a NW favorite

(Andy Wong / The Associated Press) Yao Ming backs BMW at show in Shanghai BMW got a little help from Chinese basketball star Yao Ming (pictured at right) to launch...

April 24, 2011

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Chrysler credit card offers discounts; Ford leads in loyalty

(Chrysler) Chrysler credit card can bring discounts Chrysler Group has teamed up with a Nebraska bank to offer a credit card that earns points that can bring cash discounts on...

April 22, 2011

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Concept car: Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

(The Associated Press) Cadillac unveiled its compact design study at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The aim was to create a luxury auto for urbanites while still seating...

April 22, 2011 1 Comment

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Olympia driver named Highway Hero; e-car safety for emergency crews

(Goodyear) Olympia truck driver named Highway Hero Olympia truck driver Tilden Curl -- who helped save the lives of two people in a car that had come to a stop...

April 17, 2011 1 Comment

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Concept car: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the first convertible crossover

(Nissan) Billed as the world's first convertible crossover, this all-wheel-drive vehicle is slated for sale as early as this year. It has a soft top, two doors and four seats....

April 15, 2011 1 Comment

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Area Volkswagen tech up for world title; pickups top sales

From left, Dan Planz, head of technical training for Volkswagen of America, congratulates technician Scott Roberts. (Byron Sprague) Area Volkswagen tech to vie for world title Scott Roberts, a master...

April 15, 2011

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Tesla with 300-mile range; Nissans with luxurious details

The Tesla will be able to travel 300 miles on a single charge. (Tesla) Tesla to release electric car with 300-mile range Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans to offer...

April 10, 2011

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Concept Car: The tiny Kia POP electric is big on style

Inspired by lightweight, aerodynamic items such as gliders and high-tech bicycles, this tiny three-seater made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It can...

April 8, 2011

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Diagnostic kit gives your car a checkup; Volvo slims its lineup

(Wheelbase Communications) Give your car a checkup It used to be that only trained automotive technicians could determine the cause of the "check engine" light. Now you can diagnose just...

April 8, 2011

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Lincoln is tops in dependability, electric cars go slow in Hawaii

The 2011 Lincoln MKS is among the Lincoln offerings that rank No. 1 in a dependability study. (Ford) Lincoln ranks No. 1 in dependability study Lincoln took the top spot...

April 3, 2011

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Porsche's Spyder hybrid to sell for $845K; Gary Busey's voice on your GPS

(Porsche) Porsche prices limited-edition Spyder hybrid at $845K Porsche will sell the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car, its most expensive model ever, for $845,000 in North America and limit...

April 1, 2011

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Concept Car: Mazda Shinari has a bold new look

(Mazda) This four-door, four-seat concept coupe features Mazda's new global design language, KODO, or "Soul of Motion." The design is intended to be graceful and carefree yet powerful, and signals...

April 1, 2011

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Mapping safest highway routes online; gas-saving gadget for idling cars

Find sites for fatal crashes on saferoadmaps.org. (saferoadmaps.org) Road trip? Plotting safe routes online Savvy trip planners may soon be able to add another feature to their itinerary: the safest...

March 27, 2011

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Fiesta is a top safety pick; first street-legal Pagani coming to US

(Ford) Fiesta earns top crash-test safety ratings worldwide Ford says its Fiesta is the first car in the subcompact segment to earn top crash-test ratings in each of the world's...

March 25, 2011

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Concept Car: Saab's first electric vehicle, the ePower Concept

(Saab) Saab's first electric vehicle debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October. The wagon is projected to get 124 miles on a charge via high-density lithium-ion batteries. The car...

March 25, 2011 1 Comment

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Bremerton Motorsports Park move; Chevrolet Suburban top family car

The current park must move to make way for a Port of Bremerton road project. (Ken Todd Photos) Bremerton Motorsports Park may grow to 250 acres A lease agreement between...

March 20, 2011

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Concept Car: Nissan Ellure has stylish allure

Nissan unveiled this hybrid sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Although it is unlikely to see production, it could show the styling direction for Nissan's future...

March 18, 2011

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Hot rides of 1986 now considered antiques; plus, February's top-sellers

The 1986 Ford Taurus is now considered an antique. (Ford) Hot rides of 1986 now considered antiques If anything reminds us of the passage of time, it is the latest...

March 18, 2011

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Poll on jaywalking tickets; Ford and Sollers to partner in Russia

(Thinkstock) Pemco poll: Jaywalkers deserve to be ticketed Seventy percent of Washington drivers polled by Pemco Insurance agree that pedestrians who jaywalk should be ticketed. While a significant majority of...

March 13, 2011

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Concept Car: Opel GTC Paris is an 'achievable dream car'

(Opel) This sports hatchback debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October as an "achievable dream car." The three-door with room for five runs on a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine...

March 11, 2011 1 Comment

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AAA names safety and efficiency picks; no more car cassette decks

(Ford) AAA names its safety, efficiency favorites Every two years, AAA offers its pick of innovative technologies designed to improve safety, increase performance and reduce the environmental impact of new...

March 11, 2011

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GM scholarships and Quest minivan as mom-mobile

(Millennial Media) GM's $4.5 million scholarship program to help 1,100 students General Motors is helping students, particularly disadvantaged ones, through a $4.5 million scholarship program. Buick Achievers Scholarships offer $2,000...

March 6, 2011

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Ford moves into start-stop technology; a Bentley for Bond in new book

(Wheelbase Communications) Ford about to move into start-stop technology Engine shutoff technology has been big in Europe for years but Ford will soon be offering it in the U.S. Start-stop...

March 4, 2011

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Concept Car: Audi e-tron Spyder is a powerful plug-in

This convertible sports car debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October, and is believed to be a preview of a forthcoming production model. Using Audi's plug-in hybrid technology,...

March 4, 2011

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Car-care seminars for women, US a hub for BMW SUV exports

(ACDelco) Car-care seminars, booklet aids women "Knowledge is Power," a new ACDelco program for women, helps readers ask the right questions about vehicle maintenance. A free booklet can be downloaded...

February 27, 2011

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Concept Car: BMW 6 Series is wider, lower

(BMW) BMW unveiled the direction of its next-generation 6 Series at the Paris Motor Show in October. The coupe has a wider, lower, sculpted body and is said to be...

February 25, 2011

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Everett dealer a finalist for award and Italian supercar coming to U.S.

Buzz Rodland (Toyota-Scion) Everett dealer a finalist for Time Dealer of the Year award Buzz Rodland, president and general manager of Rodland Toyota-Scion in Everett, accepted his award for regional...

February 25, 2011 1 Comment

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Latest Camaro ups horsepower race; more emotional ads for Chrysler

(The Associated Press) Latest Camaro ups the horsepower race The pony race continues to heat up as Chevrolet unveiled its Camaro ZL1, equipped with a supercharged V-8 engine, last week...

February 20, 2011

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Concept Car: The tiny Lotus City Car is designed to be electric

(Lotus) Lotus unveiled several concepts at the Paris Motor Show in October, most of which were the sportscars the brand is known for. This tiny three-door hatchback is a departure,...

February 18, 2011

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Fiat 500 pricing, 'Motorweek' picks and lowrider legend

(Fiat) Fiat 500 will feature no-haggle pricing Chrysler wants dealers to avoid haggling with shoppers over the price of the Fiat 500 when reintroducing the brand to America, betting that...

February 18, 2011

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Carpool rates declining; VW may bring back Phaeton and Scirocco

(Thinkstock) Census: carpool rates decline over decades The percentage of workers who carpool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the...

February 13, 2011 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Visteon C-Beyond features a carful of technology

(Visteon) Visteon, an automotive supplier of climate, interior, electronic and lighting products, created this concept for October's Paris Auto Show. It features more than 40 of the company's technologies, including...

February 11, 2011

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Red light cameras save lives and January sales are strong

(Sean O'Connor / Special to NWautos) Study finds red light cameras cut fatalities Red light cameras reduced the rate of fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities that...

February 11, 2011 1 Comment

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Toyota and GM sales, Nissan's new NV van and Detroit Auto Show crowds

(The Associated Press) Toyota, GM battle for tops in global sales Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles globally in 2010, narrowly remaining the world's top automaker ahead of General Motors. GM...

February 6, 2011

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Super Bowl commercials, low auto loan rates and Toyota quality offices

A still from Chevy's Super Bowl ad. (General Motors) Car ads will be racing through Super Bowl The automotive industry is expected to buy the most commercial time of any...

February 4, 2011

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Concept Car: Infiniti IPL G Convertible packs power and style

(Infiniti) This aerodynamic convertible debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October. It features a V6 engine, a three-piece retractable hardtop and a dramatic red leather interior. It adds to...

February 4, 2011

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Distracted driving, Chevy sales, first female GM product development head

(Archive) Distracted driving agenda will continue Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he will keep distracted driving at the top of his agenda despite critics who say the department should focus...

January 30, 2011

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Concept Car: Audi Quattro named best concept

(Audi) Named best concept at the Paris Motor Show by AutoWeek, this 408 horsepower compact coupe was recently green lighted for limited production. It was built to celebrate 30 years...

January 28, 2011

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New airbag requirements, Ford Touch training, Gen Y wants high-tech cars

(General Motors) Stronger side air bags required by 2018 New cars and trucks will need to have larger and stronger side air bags to prevent motorists from being tossed out...

January 28, 2011 1 Comment

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Charging stations on Highway 2, OnStar expansion and high Rolls sales

(The Associated Press) Charging stations planned for Hwy. 2 Washington state plans to install charging stations along U.S. 2 across the Cascades to allow electric vehicles to travel between western...

January 23, 2011 1 Comment

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Honda leads quality survey, seat belt use is up and Porsche is a winner

(Honda) Honda, Ford lead in auto quality survey Honda and Ford took the top spots in the quality category of Consumer Reports' 2011 Car Brand Perception Survey, a look at...

January 21, 2011

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Concept Car: Electric Nissan Townpod is quite a concept

(Nissan) Nissan continued its electric car initiative with this multi-use vehicle that it debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October. Designed for small-business owners, it has several interior configurations,...

January 21, 2011

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Volt is Car of the Year; locals on reality show; execs' expectations

(General Motors) Volt, Explorer snag top industry awards The Chevrolet Volt (shown at right) was named The North American Car of the Year, beating out two other finalists, the Hyundai...

January 16, 2011

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Concept Car: MINI Scooter is big on style

(MINI) MINI showed three versions of its electric scooter at the Paris Motor Show in October. The three scooters are mechanically identical, but show the individual style owners can impart...

January 14, 2011

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Chevy Camaro outsells Ford Mustang, plus more of 2010's top-sellers

(General Motors) Chevy Camaro takes 2010 muscle car title Ford's Mustang muscle car has lost the sports-car crown it held for 23 years to the Chevrolet Camaro (shown at right)....

January 14, 2011

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Auto sales rise in 2010; companies look to continue improvement

U.S. auto sales picked in the final months of 2010 and car companies expect them to keep climbing this year as the economy recovers and buyers grow more confident.

January 10, 2011

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Rental-cars profits are up; Ford to offer radio limits for teens

(Thinkstock) As biz travel revs up, so do rental-car firms Business travel is coming back, and the airline and hotel industries are reaping the benefits. But a less obvious beneficiary...

January 9, 2011

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Concept Car: Renault DeZir electric sportscar is red-hot

(Renault) (Renault) This ultra-flashy electric sportscar debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October. It has a low, wide body, complete with aluminum sideblades and reverse-hinged butterfly doors. Its French...

January 7, 2011

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Auto complaints accelerate; Allstate rewards safe drivers

(Thinkstock) Auto complaints accelerated last year Driver complaints to federal highway safety regulators soared in 2010, spurred by a slew of Toyota Motor Corp. recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

January 7, 2011 1 Comment

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Ford and Honda inspire loyalty; car sales to increase in 2011

(Ford) Ford, Honda lead in customer loyalty Ford's renaissance won some significant validation recently as it tied with Honda as the top brand for consumer loyalty in the 2010 J.D....

January 2, 2011 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar reaches 205 mph

(Jaguar) This electric supercar debuted at the Paris motor show in October and points to the future of Jaguar design. Four electric motors provide 68 miles of pure-electric driving, while...

December 31, 2010

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Insurance Institute safety picks; minivans from Ford and Nissan

(Volkswagen) Insurance Institute safety picks named The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles as winners of their top safety pick award for the 2011 model year. The award...

December 31, 2010

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Chevy's second Motor Trend award; China's BYD electric cars in US

(General Motors) Chevy earns second Motor Trend award The Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty was named the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, completing a rare same-year sweep of the prestigious...

December 26, 2010

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Holiday travel by car increases, Truck of the Year finalists announced

(Photo archive) Bump in travelers hitting holiday road AAA projects 92.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 3.1 percent...

December 24, 2010

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Concept Car: Lotus offers glimpse of the future with five concepts

Clockwise from top: The Elan, Esprit, Eterne, Elise and Elite. (Lotus) Lotus made a stir at the Paris Motor Show in October with five sportscar concepts meant to showcase the...

December 24, 2010 3 Comments

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Rising gas prices and future collector cars

(The Associated Press) Gas prices rising, and end may not be near Despite weak demand in the U.S. and Europe, oil prices climbed last week to near $90 a barrel,...

December 19, 2010

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Concept Car: Pininfarina Nido EV is 80th anniversary car

(Pininfarina) This electric city car is a restyling of the 2004 Nido and a celebration vehicle for the company's 80th anniversary. It has a range of 87 miles and a...

December 17, 2010

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Leaf is European Car of the Year, Chrysler launches new sedans

(Nissan) Europeans name Leaf as Car of the Year The all-electric Nissan Lead was recently named 2011 European Car of the Year, the first time an electric vehicle has won...

December 17, 2010

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Oprah loves the new Beetle; Car and Driver names top picks

Oprah Winfrey revealed the silhouette of the new VW Beetle on her show recently. (Volkswagen) New Beetle an Oprah 'Favorite Thing' Oprah did it again, recently giving away a new...

December 12, 2010

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Concept Car: Citroen Metropolis is a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan

(Citroen) Citroen debuted this large luxury sedan at the Shanghai World Fair in May. Designed in the company's Shanghai design studio, it's intended for a Chinese audience. It runs on...

December 10, 2010 1 Comment

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Bid on the first Chevy Volt; Trucks lead sales

(General Motors) Bidders vying to be first Chevy Volt owner Want to own the first Chevrolet Volt? Bidding for the first one off the line started last week and ends...

December 10, 2010

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Volt wins again; Kia on eBay

(The Associated Press) Volt snags two more best of 2011 awards The Chevrolet Volt has picked up two more major awards: Motor Trend's 2011 Car of the Year and Automobile...

December 5, 2010

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Buick Regal is Car of Year; Subaru tops Kelley Blue Book resale list

(General Motors) NADA names Buick Regal Car of Year NADAguides, a leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, awarded the 2011 Buick Regal its Car of the Year award at...

December 3, 2010

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Concept Car: Volkswagen Milano Taxi is battery-powered

(Volkswagen) VW presented this battery-powered taxi concept at a trade show in Germany in April. Its large curb-side door slides forward and the front passenger seat was removed in favor...

December 3, 2010

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Toyota's electric plans; more IndyCar engines

Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid was shown in Tokyo last week. (Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press) Toyota has big plans for electric vehicles Toyota announced last week it's planning to...

November 28, 2010

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Thanksgiving travel up; new Ford Model A museum

(Thinkstock) Thanksgiving travel up sharply this year Auto club AAA and the economic analysis firm IHS Global Insight are projecting that about 42.2 million Americans are traveling at least 50...

November 26, 2010

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Concept Car: Seat IBE is an electric sports coupe

(Seat) This electric coupe debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Spanish company gave it a sporty look that is short, low and wide with unusual LED headlights...

November 26, 2010

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Fiat 500 pricing and dealers; the return of the Barracuda

The U.S. version of the Fiat 500 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. (The Associated Press) Fiat 500 pricing, dealers announced Fiat announced this week that its...

November 21, 2010

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Concept Car: The "Rinspeed UC?" is unique, no question

(Rinspeed) This electric subcompact is an Urban Commuter. You see? Aside from the conceptual name, the UC? is practical -- measuring just 2.6 meters and intended to fit onto European...

November 19, 2010 4 Comments

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AAA checklist for winter driving prep

(Thinkstock) AAA recommends the following checks that car owners should do before winter-driving season. Can do at home: __ Check the condition and connections of the battery cables and terminals....

November 19, 2010

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End-of-year bargains on car lots, and goodbye Mr. Goodwrench

(The Associated Press) End of year deals expected on car lots Car buyers looking for a bargain may be rewarded this month and next. Automakers are more likely to offer...

November 14, 2010

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Concept Car: Protoscar Lampo2 sportscar has two electric motors

(Protoscar) This electric sports car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It features two electric motors creating the equivalent of 350 horsepower. It has a range of more...

November 12, 2010

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Truck sales a good sign for economy; Top October sellers

The Ford F-150 was a top-seller last month. (Ford) Truck sales a good sign for economy Trucks outsold cars by the highest margin in nearly five years in October, a...

November 12, 2010 1 Comment

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SEMA gives out first 'hottest' vehicle awards; James Bond's Aston Martin sold

(Chevrolet) SEMA gives out first 'hottest' awards The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) gave out its new awards for the Hottest Car, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4X4/SUV at last week's...

November 7, 2010

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Concept Car: 5 By Peugeot is a large luxury hybrid

(Peugeot) This concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is Peugeot's entry into the large luxury vehicle market. The hybrid system can run on electricity alone for...

November 5, 2010

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Porsche Cayenne is SUV of the year; Consumer Reports picks and driverless vans

(Porsche) Porsche Cayenne nabs SUV of the year Motor Trend has named the Porsche Cayenne its 2011 Sport/Utility of the Year. The magazine uses six criteria to evaluate its contenders:...

November 5, 2010

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Tesla sells electric sportscar in Japan; Fatalities involving teens drop

(The Associated Press) Tesla selling electric sportscar in Japan Tesla, the U.S. maker of electric sportscars, opened its first Asian showroom last week in a fashionable Tokyo neighborhood, hoping to...

October 31, 2010

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Cars to get you in the Halloween mood

1974 Gremlin In honor of Halloween, a Top 10 list of the scariest cars ever, according to TrueCar.com. Too scary to look at Cars that make you scream with fright:...

October 31, 2010 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta next-generation spider stretches its legs

(Pininfarina) This concept by Italian design house Pininfarina debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It's the company's vision for how the next-generation Alfa spider should look. The two-seater...

October 29, 2010

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Emissions standards for trucks; Porsche Cayman racer

(Thinkstock) Emissions standards for trucks planned Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under...

October 29, 2010

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Ford's online reality show casting coming to Seattle Oct. 27

Ford and the creators of "The Amazing Race" are teaming up to create an online reality show, with five weekly episodes to be streamed on Hulu. Taping for the show...

October 25, 2010

Christmas Camaros gone in three minutes; NASCAR switches to 'green' gas

(The Associated Press) Christmas Camaros gone in three minutes In just three minutes Tuesday, customers bought all 100 of the special-edition 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertibles offered in the Neiman Marcus...

October 24, 2010

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Concept Car: Citroen DS High Rider hybrid is high-class

(Citroen) This premium three-door crossover debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a harbinger of Citroen's DS4 line, which is intended to appeal to luxury car buyers. The...

October 22, 2010

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Prius wagon and plug-in on the way; teen drivers need diverse practice

Toyota plans to release a plug-in Prius, like this one at the Frankfurt Auto Show. (Frank Augstein / The Associated Press) Prius wagon, plug-in expected next year Toyota plans to...

October 22, 2010

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Four-door Smart car to be sold only in US; Buick plans new fuel-efficient compact

(Smart USA) Four-door Smart car will be U.S. exclusive Nissan has partnered with car dealership chain Penske Automotive Group to build a new four-door version of the Smart car. The...

October 17, 2010

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Ford casting for reality show; trucks lead September sales

(Ford) Ford casting for online reality show Ford and the creators of "The Amazing Race" are teaming up to create an online reality show, with five weekly episodes to be...

October 15, 2010 1 Comment

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Concept Car: Chrysler design study offers a glimpse into the future

(Chrysler) This concept pairs the styling of a Lanci Delta with Chrysler badging. Chrysler's new parent company, Fiat, has plans to merge the brands and this may be a first...

October 15, 2010

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Cellphone anti-texting warnings and Jaguar concept car

Anti-texting warning labels coming soon? Coming to your cellphone: a cigarette-style warning label about the dangers of distracted driving? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood offered the off-the-cuff suggestion last week,...

October 10, 2010

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Concept Car: Peugeot RCZ HYbrid4 pairs an electric motor with a diesel engine

(Peugeot) An electric motor pairs with a diesel engine in this sports car to achieve 64 mpg. The "4" in HYbrid refers to the car's four-wheel drive. A non-hybrid version...

October 8, 2010

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Car of the Year finalists; Sabbs with BMW engines

(Kia) Journalists name Car of the Year finalists General Motors and Nissan cars lead the list of 14 vehicles being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year....

October 8, 2010 2 Comments

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Washington buckles up; Chrysler dealers want Fiats

(Thinkstock) Nearly all drivers in the state buckle up An observational survey by the Washington State Patrol last week found that 97.6 percent of state motorists wear their seat belts...

October 3, 2010

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NUMMI plant is now a Tesla factory; Fewer children killed on US highways

(Tesla) NUMMI plant reopens as a Tesla factory The former NUMMI auto plant -- a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota that closed in April -- comes back to...

October 1, 2010 2 Comments

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Concept Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo is bigger and better

(Mitsubishi) Based on the same i-MiEV powertrain that's running the production minicar, this concept adds expanded cargo space suitable for a small business or recreational equipment. The electric vehicle has...

October 1, 2010

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New respect for GM from filmmaker; More hybrid sharing possible for Toyota

Chris Paine on set of his documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" (The Associated Press) New respect for GM from filmmaker Chris Paine, director of the influential documentary "Who Killed...

September 26, 2010

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Favorite car colors by city, free Toyota decals and top picks by cost of ownership

Seattle's color palette according to Ford data. Ford releases favorite car colors by city Last week, Ford released its data on regional preferences for cars. Here are various colors and...

September 24, 2010

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Concept Car: The Mercedes-Benz Brabus Viano Lounge has the techie comforts of home

(Brabus) Brabus interior designers tricked out a Mercedes-Benz van with a huge array of technological gear, such as a 32-inch LCD screen, a laptop and an espresso maker. The company...

September 24, 2010

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OnStar texts and Facebook, Porsche four-door, Japan trip contest, Concours winner

The OnStar Command Center in Detroit. (General Motors) OnStar soon to get texts, Facebook General Motors' OnStar communications unit will begin offering in-car access to Facebook and text messages later...

September 19, 2010

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Tim Allen's voice introduces new Cruze; Car booster seats ranked on safe fit

(General Motors) Familiar voice to introduce new Cruze Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. After more than a year of searching for a new marketing theme, Chevrolet says it has landed...

September 17, 2010 1 Comment

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Concept Car: The Citroen GQ is made for the discerning gentleman

(Citroen) This collaboration between Citroen and men's magazine GQ was intended to create the "ultimate gentleman's drive." The car has classic lines and an interior by a Savile Row tailor....

September 17, 2010 1 Comment

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Pick fuel economy sticker; Mexico on one tank; driving with dogs is distracting

One sticker option, left, uses a grading system, while the other relies on sliding scales. (The Associated Press) Help pick the next fuel economy sticker The Environmental Protection Agency and...

September 12, 2010

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Luxury car sales on the rise; Ford and Chevy trucks lead August sales

The Ferrari 458 Italia costs about $300,000. (Ferrari) Luxury car sales rise in first half of year With the economy improving -- albeit slowly -- the well-heeled are splurging on...

September 10, 2010

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Concept Car: Porsche TechArt Concept One adds a body kit to the Panamera

(TechArt) German tuner company TechArt displayed this design study based on the Porsche Panamera at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It adds a full body kit to the car,...

September 10, 2010 1 Comment

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Refinancing isn't just for home loans; Nissan and Hyundai vie for US sales

(Thinkstock) Refinancing isn't just for home loans It's easy to overlook auto loans with mortgage rates grabbing all the attention. But car buyers who didn't get the best loan terms...

September 5, 2010

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WSU beats UW in license plate registration; crowded roads on Labor Day

(WSU Alumni Association) Based on plates, WSU fans are strongest The Huskies and Cougars start their runs for football domination tomorrow, but Washington State University has already won the race...

September 3, 2010

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Concept Car: Opel Flextreme brings Volt electric drivetrain to a larger vehicle

(Opel) Opel Flextreme GT/E This General Motors line debuted the Flextreme at the Geneva Motor Show in March as an example of how the Volt's electric drivetrain could be used...

September 3, 2010

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Texan donates cars worth $3.5 million; Volkswagen brings back Phaeton

Tony Buzbee is giving away several of his sports cars, including his Mercedes McLaren SLR, worth $525,000. (Jennifer Reynolds / The Associated Press) Texan donates exotic cars worth millions Tony...

August 29, 2010

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Volvo going upscale, says CEO; Concours classics auction appears recession-proof

Stefan Jacoby discusses Volvo's future at a press conference last week. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / The Associated Press) Volvo CEO says car line will go upscale Volvo Chief Executive Officer...

August 27, 2010

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Concept Car: Honda Skydeck puts you under the glass ceiling, in a good way

(Honda) This sleek hybrid minivan debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. It features front doors that hinge up and an all-glass roof. Inside, the center-mounted floating seats can...

August 27, 2010 2 Comments

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Search for the oldest Porsche; Bright Idea hybrid commercial vehicle

(Porsche) Porsche celebrates 60 with two contests To celebrate its 60th anniversary in the U.S., Porsche is searching for the oldest Porsche in the country, as well as the oldest...

August 22, 2010

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Lincoln aces test of dealerships; Audi safety technology puts camera on drivers

(Ford) Lincoln aces test of car dealerships A host of mystery shoppers sent to critique dealerships across the country last month gave luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Lexus high...

August 20, 2010

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Concept Car: Lotus Evora Carbon is made with lightweight carbon fiber

(Lotus) This version of the Evora, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, goes lightweight with its body panels, roof, front splitter and rear diffuser replaced with carbon...

August 20, 2010

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Possible GM lineup additions; Free horsepower upgrades for Ford trucks

(General Motors) Sources: GM considering line-up additions General Motors is studying several possible additions to its vehicle lineup, including a new midsize pickup and a stretched version of its European...

August 15, 2010

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$30-million Bugati goes on display; Trucks lead July sales

(The Associated Press) $30-million Bugatti goes on display If you're dying to see the record-breaking Bugatti that sold in May, now you have a chance. The 1936 beauty that recently...

August 13, 2010

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Most -- and least -- likely vehicles to be stolen; U.S. Honda output tops Japan

(General Motors) Most, least likely vehicles to be stolen The Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance industry group, has calculated theft claim rates for vehicles from the 2007-2009 model years....

August 8, 2010

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GM boosts production for Volt; Spokane's Tango out of X Prize running

President Barack Obama looks over the new Chevy Volt last week during a tour of the GM plant in Hamtramck, Mich. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press) GM hikes...

August 6, 2010

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Concept Car: Tesla Eye is easy on the eyes

(Tesla) This concept was designed by students in the Master of Arts in Transportation Design program at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy in collaboration with Tesla. The design,...

August 6, 2010

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New Ford Explorer tour coming to Seattle, VW head wants more local parts in cars

(The Associated Press) New Explorer tour coming to Seattle Ford's revealed its new Explorer for the first time last week, promising a SUV with seating for seven that has similar...

August 1, 2010

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Ford says aftermarket parts are often inferior; GM expects sales spike in Brazil

(Ford) Ford: Aftermarket parts often inferior A comparison of aftermarket replacement parts for critical safety components such as bumpers and vehicle supports found they often are inferior to parts made...

July 30, 2010 6 Comments

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Concept Car: Hyundai i-Flow diesel hybrid is edgy, with curves

(Hyundai) This concept is said to preview an edgier design aesthetic for the Korean brand, with more dramatic, flowing lines. The diesel-electric hybrid has solar panels on the roof and...

July 30, 2010

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Corvette buyers can build their own engines, U.S. cars lead APEAL study

(The Associated Press) Corvette buyers can build their own engines Corvette owners could soon be revving up an engine they built with their own hands. General Motors recently announced that...

July 25, 2010

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Crash-test dummies join the Smithsonian, Ford Edge uses Mustang engine

(NHTSA) Vince and Larry crash the Smithsonian The crash-test dummies who promoted auto safety for 25 years in public service TV ads are headed to the Smithsonian's National Museum of...

July 23, 2010

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Concept Car: Emas subcompacts are good things in small packages

(Italdesign) Three variations on the subcompact were developed for a Malaysian manufacturer with the aim of optimizing interior space. The Emas is a hatchback with rear seats that are the...

July 23, 2010

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Ford adds curve control to Explorer; Chrysler offers big-money sales incentives

(Thinkstock) Ford adds curve control to Explorer Ford is upgrading the electronic stability control system on its 2011 Ford Explorer to help the SUV perform better if a driver takes...

July 18, 2010

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Adults texting as much as teens; trucks selling well in June

(Thinkstock) Study: Adults texting as much as teens It's not just teenagers. A study recently released by the Pew Center's Internet & American Life Project found that adults are just...

July 16, 2010

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Concept Car: IDEA Institute Sofia pays homage to Sofia Loren

(IDEA Institute) This sedan/sports car was inspired by actress Sofia Loren (and the female form in general), as well as classic Italian sports cars. The concept, which debuted at the...

July 16, 2010

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BMW electric city car; Older drivers crashing less; Flying car in 2011

(BMW) BMW debuts sketch of its electric city car BMW offered a glimpse last week of its Mega City Vehicle, or MCV, an urban electric car that is set to...

July 11, 2010

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WWU team makes final round for X Prize; Last PT Cruiser rolls off the line

(Progressive Automotive X Prize) WWU team another step closer to X Prize The team of students from Western Washington University has made it through to the final rounds of the...

July 9, 2010

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Concept Car: Electric Honda EV-N has a solar roof

(Honda) This super-cute, retro-styled, all-electric city car features swappable seat fabrics, a solar roof and storage for the UX-3 personal scooter in the passenger door. There are no plans to...

July 9, 2010 3 Comments

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Camry is 'most American,' Beetle is most popular with women

(Toyota) Camry tops 'most American' list again For the second year in a row, the Toyota Camry tops the list of the cars deemed "most American" by the editors at...

July 4, 2010

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Survey says gadgets are key to family road trips; German luxury car sales up

(Thinkstock) Survey: Gadgets key to road trips with kids The longest summer drive on average this year will be about 8.5 hours each way, according to a recent survey. The...

July 2, 2010

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Concept Car: Citroen Survolt is a sleek, sexy electric performance vehicle

(Citroen) This neon-laden sportscar shows another side of the company's development of all-electric vehicles. The Revolte concept was an urban vehicle, while the Survolt is a performance car, though details...

July 2, 2010

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South Tacoma Mazda enters the rap game

Just got off the phone with Brian Kuzmer, professional South Tacoma Mazda salesman and amateur rapper. He made a hiphop song dedicated to the Mazda 3.

By Andrew Matson June 28, 2010

Auto poll finds growing interest in voice-activated technology

The results of an annual survey that studies advanced automotive technologies were released this month, and show American drivers are growing more likely to adopt voice-activated technologies to use in...

June 28, 2010

Luxury brands and Ford top quality survey; four-door Fiat 500 is coming

The Ford Focus topped the compact car segment. (Ford) Luxury brands, Ford top quality survey Ford jumped up to a top spot in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of...

June 27, 2010

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Oil prices on the way up, Volkswagen Jetta prices on the way down

(The Associated Press) Expect to see holiday hike at the gas pump Oil and gasoline prices both edged up last week as the driving season picked up speed and more...

June 25, 2010

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Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style previews the CLS-class redesign

(Mercedes-Benz) This plug-in hybrid debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and gives a preview of the CLS-class redesign. The "four-door coupe" has a V6 mated to its electric...

June 25, 2010

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LeMay sponsors Chicago microcar exhibition

A BMW Isetta 250 at the BMW Museum. (BMW) LeMay -- America's Car Museum, in Tacoma, may be known for its extensive collection of rare and classic autos. But July...

June 21, 2010 1 Comment

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SUVs boost sales at GM and Ford; Auto worker labor shortage possible

The Ford Edge (Ford) The Chevrolet Equinox (General Motors) SUVs drive sales boost at GM, Ford General Motors and Ford posted U.S. sales increases in May that topped analysts' estimates...

June 20, 2010

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All-new Explorer to launch on Facebook first; GM offers low APR on used models

(Ford) All-new Explorer will break the debut norm Ford is taking a unique marketing approach for the all-new Ford Explorer: It's launching it on Facebook instead of at an auto...

June 18, 2010

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Concept Car: Bertone Pandion study has doors that open straight up

(The Associated Press) Italian design firm Bertone debuted this over-the-top design study at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The grill and rear are made up of thousands of interlaced...

June 18, 2010

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Mercury's heyday will be remembered; America's Car Museum breaks ground in Tacoma

(The Associated Press) Remembering the glory days of Mercury Mercurys accounted for just 0.9 percent of U.S. new vehicle sales this year, but the brand -- which Ford recently announced...

June 13, 2010

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'World's most famous car' up for auction, Ford keeps lead in May sales

(RM Auctions) 'World's most famous car' going up for auction The Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies is going on sale at London's RM Auctions...

June 11, 2010

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Concept Car: Gazal 1 SUV built by students at Saudi Arabia's King Saud University

(The Associated Press) The Gazal, which means gazelle in Arabic, comes from Saudi Arabia's King Saud University. It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Students built the off-road...

June 11, 2010

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Le Mans race will show its artistic side

The Jeff Koons-designed BMW Art Car is displayed before the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans race. (BMW) The 24 Hours of Le Mans race -- which starts June 12...

June 10, 2010

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Love soccer? You could star in a Volkswagen ad

Volkswagen is calling on soccer fans to express their passion for the game and possibly win an appearance in a national TV spot during the World Cup. Fans can...

June 8, 2010

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Distracted driving law, dropping gas prices and Shoreline auto center opening

Distracted driving law takes effect Thursday Starting Thursday, talking or sending text messages while holding a wireless device becomes a primary traffic offense, carrying a $124 fine. Drivers with instruction...

June 6, 2010 1 Comment

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Concept Car: BMW Gran Coupé is a cross between a Gran Turismo and a sports car

(BMW) This four-door with a low coupe-style roofline is a mingling of the Gran Turismo and a sports car. It was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April without...

June 4, 2010

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Tax credits for electric cars; Washington ranks among best in seat belt use

(The Associated Press) Bill: More tax credits for e-car buyers The federal government would provide grants to help cities build electric vehicle infrastructure and offer new tax credits for buyers...

June 4, 2010

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Tesla and Toyota team up on e-cars; Chrysler rolls out new Cherokee

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda during a news conference last week. (Paul Sakuma / The Associated Press) Tesla and Toyota team up on...

May 30, 2010

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What are you driving to Sasquatch?

2010 Subaru Outback. (Subaru) If you're driving a 2010 Subaru Outback to the Sasquatch! Music Festival then you're right in line with Kelley Blue Book's editors. It's their suggestion for...

May 28, 2010

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Local Cars & Coffee cruise-in; Ford invests in 'green' cars

(Courtesy of Cars & Coffee) Saturdays -- now with more coffee and cars Cars & Coffee, a Saturday morning cruise-in held at the Central Market in Shoreline, has started up...

May 28, 2010

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Concept Car: Sbarro Coupe Autobau has 12-cylinder engine and 500 horsepower

(The Associated Press) This super-sleek sports car from Swiss automaker Sbarro debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Inspired by Swiss race car driver Fredy Lienhard, it puts out...

May 28, 2010 1 Comment

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Mitsubishi has the largest number of young buyers; large truck sales climb

The Mitsubishi Lancer has the highest percentage of young buyers in the company's lineup, according to a new study. (Mitsubishi) Mitsubishi tops list of 'youngest' brands Mitsubishi has the highest...

May 23, 2010

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Leaf pre-orders exceed capacity; GM commercial boosts brand image

(The Associated Press) Leaf pre-orders rise above capacity Nissan says the automaker has received more than 13,000 orders in the U.S. and Japan for its new electric car, the Leaf,...

May 21, 2010

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Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break previews new CLS sedan

(Mercedes-Benz) This wagon, which debuted at the Beijing auto show in April, is said to closely preview the new CLS sedan Mercedes plans to unveil this summer. The shooting brake...

May 21, 2010

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Big financing offers continue until June; Ford starts Fiesta sales training early

A buyer checks out 2010 Chrysler PT Cruisers at a dealership in Colorado. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press) Big financing offers continue until June Chrysler is offering zero-percent financing on...

May 16, 2010

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Seattle Art Car Blowout adds car documentary; Ford, Chevy trucks lead April sales

(Courtesy of Harrod Blank) Art Car Blowout adds film screenings The annual Seattle Art Car Blowout, held in conjunction with the Fremont Fair, is adding three screenings of the art...

May 14, 2010

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Concept Car: Small-scale Ford Start is designed to be affordable

(Ford) Ford's take on the affordable urban car debuted at the Beijing auto show last month. It uses an aluminum and steel frame to cut weight, and its body panels...

May 14, 2010 2 Comments

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Volvo headquarters, factory may move to China; Dodge marks end of Viper generation

Geely Chairman Li Shufu speaks after signing a binding deal to buy Volvo in March. (Wu Wei / Associated Press) Volvo: Soon to be made in China? Chinese automaker Geely...

May 9, 2010

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Driver's Edge free young driver's training program comes to Seattle-area May 15-16

Driver's Edge, a free young driver's training program, will be in the Seattle-area May 15-16.

May 7, 2010

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Spyker gears up Saab production; GM moves to boost engine fuel efficiency

(Saab) Spyker gears up Saab production Spyker, the new owner of Saab, recently announced it has been producing Saab cars at the rate of 1,000 per week since resuming production...

May 7, 2010

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Concept Car: Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid achieves 78 mpg

(Associated Press) This hybrid sports car, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, combines a V8-engine with an electric motor to achieve 78 mpg with 500 horsepower. Porsche...

May 7, 2010 3 Comments

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Auto site's most exciting car picks of 2011; fleet sales surge in U.S.

(Jeep) Auto site's five 2011 models to watch for The New York auto show recently wrapped after two weeks of sneak peaks at the 2011 models. Here are NADAguides.com's picks...

May 2, 2010

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Auto site's most exciting car picks of 2011; fleet sales surge in U.S.

(Jeep) Auto site's five 2011 models to watch for The New York auto show recently wrapped after two weeks of sneak peaks at the 2011 models. Here are NADAguides.com's picks...

May 2, 2010

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Emerging markets boost U.S. carmakers; motorcycle thefts down in 2009

A man walks outside a General Motor Chevrolet dealership in Beijing, China, last month. (Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press) Emerging markets boost U.S. carmakers Strong growth in China and...

April 30, 2010

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Concept Car: Valmet Automotive's Eva goes up to 100 miles on one battery charge

(Valmet Automotive) Valmet Automotive, the Finnish company producing the Fisker Karma, presented its own electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Eva is a four-seat, urban vehicle built...

April 30, 2010

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Awards honor car and truck interiors; new Explorer gets traction-control dial

(Subaru) Awards honor car and truck interiors Chevrolet picked up two 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year awards last week. Ward's editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new...

April 25, 2010

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WWU up for Auto X-Prize; Chrysler, NASA to share technology

WWU's Viking 45 hybrid vehicle. (Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize) Auto X-Prize still a possibility for WWU Western Washington University in Bellingham is one of only two universities in the...

April 23, 2010

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Concept Car: The Peugeot SR1 convertible has a turbo-diesel hybrid engine

(Peugeot) This plastic-roofed convertible debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March complete with a turbo-diesel hybrid engine that makes 313 horsepower while getting 48 mpg. Its long hood and...

April 23, 2010 1 Comment

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Small car alliance; antilock brakes help motorcyclists; end to Hummer sales

(Associated Press) Daimler, Nissan, Renault forge deal Renault and Nissan have agreed to a parts-sharing and research alliance with German automaker Daimler. The companies signed an agreement to jointly develop...

April 18, 2010

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GM, others add brake overrides to new cars; Indian Chief bikes rolling once more

(iStock) GM, others add brake overrides to new cars General Motors says it will install a new brake safety measure that can prevent unintended acceleration on all its new vehicles...

April 16, 2010 2 Comments

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Concept Car: The Suzuki Makai beach-mobile is a vacation on wheels

(Associated Press) This beach-mobile was shown at this month's New York auto show, complete with bright orange paint and surfboards mounted to the top. The seats are made of leather...

April 16, 2010

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Hyundai luxury car comes with an iPad; Leaf announcement sparks price cuts

(Hyundai) Hyundai luxury car comes with a bonus Can't get your hands on an iPad? Just buy a new Equus. Hyundai is including an iPad -- loaded with a digital...

April 11, 2010

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Volkswagen takes two World Car awards; Camry back to No. 2 in sales for March

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen takes two World Car awards The Volkswagen Polo (shown) was named the 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York auto show last week, beating out...

April 9, 2010

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Concept Car: The General Motors Electric Networked-Vehicle is a tiny two-wheeler

(Associated Press) General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC debuted the "Electric Networked-Vehicle" last month at the Shanghai Expo. The tiny urban vehicle, designed for the Chinese market, has two...

April 9, 2010

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AAA picks top commuter vehicles; GM exec says profit possible this year

(Mazda) AAA picks top commuter vehicles The type of vehicle you drive can ease both the expense and pain of a long commute, AAA says. And after evaluating hundreds of...

April 4, 2010

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Mercedes exterior air bags, Honda and Toyota leasing offers

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes experiment: exterior air bags To make driving safer, Mercedes-Benz is experimenting with air bags -- on the outside of the car. The bag inflates below the car as...

April 2, 2010

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Concept Car: The Ferrari HY-KERS couples an electric motor with a V12

(Associated Press) The first hybrid concept by Ferrari was unveiled at the Geneva auto show last month. It couples an electric motor with a V12 to maintain performance, and employs...

April 2, 2010

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Gas prices unlikely to surge much more; local app is aimed at used car buyers

U.S. gas prices won't go much higher than $3 a gallon, experts predict. (Associated Press) Gas prices unlikely to surge much more Gasoline prices almost always rise in the spring,...

March 28, 2010 1 Comment

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Porsche and Cadillac tops in dependability study; Ford debuts new police car

An employee wipes off a Porsche Cayman S. (Andy Wong / Associated Press) Porsche, Cadillac tops in reliability study Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study...

March 26, 2010

Ford Police Cruiser

Concept Car: The new Honda Odyssey minivan is wider with improved fuel efficiency

(Honda) Unveiled at the Chicago auto show last month, this concept hints at the look of the next-generation Odyssey -- the nation's top-selling minivan. The stance is lower and wider...

March 26, 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey

Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar; bids accepted until March 31

The Port of Pasco is taking sealed bids on two vintage cars -- a 1974 Aston Martin and a 1972 Jaguar E V12 Coupe. No, they weren't port work vehicles,...

March 23, 2010

Seattle auto repair ranks below average; stimulus money for highway projects

(Jupiter Images) Seattle below par in fair auto repair survey AutoMD.com, an auto repair resource owned by US Auto Parts Network, has rated the 50 most-populated U.S. cities from best...

March 21, 2010

Highway construction

NADAguides.com's best car buys for 2010; a Ford Mustang packed with Kentucky pride

(Volkswagen) Auto guide group reveals 2010 car picks NADAguides.com has announced its "Best Car Buys" for 2010 based on fuel efficiency, warranty coverage, safety and depreciation. The following are the...

March 19, 2010

Coach Cal

Concept Car: The Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid has a lightweight, aerodynamic design

(Kia) A hit at the Chicago auto show, where it debuted last month, the Ray was designed to show how Kia would implement hybrid technology. The four-seat compact sedan has...

March 19, 2010 1 Comment

Kia Ray

Local Volvo appears on 'The Daily Show'

Go to 7:15 in the clip to see Stewart with the classic Volvo. (Courtesy of thedailyshow.com) Nayak Polissar hoped to see his 1979 Volvo 245 DL station wagon in...

March 18, 2010

Finalists for World Car awards announced; Cadillac begins new European initiative

(Citroën) Finalists for World Car awards unveiled The finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards...

March 14, 2010

Cadillac

GM stops work on the Cadillac Converj; Ford F-series is February's top seller

(Associated Press) GM shelves Converj; will focus on hybrids General Motors has stopped work on the Cadillac Converj, an electric-drive coupe similar to the Chevrolet Volt, to focus on cheaper...

March 12, 2010

Ford Sales

Concept Car: The Hyundai Blue-Will plug-in hybrid can go 40 miles on one charge

(Hyundai) The Blue-Will, which made its U.S. debut at the Detroit auto show in January, is the company's first plug-in hybrid. It has a 152-horsepower engine and a 100-kilowatt electric...

March 12, 2010

Hyundai Blue Will

Mercedes and Aston Martin honored for design; Hyundai swaps stars for Oscar ads

(Aston Martin) Design competition honors luxury cars Three Mercedes-Benz vehicles and the Aston Martin One-77 Sports Car (pictured at right) were awarded 2009 Good Design awards in the transportation category...

March 7, 2010

Hyundai Oscars

Picks from the Chicago Auto Show; Prius is Consumer Reports' top eco-friendly car

(Ford) Chicago auto fans pick best of show Visitors to last month's Chicago Auto Show voted on their favorite vehicles in five categories. The winners: Best All-New Production Vehicle: Ford...

March 5, 2010

Prius

Concept Car: Volkswagen Compact Coupe hybrid gets 45 mpg in full-electric mode

(Associated Press) This Jetta-sized coupe debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The lithium ion-powered battery gets the car 45 mpg, and the car can be driven in full-electric...

March 5, 2010 3 Comments

VW NCC

Nissan starts reservations for the electric Leaf; Ford amps up the Shelby GT500

(Associated Press) Nissan to start Leaf reservations in April Nissan has announced that it will start signing up customers in April who want to buy its new Leaf electric car,...

February 28, 2010

Shelby

Kelley Blue Book's favorite family cars; a Port Angeles VW dealer is honored

(General Motors) KBB names its 2010 favorite family cars Kelley Blue Book has named its top 10 family cars for 2010. Judging was based on factors such as resale value,...

February 26, 2010

Chevy Suburban

Concept Car: Chevy Aveo RS's exterior styling won praise at the Detroit auto show

(General Motors) This diminutive hatchback previews what may be to come in the next-generation Aveo that is scheduled to debut next year. The exterior styling, which won praise at its...

February 26, 2010

Chevy Aveo

Super Bowl spots give cars a Web boost; Ford plans changes between major redesigns

(Hyundai) Super Bowl ads give cars an online bump Kelley Blue Book saw a big surge in new-car Web traffic for the heavily advertised Hyundai Sonata (shown above) during Super...

February 21, 2010

Ford Edge

VW debuts performance vehicles; Mercedes-Benz supplies trucks to Iraqi government

A Passat CC with an R-Line equipment package. (Volkswagen) VW pushes for more performance vehicles Volkswagen is entering more boldly into the performance arena as the brand debuts a number...

February 19, 2010

MB Trucks

Concept Car: Buick Regal GS sports sedan packs a 255-horsepower turbocharged punch

(General Motors) The Regal GS, which debuted at last month's Detroit auto show, increases the performance of the Regal that General Motors showed at the L.A. auto show in December....

February 19, 2010 1 Comment

Buick Regal

Volkswagen vies to be the world's top seller; car sales in China remain strong

An employee cleans a Buick in the showroom of a GM dealership in Beijing, China. (Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press) Automakers still successful in China Sales reports from major...

February 14, 2010

China-GM

Nano's price won't be tiny in the U.S.; Chevy and Honda sales rise in January

Associated Press Nano's price won't be so small in U.S. The world's cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India's Tata Nano is...

February 12, 2010

Honda Accord

Concept Car: Cadillac XTS Platinum is a hybrid luxury sedan with smart suspension

General Motors The XTS, which can run on a rechargeable battery-powered electric motor or a 350-horsepower V-6 engine, debuted at the Detroit auto show last month. The luxury car has...

February 12, 2010

Cadillac

Fatal crashes are down in Washington, and a national used-car database goes online

Associated Press Study: Fatal crashes down in Washington Last year Washington's roads were the scene of the fewest fatal crashes since 1955. According to preliminary statistics compiled by the Washington...

February 7, 2010

NMVTIS

Carmakers return to Super Bowl advertising; more details concerning GM's Saab sale

Associated Press Automakers edge back into Super Bowl Chrysler is advertising during Sunday's Super Bowl for the first time since 2004, making it the first U.S. automaker in the world's...

February 5, 2010

GM-Saab

Seattle ranks among U.S. cities with worst traffic; Smart launches lease program

Jupiter Images Seattle route makes inglorious top 10 list With the help of traffic-tracking firm INRIX, online magazine The Daily Beast has ranked the U.S. cities with the worst rush-hour...

January 31, 2010

Smart Fortwo

Chevy Spark to make U.S. debut in 2012; Hummer reaches end of the road

General Motors Chevy Spark will get a shot in the U.S. The Chevrolet Spark minicar, already on sale in Europe, is coming to the U.S. in 2012. General Motors showed...

January 29, 2010 1 Comment

Hummer

Audi E-tron and others take top honors at North American International Auto Show

Audi E-tron The best of the Detroit auto show The 2010 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the Best of the North American International Auto Show, taking place in Detroit:...

January 24, 2010

Audi E-tron

Honda, Toyota earn top loyalty honors; Ford CEO makes a splash at auto show

Associated Press Customers most loyal to Toyota and Honda Toyota and Honda took top honors in R. L. Polk & Co.'s 14th annual Automotive Loyalty Awards. Toyota ranked No. 1...

January 22, 2010 1 Comment

Alan Mulally

Alfa Romeo to remain under Fiat's wing; Ford F-series is December's top seller

Fiat Fiat CEO says Alfa Romeo not for sale Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday that he has no...

January 15, 2010 1 Comment

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Group names future classics from the '00s; Volvo sale to China's Geely draws near

Acura Group picks future classics from the '00s Hagerty, the leading insurer of collector cars, has picked 10 vehicles from the last decade that have the highest probability of becoming...

January 10, 2010

Volvo logo

Henry Ford Museum puts films online; seized car collection goes to auction

Henry Ford Museum Henry Ford Museum putting films online Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is making its film collections more widely accessible by running a "Historic Video of the...

January 8, 2010

Henry Ford movie

Tool helps senior drivers assess their abilities; GM welcomes jeans to the office

Jupiter Images A tool to test abilities of older drivers Older drivers can assess their ability to drive safely in a convenient and private manner with AAA's free online version...

January 3, 2010

Blue jeans

Nissan has designs on youth market; Ford Mustang cranks up horsepower for 2011

Nissan Nissan wins youth car design challenge The team from Nissan's San Diego design studio took first place in the annual automotive design challenge at the L.A. Auto Show last...

January 1, 2010

Ford Mustang 2011

Ford researches crash impact on pregnant women and Lamborghini launches a boutique

Ford Model shows crash impact on pregnant women Ford, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are teaming to create a computer-aided model of a pregnant woman for virtual crash test simulations....

December 27, 2009

Lamborghini shop

More people traveling farther; VW, Suzuki form alliance

(iStock) AAA predicts rise in car travel for holidays AAA is projecting 87.7 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home during the year-end holidays. This...

December 25, 2009

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Redesigned Ram truck wins raves and government proposes stronger side air bags

Chrysler Motor Trend names Ram as top truck The burly 2010 Ram Heavy Duty pickup was named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year last week. The Ram, previously known as...

December 20, 2009

Side Air Bags

VW's Final Edition Beetle rolls into showrooms and a Chrysler ad gets political

Volkswagen Final Edition Beetle models debut Volkswagen Beetle fans have one last chance to snag a current-generation model when the Final Edition line rolls into showrooms this spring. The Final...

December 18, 2009

Chrysler

Residual values rise for Chrysler and GM; Ford Fiesta subcompact comes to America

Associated Press Residual values up for Chrysler, GM General Motors and Chrysler both saw slight upticks in the projected residual values of their vehicles after five years despite the companies'...

December 13, 2009

Ford Fiestas

More top picks for 2010 announced; Ford F-150 remains a best seller in November

Volvo 2010 awards season lauds array of autos Awards season continues with Car and Driver magazine announcing its 2010 "10Best" cars sold in America. The winners (in alphabetical order): Audi...

December 11, 2009

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Enterprise leads in rental car satisfaction; housing boom may help truck sales

Enterprise Enterprise leads in rental car satisfaction Overall customer satisfaction with renting cars at airports has stabilized in 2009 after two years of declines, according to the recently released J.D....

December 6, 2009

GMC Sierra

Camaro gains on Mustang in muscle car sales and auto leasing makes a comeback

General Motors Camaro gaining in muscle car battle The new Chevrolet Camaro (right) is fast approaching its longtime rival, the Ford Mustang, as Detroit's muscle car sales leader. Through October,...

December 4, 2009

Auto leasing

Wheelchair-ready vehicle gets green light; Ford to replace familiar police cruiser

The Vehicle Production Group Wheelchair-ready MV-1 gets green light The first factory-built and assembled wheelchair-accessible vehicle, the MV-1, will begin volume production in October 2010, its maker, The Vehicle Production...

November 29, 2009

Ford Crown Victoria

Fusion and GTI pick up top honors for 2010; holiday travelers take to the roads

Volkswagen Fusion, GTI pick up top honors for 2010 Car of the Year awards for the 2010 models are rolling out, starting with Automobile Magazine bestowing the honor on the...

November 27, 2009

Freeway

Museum exhibition examines parking structures; Land Rover to rerelease a classic

National Building Museum Parking structures as works of art Think a parking garage is just a utilitarian space? Think again. The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. last month opened...

November 22, 2009

Defender

Larger Prius to go on sale next year and Subaru has Motor Trend's top SUV pick

Paper: Bigger Prius set for sale next year Toyota is planning a larger version of its popular Prius hybrid, which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery, a Japanese...

November 20, 2009 1 Comment

Subaru Outback

Ford introduces seat belt air bags; Barbie gets her own rental car

Associated Press Front, side and now seat belt air bags Ford plans to introduce seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV, which will...

November 15, 2009 1 Comment

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Chrysler's plan for new lineup unveiled and childhood racer gets top toy honor

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Chrysler's plan for new line-up unveiled Chrysler unveiled details of its five-year plan last week to boost sales and return to profitability with a "soulful"...

November 13, 2009

Big Wheel

Ford F-150 keeps top seller spot in October and Volvo may go to Chinese automaker

Associated Press Ford F-150 keeps top seller spot in October The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold last month, with September's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-series, 39,496 (1)...

November 8, 2009 5 Comments

Volvo

Electric bike named 'Most Fun' at Tokyo Motor Show and carmakers extend guarantees

Yamaha The best of the Tokyo Motor Show The 2009 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the best of the Tokyo Motor Show, which closed Nov. 4, are the Honda...

November 6, 2009

Yamaha EC-f

Seattle Auto Show tickets go on sale and limited-edition Jaguar is a holiday hit

Fisker Seattle Auto Show tickets now on sale The Seattle Auto Show, one of the most popular automotive events in the Puget Sound region, will feature 250 all-new 2010 vehicles,...

November 1, 2009

Jaguar

Get spooked by the scariest-looking cars and help name a Chevy Volt exterior color

Ford Get spooked by the scariest-looking cars In honor of Halloween, the editors of Kelley Blue Book chose the 10 new cars with the most sinister-looking faces. Among those listed...

October 30, 2009 1 Comment

Chevrolet Volt

Hybrids dominate new EPA ratings and Fiat mulls a sporty model for the U.S. market

Ford Hybrids dominate EPA ratings for 2010 Nine of the top 10 vehicles in the government's fuel economy rankings for the 2010 model year are hybrids, coming from six different...

October 25, 2009

Fiat 500

A pioneering woman driving champ dies and buzz grows around Nissan's electric Leaf

Associated Press Driving champion Donna Mae Mims dies Donna Mae Mims, the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship in 1963, died Nov. 11. She...

October 23, 2009

Nissan Leaf

Tesla mechanics to make house calls and the Michelin Man returns in a super new ad

Tesla Tesla mechanics to make house calls Tesla Motors is launching a maintenance plan where mechanics travel to owners' homes or offices to perform repairs and tune-ups. Tesla, which makes...

October 18, 2009

Michelin Man

VW steers away from iconic Beetle and Ford bests Toyota in September sales

Volkswagen VW wants to look beyond the Beetle Volkswagen is considering a bold change: steering the brand away from the iconic Beetle and cars aimed at young, trendy buyers toward...

October 16, 2009 2 Comments

Ford F150XLT

Honda takes a cue from Segway and General Motors may extend its return program

Shizuo Kambayashi / AP Honda unveils small 'mobility' device Look out, Segway. Honda recently unveiled a new "personal mobility" device that looks like a unicycle, but all you need to...

October 11, 2009

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Competition to buy Volvo heats up and Dodge Journey is named a top safety pick

Ford Volvo has another possible buyer The race to buy Volvo from Ford is heating up. Swedish and American investors are discussing a joint bid for the line, according Swedish...

October 9, 2009

Dodge Journey

Chrysler rejoins the leasing game and Toyota prepares a billion-dollar ad blitz

AP Chrysler brings back leasing after year off Chrysler is getting back into the leasing business after a year of virtually none. All 2010 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models will...

October 4, 2009

Toyota Prius

China's BYD aims to overtake Toyota and Lamborghini sees profit in its future

Eugene Hoshiko / AP Chinese automaker aims for global lead Fast-growing Chinese battery and automaker BYD aims to overtake Toyota to become the global auto leader in under two decades,...

October 2, 2009

Lamborghini

Ferrari, Porsche make AutoWeek's list of favorites from the Frankfurt Auto Show

Ferrari 458 Italia. (Ferrari) The best of the Frankfurt Auto Show The 2009 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the Best of Frankfurt: Best in show Ferrari 458 Italia (other...

September 27, 2009

Porsche

Ford expands C-Max line in Europe and General Motors launches new ad strategy

Ford Ford announces two new C-Max models Ford plans to offer two new versions of its C-Max vehicle that contain its most advanced EcoBoost engine, starting with 2010 European releases....

September 25, 2009

Hummer H3020

Biopics to bring DeLorean back to the future and Japan addresses hybrids' silence

DeLorean Motor Company Moviemakers vie for DeLorean biopic Hollywood is eyeing an epic pileup over three separate projects featuring the renegade automotive entrepreneur John Z. DeLorean (right), who died in...

September 20, 2009 1 Comment

Toyota Prius

Car buyers warm to U.S. makes and local Zipcars get fitted for the great outdoors

Paul Sancya / Associated Press Survey: Car buyers open to U.S. brands An overwhelming percentage of new-car buyers said they would consider a vehicle made by Detroit's Big Three, according...

September 18, 2009

Bike rack

With the Solstice, the sun sets on Pontiac and Toyota boasts August's top sellers

General Motors Pontiac's final model wraps up production The Pontiac Solstice coupe is assured a place in automotive history as Pontiac's last new model, and the stylish roadster could become...

September 13, 2009 5 Comments

Toyota Camry

Tom Cruise narrates a NASCAR documentary and Ford's new commercial van takes off

Hendrick Motorsports Tom Cruise to lend voice to documentary Tom Cruise will narrate an upcoming documentary about the history of Hendrick Motorsports, the New York Yankees of NASCAR. "TOGETHER: The...

September 11, 2009

Ford Transit Connect

General Motors will phase out logo on vehicles and Hondas are hot with car thieves

General Motors GM vehicles will lose the company logo General Motors Co. will begin removing its "Mark of Excellence" logo from its products, leaving just the GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac or...

September 6, 2009 8 Comments

Honda Accord

Americans hit the road for Labor Day and Smart cars earn props for roof strength

iStock Millions head out for one last road trip Cheaper gasoline and an abundance of special holiday deals promises to make it a busy Labor Day weekend at airports and...

September 4, 2009

Smart Fortwo

Driver satisfaction with U.S. cars jumps and a classic ride sets an auction record

Cadillacs, such as the STS, were top-ranked in a customer satisfaction survey. (General Motors) Satisfaction up with American auto brands General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all posted significant gains in...

August 30, 2009

Cobra Coupe

The top choices of 'clunker' traders and the European union of two popular brands

A "Cash for Clunkers" sign is displayed in front of a dealership in Portland. (Rick Bowmer / AP) Top vehicles bought after trading clunkers Two weeks before the program's end,...

August 28, 2009

Volkswagen-Porsche merger

U.S. auto plants step up production and Lexus places first in buyer satisfaction

Workers assemble Ford Focuses in May 2008 in Wayne, Mich. (Gary Malerba / Associated Press) Automakers begin boosting production After the best month for auto sales in almost a year...

August 23, 2009 2 Comments

Lexus LS

Toyota plans an affordable sports car and GM gets government green for its Volt

Toyota Toyota injects a sports car into lineup Toyota recently announced it will introduce an affordable sports car in the U.S. Toyota executives say the vehicle will be built in...

August 21, 2009

GM Volt

'Cash for clunkers' program draws buyers and small repairs mean long-term savings

Customers view the cars for sale at Commonwealth Motors in Lawrence, Mass., in July. (Charles Krupa / AP) Dealers get 'clunkers' sales jump in July The government's "cash for clunkers"...

August 16, 2009

Tire check

Nissan turns over a zero-emission Leaf and Ford's F-150 remains the top seller

The Nissan Leaf. (Itsuo Inouye / AP) Nissan's electric car takes center stage Nissan debuted the zero-emission electric car it will bring to the U.S. next year at its headquarters...

August 14, 2009 2 Comments

Ford F-150

Harley-Davidson reveals a new lineup in 2010 and drivers fear texters on the go

Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson revamps for 2010 Harley-Davidson will release nine new or retooled motorcycle models for 2010 across six model platforms. The most expansive new-product introduction in the history of the...

August 9, 2009

Texting

A crime-fighter's ride gets revamped and buyers consider cars from China and India

Sony Pictures 'Green Hornet' car gets updates for film Seth Rogen dropped by Comic Con in San Diego last month to debut the Black Beauty, a modified 1965 Chrysler Crown...

August 7, 2009

Geely

Ford Focus is named a safe ride and a Wash. teen designs his 'truck of the future'

Ford Ford Focus is named Top Safety Pick The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested four 2009 coupes -- the Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Scion tC...

July 31, 2009

Mitch Cory

Chrysler competes with 'clunkers' and a truck dealer launches a bold promotion

David Zalubowski / AP Chrysler to match 'clunkers' incentive Chrysler recently announced it's offering $4,500 in cash toward the purchase of a new vehicle as it seeks to match a...

July 30, 2009 1 Comment

AK-47

Porsche nabs top spot in satisfaction survey

J.D. Power and Associates' survey of how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive found that average ratings for all models in 2009 improved considerably from 2008,...

July 24, 2009

Porsche

Toyota and Ford top the 'most American' list and your clunker may be worth cash

Photo by Toyota Camry, F-150 named 'most American' The Toyota Camry and Ford F-150 are the "most American" vehicles according to the Cars.com annual American-Made Index, which ranks vehicles based...

July 23, 2009 3 Comments

Cash for Clunkers

Drunk driving fatalities down and Kirkland dealership honored by Ford

Drunk driving, overall fatalities drop in 2008 The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this month that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit their lowest level...

July 17, 2009

Accident

GM stays true-blue to its logo and Ford comes out on top in June auto sales

Photo by Carlos Osorio / Associated Press CEO says GM logo will stay the same CEO Fritz Henderson denied reports last week that the company was considering changing the background...

July 16, 2009

GM logo

Buy a Hyundai and fill up for $1.49 a gallon -- half the threshold for car buyers

Hyundai Hyundai offers $1.49 gas guarantee Hyundai has announced that customers who buy or lease its vehicles by Aug. 31 will receive a gas card that lets them buy fuel...

July 10, 2009 1 Comment

Gas

Fiat's retro hatchback comes to America and India makes inroads with pickups

Fiat 500 coming to America next year Fiat has officially announced its retro-styled 500 hatchback will be coming to North America in about 18 months. The car will be...

July 9, 2009

Mahindra

Lexus named best in quality and AAA launches iPhone application for discounts

The study found that the Lexus LX has the fewest quality problems in the industry. (Toyota) Quality study lauds Lexus, Porsche Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury line, was the top...

July 3, 2009

AAA

Independence Day loses some road warriors and Kent opens an outdoor karting track

July 4th travel cools despite cheaper gas AAA says it expects 37.1 million travelers -- 12 percent of the U.S. population -- to take a trip of 50 miles...

July 2, 2009

Karting

Riversimple unveils a hydrogen-powered car and F-150 is May's top-selling auto

Associated Press British firm debuts hydrogen power car Britain-based Riversimple, a company founded by former race car driver Hugo Spowers and backed by Porsche scion Sebastian Piech, last week unveiled...

June 26, 2009 6 Comments

F-150

Honda marks 50 years in the U.S. and the Hughes Speedster auction is a slam dunk

Honda At 50, Honda is still fuel-efficiency leader Honda is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. this month, as the industry turns toward the small cars it's been selling...

June 25, 2009

Howard Hughes car

Motorcycles star in summer movies and state auto dealers group gets new president

Kirk and his Buell in "Star Trek." (Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount) Hot summer movie trend: motorcycles The summer movie season is here, in all its action-packed and, increasingly, motorcycle-enhanced glory....

June 19, 2009

Star Trek

Buyers reconsider U.S. cars and Team Seattle pulls a McDreamy finish at Le Mans

Would you consider a 2010 Cadillac CTS? (Photo by GM) Buy a GM? More say maybe, survey finds Kelley Blue Book recently announced the results of its survey of in-market...

June 18, 2009

Le Mans

Little Tykes 'car' inducted into auto museum and street sweeper helps fight cancer

Little Tykes Best selling "car" makes auto museum In 2008, it outsold every other car in America with more than 457,000 units sold. Now, the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe has...

June 12, 2009

Sweeper

Hughes car goes on the block and Porsche earns a hearty recommendation from owners

hughes36.com Hughes car expected to set auction record Howard Hughes' Aero-Mobile -- recently on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., -- is expected to a...

June 11, 2009

Porsche

Study finds support for red-light cameras and Infiniti G37 named top upscale sedan

Admit it: You support red-light cameras A recent national survey found that 69 percent of Americans support the use of red-light cameras at the most dangerous intersections in their...

June 5, 2009 5 Comments

Infiniti G37

Beware of invincible texting teens and get set for rising rental car prices

Young drivers know the risk, text anyway A recent survey of 16- to 20-year-old drivers found that even thought they know it's risky, 83 percent talk on a cell...

June 4, 2009 1 Comment

Car rental

Costs to own a car level with last year

Despite lower fuel prices, AAA reports that the costs to own and operate a vehicle have remained constant due to increases in areas such as insurance premiums, depreciation, finance...

May 29, 2009

Gas costs

Keep pets safe from hot cars in summer and see how far a day's drive can take you

As temps heat up, watch for pets in cars Even with Seattle's mild summers, pet owners should be aware of leaving pets in the car as temperatures rise. To...

May 28, 2009

Dog in car

Memorial Day weekend: More are expected on the roads and Indy's track turns 100

More expected on the roads this weekend An estimated 32.4 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend -- a 1.5-percent increase over last year -- with...

May 22, 2009

Indy

Honda pioneers robotic research, and Porsche and Volkswagen get cozy

Honda's non-invasive headgear that reads electric currents and blood flow. (Koji Sasahara / AP) Another space-age driving development Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to read patterns of electric...

May 21, 2009

Boxster and Beetle

India flips for bargain-priced Tata Nano and Zipcar goes to college

Customers book a Nano in Mumbai, India. (Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press) Tata's supercheap Nano a hit in India More than 203,000 people bought the ultracheap Nano car in India...

May 15, 2009

Zipcar

Los Angeles makes hailing a cab easier and the three-point seatbelt turns 50

Los Angeles attempts to boost its cab culture The next time you go to Los Angeles you may have an easier time hailing a cab. Unlike most other big...

May 14, 2009

Taxi

Los Angeles tunnel is a media star; aggressive drivers are closer than they appear

And best supporting tunnel goes to ... Sure, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx are the stars of "The Soloist," which opened last week. But those attending the movie...

May 8, 2009

Road rage

Consumer Reports names RAV4 its top small SUV and we celebrate five cool Pontiacs

RAV4 takes top seat in small SUV rankings The freshened four-cylinder Toyota RAV4 was named top small SUV in April tests by Consumer Reports. The RAV4 was praised for...

May 7, 2009 1 Comment

Knight Rider

MyKey sets limits, student-built racers go off-road and I-90 lane closures begin

MyKey system lets you set speed limits Ford's MyKey -- a system that allows owners to program their cars to limit the speed and music volume -- has been...

May 1, 2009

Baja racer

Get to know the Chinese automakers

The Shanghai Auto Show was once a venue for the West to show off its cars to a country still relying on bicycles. This year, last week's event was a...

April 30, 2009 2 Comments

F3

Ward's Auto World recognizes best interiors and Keanu Reeves speeds to victory

Kia Awards say it's what's inside that matters Exteriors get the most buzz, but Ward's AutoWorld recently announced its Interior of the Year awards, naming 11 winners. Included were the...

April 24, 2009

Keanu

Acura ZDX, Volkswagen GTI among the hit debuts at the New York auto show

Top debuts at the New York auto show The New York International Auto Show closes its doors tonight after two weeks. Here are four of the most-lauded debuts from the...

April 23, 2009 6 Comments

Volkswagen GTI

Oregon plans an electric-car charging network and the Element goes to the dogs

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Need a charge? Head to Oregon Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (shown above, test driving a Nissan electric vehicle) announced in early April that Nissan and the state...

April 17, 2009 1 Comment

Honda dogs

World Car of the Year winners named

2009 World Car: VW Golf VI. (Photo: AP) World Car of the Year awards were given in three categories last week at the start of the New York International Auto...

April 16, 2009

Golf

A free motorsports documentary and a 12-day concert to support the auto industry

NFL Films Racing film "Truth in 24" free on iTunes The motorsports documentary "Truth in 24," which chronicles the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France, was...

April 10, 2009

Assembly Line Concert

A racecar legend cooks up a new hobby and popular hybrids heat up their rivalry

Can Shelby lap Newman in the food business? (Ford) Shelby Cobra, Shelby Mustang, Shelby salsa Former racecar driver and automotive legend Carroll Shelby plans to walk in the footsteps of...

April 9, 2009

Prius and Insight

Flying car takes off on a wing and a prayer; World groups set fuel-efficiency goal

The Transition's wings fold up for driving. (Terrafugia) "Flying car" makes successful air debut Aiming to make an airplane that can be driven to and from a runway and parked...

April 2, 2009

Traffic

BMW's art cars tour Mexico and Mercedes-Benz USA honors a Lynnwood dealer

PR Newswire BMW Art Cars take to the road once again Four of BMW's famous Art Cars, used as canvases by the artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and...

April 2, 2009 2 Comments

BMW art car

German grocery sells cars online and Israeli scientists link fast music to speeding

German grocery selling cars online Could Costco and Wal-Mart be next? A German discount supermarket known for low-priced groceries and household goods has begun selling cars on its Web...

March 26, 2009

Speeding

Software ensures teens hang up and drive; Honda tops list of most-stolen cars

Products shut down moving cell phones Parents looking for a way to prevent their teenagers from using cell phones while driving have some new options. WebSafety's $10-a-month software can...

March 26, 2009

1195 Honda Civic

Europe's big auto show picks its favorites, from best in show to most fun

AutoWeek picks best of Geneva auto show Europe's big auto show wrapped up on Sunday after a week of world debuts. AutoWeek's editors picked their favorites in four categories. Infiniti...

March 19, 2009 1 Comment

Audi TT

India releases the world's cheapest car and the Fiesta enjoys global popularity

Associated Press India's super-cheap car finally released The Nano, billed as the world's cheapest car, will launch Monday after months of building excitement, says its manufacturer, India's Tata Motors. The...

March 19, 2009

Fiesta

Hybrids join San Francisco's Zipcar fleet; green technology resurrects Ford plant

Zipcar San Fran Zipcar fleet gets a little greener Zipcar has added a plug-in hybrid vehicle -- a converted Toyota Prius with a Hymotion L5 PCM battery -- to its...

March 12, 2009

Ohio Ford plant

Obama license plates, green measures for yellow taxis and VW's roadster

Those Obama plates aren't just for Illinois Illinois residents have just over a month left to display their temporary commemorative Barak Obama license plates. The plates sell for $50,...

March 12, 2009

VW Bluesport

Buses move America; Financing tips and tools can help when you're ready to buy new

Buses provide most passenger trips in U.S. More than planes or trains, Americans take commercial buses for their intercity travel, according to a recent census by the American Bus...

March 5, 2009

Handshake

Honda tops Consumer Reports' annual rankings; NASCAR star pulls into daytime TV

The Honda Accord was named top family sedan, and Honda the top automaker. (Photo by Honda) Consumer Reports honors Honda again Honda Motor Co. was named top automaker for the...

March 5, 2009

2009 Accord

Germany's next top models, Gen Y buyer expectations and Cadillac's Converj

Model Julia Stegner poses with the SL 63 AMG Edition IWC. (Photo by Newscom) Fashion models meet new Benz models Last week's New York Fashion Week wasn't all about clothes....

February 26, 2009

Cadillac Converj

Mustang gets a spring makeover; Vespa leads the scooter renaissance

Updated Mustang gets back in the race Ford's response to the Dodge Challenger and upcoming Chevrolet Camaro is to update its Mustang for spring of 2009. Although the physical...

February 26, 2009

Vespa

Ford Sync technology tricks out your ride; aficionados flock to Detroit's Auto Show

Ford lures tech fans with Sync upgrades Ford executives say that starting this spring the Ford Sync -- a voice-activated in-car entertainment and communication service -- will use GPS...

February 19, 2009

Auto Show

The benefits of diesel, a local dealer's historic honor and Audi's new concept car

Weigh the benefits of buying a diesel To buy a diesel or not to buy a diesel; that's the question these days. The modern diesel is durable, quiet and...

February 19, 2009

Audi Concept

Chrysler's new concept, wiper wisdom and corn cobs for fuel

Concept car: Chrysler 200C EV The torpedo-shaped 200C EV concept car is lovely inside and out. But its top feature is an electronic instrument panel controlled by touch, like...

February 12, 2009

Corn cobs

Peek in the presidential limo; predicting auto sales growth for China

Take a peek inside the presidential limo Wondering about the features in President Obama's Cadillac Presidential Limousine? Cadillac touts the executive compartment filled with mobile office gear and the...

February 12, 2009 1 Comment

General Motors


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