US agency plans to update auto safety ratings next year
DETROIT (AP) — The government's highway safety agency says it plans a significant update to its automobile crash test ratings next year, and it will look at including new technology to make roads...
Suit challenges Michigan regulator over $250,000 benefit cap
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The administrator of a plan that covers the medical expenses of uninsured non-drivers who are injured in car crashes is suing the state of Michigan, alleging that a...
Mercury Insurance ends fight with California for record $41M
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million,...
Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California's authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said...
Indian government announces steps to boost economy
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Friday rolled back a surcharge on foreign portfolio investment and announced steps to lower interest rates on home and auto loans to boost the country's...
Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution
DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of Louisiana drivers will see car insurance costs fall starting in August.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Monday that Louisiana Farm Bureau...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Some Louisiana drivers will see their car insurance rates drop starting later this summer.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Thursday that he has approved...
Automakers urge California, US to restart mileage talks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Major automobile manufacturers urged the Trump administration and California on Thursday to restart negotiations over vehicle mileage standards to prevent a lengthy legal...
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who bragged about killing an off-duty Chicago police officer during an armed robbery was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming ranks among the most dangerous states for driving during Memorial Day weekend.
U.S. government statistics show Wyoming averages 0.85 automobile crashes per...
NC House members: Cellphone ban while driving needs work
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation originally designed to prohibit hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina nearly stalled Friday after a rewrite because lawmakers worried it would...
Collection of closing auto museum hits auction block
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The collection of a Mississippi auto museum is being auctioned, with bidders for its 178 vehicles and memorabilia including author Clive Cussler.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee attorney has been sentenced to 92 months in prison for stealing more than $1.36 million from clients. The majority was from the daughter of a state trooper...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two crashes that took four lives have resurrected concerns about the safety of a bypass in New Town and the issue of truck driver fatigue.
Correction: Behind the Wheel-Infotainment Systems story
In a story Feb. 26 about infotainment systems, Edmunds reported erroneously the name of Hyundai's system. It is Blue Link, not Uvo.
Town administrator in South Carolina pleads to theft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former town administrator in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to stealing federal funds.
The U.S. Attorney's office said in a news release Monday that 48-year-old Harold Dewayne Ennis Jr. of Allendale pleaded guilty in U.S. District court. Ennis had been the town administrator in Allendale since about 2000.
Classic car enthusiasts plan Dec. 15 festival in Havana
HAVANA (AP) — Hundreds of antique automobiles are expected to participate in an exhibition in Havana next month, in what its organizers hope will be the biggest gathering ever of classic car enthusiasts in Cuba.
The Dec. 15 event is planned to pay homage to the thousands of iconic old cars that cruise Cuba's streets.
Utah man charged in crash had 4 times legal alcohol limit
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Newly unsealed court documents show a Utah dump truck driver with a history of driving drunk had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit at the time of last month's crash that killed six people in another vehicle.
Jamie Don McKenzie of Heber City has been charged with six counts of automobile homicide and two counts of DUI in the Oct. 19 crash south or Park City.
NC judges weigh if lawmakers can veto governor’s top aides
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators can claim for themselves the right to reject a governor's choices for top jobs like collecting taxes or registering automobiles, lawyers defending a state law told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Latest: NC judges weigh if agency heads need approval
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina Supreme Court deciding the constitutionality of a state law allowing legislators to reject a governor's agency heads (all times local):
North Carolina's highest court is deciding whether legislators can claim for themselves the right to reject a governor's choices for top jobs like collecting taxes or registering automobiles.
Used sedans still cheap, but prices are rising
CARLETON, Mich. (AP) — Late in the spring, Bob Castaldi started checking used car prices online, wondering if it would be a good time to sell his family's loaded-out 2014 Honda Civic.
Each month, the retiree from suburban Phoenix, Arizona, kept seeing the suggested retail price go up, rising a total of $700 to $900 depending on where the car would be sold. Last week, Castaldi figured the circumstances were right to list the car with just over 30,000 miles on it, and he put it on sale for $16,785.
Louisiana automobile insurance rate hikes lower this year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's insurance commissioner says the state's auto insurance market may be stabilizing, with a smaller rise in premiums expected this year compared with prior years.
National Corvette Museum looks to diversify collection
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The curator of the National Corvette Museum wants to expand its collection beyond the titular car in order to better tell its story.
China monthly car sales pick up in April; EV sales double
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese passenger car sales expanded at a faster pace last month as growth in the world's biggest auto market picked up steam, an industry group said Friday.
Monthly figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show that passenger cars sales in April rose 11 percent over a year earlier to 1.9 million vehicles, outpacing a 3.5 percent growth rate in March.
Exhibit traces over 100 years of Vermont auto racing
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Historical Society's new exhibit celebrates more than 100 years of auto racing in Vermont.
The exhibit, "Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont," opened to the public Saturday. It chronicles 115 years of racing in the state and will be open until the end of March 2019.
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On the hunt for collectible bits from automotive past
If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt but your budget doesn't allow for classic vehicles, there's still a lot of fun to be had prowling for automobile artifacts at estate sales, antique malls and other vintage-goods venues.
Beijing Auto show highlights e-cars designed for China
BEIJING (AP) — Volkswagen and Nissan have unveiled electric cars designed for China at a Beijing auto show that highlights the growing importance of Chinese buyers for a technology seen as a key part of the global industry's future.
Senate votes to ease rules against auto lending bias
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted last week to overturn an Obama-era rule that restricted automobile lenders from discriminating against minorities by charging them higher fees for car loans.
The move Wednesday, led by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, was the latest attempt by Republican lawmakers to roll back financial regulations.
Torrington Senior Friendship Center offers continuing education for drivers
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Goshen County drivers can get a refresher on driving education through the Smart Driver Course by AARP at the Senior Friendship Center.
The class is taught by Gary DeBolt, who took the class three times under former instructor Paul Novak. After Novak retired, DeBolt offered to take over as the Torrington instructor a year ago.
Debolt said the class is aimed at drivers over 50 who want to stay up-to-date on current driving trends.
Galpin Collection pays homage to the company’s lengthy, rich automotive history
When you first enter the showroom at the Galpin Collection in Van Nuys, California, it can be overwhelming to take in all the incredible vehicles on display. From original cars initially sold on the company’s first car lot to iconic customs and historic vehicles, the variety of the automobiles Galpin has on display pays homage to the company’s lengthy and rich automotive history.
Big O Tires: 25 years in Havasu
Big O Tires celebrated its 25th anniversary this month on Countryshire Avenue, propelled since 1993 by Lake Havasu City locals and seasonal visitors.
The tire and mechanical chain was opened by Havasu residents Rick Zirges and Todd Belote, who initially hired eight employees to service the city’s automobiles. The company now employs 34 Havasu locals, and after a 2014 expansion became the largest Big O Tires location in the Southwestern U.S., according to Zirges.
Diesel fuel economy gives Ford F-150 new edge
In its never-ending quest to keep the F-150 America's best-selling pickup, Ford Motor Co. has a new idea: diesel fuel.
The Blue Oval company says its new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine — the first diesel for the F-150 — delivers best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy to its most popular vehicle. And that could make the so-called 2018 "pickup wars" even more competitive.
Paul Turner: Why is Spokane a hub for summer classics?
So surely there are those in Spokane who do not care about restored vintage automobiles.
Right? I mean, there have to be. It’s a statistical certainty and all that.
I got to thinking about these folks recently while contemplating the Spokane area’s sure signs of spring. The emergence from garages of fixed-up old cars is one. Though sometimes it’s more like a sign of summer.
EPA to ease back emissions standards
Environmental regulators announced on Monday they will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by President Barack Obama was not appropriate and set standards "too high."
Heidi’s Customs & Classics: Third Girls in the Garage car show brings together women-owned rides
Last weekend, at the Automobile Driving Museum, south of LAX airport in Los Angeles, some of the best women-owned rides on the west coast came out to enjoy the 3rd annual Girls in the Garage Car Show.
There was a time I thought having a big four-door pickup made sense as a secondary and occasional-use vehicle for a normal American family, but then came the bankruptcies and recession of 2009. Sales plunged, money was scarce. So I dropped the dream, and since then I'm envious of my friends who have rearranged their households to work well with a single smaller vehicle, like a compact crossover SUV such as a Toyota RAV4.
CEO says Waymo dedicated to safe self-driving technology
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The leader of Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says he is confident in the company's technology and its capability to interact with pedestrians.
Waymo CEO John Krafcik addressed a fatal collision involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, during a question-and-answer session Saturday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas.
Krafcik says the company is dedicated to "making this technology safe."
Payne: New Ram 1500 powers truck offensive
Phoenix -- Behind the chromed bow of the new Ram 1500 is a growing truck-based armada as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles goes to battle against fellow Detroit truck titans, Ford and GM.
Test-driven by the automotive press here in early March, the Ram hits dealerships later this month with a strong buzz as one of the most formidable trucks ever made — a smooth-riding, luxurious benchmark for a class that includes the Ford F-series, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Regaining moral footing necessary to cut gun violence
Before we discuss violence with guns, I'd like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunken driving. What kind of restrictions should be placed on automobile ownership? Should there be federal background checks in order for people to obtain a driver's license or purchase a car?
Twin Cities Auto Show, which starts Saturday, looks to rev up interest as sales cool
After seven years of gains, new vehicle sales in the U.S. tapped the brakes last year. The slowing is likely to continue in 2018, according to forecasts.
Enter the Twin Cities Auto Show, which will serve up a fleet of powerful American-made trucks, luxury brands and advances in electric and hybrid vehicle technology during a nine-day sales pitch that begins Saturday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
More than 600 vehicles are on display from 36 imported and domestic brands.
Perhaps American consumers aren't overly concerned that the steel and aluminum tariffs being considered by the Trump administration will drive up the cost of automobiles. But how do they feel about beer?
For beer sold in cans, the cost of aluminum represents roughly half of the purchase price. The tariffs President Donald Trump are threatening on imported steel and aluminum will significantly push up the cost of America's favorite beverage.
Rapid transit: Pulling a 8,700-lb. load or on the drag strip, Durango SRT hauls
The 2018 Durango SRT is Dodge's new flagship SUV, but with a scooped and slotted hood, 475-horsepower V8, high-line performance tires and capable of conquering the quarter-mile in under 13 seconds, this is one halo car that has little demon in it, too.
In debate on car ownership, Hyundai picks Uber, Grab
As Google's Waymo, General Motors Co. and others race to bring driverless automobiles to showrooms, the argument over who will buy cars in the technology era is getting louder.
Antique auction like no other
It was possibly the largest and most spectacular public auction ever held in Butler County.
And 25 years later, many area residents still reminisce about the day the late Leo Bongers' massive antique vehicle collection was sold, an event that drew collectors and curiosity seekers from around the world.
Just how large was the auction? The event took place at the Bongers farmstead located about two miles south of David City along Highway 15, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 1993.
Texans don't play it small, and neither does the Houston Auto Show in celebrating its 35th anniversary. More than 700 of the latest model year imports and domestic vehicles will cover the entire 700,000 square feet of the NRG Center. Experience the anticipation of concept cars, nostalgia of classics and ultra-luxuries, and test drive nearly 80 different vehicle models.
Lincoln Navigator takes top honor at Readers’ Choice
As Matthew McConaughey would say: All right, all right all right.
The Lincoln Motor Co. spokesman would probably be pleased to hear the luxury carmaker's 2018 Navigator drove away with the highest honor in The Detroit News' annual Readers' Choice Awards.
One hundred judges selected from the public voted the SUV as Best of Show as well as Best Road-Trip Ride at the Detroit auto show.
Ford Motor Co. also took the prize for Best Dream Machine with its Ford GT.
Crowds swarm Detroit auto show on public’s first day
Detroit — The excitement of seeing the latest and greatest domestic and international automobiles and other vehicles brought out crowds Saturday to the annual North American International Auto Show.
Crowds packed Cobo Center to see shiny new vehicles and high-tech features they had to offer on the first public day of the popular event.
Eric Smith and his wife Jessica along with their daughter and young sons were all smiles as they wrapped up their tour of the show.