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  • Government issues second air bag recall on same cars Jan 31, 2015 4:31 PM
    The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.

  • Aston Martin’s plan to overhaul its car lines gets cash backing Jan 28, 2015 1:19 PM
    Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., the maker of the $184,000 DB9 sports car, will unveil a plan to refresh its model lineup at the Geneva motor show in March, and its main financial backer has pledged the resources to carry it out.

  • Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches Jan 28, 2015 9:17 AM
    Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014.

  • Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble Jan 28, 2015 8:56 AM
    Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor models in North America from the 2010 to 2013 model years.

  • Production under way at Grammer AG in Tupelo Jan 27, 2015 4:05 PM
    German auto parts maker starts production of commercial-vehicle suspension seating in Tupelo

  • Strike delayed delivery of sweet GTO Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Having just finished engineering school, a 24-year-old John Cutts was in need of some transportation. The year was 1964 and the day happened to be Halloween. Rather than going trick-or-treating, Cutts strolled into Right-Way Pontiac in his hometown of DeKalb.

  • Auto dealers give $2.5 million Valentine to local charities Jan 26, 2015 11:01 AM
    Looking for something different to do on the eve of Valentine’s Day? You and your date could get a first look at the Chicago Auto Show in an opulent event preceding the public opening that features more than 1,000 vehicles, music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, all while raising millions for 18 local charities.

  • The fake roar of engines boost car, truck sales Jan 25, 2015 7:23 AM
    Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble. But it’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.

  • Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars Jan 25, 2015 7:45 AM
    Drivers trying to calculate whether it’s practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.

  • Live video game to test math skills of families at auto show Jan 23, 2015 11:05 AM
    Automation Workz 2015 live video game to test math skills of families at Detroit auto show

  • Gov't adds emergency brake features to safety device list Jan 22, 2015 3:06 PM
    Government adds emergency braking features to its list of recommended safety devices

  • Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, beats VW, GM Jan 21, 2015 10:45 AM
    Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors. But it expects to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, forecasting sales will fall 1 percent year-on-year to 10.15 million vehicles, according to numbers released Wednesday.

  • Car club calendar 2015 Jan 22, 2015 12:34 PM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Former carpenter now customizes motorcycles Jan 19, 2015 12:00 AM
    For many years, Tony Prust honed his skills working as a carpenter. However, his more creative, mechanical side wanted to come out, and he started customizing motorcycles. The next step was opening his own shop, Analog Motorcycles in Gurnee.

  • Headlights often dim as cars get older Jan 18, 2015 12:01 AM
    With the age of cars on U.S. streets and highways averaging 11.4 years, it is clear we are keeping our vehicles longer and longer. There is no doubt that today’s vehicles are built better, look better and are lasting longer than the vehicles in the not so distant past!

  • TV stars draw fans to cycle show in St. Charles Jan 17, 2015 8:14 PM
    Television show “Sons of Anarchy” cast members Kim Coates and Theo Rossi were one of the draws Saturday at the 31st annual Chicago Style Cycle Show at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Hard-core fan Jeff Sperandio of Lake Bluff got inked with a tattoo because he likes the show so much.

  • North American International Auto Show opens to public Jan 17, 2015 9:05 PM
    Performance cars, beefy trucks, exciting experiments on display at auto show in Detroit

  • US probes Jeep Cherokee fire, Nissan Rogue air bag trouble Jan 16, 2015 10:05 AM
    US probes Jeep Cherokee engine fires and slow-deploying air bags in Nissan Rogue

  • Pence meets auto industry officials during Detroit auto show Jan 15, 2015 5:05 PM
    Pence meets auto industry officials during Detroit trip; 2 companies announce Indiana plans

  • Zoning change would allow motorcycle dealer in downtown Libertyville Jan 15, 2015 5:01 PM
    Libertyville long has been known for its auto dealers, but now interest has arisen in locating an upscale motorcycle dealership in the heart of downtown. A village panel has recommended a zoning change that would clear the way for it to happen.

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