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  • 1963 Impala, with 12 miles on odometer, still showroom ready Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nebraska is normally a pretty quiet place. Yet in September of 2013, the town of Pierce was buzzing with thousands of visitors from all over the world. The draw was an auto auction of hundreds of vintage Chevrolets, many bearing unbelievably low mileage.

  • Fuel system may be losing pressure Nov 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    My car is a 2000 Type S Jaguar that I bought two years ago, now with 83,000-plus miles on it. One morning it didn't start right away, but I had backed into the driveway, which sloped about 15 degrees so the front of the car was lower.

  • A musical pairing of cars and guitars Nov 25, 2014 2:57 PM
    One of the draws to vintage muscle cars is the sweet, sweet V-8 tunes flowing from their tailpipes. Now California-based G&L Musical Instruments has launched a series of guitars that take inspiration from the best of what Detroit was churning out during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Corvette Nationals features more than vintage muscle Nov 24, 2014 10:33 AM
    As the name implies, the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is a car show jammed full of vintage vehicles. But as the show has grown larger, more and more unusual items and displays are finding their way into the event.

  • 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass’ fast times revealed Nov 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Two lifelong gear heads, Bob and Frank D’Antonio of Deer Park, are restoring a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass, known as El Malo, that once sped down Southern drag strips.

  • How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road Nov 23, 2014 7:32 AM
    A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic.

  • Ford’s new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups Nov 21, 2014 1:59 PM
    Doug Scott, Ford’s truck marketing manager, said the majority of truck customers aren’t solely focused on fuel economy. The new F-150 beats its rivals in both towing — of up to 12,200 pounds — and payload of up to 3,300 pounds.

  • Minivans do poorly in new crash tests Nov 20, 2014 11:00 AM
    The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle’s front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

  • Detective’s search uncovers 1968 Fastback Mustang Nov 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s hard to not consider Steve McQueen’s character as one cool dude in the film “Bullitt.” Libertyville resident Bill Kinast also fits that description when driving his 1968 Ford Fastback Mustang.

  • Reader has suggestion for steering problem Nov 17, 2014 5:44 AM
    Here is a follow-up from one of our readers regarding the steering problem on an Astro van, which I wrote about several weeks back. He suggests a fluid change for the all-wheel drive steering system.

  • Ford makes aluminum-bodied F-150 in factory Henry Ford built Nov 16, 2014 6:18 AM
    Much like Henry Ford’s changeover from the Model T to the Model A in 1928, the birth of the 2015 F-150 has been painful, costing the company sales and profits this year as it closed the Rouge and a plant near Kansas City, Missouri, to install new tools and machinery to prepare for the largest production ever of an aluminum-bodied vehicle.

  • Uruguay leader won’t sell car even for $1 million Nov 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica says he’s turning down a $1 million offer for his famous 27-year-old Volkswagen Beetle.

  • UAW says union close to claiming victory at Tennessee VW plant Nov 11, 2014 8:45 AM
    The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South. Not so fast, says a group of workers who orchestrated a narrow defeat of the UAW in a union vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant earlier this year.

  • Ford starts production of new aluminum F-150 Nov 11, 2014 8:41 AM
    It’s Ford Motor Co.’s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford thinks a truck that is lighter and more fuel efficient, but even more capable, will win buyers while its competitors struggle to catch up.

  • Buggy travels far from the sand dunes Nov 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A whole host of diverse automotive offerings were available in 1971. Yet that year Don Sussland of Hampshire bypassed all the muscle machines and opted for a kit dune buggy to have some fun. The craftsman wanted to work on a vehicle that would test the limits of his skills and talents. He settled on a light and nimble Scorpion LT dune buggy.

  • Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles for faulty air bags Nov 8, 2014 3:44 PM
    The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. Nissan recalls are among nearly 8 million from 10 automakers over the Takata air bags.

  • Hyundai, Kia to pay $350 million for fake mileage claims Nov 5, 2014 6:03 AM
    Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will pay the equivalent of $350 million to settle U.S. claims that they overstated fuel economy on the window stickers car buyers see at dealer showrooms.

  • Falling for a 1960 Chrysler with a quirky personality Nov 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Noel Hastalis inherited his love of unusual Chrysler vehicles from his father. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, the family rode in such unique rides as a 1955 Windsor, ’63 Newport and ’69 Imperial.

  • A number of issues can cause steering problems Nov 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My 2004 GM Chevy Astro, which I highly prize, has a problem with the steering; it is extremely hard to turn at times.

  • The SUV goes from all-American to global star Nov 2, 2014 8:07 AM
    Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world’s favorite way to get around. It’s a surprising rebirth for a vehicle that was the subject of obituaries when gas prices spiked in 2008. Automakers won back customers by making smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs that also appealed to newly wealthy buyers in Asia and South America and former skeptics in Europe.

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