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  • Fires, deaths continue after Jeep fuel tank recall Feb 15, 2015 7:41 AM
    As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. White is one of more than 70 people killed in fires involving older Jeeps with plastic fuel tanks mounted behind the rear axle.

  • Modern cars are ripe targets for hackers, senator warns Feb 14, 2015 7:35 AM
    a new report from Sen. Edward Markey warns that the increasing technical complexity of vehicles is leaving drivers’ security and privacy at risk. “Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyber-attacks or privacy invasions,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement.

  • Report: Apple has hundreds working on electric car project Feb 14, 2015 4:58 PM
    he Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name “Titan” — to develop an electric vehicle.

  • Industry’s swagger on display at Chicago Auto Show Feb 14, 2015 1:00 AM
    The swagger returns to the Chicago Auto Show in 2015 because in the eyes of automobile manufacturers, the Great Recession remains a distant, rear-mirror memory.

  • 'Brazen' Pontiac performs in powerful film role Feb 13, 2015 3:26 PM
    While Jim Feurer now pilots a late-model Pontiac GTO, his love for the iconic muscle car runs deep. So deep in fact, that as a 22 year old, the Wauconda resident ordered a new 1966 example.

  • Booming SUV market gets new entries at auto show Feb 12, 2015 11:36 AM
    Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year’s Chicago Auto Show. One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more than 5.5 million. That was double the pace of the industry as a whole.

  • Fuel-efficient, sporty, sophisticated: Auto show offers lots of options Feb 12, 2015 7:45 PM
    Whether you’re a car-shy millennial, an urban lumberjack or a family of sophisticated slobs, the Chicago Auto Show has a vehicle for you. That flexibility is warranted in a volatile market where nothing’s taken for granted, including fuel prices, experts said at a Thursday preview. The show opens Saturday at McCormick Place and runs through Feb. 22.

  • Britain starts public trial of driverless cars Feb 11, 2015 9:15 PM
    Britain’s government, which is spending $29 million on four trial centers around the country, says it will amend and review domestic road regulations by 2017. One focus will be on establishing liability when a self-drive car crashes.

  • Investor seeks $8B GM stock buyback, seat on board Feb 10, 2015 10:14 AM
    A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place next year. Harry Wilson, a former hedge fund manager and one-time member of the Obama administration task force that helped to restructure GM and Chrysler in 2009, disclosed his plans in a meeting with GM CEO Mary Barra on Feb. 3.

  • Early convert liked ‘quirky’ Mini Feb 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Norm Miller’s recollection of the coolest wheeled machinery from the 1970s TV series “CHiPs” wasn’t the California troopers’ police motorcycles. Rather, the St. Charles resident remembers a diminutive character, a 1966 Austin Mini Cooper.

  • Supercars to the rescue at Chicago Auto Show Feb 9, 2015 5:30 AM
    It's revenge of the supercars at the Chicago Auto Show starting this Saturday. Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari will trot out some eye candy for gearheads, but if you lack $200,000, don't worry. There's plenty of affordable models and an outdoor test track this year.

  • Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking Feb 8, 2015 6:57 PM
    Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

  • Workers expand strike to BP refineries in Midwest Feb 7, 2015 6:27 PM
    Refineries are far more automated than they were during the last nationwide strike 35 years ago. Management draws up plans to use nonunion workers and contractors to keep running. That could blunt the impact of the steelworkers’ walkout and prevent a shock to gasoline prices.

  • Ford to transition up to 500 workers to higher pay Feb 4, 2015 10:43 AM
    Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire. Ford said Wednesday that up to 500 workers will transition from an entry-level wage of $19.28 per hour to a top-tier wage of $28.50 per hour over the next two months. The first workers will get word this week. The majority of the workers affected are at plants in Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; and Louisville, Kentucky.

  • GM 2014 profit falls 26 percent to $2.8B on recall costs Feb 4, 2015 9:13 AM
    If it weren't for the recalls, 2014 would have been a stellar year for General Motors. Even with $2.8 billion in pretax costs to fix more than 30 million recalled vehicles and $400 million set aside for death and injury claims, GM still managed to turn a $2.8 billion profit. That's because otherwise, most of the stars lined up well for the Detroit automaker.

  • Fiat Chrysler, Nissan report big Jan. US sales jumps Feb 3, 2015 9:01 AM
    Fiat Chrysler and Nissan each reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, signs that car sales didn’t spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast. Overall, U.S. sales of new vehicles were expected to jump by double digits in January, continuing the brisk pace of the last half of 2014.

  • Automakers report January US sales jumps, led by GM, Toyota Feb 3, 2015 4:05 PM
    Major automakers report double-digit January US increases as auto sales remain strong

  • Brotherly advice steers teen toward 1968 Cutlass S Feb 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    When Larry Speicher of Naperville was a teen growing up in Pennsylvania, he was ready to buy his first car. His brotyher Jack, an engineer with oldsmobile, pulled him aside one day. “He couldn't tell me anything, but strongly suggested I wait for the 1968 Cutlass S."

  • GM ignition switch death toll rises to at least 51 Feb 2, 2015 4:51 PM
    The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on thousands of new claims. Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has also deemed 77 people injured in crashes as eligible for payments from the fund, which received at least 4,180 claims by a Saturday deadline, including more than 1,100 in the past week.

  • 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.

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