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  • 1961 Chevrolet Apache

    Saved from the scrap heapMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike Keegan really didn’t want his 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup. The Barrington man thoroughly loves classics, but the gearhead already had more than enough four-wheeled projects to keep his hands full.

     
  • Backers of using methanol from natural gas as a substitute for gasoline got a chilly reception from a federal official who said he is skeptical the fuel will gain widespread adoption for use in cars and trucks.

    Methanol as gas substitute gets chilly reception in CapitalMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Backers of using methanol from natural gas as a substitute for gasoline got a chilly reception from a federal official who said he is skeptical the fuel will gain widespread adoption for use in cars and trucks.

     
  • Side air bags deploy with bump in the roadMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    We had a client come in the other day explaining that they thought they hit a pothole, which deployed the side curtain air bags on their 2008 Buick Enclave. Upon inspection we found no evidence of damage under the vehicle that would have caused this.

     
  • 1967 Pontiac Ventura

    Pontiac Ventura’s psychedelic days are doneMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jim Lindberg’s 1967 Pontiac Ventura may look factory fresh now but much of its life has been drastically different. Back in the 1960s, the Ventura was customized at Dave Puhl’s House of Kustoms in Palatine.

     
  •  Zeppelin and Goodyear crews work together in prepping Goodyear’s new zeppelin in the Wingfoot Lake Hangar for its debut in Suffield Township, Ohio.

    Goodyear unveils next-generation blimpMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

     
  • Honda Odyssey

    Honda recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivansMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire.

     
  • Actors Aaron Paul, left, and Scott Mescudi in a scene from “Need for Speed.” A Ford Mustang has a starring role in the film, much like 1968's classic “Bullitt,” director Scott Waugh said.

    Classic car chases film better with classic carsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Making a successful jump from pixels to pavement is a daunting task. Yet Scott Waugh, director of "Need for Speed," is a classic car buff who drives a 1970 Chevelle. He's the right guy to bring the popular video game series to the motion picture screen.

     
  • General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.

    GM to offer loaner cars, cash to small-car ownersMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect. The company also will offer a $500 cash allowance to owners who want to buy or lease a new GM vehicle.

     
  • 1967 Chevy Caprice

    1967 Caprice wagon is just what the doctor orderedMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A pediatrician in Arkansas ordered this 1967 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon to haul his children and trailer home on family vacations. It know belongs to Arnold and Barb Boris of Kildeer.

     
  • Car guys can still drive minivansMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    When our children were little and we were carting them and their friends all over the Northwest suburbs, the need for a minivan was apparent. I was not a minivan kind of guy, I reasoned.

     
  • Maris Angolia, president of Karin’s Florist, stands with two of Karin’s Florist’s delivery vehicles, a 2006 Scion xB, front, and a 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, behind, outside Karin’s Florist, in Vienna, Va.

    Old vans are dying, so small businesses are buyingMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Small businesses pushed commercial van sales up 40 percet last year. The spending is coming for two reasons: Aging vans are simply wearing out. Plus business confidence is growing. A January survey taken for Wells Fargo found that optimism among small-business owners hit the highest level in five years.

     
  • Rep. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, planned to put Republican Terri Land on the defensive Monday in their U.S. Senate race by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which is widely credited with saving the U.S. auto industry.

    Michigan’s Peters attacks Land on auto bailoutMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters sought Monday to put Republican Terri Land on the defensive in their U.S. Senate race by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which is widely credited with saving the U.S. auto industry. Peters and other Democrats were expected to draw attention to statements Land made at a Republican National Convention event two years ago in which she backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-bailout position.

     
  • 1949 Ford F1

    Truck owner gets another chance to get it rightMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hank Groves of Woodstock has taken several stabs at transforming a vintage truck into the custom ride of his dreams. Others did not turn out exactly as he wanted them. Then in 2010 he purchased this 1949 Ford F1 pickup.

     
  • This 1957 Chevrolet pickup has been dubbed “QuickSilver” by owner Alan Beers of Owasso, Okla.

    Two trucks display the diversity of World of WheelsMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The World of Wheels car show is a Chicago-area event that truly lives up to its name. This auto celebration is now in it’s 52nd year and these two 1950s Chevy pickups, though similar, demonstrate the great diversity on display in Rosemont ovet he weekend.

     
  • Nissan says its February U.S. sales rose almost 16 percent as it defied analyst predictions of a weather-related slowdown.

    GM, Ford, Toyota February sales fall, weather blamedMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    General Motors, Ford and Toyota reported U.S. sales declines last month as frigid temperatures and snowstorms pounded much of the nation. The country’s top three automakers said the month started slowly but sales began to recover in the second half, a sign that fears of a broader auto sales slowdown may be unfounded. Chrysler and Nissan did report double-digit gains, but had to discount some key models to get there. Volkswagen, which has been struggling in the U.S., reported a 14 percent drop.

     
  • Ford Motor Co., struggling with in-car technology flaws, will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry’s QNX and no longer use Microsoft’s Windows

    Ford said to drop Microsoft for BlackBerry QNX in sync systemsMar 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ford Motor Co., struggling with in-car technology flaws, will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry’s QNX and no longer use Microsoft’s Windows.

     
  • Mark Muller is the newest member of the Muller family to enter the auto business. After a lengthy career as a trader, he is now managing partner of Muller Auto Group, a Subaru/Volkswagen/Nissan dealership in Highland Park.

    New owner brings fresh perspective to Muller Auto GroupMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several years ago, the Muller family thought it would be a good idea to bring brother Mark into the family business. A longtime Chicago trader, Mark Muller thought the timing was right, too. He is the new managing partner of Muller Auto Group, a Subaru/Volkswagen/Nissan dealership in Highland Park.

     
  •  An employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    No sign of expansion at plant where UAW lostFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.The UAW last week filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board, seeking to have results voided and a new election to be held.

     
  • US safety agency likely probing GM recall responseFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars.

     
  • 1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

    1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible is better than a perfect matchFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each day in 1959 when a much younger Ron Rufo left his family's home in downtown Chicago, he was greeted with a smile-inducing sight: his neighbor's new Pontiac Catalina. This passion for Pontiacs never left him and in 1998 his well-trained eyes locked onto another example: this time a 1959 Bonneville convertible.

     
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