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  • 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.

     
  • 1929 Model A's color is the perfect Halloween hue Oct 31, 2014 9:57 AM
    Jerry Peters has a deep-seated love for high-octane hot rods. A lot of that passion stems from his early childhood, which was spent around petroleum products.

     
  • Cucci Ford brings start-up saavy to auto business Oct 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    When it comes down to it, Ted Cucci has always loved cars, so much so that one might believe he has always worked in the vehicle business. Cucci, however, is a newnewcomer to the auto industry, having taking over Spring Hill Ford in early September and renaming the East Dundee dealership Cucci Ford.

     
  • These classic rides are as scary as ever Oct 26, 2014 9:11 AM
    With Halloween right around the corner, ClassicCars.com set out to find which on-screen vehicle would take the honor of being the scariest TV and movie vehicle of all time. And two of the winners reside right here in the Chicago suburbs.

     
  • Depression-era vehicle gets third-generation makeover Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Very few American families were making big purchases during the Great Depression of the 1930s, especially for costly items like automobiles. But despite the extreme economic conditions, Jeff Kelch’s great uncle Bill Grebble saved enough to purchased a new Chrysler for him and his wife, Essie.

     
  • Blown tire disrupts rotation pattern Oct 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I am at the point now where I need to replace the tires on my car. One tire dealer said I should just buy four tires and keep the spare I have. Although it is more expensive, I am considering buying five tires and going back to a five-tire rotation.

     
  • Innovations: Move over humans, the robocars are coming Oct 18, 2014 7:33 AM
    My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. Tesla’s announcement of an autopilot feature in its next-generation Model S takes us much closer to this future.

     
  • Company offers fast lap around memory lane Oct 13, 2014 1:35 PM
    A few area residents, many for the first time, got a taste of what it's like to pilot the best of vintage Detroit steel. Golden Era Motors Driving Experience, a Jacksonville, Florida-based company, brought its traveling roadshow to the Volo Auto Museum.

     
  • Riding the wave of vehicle restoration Oct 6, 2014 10:48 AM
    Classic vehicles come in all shapes and sizes; they arrive by land, air and, in this case, sea. The 15th annual Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat show was held late last month at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin, near Lake Geneva.

     
  • Mecum Auctions sets GPS to Schaumburg Oct 6, 2014 10:45 AM
    Whether you’re in the mood to purchase your dream ride, check out some intense bidding or just see a sea of gleaming show machines, there’s no better place to be than at the Schaumburg Convention Center Oct. 9-11 when the Mecum Auction rolls back into town.

     
  • Spare tire needs attention, too Oct 5, 2014 8:27 AM
    Q. When I have the tires on my car rotated and balanced, I never think about the tire in the trunk. Other than making sure it is inflated to the correct pressure, should I have it looked at for signs of deterioration?

     
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