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  • 1999 Pontiac Trans Am

    Anniversary Trans Am is icing on the cakeJun 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Turning 30 is a big deal. Pontiac's storied Trans Am model made it to three decades in 1999 and the company decided to commemorate the occasion. Rick Giovannini of Arlington heights encountered part of that four-wheeled celebration at the 1999 Chicago Auto Show.

     
  • This Fusion sedan prototype is 800 pounds lighter than a regular Fusion thanks to more use of aluminum and other materials.

    Auto industry gets serious about lighter materialsJun 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government’s goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.

     
  • While still a college student 50 years ago, Gail Wise of Park Ridge bought this 1964½ Ford Mustang two days before the new model was to go on sale to the public.

    Randhurst to host its first Cruise NightJun 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect is about to launch its first Cruise Night series, showcasing vintage cars at the shopping center. The first one will take place Wednesday, June 18. Randhurst officials believe the shows will generate interest and buzz for the shopping center. “These kinds of shows are extremely popular in this market,” Randhurst spokeswoman Cindy Bohde said.

     
  • Don’t ‘flush’ transmission fluidJun 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Last week I referred to the proper technique for changing the transmission fluid as an exchange, rather than drain-and-fill. It prompted this response from a reader.

     
  • General Motors is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years. A driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the “run” position, causing an engine stall.

    GM recalling Camaros for ignition switch problemJun 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors. This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the “run” position, causing an engine stall. That disables the power steering and brakes and could cause drivers to lose control. GM said Friday that it knows of three crashes and four minor injuries from the problem.

     
  • Ford miscalculated fuel economy on 6 modelsJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.

     
  • Car club calendar Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 and car shows.

     
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade. Barra will appear on June 18 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee, the panel announced Wednesday. Also testifying will be former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, above, who last week issued a report on GM’s delayed recall of 2.6 million small cars equipped with the switches.

    GM CEO Barra, chief investigator to testifyJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade. Barra will appear on June 18 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee, the panel announced Wednesday.

     
  • 1950 Dodge Coronet

    Reliability is a given for owners of 1950 DodgeJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s an intimidating thought to embark on a long road trip in a vintage vehicle. That fear is the furthest thing from the minds of John and Barb Weiser. The Elmhurst couple have a proven track record with their 1950 Dodge Coronet.

     
  • Use proper technique to change transmission fluidJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Is there a specific test to determine to what degree one’s transmission fluid is fouled? I own two Honda Civics and do not know whether to follow the dash reminder notices or do more regular maintenance.

     
  •  A tray of food sits on the window waiting for a car hop to pick it up earlier this month at Carlson’s Drive-In in Michigan City, Ind.

    Americans and their cars: A love affair on fumes?Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    After rising almost continuously since World War II, driving by U.S. households has declined nearly 10 percent since 2004, with a start before the Great Recession suggesting economics is not the only cause. “There’s something more fundamental going on,” says Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

     
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

    Mach 1 Mustang fulfills affinity for yesteryearJun 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Monico Chavez of Vernon Hills always saved his allowance. Unlike other young boys, he wasn’t stashing away dollars to pay for the newest video game. No, his heart was set on American muscle. Two years ago, it became his with the purchase of a 1969 Mach 1 Ford Mustang.

     
  • This Google-designed car is unlike one any automaker would have created. The most obvious difference? There’s no steering column. The car also doesn’t have any brakes or accelerator. It’s operated completely by software.

    Google takes step forward on self-driving vehiclesMay 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    For years, Google has touted its efforts to develop an autonomous car, pushing for legislation to allow its vehicles on public roads. Now, the tech giant is taking a bigger step into the driverless world, unveiling the prototype of an autonomous car that it designed itself.

     
  • Google announced May 27 that it plans to deploy at least 100 fully autonomous vehicles that it designed in tests starting this year. The two-seat cars will have a top speed of 25 miles (40 kilometers) per hour and no steering wheel.

    GM Executive: Google could become ‘competitive threat’May 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Google Inc. could become a “serious competitive threat” to the auto industry if it continues to push its self-driving cars, said Mark Reuss, product-development chief at General Motors Co. GM, which is developing its own autonomous vehicle technology, isn’t in a race with Google to create driverless cars, he told reporters yesterday in Detroit.

     
  • Rescue 5 was badly damaged on Sept. 11. When it was taken out of service, it was refurbished by Schaumburg-based Remembrance Rescue Project.

    Featured vehicles to appear at three Randhurst cruise nights May 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Classic Recollections writer and photographer Matthew Avery shares motoring tales each week, through his print and online columns, video features and even social media. Now Classic Recollections is hitting the streets. The Daily Herald is partnering this summer with Randhurst Village shopping center and Clearbrook to present three cruise nights.

     
  • The Harris Bank parking lot is filled each week with different models of classic cars, so there’s always a reason to go back.

    Barrington’s weekly classic car shows return tonightMay 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 11th season of Cruise Nights in Barrington opens Thursday, May 29.

     
  • This Sept. 26, 2013, file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder pointing to an illustration of auto parts during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. A federal investigation into price fixing in the auto parts industry, made public four years ago with FBI raids in the Detroit area, has mushroomed into the largest antitrust investigation in Justice Department history — and authorities say it’s not over yet.

    Auto parts price-fixing probe rattles industryMay 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department’s largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it’s not over yet. “It’s a very, very safe assumption that U.S. consumers paid more, and sometimes significantly more, for their automobiles as a result of this conspiracy,” Brent Snyder, a deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, said.

     
  • 1941 Harley-Davidson “Knucklehead”

    Small details matter when restoring 1941 Harley-DavidsonMay 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    When you get right down to it, hardware is an integral part of our rolling motorized machines. Simple nuts and bolts may seem trivial but it’s small elements like those that get John Incaudo’s excited. He’s restored his 1941 Harley Davidson motorcycle four different times.

     
  • Paul Cotton, right, dealer principle of Joe Cotton Ford in Carol Stream, works on the showroom floor with Tracy Conn, left, vice president and general manager of the dealership.

    Carol Stream dealership celebrates 40 years in businessMay 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Walking into the showroom of Joe Cotton Ford in Carol Stream, the first thing visitors are likely to notice are multiple white banners hanging from the ceiling. Each banner carries the handwritten names of customers, followed by the number of vehicles these 800 individuals or families have purchased over the years.

     
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