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  • 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.

  • Aston Martin’s plan to overhaul its car lines gets cash backing Jan 28, 2015 1:19 PM
    Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., the maker of the $184,000 DB9 sports car, will unveil a plan to refresh its model lineup at the Geneva motor show in March, and its main financial backer has pledged the resources to carry it out.

  • Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches Jan 28, 2015 9:17 AM
    Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014.

  • Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble Jan 28, 2015 8:56 AM
    Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor models in North America from the 2010 to 2013 model years.

  • Production under way at Grammer AG in Tupelo Jan 27, 2015 4:05 PM
    German auto parts maker starts production of commercial-vehicle suspension seating in Tupelo

  • Strike delayed delivery of sweet GTO Jan 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Having just finished engineering school, a 24-year-old John Cutts was in need of some transportation. The year was 1964 and the day happened to be Halloween. Rather than going trick-or-treating, Cutts strolled into Right-Way Pontiac in his hometown of DeKalb.

  • Auto dealers give $2.5 million Valentine to local charities Jan 26, 2015 11:01 AM
    Looking for something different to do on the eve of Valentine’s Day? You and your date could get a first look at the Chicago Auto Show in an opulent event preceding the public opening that features more than 1,000 vehicles, music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages, all while raising millions for 18 local charities.

  • The fake roar of engines boost car, truck sales Jan 25, 2015 7:23 AM
    Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble. But it’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.

  • Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars Jan 25, 2015 7:45 AM
    Drivers trying to calculate whether it’s practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.

  • Live video game to test math skills of families at auto show Jan 23, 2015 11:05 AM
    Automation Workz 2015 live video game to test math skills of families at Detroit auto show

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