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  • Car club calendar May 9, 2014 10:06 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 for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Ford recalls 692,487 SUVs, cars May 9, 2014 4:52 PM
    Ford Motor Co. recalled almost 700,000 Escape SUVs and C-MAX hybrid cars to fix a defect that could prevent air bags from deploying in a rollover crash.

  • Verdict clear on 1969 ‘The Judge' GTO May 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    When it comes to muscle car preferences, Ron Moller of Mundelein made his ruling as a teenager. No deliberation was needed to know he loved Pontiac’s GTO. He now owns a 1969 "The Judge" model of this iconic automobile.

  • Tune up is in order May 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I’d like to restore and improve the performance of my 2002 Chrysler M300 Special. Are there shops in the Northwest suburbs that do this kind of work?

  • GM recalling 51,640 SUVs for defective fuel gauges May 3, 2014 1:25 PM
    The recall involves the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia from the 2014 model year. All of the affected SUVs were built between March 26 and Aug. 15 of 2013.

  • IRS probing Caterpillar parts deals May 2, 2014 5:13 PM
    Caterpillar and its Swiss subsidiary entered an agreement that let the Swiss company purchase parts from third-party suppliers and sell them to dealers outside the U.S., removing Caterpillar itself from the “legal title chain” of the transactions.According to the report, the company has about 8,300 employees who specialize in parts, including 4,900 in the U.S. and 65 in Switzerland. Nevertheless, the Swiss subsidiary received about 85 percent of the profits from non-U.S. parts sales, while Caterpillar received about 15 percent.

  • Toyota’s move to Texas is about more than money May 1, 2014 10:29 AM
    Toyota’s move from Los Angeles-area offices to a new U.S. headquarters in Texas is likely about more than tax incentives. Some experts say Toyota is after people with fresh ideas to shake up its culture and reverse a five-year slide in market share.

  • A ‘Fast & Furious’ dynamic duo Apr 28, 2014 6:10 AM
    Like most fans of the "Fast & Furious" blockbuster franchise, Chris Ingrasia of East Dundee went to theater in 2009 to watch the fourth installment. He now owns two of the vehicles that make Vin Diesel's movies so popular: a 1984 Buick Grand National and 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

  • Tell shop of all minor symptoms Apr 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I drive a 2006 Buick Lucerne. Recently I took it upon myself to bring my car into my mechanic for a new battery. I figured five years driving on this battery was cutting it close.

  • Apps for parents curb distracted teen drivers Apr 26, 2014 7:23 AM
    There are apps that prevent mobile-device use while driving, and some of them alert parents or employers when a user tries to beat the system. They’ve emerged on the market as alarm grows over the carnage caused by distracted driving. More than 3,300 people die and 420,000 are injured annually in crashes attributed to distracted drivers. But those numbers may be low because, other than a driver’s admission of fault, it’s a challenge to prove that distraction caused a crash.

  • Actor’s 1966 Thunderbird a star to nephew Apr 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Chicago-born character actor Jay Novello liked stylish things, like his 1966 Ford Thunderbird. Growing up, Jim Cairo of Lake Zurich didn’t get to see much of his famous uncle, but he remembers well one trip to California in 1972 to see Novello when he rode in that stylish car.

  • Hail, harsh weather batters vehicles Apr 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ahhh spring. Wait, is that snow I see coming down? Oh no. Hail! This is the time of year car enthusiasts get their vehicles out of storage, and those of us who drive our special set of wheels all year long try to spiff things up after a hard winter.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall Apr 19, 2014 5:05 PM
    General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

  • Ford to make SUV with Jiangling Motors in China Apr 19, 2014 5:03 PM
    The midsize Ford Everest concept, which will be shown a the Beijing auto show and was created by the automaker’s design team in Australia, will be produced for the Chinese market by Ford’s JMC joint venture and distributed through JMC’s Ford-brand network of dealers, according to a statement by the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker. Ford currently makes its SUVs in China with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co.

  • City: Despite Elgin auto mall foreclosure, land use still for car dealers Apr 18, 2014 12:33 PM
    A Kane County judge has ordered the developers of the auto mall off Interstate 90 and Randall Road in Elgin to repay $23.3 million owed to the bank within three days or begin selling off six outlots via public auction to help repay the debt. Randall 90 LLC was in foreclosure on the auto mall, which only has one dealership. City officials say any property sold still must be used for a car dealership.

  • Going to a Cruise Night? Here’s what you need to know Apr 14, 2014 6:12 AM
    When the summer sun is out, there are dozens of fine cruise nights and car shows to sample in the Chicago area. Few events can compare to the one-of-a-kind experience of gazing at rows of classic cars.

  • U.S. failed to investigate GM despite troubling data Apr 12, 2014 2:41 PM
    While the e-mails and memos add to evidence GM dragged its heels on responding to concerns over defects, they also shed new light on the government’s decision not to act on a flaw now linked to 13 deaths in accidents.

  • 1970 Ford Torino was cool in school Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Kent Krueger thinks back, he remembers two older students from his days at Fremd High School in Palatine. One drove a yellow 1970 Torino and the other a blue ’70 Cougar.

  • Car club calendar Apr 7, 2014 2:18 PM
    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 for area car clubs, as well as local cruise nights and car shows.

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Apr 7, 2014 12:33 PM
    Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.

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