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Electric vehicle bet a bust for Indiana

2012-03-08 00:01:00

ELKHART, Ind. -- For politicians betting on electric vehicles to drive job growth, the view from inside Think City's plant here is their wor


Lalique's Glass Menagerie, Too Cool to Ride on Radiators

2012-03-04 00:00:00

PART weird bestiary, part alien zodiac, the crystalline characters of René Lalique appear far too ethereal to ride on the noses of me


Hot Turbo Time Machine: Buick Races Back to '70s

2012-03-04 00:00:00

TESTED 2012 Buick Regal GS


A Kit With Few Instructions Inspires an Improv Act

2012-03-04 00:00:00

LIKE many homes in the Rego Park section of Queens, the one owned by Steven Kaplan and his wife, Dalia, is made of red brick and has a short


Tesla Battery Failures Make 'Bricking' a Buzzword

2012-03-04 00:00:00

AN uproar recently ignited on automotive blogs over a post about a Tesla Roadster whose battery needed replacement after its owner parked th


Japanese automakers are in 5 top spots

2012-02-29 00:00:00

DETROIT -- While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots in Consumer Reports rankings, their lead is shrinking, said David Champio


Time to Catch Up and, Yes, Fill Up

2012-02-26 00:00:00

TESTED 2012 Nissan Murano SL


Access to the Car Pool Lane Can Be Yours, for a Price

2012-02-26 00:00:00

THE businessman at the front of the early boarding line for your last cross-country flight may have gotten there without enduring 100,000 mi


Stepping Out With Style and Batteries

2012-02-26 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- MOVIE critics are always a bit suspicious when they aren't allowed to preview a film until it's already in theaters. Does the


The Shape May Say Italy, but It's California Born

2012-02-26 00:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif. -- THE driver of the white Lexus, slouching in his seat and peering over mirrored sunglasses, tried his best to look nonchal


Obituary: Bruce W. McCalley / Top expert on Ford's Model T and its era

2012-02-20 12:29:00

Known as "Mr. Model T," Bruce McCalley knew more about the car that transformed the world than the company that made it.


GM reports largest annual profit

2012-02-17 00:00:00

DETROIT -- General Motors reported a big annual profit Thursday, but losses in Europe dragged down fourth-quarter earnings.


Toyota tops in dependability

2012-02-16 00:02:00

Toyota Motor Corp. led automakers with the fewest problems reported by owners of its 3-year-old cars, while Ford Motor Co. and General Motor


New survey gauges the least and most expensive cars to insure

2012-02-16 00:00:00

While it's not the flashiest ride on the road, the Toyota Sienna minivan shines brightest for drivers looking for the biggest bargain on car


PPG is huge with hues in the auto industry

PPG is huge with hues in the auto industry

2012-02-15 10:49:00

One local company that will be all over the Pittsburgh International Auto Show won't have even have a booth.


Pittsburgh International Auto Show: This year's cars undergo electrifying changes

Pittsburgh International Auto Show: This year's cars undergo electrifying changes

2012-02-15 00:01:00

With a product like the automobile, which has been around for more than a century, there aren't a lot of dramatic changes most


Versa looks better, but it's noisy

2012-02-15 00:01:00

We've driven Nissan's Versa hatchback in the past and enjoyed it as an affordable subcompact.


Reliable Camry still lacks respect

2012-02-15 00:01:00

Toyota Camry buyers have come to appreciate its quintessential qualities: a quiet cabin, a comfy ride and extreme reliability.


Honda Fit tops in value

2012-02-15 00:01:00

Despite the influx of new vehicles into the small- and budget-car marketplace, the Honda Fit remains on top in Consumer Reports' list of


Audi A6 changes raise the score

2012-02-15 00:01:00

The redesigned Audi A6 has been significantly improved and now ties the Infiniti M37 for the top spot in Consumer Reports' midsized


New Wrangler makes gains but still imperfect

2012-02-15 00:01:00

A freak snowstorm frosted over the Northeast in October when I was testing the 2012-model Jeep Wrangler.


Mercedes C63 Black built for speed

2012-02-15 00:01:00

On a racetrack, there's something that could be called the art of the slide.


Mazda5 offers minivan alternative; Quest rides on comfort

2012-02-15 00:00:00

If you have one eye on your growing family and the other on gas prices, consider the freshened Mazda5 microvan rather than a traditional


F-150 has plenty to offer

F-150 has plenty to offer

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Ford's F-150 pickup has been the bestselling vehicle in America for more than three decades.


New Impreza offers broader appeal

2012-02-15 00:00:00

The recipe for Subaru's compact Impreza is getting a rewrite for 2012.


Focus gears up for fun driving

2012-02-15 00:00:00

The Ford Focus is the small car that promises big things and, in our time with it, mostly delivered.


Chrysler's new 300C improves its ranking on upscale sedan list

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Revamped for 2011, the Chrysler 300C scored an "Excellent" overall road test score of 80 in Consumer Reports' recent tests of four


BMW X3 road test outscores Evoque

2012-02-15 00:00:00

The BMW X3, which originated the compact luxury SUV market, handily outpointed its European rival, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, in


Tips for older drivers looking to buy

2012-02-15 00:00:00

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- At 86, retired doctor Sidney Austein of Merrick, N.Y., is typical of his age group in at least one respect: When he


Fuel-efficient cars need work

2012-02-15 00:00:00

After Fiat's being out of the U.S.


Free websites to help you choose your next car and dealer

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Free websites to help you choose your next car and dealer: NADA Guides: An excellent shopping tool, with list prices, photos,


Czarnowski is all about auto shows

Czarnowski is all about auto shows

2012-02-08 00:00:00

In late January, President Barack Obama swung by the Washington Auto Show to check out some new wheels, although it's not clear yet when he


Closing the Circle on the Rotary

2012-02-05 00:00:00

TESTED 2011 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring


Revenge of the Econobox: Early Japanese Imports Find Admirers

2012-02-05 00:00:00

WHEN Japanese cars and trucks began arriving in the United States in earnest during the 1970s, they were widely seen as disposable.


Time for a Little Luxury on the Land Rover Estate

2012-02-05 00:00:00

North Windham, Vt.


Questions for Peter Hoffmann: A Hydrogen Advocate Whose Time May Have Come

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Peter Hoffmann started what is now the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter in 1986 and is the author of two books on this potential energy


Advocates: Auto insurance hurts poor

2012-01-31 00:00:00

The Consumer Federation of America charged Monday that the nation's poorest drivers are being charged unfairly high auto insurance premiums


The Comeback Gains Traction as Prices Soar for Rarest Cars

2012-01-29 00:00:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.


Welterweight Champ Steps Back in the Ring

2012-01-29 00:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich.


Cure for a Terminal Condition

2012-01-29 00:00:00

FORDS with transmission leaks and Mitsubishi transmissions stuck in the Park position are among the mechanical ailments covered in the lates


Honda Begins Deliveries of Battery-Powered Fit

2012-01-29 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES


Prime yourself: Gasoline above $4 a gallon this year

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Paying $4 per gallon at the gas station is painful, and analyst Patrick DeHaan has some bad news: Get used to it. "People have this expectat


In Beetle's Creation Story, a Plot Twist

2012-01-22 00:00:00

THE tale is intriguing: a Jewish engineer and journalist, whose designs and published work in the 1930s laid out the basics for the Volkswag


Under the VW Big Top, Even the Sky Isn't the Limit

2012-01-22 00:00:00

TESTED 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux


A Painful Farewell to Saab's Heritage

2012-01-22 00:00:00

M ORE than 100 Saabs, from the streamlined 1947 prototype known as the Ursaab to a 2010 9-5 sedan, are to be taken from their home at the co


To Be Cute as a Bug Isn't Enough Anymore

2012-01-22 00:00:00

THE New Beetle is dead. Long live the all-new Beetle, as Volkswagen calls the successor, squeezing together the adjectives just as it has sq


Industry's Green Shoots Blossom Into Optimism

2012-01-14 00:00:00

DETROIT


Big-Dollar Estimates at Scottsdale

2012-01-14 00:00:00

FOR several years, the collector car market has had a split personality. Great blue-chip cars have found eager bidders paying record prices


Out of the Melting Pot and Into a Global Market

2012-01-14 00:00:00

DETROIT


A Buffet of Canny Tweaks in Hot Pursuit of Mileage

2012-01-14 00:00:00

DETROIT


Lincoln hopes expanding high-end service can reverse its downward position

Lincoln hopes expanding high-end service can reverse its downward position

2012-01-11 00:00:00

DETROIT -- Lincoln Motors attempted to redefine luxury Tuesday morning at a press conference featuring a six-piece jazz ensemble, blood oran


Hyundai awarded at Detroit auto show

Hyundai awarded at Detroit auto show

2012-01-10 00:00:00

DETROIT -- Hours after the Hyundai Elantra won the big award of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit -- the 2012 North Amer


Apps to speed the car-buying process

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Whether you're on the dealer lot or on Craigslist, car-hunting applications will help you identify the better deals. Looking for the nearest


At Risk, the Core of a Car's Identity

2012-01-07 00:00:00

Berlin


Primed for a Celebration, but Restraint Still Prevails

2012-01-07 00:00:00

AS final touches are applied to carmakers' displays ahead of the opening of the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the auto indust


The Panamera Family Show-Off

2012-01-07 00:00:00

TESTED 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S


It's Electric. Should It Look Electrifying?

2012-01-07 00:00:00

A CENTURY ago, when electric cars were popular -- especially in cities and among women drivers -- they looked discernibly different from gas


2011 Automaker Winners And Losers

2011 Automaker Winners And Losers

2012-01-03 00:00:00

U.S. auto sales increased 10.4 percent over the first 11 months of 2011. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami resulted in many automakers doi


U.S. automakers take back market share

2012-01-03 00:00:00

DETROIT -- This year, for the first time since 1988, all three Detroit automakers have gained market share in the U.S. Now they face the cha


Critics' Picks of 2011: Making Sense of a More Sensible Year

2012-01-01 00:00:00

STEADY growth and building momentum may not be the ideal ingredients of sexy headlines, but the cars we drove in 2011 still offered plenty t


A Year of Solid Gains, and an Outlook for More Ahead

2012-01-01 00:00:00

DERAILED by a crushing earthquake and tsunami in March, Japanese carmakers will no doubt be glad to put 2011 behind them.


Booming Sales for the Brands Moguls Desire

2012-01-01 00:00:00

IF you want to stir things up at an Occupy Wall Street encampment, mention that Bentleys and Rolls-Royces are selling like truffle-infused h


At 55 Tons, With 22 Wheels, It's Tricky on the Turns

2011-12-25 00:00:00

PASADENA, Calif.


Hurtling Into Maturity in Splendid Isolation

2011-12-25 00:00:00

CARMEL, N.Y.


This Family's Attic Is Full of Motorcycles

2011-12-25 00:00:00

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- When it comes to assessing the motivations of a motorcycle collector, it is never clear exactly where to draw the line bet


Import Fighters? No, Just Punchlines

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Correction Appended


Aspirations in Colorado to Be a New Motor City

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Fort Collins, Colo.


Testing the Waters With a Smaller Vessel

2011-12-18 00:00:00

FOR a brand that ceased to be bold long ago, Buick is making a rather audacious request with its newest car, the 2012 Verano: would you plea


Women-focused auto shop a reaction to disdainful mechanics

Women-focused auto shop a reaction to disdainful mechanics

2011-12-18 00:00:00

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Mae de la Calzada vividly remembers the question she fielded as guest speaker at a national convention for auto repair


Toyota Camry's stance threatened in U.S.

Toyota Camry's stance threatened in U.S.

2011-12-13 00:00:00

Toyota Motor Corp. was already counting on the revamped Camry to spark a U.S. sales rally. The carmaker's flagship model is now under additi


About That Drinking Problem

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Sugar Hill, N.H.


What to Read Till the Snowplow Comes

2011-12-11 00:00:00

AMONG the latest automobile books are many titles with broad appeal, but some are aimed at car buffs with very specialized interests. To hel


Please Check for Snakes When Exiting the Cab

2011-12-11 00:00:00

WITH foot-deep potholes, jagged pavement and rough cobblestones reminiscent of the rough-riding streets of the meatpacking district, the roa


GM sees opening to step up automobile sales in China

GM sees opening to step up automobile sales in China

2011-12-10 00:00:00

General Motors Co., which has sold more vehicles than any other automaker so far this year, may be poised for market share gains in China as


In a Rollover, You're Safer Inside

2011-12-04 00:00:00

HOLLYWOOD'S action heroes may thrill audiences with well-timed leaps from crash-bound cars, but trying such a stunt in the real world is bou


Achtung, Kmart Shoppers

2011-12-04 00:00:00

VOLKSWAGEN, a slugger around the globe but a bench player in the United States, has redesigned its Passat to suit American tastes. If those


Even on the 11th Floor, There's Parking Right Out Front

2011-12-04 00:00:00

FROM two expansive windows in Glauco Lolli-Ghetti's 11th-floor condominium in West Chelsea, there are sweeping views of the Chrysler Buildin


Grim Findings in Latin Crash Tests

2011-12-04 00:00:00

SOME of the best-selling cars in Latin America and the Caribbean provide extremely poor crash protection, new safety tests show.


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