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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

U.S. brands falter in Consumer Reports auto reliability survey

U.S. auto companies such as General Motors, Tesla and Ford faltered this year in Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings as readers reported more mechanical trouble with their vehicles.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

Auto provisions were a major U.S. focus in revamping NAFTA, but analysts say the changes will have modest impact

Negotiators from the U.S. focused much of their effort in reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement on provisions affecting auto manufacturing, touting the final deal with Canada and Mexico …


Backing off auto tariffs, U.S. and EU agree to more talks

President Donald Trump and European leaders pulled back from the brink of a trade war over autos Wednesday and agreed to open talks to tear down trade barriers between the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

Lexus tops vehicle dependability study for seventh straight year

Lexus is the most dependable vehicle brand for the seventh consecutive year in J.D. Power’s annual survey.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Average auto prices rise 4 percent – an early sign of inflation

Auto sales were strong in January, with average prices up 4 percent – an early sign of an inflationary economy.


Women raise their profile in the auto industry

About 28 percent of jobs in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry are held by women, and about 21 percent of dealerships’ employees are women, according to the U.S. Labor Department.


Subaru, Hyundai top insurance industry’s safety awards

Subaru and Hyundai have the most vehicles named top safety picks by the insurance industry.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Baby boomers, not millennials, have influenced auto industry and still do

With advanced technology and designs catering to this demographic, boomers will influence our rides long past when they hang up their key chains.


Your car is now worth less than you think

With so many new cars rolling out of dealerships lots and instantly becoming used cars, the secondary market is glutted and the pace of depreciation is rapidly accelerating.


Jeep hackers back at Black Hat with new and scarier method

In front of a packed lecture hall at the Black Hat hacker conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated how they could take control of …


Consumer Reports says Tesla should drop Autopilot name

DETROIT – Consumer Reports magazine is calling on electric car maker Tesla Motors to change the name of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and to disconnect the automatic steering feature …


100 years ago in Spokane: 236 cars in nighttime parade celebrate second auto show at Davenport Hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle.”


Google gives federal plan for self-driving car

Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel …


Kennewick woman injured in truck rollover south of Ritzville

A pickup truck traveling too fast for icy conditions slid onto its side south of Ritzville on Friday morning, injuring a female passenger from Kennewick.


Man killed in Wednesday night collision identified

Ian M. Watson, 33, was killed in a head-on collision that occurred Wednesday night in the West Hills neighborhood, according to the Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office.


Spokane tops Washington cities for vehicle theft

Spokane had the highest rate of vehicle theft of any Washington city in 2014, an annual survey found. The city also placed 6th nationally, jumping from 7th place in 2013, …


Spokane Valley boy injured in rollover crash near Ritzville

A five-year-old boy and 33-year-old man were injured in a single-vehicle rollover collision just after 7 p.m. Tuesday near Ritzville, the Washington State Patrol said.


Two women injured, one critically, in crash Thursday

Two Spokane women were injured when a 93-year-old driver driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 195 collided with another vehicle head-on Thursday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.


Toyota recalls 342,000 Tacoma pickups

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling 342,000 Tacoma midsize pickup trucks because the front seat belts can malfunction.


Medical episode cited in crashes

Post Falls police and fire crews worked to free occupants involved in one of two crashes Friday morning near Mullan Avenue and Idaho Street, both caused when one driver apparently …


Flurry of accidents, one fatality

A driver involved in an injury accident near Springdale, Wash., on Wednesday has a long history of driving under the influence and other offenses, including habitually driving with a suspended …


Two killed in head-on collision

Two Lewiston residents died Saturday when their car collided head-on with another attempting a pass on State Route 127 seven miles south of Dusty, in Whitman County.


Both lanes of I-90 closed at Stateline

One person is dead, and officials are working to clear a multi-vehicle crash involving a moose that has closed eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near the Idaho border.


Man Injured After Car Collides With Semi

A 41-year-old man was badly hurt Tuesday when his car was hit by a semi-truck in north Spokane, police said. The crash occurred about 4:40 a.m. at the intersection of …


Man Killed In I-90 Single-Car Accident

A 31-year-old Spokane man was killed in a car accident on the Maple Street exit of Interstate 90 early Sunday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol. Daniel J. Stallman …


Spokane Woman Is Killed In Head-On On Highway 395

A Spokane woman was killed Thursday in a head-on collision on state Highway 395 just north of Hatch Road, the Washington State Patrol said. Connie M. Carlson, 38, was driving …


Two Killed, Three Hurt In Wreck On Highway 12 Man Reaching To Help Baby Caused Collision, Police Say

Three people injured in an accident that killed two others remained hospitalized Wednesday in Lewiston, one in critical condition. An infant and a teenage girl died in Tuesday’s head-on accident …


Park Entry Blocked By Burned Bridge Corner Of Mount Rainier May Be Closed All Summer

A hiker walks across the Carbon River Bridge on Wednesday. The bridge near Mount Rainer was severely damaged Monday night when a car accident engulfed the structure in flames. Photo …


Teen Hurt In Fall From Truck Bed

A Smelterville teenager was listed in critical condition Friday after falling out of the bed of a moving truck. Shoshone County sheriff’s deputies said the truck was traveling about 35 …


Multiple-Vehicle Accident Injures 11

A car driven by an unlicensed juvenile crashed into a van on Sunday, causing a multiple-vehicle accident that injured 11 people, police said. The northbound car collided with the westbound …