Stories tagged: autos
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 9:33 a.m.
U.S. factory orders increase 1.2 percent in August
Orders at U.S. factories increased by 1.2 percent in August, driven by strong gains in aluminum and other metals, industrial machinery and autos.
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
Wells Fargo says it charged up to 570,000 customers for insurance they didn’t request or need
After reviewing records from 2012 through 2017, Wells Fargo identified about 570,000 customers who may have been wrongly pushed into these insurance policies and will give them “refunds and other …
Sun., May 28, 2017, 6:16 a.m.
Tesla’s Model X misses out on America’s voracious SUV hunger
While Tesla Inc.’s Model S has been a hit and thousands lined up to order the upcoming Model 3 sedan, the Model X sport utility vehicle hasn’t met company expectations.
Fri., May 26, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Flood of off-lease used cars push prices down, upend market
In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of …
Fri., April 14, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
Apple is going to test self-driving cars
After months of speculation that the company is developing automotive technology, Apple has leapt into the war for self-driving cars by obtaining a test permit from California regulators.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
U.S. reviews Ford recall of cars prone to overheating, fires
The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is reviewing a Ford Motor Co. recall of thousands of cars, SUVs and vans that can run low on coolant and potentially overheat and …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017
Made in Mexico, popular on U.S. highways
Some of America’s most popular cars and trucks are made in Mexico – for now. Many Americans have benefited from Mexico’s emergence as a production hub. Low-cost production helps keep …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 7:02 a.m.
VW’s comeback faces roadblock from Trump tax on Mexican Beetles
Volkswagen is bracing for another blow from the U.S. government. After agreeing to spend more than $23 billion to clean up its diesel-cheating scandal, the German auto giant risks staying …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 11:18 a.m.
GM sees higher profit in ‘17, plans $5 billion share buyback
General Motors forecast profit will rise to as much as $6.50 a share in 2017 after meeting the high end of last year’s target, enabling the largest U.S. automaker to …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:48 p.m.
Government to require cars be able to talk to each other
All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed …
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Buick becomes first U.S. brand to crack Consumer Reports Top 3
Buick, the 117-year-old General Motors brand seeking to shake its geriatric image, became the first from the U.S. to crack the top three in Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings, trailing only …
Tue., May 31, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
Scandal-hit Volkswagen makes profit despite scandal
German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year – but showed it can still make money even as it grapples …
Mon., May 16, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Detroit’s automakers, sensing a threat, embrace mobility
For Detroit, the days of simply making cars are over. Automakers are facing multiple threats to their business from nimble tech firms like Apple and Uber. In response, carmakers are …
Tue., Dec. 31, 2013
East Sprague Avenue auto row gears up with remodels, CarMax
The silver façade of Gus Johnson Ford marks one of the latest signs of renovation along East Sprague Avenue’s auto row, part of a series of construction and remodeling projects …
Tue., May 7, 2013
Is this Mercury a star?
Far from drivable, let alone showroom quality, a vintage car is presenting a Post Falls restoration shop with an intriguing challenge. The 1950 Mercury convertible may have been modified half …
Sun., Oct. 9, 2011
Kyle Busch looks to Kansas Speedway for Chase push
Kyle Busch stood outside his hauler in the infield at Kansas Speedway this week, wearing shades on an overcast day. Busch looked comfortable, breezily answering questions, even though he acknowledges …
Wed., Sept. 28, 2011, 1:35 p.m.
Cuba legalizes buying, selling cars
HAVANA — Cuba legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens today, another major step in the communist-run island’s economic transformation and one that the public has long …
Sun., July 10, 2011
Auto dealers see minor growth despite multiple obstacles
Spokane area vehicle dealerships have embraced a new survival plan. It’s called Hold On – It Should Get Better. Area dealers say their 2011 business plan is to make a …
Sat., March 26, 2011
Car makers restrict colors over supply from Japan
DETROIT – Chrysler on Friday became the second Detroit automaker to restrict dealers from ordering certain colors due to a “potential” pigment shortage that is related to slow recovery of …
Fri., Nov. 6, 2009
Microbus turns up 35 years after theft
Customs agents in Los Angeles found a surprise last month when they opened a shipping container headed for the Netherlands: a restored 1965 Volkswagen van reported stolen in Spokane more …
Fri., July 10, 2009, 8:54 a.m.
Utah group buys 3 Spokane auto dealerships
Three auto dealerships in downtown Spokane have been sold to a Utah-based company.
Fri., Dec. 13, 1996
Motorists Scared By Air Bags Swamp Regulators To Have Devices Unhooked; Most Denied
Federal regulators, while working on new regulations to allow mechanics to disconnect air bags, are denying requests from hundreds of frightened motorists who want the devices disabled immediately. In the …