Stories tagged: cars
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 4:50 P.M.
2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade
A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, …
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 12:45 P.M.
Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars
In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two key senators said Monday they’re launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment …
SUNDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 2:44 P.M.
U.S. auto sales hit a record in 2016, led by SUVs
U.S. consumers bought a record number of new cars and trucks in 2016. A repeat performance in 2017 could be a tall order.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017, 2 P.M.
Driverless cars finally steer near showrooms
Car electronics supplier Delphi Automotive went coast-to-coast in 2015 in a self-driving Audi Q5 sport-utility vehicle to prove the autonomous automobile had arrived. Now, Delphi is shifting from stunts to …
MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017, 8:16 P.M.
Auto industry could break sales records yet again. But analysts see decline coming.
Automakers are on the cusp of a second record-breaking year for sales as dealers made an end-of-year push to empty their lots over the weekend. But even as the industry …
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, 11:28 A.M.
Cars Americans loved or hated in 2016
This year, as in every other year in the past several decades, Americans will buy more Ford pickup trucks than any other vehicle. The final tally for 2016 will come …
TUESDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016, 10:19 P.M.
VW judge reports progress to get more diesel cheats off road
Volkswagen has made substantial progress toward reaching a settlement for the remaining 80,000 diesel-cheating cars polluting U.S. roads, a federal judge said.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 12:10 P.M.
Ford’s U.S. sales fell 12 percent in October
Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales fell 12 percent in October, hampered by a slowing market and a safety recall.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 9:51 A.M.
US average fuel economy at record high of 24.8 mpg
DETROIT – Fuel economy is at a record high as new technology helps vehicles lose weight and drive more efficiently. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the fuel economy of …
FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
AutoNation targets used-car market with new no-haggle prices
Used-car buyers want no-haggle prices and a brand they can trust, AutoNation’s research shows. So the country’s largest auto retailer on Friday rolled out a “one price” strategy and a …
MONDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 1:28 P.M.
As demand for cars falters, auto prices are poised to fall
While the U.S. inched its way out of the Great Recession, consumers went car shopping in droves. As sales rebounded, the price of cars and trucks rose to record highs.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016
The 5 best times to buy a new car
That chill in the air signals not only the onset of autumn but also cooling auto sales. For bargain hunters, this could be a great time to get a good …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016, 6:54 P.M.
Cars: NASCAR’s Chase usually produces temper tantrums
Based on history, the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will produce pushing and shoving, ruined cars and a whole lot of yelling and finger-pointing. The third year of NASCAR’s …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 2 P.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 12:43 P.M.
Newfoundland death triggers air bag probes in US, Canada
Auto safety investigators in two countries may have a new air bag problem to deal with.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 2:35 P.M.
Recall of dangerous Takata air bags affects 1 in 8 vehicles, report says
Recalls of cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags affect about 1 in 8 vehicles nationwide, but a lot of people don’t know whether they are personally at risk, according …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 9:04 A.M.
Fiat Chrysler offers hackers bounty to report cyber threats
Fiat Chrysler is turning to weekend car tinkerers and good-guy hackers to expose software vulnerability in its cars and trucks.
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016, 6 P.M.
Avista to begin installing electric vehicle chargers in homes, workplaces
Avista Utilities will start installing 272 free charging systems in Washington customers’ homes and workplaces and in public areas this month. The two-year pilot program will help the utility gather …
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Is car culture crashing?
Once upon a time, getting your driver’s license – typically at 16 or 17 – was a rite of passage. But this landmark no longer seems to matter so much.
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016, 3:30 P.M.
‘Top Gear’ stalls as ratings plummet; host Chris Evans quits
Host Chris Evans said he’s quitting the BBC’s flagship car show “Top Gear,” saying “standing aside is the single best thing I can do.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016, 4:13 P.M.
Tony Stewart wins NASCAR race at Sonoma to snap 84-event drought
For at least one weekend, Smoke was back. Tony Stewart returned to victory lane for the first time in three years in vintage fashion – refusing to let Denny Hamlin …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 8:11 A.M.
Fire takes out Mead warehouse, damages antique cars
A fire ripped through a warehouse on a residential property in Mead early Wednesday, damaging about 20 antique cars in various stages of restoration.
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016, 2 P.M.
GM announces largest Takata recall yet, says air bags are safe; NHTSA disagrees
General Motors announced its largest recall of Takata air bag inflators yet, but the nation’s biggest automaker says the parts are unique to its trucks and SUVs and don’t pose …
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: City official proposes job to censor movies and other shows
From our archives, 100 years ago City Commissioner F.K. McBroom submitted an ordinance to create the office of a city official censor.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016, 4:59 P.M.
Snoqualmie Pass shutdowns planned next week
Rock blasting will close Snoqualmie Pass for an hour at 7:30 p.m. three nights next week.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 6 A.M.
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.”