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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 Q50 sales. Now they’re coming back to haunt the automaker.

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.

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 catch fire after the company proposed a remedy that doesn’t fix the coolant problem.

Judge to rule on deal for smaller set of cheating VWs

A federal judge in San Francisco is expected to decide whether to grant initial approval to a deal worth at least $1.2 billion that aims to compensate the owners of roughly 78,000 Volkswagens that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

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 sticker prices lower on vehicles such as the Ford Fusion and Nissan Sentra.

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 in Washington’s crosshairs as it tries to start fresh with American consumers.

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 Tuesday. Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.

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 Toyota’s Lexus and namesake marques.

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 with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

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 reinventing themselves as “mobility” companies that can accommodate all the different ways people get around.

Arson suspected in car lot fire

An office building, six cars and two motorcycles were damaged in a blaze early Wednesday not far from where a stabbing occurred two days earlier. No injuries were reported in the fire at A & M Used Auto Sales at 2611 E. Sprague Ave. Some people staying in camper trailers nearby were moved while crews fought the fire, said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department.

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 totaling more than $25 million that have taken place at sales lots there in the last year. Since the Ford dealership’s $1 million construction project was finished in October, customers no longer are greeted by outdated awnings surrounding the concrete block building.

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 a century ago by custom-car legends George Barris or Dick Dean, whose reputations would inflate its value.

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 the stress that weighs on him. This is supposed to be the year he finally wins a Cup title.