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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Tesla delivers first Chinese-made Model 3 to customers

Tesla has delivered its first Chinese-made cars to customers and chief executive Elon Musk says the electric car brand plans to set up a design center in China.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

New vehicle sales in US fell 1.3% in 2019 but still healthy

DETROIT – New vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 1.3% last year, but the numbers still passed the healthy 17 million mark for the fifth straight year. Automakers sold 17.05 …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Fiat Chrysler-PSA deal likely to bring fewer brands, models

Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot said Thursday they have agreed to merge to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to confront big shifts in the industry, including …

Ford recalls 550K vehicles for seat strength problem

Ford is recalling more than 550,000 pickup trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash

Spokane men recognized for preserving automotive history

For John Clarizio and Jerry Click, their vintage trucks are more than the sum of their parts. They’re an important part of automobile history. And the two Spokane men aren’t …

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles

Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed …

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal

Renault has delayed a decision on whether to merge with Fiat Chrysler, a deal that could reshape the global auto industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

N.Y. Fed: Auto loan delinquencies at highest point since 2010

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says borrowers are behind in their auto loan payments in numbers not seen since delinquencies peaked at the end of 2010.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

U.S. automakers urge Trump to push hard to open Japanese market

A trade group representing U.S. automakers urged the Trump administration to hold off further opening the American market to Japanese cars until Tokyo shows it’s committed to returning the favor.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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 …