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Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Utah group buys 3 Spokane auto dealerships

Three auto dealerships in downtown Spokane have been sold to a Utah-based company.


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 …