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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 4, 2020

Ford CEO Hackett to retire, COO Jim Farley to lead automaker

Jim Farley will lead Ford Motor Co. into the future as the global auto industry faces a new era of autonomous and electric vehicles.


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Study: Autonomous vehicles won’t make roads completely safe

A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error.


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

Americans still don’t trust self-driving cars, poll shows

Nearly half of Americans say they would not get in a self-driving taxi, according to a poll commissioned by the advocacy group Partners for Automated Vehicle Education.


Gearheads stay social at Spokane Valley car meets despite virus concerns

The sounds and smells of revving engines and exhaust filled the air at the old Spokane Valley Albertsons parking lot on East Sprague Avenue on Friday night as young people …


UPDATED: Wed., May 6, 2020

Car and boat dealerships in Washington can reopen under strict rules; guidelines released for drive-in religious services

Car and boat dealerships, drive-up religious services get a green light to resume.


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

By the 2025 model year, nearly all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will come with electronic alerts to remind people to not leave children behind in the back seats.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

‘I do it for the parents, and I do it for the kids’: Car enthusiasts show their stuff at Goodguys nationals

The event has changed over its 18 years, from what was mostly a swap meet to today’s Goodguys show that incorporates food vendors, vintage cars, a swap meet, games for …


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 …


Have an old car? You’re not alone. Vehicle age hits record

The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Survey: Owners having problems with driver-assist systems

As auto companies continue to fix buggy touch-screen infotainment systems, a survey of new-vehicle buyers has found there’s a different technology posing problems: driver assist systems such as automatic emergency …


Renault talks with Nissan about Fiat Chrysler merge proposal

Fiat Chrysler’s proposal to merge with Renault has been presented to Nissan, adding another big question to the list of uncertainties facing the Japanese automaker.


Front & Center: Andrew Maher of Porsche of Spokane took a roundabout route to find his passion for selling luxury automobiles

By the time he was 16, now Andrew Maher, global brand ambassador for Porsche of Spokane, already had a Toyota pickup, and a BMW he bought from a friend’s father. …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Five taken to hospital after three-car crash near Rathdrum

Idaho State Police are investigating a three-car crash near Rathdrum that sent five people to the hospital on Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019

Trump slams European automakers, threatens U.S. tariffs

President Donald Trump criticized European auto makers Friday, suggesting he could impose tariffs on imports from companies such as BMW and Mercedes unless they build more plants in the United …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Sparking car catches fire; flames spread to second vehicle

Two cars burst into flames Tuesday in Spokane Valley, but no one was hurt.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars

The European Union warned U.S. President Donald Trump Monday that the bloc will step back from a commitment to buy more American soybeans and liquid gas if European cars are …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways.


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.


Commentary: Americans, particularly millennials, have fallen out of love with cars

Almost half of more than 1,000 consumers surveyed do not enjoy most of the time they spend driving, said a study by Arity, a Chicago-based transportation technology and data company …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Trump’s auto tariffs are put on hold

The Trump administration is holding off on imposing new tariffs on car imports as the government considers revisions to a report on the national security implications, according to a Bloomberg …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Car owners say these brands have the fewest tech headaches

While voice recognition remains the top complaint among car owners these days, overall complaints about high-tech audio systems, entertainment, navigation and communication declined for the third year in a row, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018

Hairspray and high heels: Retro fashion, cars and art on display at inaugural Retro Revelry in Post Falls

Car collectors and pinup enthusiasts celebrated 1950s nostalgia with retro cars, fashion, art and rockabilly music at the inaugural Retro Revelry event in Post Falls Saturday.


Automakers jump as Trump-Mexico deal averts tariff doomsday

Judging from the jump in General Motors and Ford Motor shares, the market thinks President Donald Trump’s accord with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement will enable …


Lewiston’s annual Hot August Nights Show and Shine offers plenty of fuel for fantasies

Bud Bower has only driven his 1953 Dodge Coronet to various car shows around the region as was the case Saturday, when he brought it to the Hot August Nights …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018

Wanted in China: Detailed maps for 30 million self-driving cars

Chen Dan had doubts about betting millions of dollars to make high-definition maps of Chinese roads. That was until she took charge of the business at NavInfo Co. and saw …


Goodguys car show returns to Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Goodguys 17th Great NW Nationals Car Show comes to the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center with more than 1,500 hot rods, customs and classic cars.


Edmonds church offers safe parking to people living in cars

As rents rise and incomes aren’t keeping pace, many people in Everett are turning to their vehicles for shelter, but a handful of parking tickets or expired car tabs can …