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Stories tagged: cars

Local vintage car collectors to compete in The Great Race

Two Inland Northwest vintage car enthusiasts will be competing in the The Great Race, a trek from Buffalo, New York to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

UPDATED: Sun., June 17, 2018

Through three generations, a love of cars is passed down father to son

A Spokane family has passed their love of vintage car culture from father to sons.

GM says consumers can do ride-sharing next year in self-driving cars

General Motors said Thursday it will bring self-driving technology in the form of ride sharing to consumers by next year. It said the vehicles would be introduced in the United …

UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018

Paul Turner: Plug your nose and go along for the ride

It might not be the most accurate reflection of diversity trends in Spokane. But the food smells that permeate people’s cars in Spokane have changed over the years.

Spokane 1937 Dodge wins spot on Discovery Channel’s ‘Sticker Shock’

For Spokane resident Grant Ogren, his 1937 Dodge is more than a car – it’s a member of the family.

San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars

Seattle has struggled to get thousands of people living in their vehicles into housing. How have programs in San Diego and Santa Barbara managed to be more successful, and cost …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Safety gains from heavier cars may be cited to cut MPG rules

The Trump administration is said to be reviewing the safety advantages of heavier cars – a point of controversy among researchers – as it considers lowering future automotive fuel economy …

In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …

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.

Detroit ditching cars to mint money off trucks

With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint money.

GM says it’s mass-producing cars without steering wheels

General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals.

Open or closed range?

Idaho law states domestic animal owners in open range are not responsible for keeping the animals off highways and are not liable for damage to vehicles or for injuries to …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

More radioactively contaminated vehicles found at Hanford

The number of vehicles with specks of radioactive material has increased to 19 as checks continue at Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant continue.

100 years ago in Spokane: Army officer predicts Germany to fall

Col. W.R. Abercrombie, a retired U.S. Army officer, delivered his firm (and no doubt welcome) opinion about the state of the war to the Spokane Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “The …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Ford ups electric push in China as Beijing transforms market

Ford Motor Co. is promising to roll out more than 50 new vehicles in China over the next eight years including 15 powered by electricity as it restructures its business …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

U.S. retail sales rose for 2nd month led by cars, clothes

U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.

Can gas engines be greener than electric vehicles? Depends on electricity source

If you want a gasoline engine that is greener than a fully electric vehicle, you’ll have to buy a car that’s a lot more fuel efficient than the one you’re …

Carmakers join forces in Europe to make electrics widespread

A group of major automakers plans to open hundreds of fast-charging stations for electric cars in Europe in coming years and use a common plug technology in what they hope …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

In its latest initiative to reduce air pollution, Paris City Hall wants gasoline-powered cars off the roads by 2030.

Complex infotainment systems are putting driver lives at risk, says AAA

American drivers are demanding increasingly complex infotainment systems when they shop for new cars. But a new AAA study says they’re putting themselves at risk if they use the systems …

Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network

Ford is working to integrate its autonomous cars with Lyft’s ride-hailing software so someday Ford can carry Lyft passengers.

Editorial: Walking to school is a smart choice

Health experts recommend children get at least an hour of physical activity per day. Walking to and from school provides a nice aerobic workout.

Driverless cars of the future confront regulations written for drivers

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact …

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel autonomous car partnership

The companies say the system will be used by automakers worldwide to run self-driving vehicles. It will be flexible so automakers can keep their unique brand identities.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Car sales seen lower in July; U.S. automakers post sharp drops

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to show a decline in July as consumers pulled back on purchases and waited for Labor Day deals.

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Front Porch: Technology might drive me crazy, or to the beach

I’m just about on board with getting a smart phone and have been researching what to buy … And then came the car.

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Do you hate crumbling roads? Would you pay more to fix them?

Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax since 1993 when Bill Clinton was president, but a narrow majority of Americans would support an increase to help fix crumbling roads and …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the U.S. after it concluded it could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their …

Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.

GM, Ford U.S. sales down, but Japanese automakers report gains

U.S. sales at General Motors and Ford each fell about 5 percent last month, but the three largest Japanese automakers reported sales increases.