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Tony Stewart wins NASCAR race at Sonoma to snap 84-event drought

For at least one weekend, Smoke was back. Tony Stewart returned to victory lane for the first time in three years in vintage fashion – refusing to let Denny Hamlin …


Fire takes out Mead warehouse, damages antique cars

A fire ripped through a warehouse on a residential property in Mead early Wednesday, damaging about 20 antique cars in various stages of restoration.


GM announces largest Takata recall yet, says air bags are safe; NHTSA disagrees

General Motors announced its largest recall of Takata air bag inflators yet, but the nation’s biggest automaker says the parts are unique to its trucks and SUVs and don’t pose …


100 years ago in Spokane: City official proposes job to censor movies and other shows

From our archives, 100 years ago City Commissioner F.K. McBroom submitted an ordinance to create the office of a city official censor.


Snoqualmie Pass shutdowns planned next week

Rock blasting will close Snoqualmie Pass for an hour at 7:30 p.m. three nights next week.


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.”


Earnhardt gets favorite car “Amelia” back for Talladega

The beloved car “Amelia” will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive on Sunday.


NASCAR Driver Council to pay Tony Stewart $35,000 fine

Tony Stewart’s peers will pay the $35,000 fine NASCAR levied against the three-time champion for criticizing the series about a potential safety hazard during races.


VW to take $18.2 billion hit as German carmakers face recall

German carmaker Volkswagen capped two grim days for the country’s auto industry by revealing its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) for 2015 alone …


Volkswagen to pay $1B-plus to owners of cheating diesels

Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners of about 600,000 diesel-powered cars that cheat …


75 mph speed limit on part of I-90 considered by state

Washington is seeking public comment on a proposal to raise speed limits on a roughly 100-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Washington.


Air bag danger: U.S. counts 85M unrecalled Takata inflators

About 85 million Takata air bag inflators that haven’t been recalled are inside cars and trucks now being driven in the U.S. and would have to be replaced if the …


Lower-price Tesla orders reach 276,000

Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.


Volkswagen gets a month for plan on diesel emissions fix

A federal judge on Thursday gave Volkswagen and regulators a month to provide a specific plan about how they will bring nearly 600,000 diesel cars into compliance with clean air …


AP Sources: Autonomous braking to be in most cars by 2022

Major automakers and the U.S. government have reached agreement to make automatic emergency braking standard equipment on most cars by 2022, sources tell AP.


After false start, new GM ignition switch trial set to start

Weeks after the first New York trial over General Motors’ faulty ignition switch controversy ended prematurely, a new one is set to start.


Two auto parts retailers getting set to open new stores in Spokane Valley

Napa Auto Parts is constructing a new store on East Sprague in Spokane Valley; O’Reilly Auto Parts is getting ready to open a new store a few blocks to the …


VW rejects allegations it didn’t give timely info on scandal

Volkswagen on Wednesday rejected allegations that it didn’t go public early enough with information on its emissions-rigging scandal.


Geneva Auto Show: Carmakers bet on SUVs, new technology

Automakers looking to support sales in the face of global economic uncertainty are betting on new SUVs and the promise of high-tech as they try to outshine each other at …


Automakers post healthy February sales gains

Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains in February as consumers returned to showrooms after a snowy January.


Google to test self-driving cars in Kirkland

Google says it will begin testing its self-driving cars in Kirkland, Washington.


Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

Nissan is recalling nearly 930,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide – some for a third time – to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the …


Doug Clark: New Buick looks slick, but its name’s a clunker in the Inland Northwest

Doug doesn’t know if he’d be able to buy Buick’s new prototype car, the Avista, if it ever goes into production.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

Clarksville: Spokane’s creator of car-boat mounts full-size boat in backyard pool

First came LaBoata. Now meet … LaFloata.


Duo turns junk cars into custom vehicles on new History Channel show

Nizamuddin “Leepu” Awlia was born in Bangladesh and developed a passion for cars at a young age. As a teenager, he made his own version of the Lamborghini Countach. He …


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 …


Getting There: FAA grant will fund new airport fire station

Spokane International Airport last week announced it has received a $7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to build a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility. The grant comes …


Keys locked in the car present a window of inopportunity

I feel sorry for kids today. I know. Saying those six words makes me sound older than the dinosaurs being represented in that exhibit that’s coming back to town.


Collection of classic vehicles lines, defines downtown Sprague

SPRAGUE, Wash. – If seeing the classic lines of old Detroit steel stirs something inside you, then a trip to tiny Sprague might be worth the gasoline. Dozens of aging …


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 …