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EPA to scrutinize auto fuel economy tests, issue revised guidelines

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal Following the lowering of estimated fuel economy figures from companies like Ford, Hyundai, Kia and even a handful of Mercedes-Benz sedans in the recent past, the Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down by mandating new mileage testing procedures by the end of the year, after first considering some changes months [...]

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Are America’s railroads snubbing car shipments?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing Building a car, delivering it to a dealer and then selling to a consumer represents an enormous and elaborate process that relies on the seamless and often invisible work of many parts. The use of railways represents a huge part of that process, but according to a new report from Automotive [...]

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GM’s embattled top lawyer Millikin to retire

Filed under: Government/Legal, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Safety, GM General Motors‘ top lawyer, Michael Millikin, will retire in early 2015, the Detroit automaker announced Friday. Calling the move a voluntary decision, Millikin, 66, will stay on until a replacement is found. Millikin, whose career at GM has spanned nearly 37 years, has served in a number of roles [...]

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Honda accused of not reporting all airbag problems

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Honda The Takata airbag recall that has afflicted a number of automakers may have just taken a very bad turn for Honda, which has already recalled over one million vehicles. Clarence Ditlow and the Center for Auto Safety have accused the Japanese manufacturer of failing to report two “injury-and-death” incidents. [...]

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Virginia concerned over safety of its guardrails

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Technology The highways in Virginia may look a lot different in in the coming weeks depending on the results of safety tests on guardrails there. The Commonwealth is demanding new crash evaluations on the end terminals of the ET-Plus guardrails (not necessarily pictured above) supplied by Trinity Industries, by October 24, [...]

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Allan Hill, last resident of Detroit’s iconic Packard plant may get pushed out [w/video]

Filed under: Classics, Etc., Government/Legal, Videos The old Packard Plant in Detroit is one of the city’s icons. All at once, it represents the vibrant history of the Motor City, its rocky past decades and the chance for something new to spring up. Despite the Packard buildings sitting empty for years, there’s still life there. [...]

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Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year turned drug trafficker getting early release from prison

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal Racing drivers live the fast life, but it’s not all glory and fame. That’s especially true of Randy Lanier – the former professional racing driver was sentenced in 1988 to life without parole on drug trafficking charges. But now he’s being released. Born in Virginia and raised in South Florida, Lanier [...]

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What you missed on 10.13.14

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Crossover, BMW, Luxury First Drive: 2015 BMW X6 The sweptback roofline with an SUV footprint has befuddled some observers and bewitched some buyers, ever since BMW added its X6 Sports Activity Coupe to the lineup. For the 2015 model year, the X6 enters a new generation of technology, luxurious insides and [...]

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Lamborghini makes wise investment, sponsors Italian State Police Sports Association

Filed under: Government/Legal, Lamborghini Boot-shaped shaped Italy has been molded as much by it’s Hollywood-fueled history of organized crime, as it has by its footwear-aping borders. One of the more peaceful methods used by that famous mafia is, of course, bribery. While we doubt the Cosa Nostra has planted “made men” in Sant’Agata Bolognese, based [...]

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Red-light camera use declines as speed cameras continue to rise [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, Earnings/Financials Over the past three years, the number of speed camera programs has grown from 115 to 140. Early in his tenure, Gov. Chris Christie saw red-light cameras as a way to augment traditional traffic enforcement and keep motorists safe on New Jersey roads. Lately, he’s seen the automated traffic technology [...]

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Ken Block pulls out of Istanbul Rallycross over security concerns [UPDATE]

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Celebrities, Middle East UPDATE: Autosport reports that Tanner Foust has also withdrawn from the World Rallycross Championship event in Turkey, citing personal reasons. It will ultimately be up to the FIA to decide whether the event should go on. Ken Block may be best-known for his Gymkhana video series, but over [...]

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Lamborghini owner parks Countach near London Tower Bridge, everyone freaks

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Videos, Supercars, Lamborghini, UK With its razor-sharp wedge shape, high performance and minuscule ride height, the Lamborghini Countach has always been a supercar made to be gawked at and grab attention. Even the model’s name supposedly comes from an Italian exclamation. But not all recognition is positive, as is the [...]

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Court extends Saab reorganization bid until end of November

Filed under: Europe, Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Saab Saab parent company National Electric Vehicle Sweden refuses to go down without a fight. After a recent trip to court, the company is emerging with an extension on its reorganization until November 29. According to Europe Online Magazine, there’s also an appointed committee of creditors and union representatives to [...]

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One of America’s most notorious speed trap cities disbands police force

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Safety In 2003, AAA took the unprecedented step of erecting billboards to warn motorists of speed traps ahead Most people have never heard of Waldo, Florida, a tiny town of about 1,000 residents that lies along Route 310 between Gainesville and Jacksonville. But motorists who have driven through the tiny community [...]

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Billions of dollars at stake as dealers, Feds face off over auto loan regulations

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal, Earnings/Financials “Dealers have to discount those rates to be competitive. The current system saves customers money. Period.” – Forrest McConnell Auto dealers and the federal government are facing off over proposed rules to regulate auto financing, and this week the head of the nation’s largest dealer lobby came out strongly [...]

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