June 13, 2013 |
The price of used cars posted its biggest drop since October, according to an industry guide, an indication the tight market for late-model-year vehicles is starting to ease. The NADA Used Car Guide said prices for cars and trucks up to 8 years old declined 2.1% in May. “While prices this year have held up well, a growing supply of 3-year-old vehicles is applying downward pressure on prices for late-model used vehicles,” said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide.
January 31, 2010 |
Weighing 70 tons, traveling up to 45 mph and possessed of a smash-mouth name, the Assault Breacher Vehicle is the Marine Corps' latest answer to a perennial problem of offensive warfare: how to push through the barriers and booby traps of an enemy's outer defenses. Over the decades, Marines have used various strategies to breach defenses, involving heavy vehicles or, in some cases, sending Marine engineers into minefields to set, by hand, line charges loaded with explosives. "Breaching is always the hardest part of an assault," said Sgt. Carl Hewett, a breacher operator stationed here.
September 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The four largest U.S. rental car companies have agreed not to rent or sell vehicles that have been recalled. The companies - Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. - agreed to the request from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who are pushing legislation to prohibit companies from renting or selling cars until they repair safety defects that triggered recalls. The companies also said they would support the legislation, which would put them under federal oversight on recalls for the first time, after Boxer and Schumer agreed to some changes.
August 22, 2012 |
About 3,000 vehicles equipped to share information about their speed and location have hit the roads in Ann Arbor, Mich., as part of the largest road test to date of so-called connected vehicles. The wireless technology enables the vehicles and the traffic infrastructure to talk to one another in real time to help avoid crashes and improve traffic flow, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is running the test in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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March 9, 2013 |
The brightly colored vans advertising "Topless Maids $99" caused a stir in Burbank last year when they were seen parked on city streets for days on end, prompting officials to publicly denounce them as eyesores and visual blight. Last week, the City Council voted to ban vehicles whose main purpose is advertising. There are some exemptions, such as pizza and mail delivery vehicles. "What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in the public right of way," Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott said at Tuesday's meeting.
June 6, 2013 |
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 630,000 Jeep SUVs for transmission and restraint system problems just two days after it refused a federal request to recall 2.7 million vehicles for faulty fuel systems. In the U.S., the automaker will recall 254,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from model years 2010 to 2012. Chrysler said it was doing this to fix a software error that can delay the firing of curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners. In a statement, Chrysler said "the upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain air bags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers.
June 9, 2010 |
General Motors Co. will pay out as much as $150 million to owners of vehicles that are being recalled because it can't fix a flaw in the system that squirts heated cleaning fluid on the windshield. In one of the largest recalls this year, GM said Tuesday that it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles, including certain Cadillac and Buick sedans as well as several sport utility vehicles, because the problem could cause the vehicles to catch on fire. The recall of many 2006 to 2009 model-year vehicles will involve disabling the heating mechanism and paying $100 to the owner.
July 22, 2010 |
For all those people who have forgotten whether they locked their car doors or can't find their vehicle in a parking lot, OnStar has a new application that lets drivers use their smart phones like a remote key fob on new General Motors Co. vehicles. The technology will be available for most models in the 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC lineups. Customers with a basic $18.95 subscription to OnStar will be able to start their cars, activate the horn and lights and lock and unlock doors from a distance using a mobile phone.
April 26, 2000 |
Mexico and Brazil, Latin America's top car producers, have reached agreement on slashing motor vehicle tariffs by well over half between them for the next two years, officials said Tuesday. The agreement, hammered out during talks that ended Monday, would set an 8% duty. In the first year of the accord, there will be a reciprocal export quota of 40,000 vehicles for each country, said Eduardo Solis Sanchez, chief of trade negotiations for Latin America.
July 5, 1991 |
It's easy to see the appeal of today's sport-utility vehicles. Picture them fording streams on their big tires. Watch them climbing buttes with their four-wheel drives. They're tough and outdoorsy and macho, a man's car for a man's man. Or for a woman. Likely as not, the people behind the wheels of Broncos and Blazers, of Cherokees, Wranglers or Explorers are female. Many are wearing full makeup and tossing around three pounds of Wella Balsam hair.