Reporter's notebook: The first driverless spin

Feb 7, 2019
One man's autonomous adventure includes scary left turns, robot rule-followers and teen snark.
Waymo self-driving vehicles are displayed in Mountain View, California, in 2018.
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How a minor tap on the fender can require thousands of dollars in repairs

Jan 31, 2019
Increasingly popular advanced safety features can create surprising costs for consumers.
AAA recently found cars with advanced safety features commonly cost twice as much to repair as other vehicles.
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Auto show opens in Detroit but some automakers give it a miss

Jan 14, 2019
Big-name auto companies will skip the North American International Auto Show as they reconsider their promotion strategies.
Cars are lined up at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan January 13, 2019 as preparations are under way for the North American International Auto Show.
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GM's profit outlook is rising after announcing restructuring in November

Jan 11, 2019
Back in November, General Motors unloaded a big bummer of an announcement: five plant closures, about 15,000 layoffs and the dispensing of several car models. GM said all that would save $4.5 billion by 2020. Today, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company expects 2018 earnings will be stronger than previously expected and said 2019 […]

How road trips changed America

Jul 3, 2018
... and how America changed road trips
Author Richard Ratay gets first chance behind the wheel during a family road trip to Santa’s Village in East Dundee Illinois in 1972. He is joined by his sister, Leslie, and two brothers, Mark (rear seat) and Bruce.
Courtesy of Richard Ratay

Fiat Chrysler faces federal investigation

Jul 19, 2016
Reports come after a dealer lawsuit alleges racketeering.
Fiat Chrysler automobiles shown outside the Chrysler Group complex in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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Rolls-Royce issues recall for one car

Nov 11, 2015
Not a type of car — one car.

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Takata, Toyota, GM: how do companies survive recalls?

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May 25, 2015
Product recalls happen all the time. Just last week, there were 11 not including food products.

Why 3-wheeled cars never caught on

Feb 11, 2015
They're not as safe and don't haul as much as a common auto with four wheels.

Tesla: we're not car dealerships

Jun 6, 2014
Tesla says its New Jersey showrooms aren't a threat to car dealerships.

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