SAN FRANCISCO — The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. will be given the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW’s expense, under a deal announced by a federal judge on Thursday
Date: 04/21/2016 | Business Wire
TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker tarnished by a massive recall cover-up 15 years ago, owned up to another scandal Wednesday, saying employees had intentionally falsified fuel mileage data for several vehicle models.
Date: 04/21/2016 | Business Wire
There are two types of drivers out there: Those who have nearly had an accident because their attention was diverted from the road — otherwise known as distracted driving — and those who deny that they've ever had a close call because of a distraction.Actually,...
Date: 04/05/2016 | Editorials
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles."Definitely going to need to rethink production planning," a...
Date: 04/01/2016 | Business Wire
DETROIT — The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one.Tesla planned to unveil its Model 3 Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but potential buyers could...
Date: 03/31/2016 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its “Clean Diesel” vehicles as environmentally friendly.
Date: 03/30/2016 | Business Wire
Ford increased Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields’ 2015 compensation 17 percent to $17.3 million, excluding changes in pension value, as the automaker posted record profit on surging sales of sport utility vehicles.
Date: 03/19/2016 | Business Wire
Note: This is an overview of the 2017 Kia Sportage, based on an introductory event held by the manufacturer. Although the new Sportage was driven during the event, automotive reviews that include driving impressions and other opinions appear only after a vehicle has been given the...
Date: 03/16/2016 | Cars and Me
Existing U.S. laws pose few barriers to adoption of autonomous vehicle technology so long as cars and trucks stick with existing designs allowing humans to take control, the agency overseeing traffic safety said Friday.It's only when manufacturers push the envelope by...
Date: 03/12/2016 | Business Wire
Renault and Nissan aim to generate 5.5 billion euros ($6 billion) in annual savings in 2018 as the automotive alliance tightens cooperation in engineering, purchasing and human resources.
Date: 03/04/2016 | Business Wire
Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers is getting even bigger.Just months after the Everett-based car dealership opened a new Chevrolet car lot at Island Crossing, it's buying three more dealerships in Skagit County: Skagit Subaru, Mazda and Ford-Lincoln. The seller is D.J.
Date: 03/02/2016 | Business
Thinking about buying or leasing a new (or new-to-you) car? You might want to check the renewal date for licensing fees on your current vehicle.That advice comes from Roland Jones of Lynnwood, who recently spent quite a chunk of change in his transition from one car to another.
Date: 03/02/2016 | Street Smarts
DETROIT — The nation’s top auto safety regulator says an immediate recall of all Takata air bags wouldn’t provide significant safety benefits and could exceed the government’s legal authority.
Date: 02/29/2016 | Business
Except maybe for guys trying to prove something, people buy a pickup because it’s a necessity. When there’s hay to haul, dump runs to make, or a boat, trailer or RV to tow, a Prius just won’t do.
Date: 02/29/2016 | Cars and Me
Americans bought a record 17.47 million vehicles in 2015, surging past the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. Several factors drove the record growth: pent-up demand, an improving economy, easy credit, low interest rates, and low gas prices.The last factor is affecting...
Date: 02/27/2016 | Business Wire
DETROIT — General Motors and Toyota posted solid marks in the dependability of 3-year-old vehicles, but consumer frustrations with wireless connections, navigation and voice-recognition software persist across the automotive industry, according to a J.D. Power and Associates study...
Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire
The Chicago Auto Show, largest in the nation, opened to the public on Feb. 13 and continues through Sunday.
Date: 02/17/2016 | Cars and Me
The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...
Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials
Tesla is gearing up for its biggest-ever unveiling: the Model 3, an affordable electric car that's supposed to take the company from 50,000 vehicle sales last year to 500,000 in 2020. Here's what we know so far.There will...
Date: 01/29/2016 | Business Wire
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday it will shift its production emphasis toward building more Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and hybrid or electric vehicles to meet what it sees as permanent changes in the trends driving the North American automotive industry.
Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire
One auto supplier is taking the term "ready to wear" to a whole new level.Inteva Products LLC commissioned a fashion designer to produce four gowns using the same thermoplastic material the maker of engineered components and systems places in the instrument panel...
Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World
The 2016 iM is an all-new and sharp little five-door hatchback from Scion, the Toyota-owned brand specializing in compact cars that are fun, affordable, reliable and fuel efficient.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Cars and Me
SHANGHAI — General Motors Co. opened a Cadillac factory in China on Thursday to target the country’s growing but crowded luxury car market.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Business Wire
DETROIT — President Barack Obama got a real taste of Detroit on Wednesday, grabbing lunch at a neighborhood brewery and making a purchase at a nearby Shinola store before heading downtown to spend a half-hour at the North American International Auto Show, a first for Obama as...
Date: 01/20/2016 | Business Wire
It’s not just using a handheld phone while driving that’s a menace to society. It turns out that charging it in the car has consequences too.
Date: 01/12/2016 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — California regulators said Tuesday they have rejected Volkswagen’s recall plan for some of its most popular diesel models, including the Passat and the Jetta, that used software to intentionally deceive government emissions tests.
Date: 01/12/2016 | Business
DETROIT — Volkswagen’s new chief executive plans to present remedies for fixing diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests when he meets with the top U.S. environmental regulator this week.
Date: 01/11/2016 | Nation & World
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators have determined that only Fiat Chrysler radios have a security flaw that allowed friendly hackers to take control of a Jeep last year.
Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World
If you’re ever bothered by the blind spots in the typical car today, then you would hate to drive a flying car.But a new Toyota patent offers a solution to a classic flying car problem — awful blind spots and a vehicle that’s too wide for roads, parking spaces and garages.
Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World
NEW YORK — A civil trial set to start this month in New York City will test the legal boundaries of hundreds of claims remaining against General Motors Co. stemming from faulty ignition switches.
Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has Harrison Ford in the limelight lately but, surprisingly, no one has mentioned his similarity to the Honda Civic.Until now, right here.
Date: 12/31/2015 | Cars and Me
DETROIT — Two auto sales forecasting companies say Americans will buy more cars and trucks in December than any other month in more than a decade.LMC Automotive and J.D. Power are predicting that U.S. sales will hit 1.71 million this month, the highest number since...
Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire
Volkswagen won regulatory approval for technical plans to fix 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe equipped with software that cheats on emissions tests, enabling the company to start resolving a scandal that has hurt sales since September.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire
In the Roman Catholic religion I belong to, Saint Frances of Rome is the patron saint of automobile drivers.
Date: 12/14/2015 | Cars and Me
BERLIN — Volkswagen said Friday that its global sales were 2.2 percent lower in November than a year earlier, with increases in western European and Chinese deliveries helping cushion the impact of steep drops in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Date: 12/12/2015 | Business Wire
Volkswagen executives released more details Thursday about the company's global emissions scandal, saying that even after a fix for the U.S. nitrogen oxide emissions was available, it was not used.Describing the process as a "whole chain of mistakes" rather than...
Date: 12/10/2015 | Business Wire
There hasn't been much good news in the diesel automotive market lately, though General Motors looks to change that with the diesel variant of the 2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck.The EPA confirmed the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon two-wheel...
Date: 12/05/2015 | Business Wire
One year into its NASCAR Sprint Cup experiment, Toyota took new driver Kyle Busch on a tour of its offices and plants. Not in Honshu or Hokkaido, but rather California, Texas and Kentucky.
Date: 11/27/2015 | Business Wire
None of us can believe 2015 is almost over already, so I’m a little sheepish about mentioning something that sounds like 2016 is being skipped altogether. But I have to, because it involves one of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite cars.
Date: 11/23/2015 | Cars and Me
CHICAGO — Union workers at Ford’s assembly plant on the far South Side of Chicago have emphatically voted to reject a national contract that was described as the richest in the automaker’s history, dealing a serious blow to Ford’s hopes of ratifying the deal nationwide.
Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire
LOS ANGELES — Automakers are debuting key models at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.Updated versions of big sellers like the Ford Escape, Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Elantra are there, as well as new luxury vehicles like the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, the Cadillac XT5...
Date: 11/18/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Washington state is taking enforcement action against Volkswagen, saying the company violated the state’s Clean Air Act.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
Judy Sexton took a road trip in September. On her three-day drive to Nebraska, fuel costs were no problem. Her 2014 diesel Volkswagen Jetta gets more than 40 miles per gallon.
Date: 11/15/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
Nearly four in 10 new cars are sold without a most basic feature — the spare tire.A study by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, found that 36 percent of 2015 models come with run-flat tires or tire inflation kits instead of a spare tire. That's up from just 5...
Date: 11/14/2015 | Business Wire
LYNNWOOD — State officials say a Lynnwood car dealership swapped out the odometer on a used vehicle before selling it so the vehicle appeared to have lower mileage.The Washington Department of Licensing told KING-TV in a story Friday that Car Craft Auto Sales in...
Date: 11/07/2015 | Local News
No offense, but if you still think Kia cars are the automotive equivalent of low-thread-count sheets, you’re really out of the loop.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Cars and Me
Learning about the Mazda Drive for Good program feels like something of an antidote to the recent toxic news that a different car company has been illegally manipulating its diesel vehicle emission tests.
Date: 10/20/2015 | Cars and Me
DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves.Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car...
Date: 10/14/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Volkswagen has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there is additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests.
Date: 10/14/2015 | Business Wire
'The junkyard is my candy store,' says handyman
Date: 10/13/2015 | Whats Up With That?
History abounds at Rodland Toyota in south Everett.As a family business, the auto dealership's roots stretch back 103 years when Norwegian immigrant Sig Follestad launched the original enterprise in 1912.Wally Rodland joined the business in 1935, pumping gas. He...
Date: 10/12/2015 | Business
PALO ALTO, Calif. — It's nothing more than a dune buggy on a cordoned-off street, but it's headed for trouble.A jumble of sawhorses and traffic cones simulates a road crew working over a manhole, and the driverless car must decide: obey the law against crossing a...
Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World
You could almost hear Jeep loyalists let out a collective groan last year when the brand unveiled the Renegade and in turn joined the parade of tiny sport utility vehicles — sometimes called "cute utes" — crowding America's roads.But no one should...
Date: 10/10/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — Volkswagen could compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that emit high levels of pollutants, possibly by paying them for the lost value of their vehicles, the company’s top U.S. executive said.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire
As kids in the 1980s, we played a game called Slug Bug.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Web Monkey
Someone smashed into vehicles at a repair shop — then took off
Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News
"Hot Rod High School" sounds like a retro movie title, but at Meadowdale High it's the name of an advanced automotive class. With a $55,000 grant to buy and complete six
Date: 10/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover makes a good showing in a segment occupied by such blockbusters as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Rogue’s appeal rests in its sophisticated appearance, copious standard features, affordable pricing, and third-row seat...
Date: 09/30/2015 | Cars and Me
Symbolic efforts have their place; such a move can at least acknowledge a problem and continue the discussion toward a solution.Not, however, when they might create more problems than they might solve, which is why the Snohomish County Council
Date: 09/29/2015 | Editorials
In the wake of Volkswagen's truly astonishing admission of wrongdoing, Martin Winterkorn, the chief executive of the world's No. 1 carmaker, stepped down Wednesday. This should be only the beginning of the consequences. The U.S. government must show that it will not tolerate systematic...
Date: 09/27/2015 | Commentary
BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has...
Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — Building more cars in Mexico.
Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire
BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...
Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire
Booker has been an Uber driver for a year. She is a former contract worker for Boeing, where she did interior design of overhead stow bins. "Now I just fly low," she said.Three things in your glove box?Registration, napkins and...
Date: 09/20/2015 | The Chat
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards.VW, which owns Audi, faces...
Date: 09/18/2015 | Business Wire
Volvo is taking full advantage of its S60 sedan’s popularity with the addition of two new versions for 2016: the S60 Cross Country and the S60 Inscription.
Date: 09/14/2015 | Cars and Me
LOS ANGELES — Every 17 seconds, a driver on a U.S. road gets hit from behind. In fact, a third of all car crashes are rear-end collisions.
Date: 09/13/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 206,668 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because the windshield wipers can stop working unexpectedly.Cherokees from the 2014 model year are affected. There are 158,671 in the U.S., 18,366 in Canada and 3,582 in Mexico. The rest were sold outside North America.
Date: 08/31/2015 | Business Wire
More cars are coming equipped with robotic functions that protect drivers from front-end crashes with other vehicles or objects, which could result in fewer crashes and lower insurance rates for drivers.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said 52 percent of the 784...
Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire
The five-passenger Maxima midsize sedan has been a fixture of the North American car market for so long, it was a Datsun when it was introduced.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Cars and Me
Every time a recreational vehicle passes me on the highway I dream about purchasing a motor home. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t share my vision.“Do you imagine yourself parking this imaginary RV?” he asks me.
Date: 08/23/2015 | I Brake for Moms
Audi plans to challenge Telsa’s dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market when it introduces a sport-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt, Germany, auto show next month.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Business Wire
Texting at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field ... blindfolded.
Date: 08/16/2015 | Life
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The car-swallowing hole has been fixed but not forgotten at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Yellow tape now marks the boundaries of the cavity that became a sensation and put the museum on the map. And instead of a gaping sinkhole driving tourism, now it’s the vintage...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Nation & World
The golden age of Detroit muscle is now.The Detroit Three's performance cars are better today than ever before.Despite strict emissions limits, concerns about climate change and unpredictable gasoline prices that would make a '60s hot rodder pull over and weep,...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire
I was in a hot, sweaty parking lot outside of a home improvement store, somewhere in suburbia. Four boys under 6 were wildly running through the parking lot. My friend was desperately trying to corral them while I was cursing under my breath in the car.
Date: 08/09/2015 | Life
In 1997, Toyota established itself in the vanguard of fuel-efficiency by introducing the world’s first mass-produced gas/electric hybrid vehicle, the hugely successful Prius. Last week, Toyota’s newest groundbreaking effort, the Mirai (pronounced "mee-rye"),...
Date: 08/05/2015 | Cars and Me
DETROIT — More Americans are buying cars that say “look at me.”
Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire
Automakers say they are building the best cars ever, and there's proof on the road. The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has climbed to a record 11.5 years, according to research firm IHS Automotive.The age continues to creep up even though new car sales are at near...
Date: 07/30/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. Current Model S...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire
If you covet the BMW i8 – and there’s every reason why a person would – its $136,650 price will be less of an issue than what kind of shape you’re in.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Cars and Me
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers have extended a sales tax break on electric vehicle purchases to 2019 with some changes.
Date: 07/13/2015 | Northwest
Wildlife WednesdaysSnohomish County Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Adopt A Stream Foundation to create July Wildlife Wednesdays. Each event is free and will showcase a film with a wildlife theme. To make a reservation (required), call...
Date: 07/10/2015 | Entertainment
If you were in a focus group and the moderator asked what type of product you think "Dynamic Shield" is associated with, what would you say?
Date: 07/02/2015 | Cars and Me
Harman Hothi's camo Infiniti stands out on the street
Date: 06/30/2015 | Whats Up With That?
Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — The owner of Brien Ford in Everett has been named as the 2015-16 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association.Rock Peterson will head the association that aims to promote legislation that supports dealerships and eliminates regulation that...
Date: 06/25/2015 | Business
WASHINGTON — Auto parts giant Takata ignored deadly air-bag flaws and skipped global safety checks to save money in the years before the largest U.S. auto recall was launched, according to a congressional report cited during a hearing Tuesday into the defect that has left eight dead and more than...
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years.
Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire
The leader of the United Auto Workers said the union is looking at ways to reduce health-care costs at the three biggest U.S.-based automakers through a group that would include all of their hourly and salaried employees.
Date: 06/19/2015 | Business Wire
Well, we’re just about halfway through 2015 now. What better time to reflect on four outstanding German sedans I’ve driven in the past six months.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Cars and Me
EVERETT — Klein Honda owner Steve Klein was named the Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year in May at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association annual convention.
Date: 06/08/2015 | Business
DETROIT — Honda will gain market share, Nissan and the Korean automakers could slip, and the rest, including the Detroit Three (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), should hold their own over the next four years, according to the most recent edition of the influential Car Wars...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
The news last week that the state could expect about $415 million more in revenue than was initially projected should have brought the Legislature, divided over the next two year budget, closer to a deal.While it may have closed some of the $1 billion gap between what House...
Date: 05/27/2015 | Editorials
High heels aren’t the preferred footwear for putting the pedal to the metal, but they do work well in a logo for an all-women’s automotive event.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Cars and Me
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is pulling its institutional support for an on-board solar panel vehicle program that they say is losing industry interest.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest
A month ago, I prefaced a swooning review of the 2015 Volvo V6 wagon with a mention of Volvo’s unfortunate inability to make major headway in the U.S. luxury car...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Cars and Me