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  • Chicagoland car cruise night calendar 2016

    Chicagoland car cruise night calendar 2016

    Check out rare, exotic or collector cars and the people who love them throughout the summer of 2016. Here is a sampling of recurring cruise nights and car shows with themes that appeal to car lovers of any age.  Mondays Green Street Cruise Night Downtown McHenry (corner of Route 120 and Green Street)...

  • Why do gas stations still put 0.9 cents on a gallon of gas?

    Why do gas stations still put 0.9 cents on a gallon of gas?

    Q: What on earth is the rationale for gas stations to list their prices to include 0.9 cents at the end? When gas was 29 cents a gallon (I remember paying 19.9 in Texas in 1968) the fractional cent might have made sense. Now it doesn't, so why keep implying that $2.39.9 a gallon is not essentially...

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family car hill

Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan. The details of the wager are vague, like most things from college, but it...

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  • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider captures spirit of original, despite Miata DNA

    2017 Fiat 124 Spider captures spirit of original, despite Miata DNA

    Five years into the Fiat brand's return to U.S. shores, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider goes on sale this summer to bolster the lineup, inspired by the original Fiat 124 Spider sold in the U.S. from 1968 to 1982. That last model year marked Fiat's retreat from the U.S. market, and my mother bought one...

  • U.S. probing another Tesla crash over the carmaker's autopilot feature

    U.S. probing another Tesla crash over the carmaker's autopilot feature

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether Tesla Motor’s autopilot feature was engaged during a nonfatal Friday crash – the agency’s second inquiry into the automaker’s self-driving technology in as many weeks.  The wreck involved a Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania. ...

  • Resting feet on dashboard while traveling can result in serious injury

    Resting feet on dashboard while traveling can result in serious injury

    Q: Now that the weather is nicer, I see many passengers putting their feet up either out the window or on the dashboard. With air bags armed and ready to protect people in the event of a crash, what would that do to people in the event of deployment? — P.B., Skokie, Ill. A: They will be injured....

  • Toyota Camry tops most American-made vehicle index

    Toyota Camry tops most American-made vehicle index

    In today's global economy, there's no easy way to determine just how American a car is. The American-Made Index rates vehicles built and bought in the United States. The AMI factors in the percentage of parts considered domestic under federal regulations, whether the car is assembled in the U.S....

  • Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

    Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

    Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • Dog owners, engineers work on technology to make pets safe in cars

    Dog owners, engineers work on technology to make pets safe in cars

    A global auto supplier and a small nonprofit organization have joined forces to make cars safer for man's — and in this case, a woman's — best friend. A dozen engineers and workers at Johnson Controls in Plymouth, Mich., studied dogs of various breeds and sizes and how they travel in cars — and...

  • Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA

    Tesla driver's death using car's 'Autopilot' probed by NHTSA

    The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash. The driver's history of speeding complicates the question. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating...

  • Government urges owners of older Acuras, Hondas to get air bags fixed immediately

    Government urges owners of older Acuras, Hondas to get air bags fixed immediately

    The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it has data showing that chances...

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