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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When a car wash is not enough to make a car look and feel clean, local auto businesses have another option — full or partial auto detailing. 

Greg Swett, owner at Classic Appreciation World Class Auto Detailing in Rochester, confirmed that spring is the time of year when interest skyrockets in auto cleaning and detailing.

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Published April 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The end of a long winter and the transition into spring bring about brighter colors, warmer temperatures and longer days. And for many Michiganders, the refreshing of nature leads to a desire to refresh other things, like their vehicles.

Shareek Asgarally, service manager at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, listed some of the auto maintenance tasks that people should consider, which can start with a periodic, standard tuneup.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — People in charge of auto and road repairs expect a bumpier ride this time of year as sections of metro Detroit’s roads crumble due to newly formed potholes.

The seasonal freeze and thaw cycle is commonly blamed for the spread of potholes in late winter and early spring. The resulting pits may damage vehicles’ suspension systems, tires and more.

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Published April 5, 2017

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to exercise caution around work zones as the department promises to get to work on local projects this construction season.

Angie Kremer, MDOT traffic incident management engineer, explained that April 3-7 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. She said this year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands,” and people are encouraged to wear orange April 5 to support the campaign.

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Published March 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The opening of the buds will coincide with the closing of the lanes in multiple areas throughout Oakland and Macomb Counties this spring. And the effects could complicate commutes for months to come while reconstruction takes, according to road officials.

Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County, said the county is still putting a list of final projects together. But he estimated that the total work being done over this year could exceed $70 million, making the total “pretty substantial,” he said.

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Published March 22, 2017

When contractors, trade workers and small business owners need to advance their business goals, they often turn to purchasing their own work van, truck or other vehicle. And local dealerships say automakers have a variety of models up to the task. 

Brendt Henry, new car manager at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, said work vehicle customers, such as plumbing companies, enter his dealership to purchase vehicles. Some business customers purchase a single van, while others order fleets of as many as 25 or 40 vehicles, he said.

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Published March 15, 2017

Local Chevrolet dealerships are encouraging buyers and customers to keep on truckin’.

According to Brad Querry, sales consultant at Hamilton Chevrolet in Warren, it is Truck Month at his dealership, and he said Hamilton has some great deals right now. Qualified Silverado truck buyers may get 0 percent financing for up to 72 months, and on select trucks, there are discounts of around $5,500, he explained.  Special lease rates may also be available, he added.

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Published March 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When Michigan students start their vacations for spring break, travel will be part of many of their schedules.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Specialist Gary Bubar said he didn’t have any predictions yet on how much road travel will take place this spring compared to the past, though he noted that Easter comes later this year.

“A lot will depend on gas prices and lodging prices during that time,” he said.

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Published March 1, 2017

Lately the roads have been less snowy than usual, but auto owners should still be vigilant about the dangers of rust that can creep up from road salt and chemicals that melt ice, according to auto maintenance experts.

According to AAA Michigan, over the past five years, American motorists paid around $3 billion per year to fix rust-related damage to their vehicles.  Rust problems can cause problems for auto parts such as exhaust systems, fuel tanks and brake lines, according to the auto agency.

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Published February 22, 2017

With gas prices still hovering a bit north of $2 a gallon in Michigan, many of the big reveals at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month consisted of SUVs and trucks. However, that didn’t deter smaller or electric cars from making a scene too.

Advocates of small vehicles say they still retain several advantages over larger vehicles, such as often being more fuel-efficient and environmentally green, particularly in hybrid or electric forms. Depending on lifestyle, the vehicle’s smaller size also carries benefits.

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Published February 15, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Automaker representatives and local dealerships are weighing in on the impact that last month’s North American International Auto Show — as well as recent auto awards — have had on consumer interest and sales.

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Published February 8, 2017

The day when cars can communicate with one another and with road infrastructure is approaching the horizon, according to experts at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January.

Over at the display of the auto supplier Denso, company representatives explained the latest progress with V2X technology that is designed to streamline driving and make it safer. Denso says V2X incorporates technology in which cars and their surroundings interact, including vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I).

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Published February 1, 2017

The days of the wooden-paneled station wagon have been eclipsed as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit showed off some of the latest models and concepts that could define family vehicles in the future.

During a Jan. 9 presentation to the media, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., said the 2018 Honda Odyssey is “designed around the needs of the family” and compared its vision to offering a campfire atmosphere that lets everyone join the conversation, including occupants in the back.

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Published January 25, 2017

DETROIT — Amid a heavy focus on U.S. manufacturing and jobs in recent political debate, some Japanese automakers emphasized their American investments and labor force during speeches at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Toyota was no exception. During Toyota’s Jan. 9 presentation at the auto show, Toyota President Akio Toyoda introduced the new 2018 Toyota Camry’s XLE and XSE variants to the media. In doing so, he also promoted his company’s hiring of U.S. workers and investments in manufacturing.

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Published January 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The floor of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show once again focused the automotive world’s eyes on making the cars the stars, and auto design experts had plenty to say about what appealed to them during a Jan. 9 press preview day. 

Over at the Chevrolet exhibit, Magdalena Kokoszynska discussed some of the brand’s popular or trending colors, particularly with the interiors. She said she is a color and trim designer for the Chevrolet Traverse, which had its newest 2018 version debut at the auto show.

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Published January 17, 2017

WARREN — Jobs and a huge investment are coming to Warren as part of a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles effort to meet market demand in the U.S. and abroad through the increased production of trucks and SUVs in the Midwest.

In a press release dated Jan. 8, FCA U.S. confirmed the “next phase of its industrialization plan” by announcing a combined $1 billion investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio. The moves are expected to create up to 2,000 new jobs by 2020.

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Published January 13, 2017

Top automakers with a historic presence in metro Detroit demonstrated their bullishness on the resurgence of trucks and SUVs at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said this month that the automaker announced plans to make fresh investments in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, as well as the Toledo Assembly Complex, in order to produce new vehicles. She said the plan would create a total of about 2,000 jobs.

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Published January 13, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A man who reportedly left his vehicle running unattended in his girlfriend’s Roseville driveway is looking at a $128 fine after he was ticketed by Roseville police on Jan. 6.

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Published January 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Some of the basic requirements to drive could become more expensive for Michiganders this year due to the implementation of the state’s road repair funding plan.

In 2015, state legislators passed a plan that increases fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, expecting to raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually toward road repairs. Those new increases went into effect Jan. 1, 2017. 

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Published January 9, 2017

DETROIT — Detroit’s engines are revved up as it welcomes back the North American International Auto Show, a touchstone and frequent showcase for new developments in the auto industry, to Cobo Center.

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