Published January 4, 2017

METRO DETROIT — A car can’t put on a winter coat, but there is plenty a driver can do to make a vehicle more suitable for colder weather.

Pat Till, assistant service manager at Serra Chevrolet in Southfield, said drivers could minimize their chances of a breakdown or a disaster on the roads with some maintenance tips.

He advised drivers to get their vehicles checked to make sure the coolant or antifreeze protection level is satisfactory. Till also said motorists should test their batteries to make sure that they aren’t on their last legs.

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Published December 28, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The new year will begin with a new car smell in downtown Detroit as automakers get ready to show off their finest vehicles and visual displays at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in January.

According to show organizers, the 2016 show presented dozens of vehicle introductions, and auto show Chairman Sam Slaughter promised plenty to see at Detroit’s Cobo Center this time too.

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Published December 28, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Shorewood Kiwanis is beginning the Harper Cruise charity season by giving back to local students who help the group out.

Kiwanis members, along with Roy O’Brien Ford and Macomb Community College, presented cash prizes and scholarships to three graphic design students at the college who won a logo contest for the 2017 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, set for Aug. 30. 

Rosanne Minne, of Shorewood Kiwanis, said she was happy to see women take home all three prizes this year. 

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Published December 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Whether the drink of choice is Christmas eggnog or New Year’s champagne, imbibers are being reminded once again to stay away from the steering wheel this holiday season.

Anne Readett, spokeswoman for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, said traffic fatalities tend to rise around the end of the calendar year. 

“Despite the progress that we’ve made over many years, still about 30 percent of traffic fatalities are either drug- or alcohol-involved,” she added. “We still have a lot to do.”

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Published December 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The upcoming new year is a time for reflection, and auto safety experts are asking older drivers to honestly evaluate their driving skills for the sake of everyone on the road.

AAA recognized Dec. 5-9 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, a campaign by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Published December 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Santa will be appearing soon with a Subaru instead of a sleigh, and he’s inviting local pets to join him.

Suburban Subaru in Troy is inviting customers and interested guests to bring their pet dogs and cats to the dealership from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 so they can take photos with Santa. 

The dealership has held pet events for the past two years, according to Suburban Subaru Sales Manager James Cagle. He said the event is designed to help “share the love with Subaru.”

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Published November 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When the holiday season hits, Christmas shoppers should keep attentiveness high on their list, whether they’re behind the wheel or after they leave the car.

Tom Scott, senior vice president of communications and marketing from the Michigan Retailers Association, said the holidays are typically the busiest shopping time of the year for malls and shopping centers, which means more traffic congestion. 

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Published November 22, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A Rochester Hills dealership group is doing its part to keep downtown Rochester aglow this holiday season.

John Fox, president of Fox Automotive, said his dealership group is the presenting sponsor for the Big, Bright Light Show in downtown Rochester. The promotion, which lights up the downtown’s storefronts with more than 1 million multicolored Christmas lights, will be visible in the evenings leading up to Jan. 1 with some additional sightings happening during weekends in January.

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Published November 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If your Christmas shopping list is running out of gas or ideas, the right auto accessories may become the perfect present on a winning wish list, according to auto experts.  

Chuck Barr, parts manager at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, said two of the biggest and most popular gift ideas for the holidays are accessories that keep a vehicle’s interior clean from dirt and moisture.

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Published November 9, 2016

TROY — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said Automation Alley will host several roundtable discussions in coming weeks on autonomous vehicle and what Michigan companies can do to be in the forefront of this emerging technology. 

Peters spoke to a crowd of about 100 people Oct. 24 at the technology business association headquarters in Troy. 

“We’re excited to have him here,” said Tom Kelly, executive director for Automation Alley. “He’s a staunch supporter of manufacturing. The world is coming back to Michigan.”

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A local auto dealership is looking to collect a bundle of donated clothing this holiday season so that it can help bundle up people in need for the winter.

Dealership customers are encouraged to donate winter coats to Elder Ford in Troy from now until Dec. 16 for The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is a sponsor of the coat drive as well.

Elder Ford asks that the donated coats be new or gently used, and it welcomes coats of all sizes that can fit children or adults.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Soon it will be time to bundle up for the winter, and it likewise will be a good idea to bundle up some time to take care of your vehicle before the snowfall starts.

The nonprofit Car Care Council says October is Fall Car Care Month, and it recommends that drivers get their vehicles’ engines, belts, hoses, brakes, fluids and more checked before it’s too cold — and potentially too late. 

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The future of Volvo vehicles is on a guided course to keep drivers safe, according to staff at Suburban Volvo in Troy.

Retail Operations Manager Rob Lyons said the 2017 S90 sedan was released this month, replacing the earlier S80 model. He added that the new sedan “kind of goes hand in hand together” with the 2016 XC90 SUV, which came out about a year ago.

Lyons explained that, when it comes to target demographics, his dealership sees people from pretty much every corner of the buying public.

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Published October 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Although back-to-school season is now several weeks old, the shorter, colder and darker days — combined with the timing of Halloween — may provide additional challenges that drivers need to be vigilant about, according to pedestrian safety experts.

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Published September 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Drivers who seek vivid views may take a leaf from the Pure Michigan campaign and its ideas for fall color tours. 

Maia Turek, statewide recreation programmer at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, called “leaf peeping” very popular in the state, mainly because it has so many forested areas. According to Pure Michigan’s website, Michigan has an estimated 19 million acres of woods. 

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Published September 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar may officially say it’s fall as of Sept. 22, but that doesn’t mean classic car show season is over.

Residents of all five Grosse Pointes are invited again to enjoy an afternoon of admiring European and American classic cars during the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s ninth annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance. The event, which always takes place the last Sunday in September, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Published September 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It might not be your imagination if you’ve been clocking more miles lately on your odometer, or if you’ve been seeing more vehicles on the road.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s American Driving Survey, Americans collectively drove about 2.45 trillion miles in 2015, beating 2014’s total by about 2.4 percent. The time behind the wheel exceeded 290 hours for the average driver.

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Published September 7, 2016

This small sales pamphlet, in the Birmingham Museum’s collection, is an advertisement for the Detroit Electric Car, which was built by the Anderson Carriage Co.

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Published September 1, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The threat of rain earlier in the day didn’t keep the cruisers away from Harper Avenue the evening of Aug. 31, when a steady stream of cars — new, old and in between — made their way along the cruise route.

The Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise attracts the old, the young and the young at heart, who relive their glory days through the classic Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Fords and other American muscle. 

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Published August 30, 2016

Road hazards include more than dangerous drivers or inclement weather — they can also include the junk that falls off other cars and trucks.

Drivers transporting cargo are supposed to avoid overloading their materials, and they’re supposed to bind the cargo firmly and then cover it with a tarp or net, according to AAA. In Michigan, the police can punish negligent drivers whose cargo falls off with a misdemeanor.

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