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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Published August 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — About 1 million people and more than 50,000 sweet rides took over M-1 last Saturday to enjoy the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Despite steamy temps and a few poorly placed rain showers, the cruise went off without a hitch, according to police and event organizers in the Eagle’s coverage area.

“It was average crowds for an average Saturday Dream Cruise,” said Cmdr. Scott Grewe, of the Birmingham Police Department.

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Published August 22, 2016

September is almost here, but it’s not too late to take a refresher course on driving safety tips and the rules regarding school buses.

First Lt. Jim Flegel from the Michigan State Police described some of the unique challenges that back-to-school season imposes on the roads.

“Going back to school is an exciting time for both children and parents, but it can also be a hazardous time and an increase in risk of children being hit and injured by vehicles,” Flegel said.

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Published August 22, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Aside from the classic cars and hot rods, many people would argue that the biggest draw of the Harper Charity Cruise is the parties along the avenue.

Myriad businesses open their parking lots for families, friends and customers, but there are also about 21 open parties along the cruise route where anyone can stop by, enjoy some entertainment and classic cars, and even sometimes some food.

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Published August 17, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Summer is winding down, but it’s not over until motor heads along the Woodward corridor meet up to celebrate metro Detroit history at our signature event: the Woodward Dream Cruise.

As always, organizers in Birmingham and Bloomfield Township have big plans for revelers willing to brave the heat and check out some cool rides.

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Published August 15, 2016

Although the heyday of the hot rod drifts further into the past, local car enthusiasts say they are doing what they can to preserve the legacy of classic car cruising and to keep the dream alive for the next generation.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is returning to Woodward Avenue Aug. 20. According to cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels, the enthusiasm for the nostalgia-fueled car event isn’t running on empty.

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Published August 8, 2016

Newer technology is often looked upon as a key to convenience, but sometimes key-related electronic components can carry their own set of problems unless drivers stay vigilant.

According to AAA, a recent study revealed that an estimated 32 million drivers had an experience with AAA that involved a vehicle being stranded in 2015, with many of those vehicles being under 5 years old.

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Published August 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 14th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise will take place Aug. 7, and expectations by cruise promoters are that the 225,000 people who attended in 2015 will be matched or exceeded this year.

The cruise, which is referred to as the biggest event in all of Macomb County, features classic cars that will line Gratiot Avenue, from 14 Mile Road to Wellington Crescent, north of Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published August 3, 2016

Another summer, another rash of thefts from vehicles during the night.

This time, it was residents in Franklin, in a neighborhood near 14 Mile and Telegraph. Sgt. Mike Bastianelli, of the Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, said several reports were taken last week from people who said items went missing from their cars, parked at their homes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Published August 1, 2016

If you are the owner of a recent-model Ford vehicle who is having trouble mastering the high-tech intricacies of Sync, it could be time to get in sync with a local dealership. 

While most schools have yet to start a new class year, Sync classes are just getting started at Avis Ford in Southfield. General sales manager Roy Williams said his dealership planned to hold a class for the first time July 30. 

“These classes just kind of started this month, and Ford is doing it at various dealerships,” he said. 

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