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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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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