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Published February 9, 2016

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Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 8, 2016

Whether it’s through ride-sharing or computer assistance, the future of innovative transportation was revealed a bit more at last month’s North American International Auto Show.

At the Ford exhibit, Patrick Ellis, who handles Ford’s connected vehicle research, explained a little about a ride-sharing shuttle service that his company is currently testing out in beta.

The concept, branded as Go Ride Intelligent Shuttle, is being developed as a mobility option for people in urban environments who otherwise might not have access to a car. 

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Published February 1, 2016

Whether the vehicles were blue, silver, green or purple, hues were huge at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which took place at Cobo Center in Detroit in January.

Violet vehicles dazzled at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles exhibit. A Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger showed off a paint color called Plum Crazy, and a Jeep Wrangler was painted in a similar purple color.

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Published January 25, 2016

The North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center may now be closed to the public for another year, but it’s not too late for prospective car buyers to drive over to a dealership showroom to take advantage of some deals.

According to Nick Schrah, new car sales manager at Bill Fox Chevrolet, the auto show tends to bring a huge increase in business around this time of year.

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Published January 18, 2016

The winning vehicles from the 2016 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards could receive additional publicity and prestige when they appear on the dealership floor, according to some automotive industry insiders.

Those awards — which were based on North American journalists’ opinions — were announced Jan. 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

The 2016 North American Car of the Year distinction went to the Honda Civic. Other finalists in that category were the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. 

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Published January 12, 2016

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Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all attempted to wow the world in different ways during the North American International Auto Show’s first media day Jan. 11 at Cobo Center.

Chrysler officially kicked off the event at 7:35 a.m. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, gave the keynote presentation.

The message was one of simplicity: Chrysler changed the auto game with the inception of the minivan, and decades later it’s doing it all over again.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 11, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to tour the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit in January. 

And in between all the sneak peeks of upcoming and concept vehicles, visitors should expect to see plenty of other sights during their visits, according to auto show organizers and exhibitors.

The media were invited to check out the Cobo Center exhibits in advance Jan. 11-12, and the general public may see the show Jan. 16-24. 

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Published December 29, 2015

AAA Michigan has some advice for drivers to keep in the back of their minds when deciding how and where to park.

The auto association is now saying that motorists should back into parking spaces because it is safer for them and others when it is time to leave. According to AAA, parking lot accidents make up around 14 percent of crashes that end up with a claim.

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Published December 21, 2015

The start of a new year signals the green light for the start of a new season at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit.

The auto show season will start Jan. 9 with an event at MGM Grand Detroit called “The Gallery.” Then the media will be invited Jan. 11-12 to tour the exhibits at Cobo Center. 

Industry professionals will convene Jan. 13-14 for their own preview, and a charity preview will take place Jan. 15. Finally, the general public is invited to personally see the displays Jan. 16-24. 

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Published December 14, 2015

Whether you choose to make a toast to the holidays or not, police and driving safety experts say that preventing drunken driving is something that everyone should celebrate.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said police plan to be very vigilant in spotting drunken drivers on the road and arresting them. He said while he has no problem with people celebrating and having fun, police are “not at all for mixing alcohol and driving.”

Under the influence, drivers pose a danger not just to themselves but everyone else on the road, he explained.

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Published December 7, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Even if a new car doesn’t fit on your Christmas shopping list, local dealerships say they sell other items and merchandise that could please fans of certain automakers and brands.

According to staff at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, the dealership offers vehicle accessories such as special floor mats and vehicle remote starters that can be activated by cellphone. 

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Published November 30, 2015

Wish lists are on many minds this season, and a common-but-unstated desire among drivers is to avoid getting into a traffic accident.

A list compiled by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan has tentatively revealed some local intersections with the highest number of vehicle crashes in 2015 thus far. 

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Published November 23, 2015

Drivers can keep a thief from taking away their Christmas cheer through proper safeguarding of vehicles and their contents this holiday season, according to police.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said thieves tend to smash into car windows to reach inside and grab anything valuable that they see. He warned people to never leave their holiday packages exposed in a vehicle. If possible, lock gifts in a trunk or in a covered hatchback trunk, or at least hide the valuables under objects on the vehicle floor.

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Published November 16, 2015

If your newer vehicle didn’t come with a spare tire, there is no reason to despair so long as you make plans well ahead of a flat tire event, according to AAA and tire experts.

According to AAA, a spare tire has become a less common feature in newer vehicles due to it being removed in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency ratings. Instead, some newer vehicles come equipped with a tire inflation kit. 

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Published November 9, 2015

The giving spirit at a local auto dealership is hoping to provide warmth to the needy over the next few weeks. 

Elder Ford in Troy is hosting a coat drive this holiday season, and the donated coats will go to The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is also an event sponsor, and Signarama in Troy donated some signage for the campaign. 

According to Elder Ford, coats of all sizes and for every age group will be accepted, but they should either be new or gently used.

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Published November 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and city officials in Madison Heights are very concerned about the project’s accelerated schedule and the way it’s being funded.

“The city has been generally supportive of the project, but council and staff feel the need to object to how it’s being handled,” said Madison Heights City Manager Ben Myers. 

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 26, 2015

Talk of Indian summer and El Niño to the contrary, the arctic air of winter is bound to make an appearance in Michigan soon. And for drivers, that should mean being ready to prepare for the challenges that cold temperatures and snow may bring to a vehicle.

Gary Bubar, AAA Michigan public affairs specialist, said now is the best time to check on everything in the car, before the weather gets cold.

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Published October 19, 2015

Police and health experts are warning metro Detroit’s drivers to not be afraid of being extra cautious while driving or trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Donna Bucciarelli, injury prevention education coordinator at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, said adult drivers should never be distracted by phones and texts, but it’s especially important to pay attention on Halloween due to the night’s foot traffic.

“Especially on Halloween, kids … have a mission,” she said. “They will dart out in front of cars, in between cars.”

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