Stories by Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tesla opens $5 billion Gigafactory

SPARKS, Nev. - It's Tesla Motors' biggest bet yet: amassive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world's production of lithium-ion batteries.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, April 14, 2016

F-150 rated highest in safety

DETROIT - The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new crash tests hy

DETROIT - The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Customers line up early for preorders

At a starting price of $35,000 - before federal and state government incentives - the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Millennials finally taking the wheel, keys

DETROIT - Millennials were once a source of panic in the auto industry. Dubbed the "go nowhere" generation, they weren't getting driver's licenses, never mind buying cars. New data suggests at ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Toyota to discontinue Scion line

After years of courting younger buyers with their own brand, Toyota discovered that what they really wanted was Toyotas.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Chrysler to release Pacifica minivan

Chrysler is remaking its minivan and giving it a new old name in the process: Pacifica. The company hopes sleek looks will dispel the "soccer mom'' image.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

US developing guidelines to get self-driving cars on roads faster

DETROIT — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive regulations to do it.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

Tesla adds self-parking, sets speed limit on autopilot

DETROIT - Some Tesla Motors vehicles can park themselves without a driver inside with a software update beamed to customers over the weekend.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

US auto sales hit an all-time high in 2015

US auto sales hit an all-time record in 2015, strong 2016 ahead.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

General Motors invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership

DETROIT - General Motors Co. and ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

AARP classes help older drivers remain safe

DETROIT - Joe Minerva has been driving since 1946. He's a skilled and disciplined driver and has never been in an accident. So he was surprised how much he learned when he recently took his ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

US auto sales hit 14-year high in November thanks to promotions

Black Friday promotions - some of which began well before Thanksgiving - pushed last month's sales to a 14-year high of 1.3 million, just short of a record for the month. 
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Tentative labor deal reached by UAW, Ford

DETROIT - The United Au­to Workers' proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. - approved Mon­day by local union leaders - is the richest of the Detroit Three, with a promise of $10,250 in bonuses for ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Ford 3Q earnings more than double on North America results

Ford's third quarter earnings more than double on pickup demand, but miss Wall Street forecast.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Lexus tops reliability survey, as advanced transmissions trip up rivals

Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

UAW OKs richer pact with Fiat Chrysler

DETROIT - The United Auto Workers union unveiled a richer proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler on Friday, a week after angry union members voted down a previous agreement.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

UAW chooses Fiat Chrysler as target in contract talks

UAW chooses Fiat Chrysler as target in contract talks with Detroit automakers.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Tech firms eye driver's seat for car innovation

The convergence of cars and computers is blurring the traditional geographical boundaries of both industries.
By Dee-Ann Durbin
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