Stories by Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New York Auto Show debuts new models

The 2015 New York International Auto Show is under way, and it has new concepts and models to show off.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Toyota gives Camry a makeover

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a large, aggressive grille and chiseled sides. Toyota says it changed every ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Auto sales picked up steam

DETROIT — U.S. auto sales went out like a lion in March. Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through the month, culminating in a strong finish.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, March 3, 2014

March will be test of demand in US

Auto sales were slower than expected in January and February, and the number of unsold cars on dealer lots grew. 
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Lincoln updates Navigator for 2015

Until it can bring out a totally new big SUV, Lincoln has given its Navigator some improvements for 2015.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Subcompact cars fare poorly in crash tests

DETROIT - Subcompact cars fared poorly in new crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of "good."
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

Mary Barra to lead GM

DETROIT - When Mary Barra was born in 1961, General Motors was selling half the cars on U.S. roads.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Woman was first to buy a Mustang

Schoolteacher bought the first Mustang, a 1964 1/2 convertible in 1964, and was on hand for the unveiling last week of the 50th anniversary Mustang, the 2015 model.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

GM makes history with CEO pick

DETROIT - Mary Barra has spent the past three years as General Motors' product chief, making cars that drive better, last longer and look good in showrooms. Now she will take on an even bigger job.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Mustang turns 50

Ford unveiled the 2015 Mustang, which goes on sale next year for the 50th anniversary of the nation's first pony car.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

US auto sales rise

The 16-day shutdown slowed U.S. auto sales in the first two weeks of October, but they picked up speed in the last two weeks.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

Lexus, Toyota top auto reliability survey

DETROIT - Japan's lock on Consumer Reports' vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Three Japanese brands - Lexus, Toyota and Acura - took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Ford, university open battery lab

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. and the Uni­versity of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013

Chrysler Group prepares for IPO

The automaker is proceeding with the IPO after it failed to reach an agreement on the value of the stock with the retiree trust that owns it.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Aug 12, 2013

Lincoln seeks younger crowd

After decades of selling hulking Town Cars to retirees, Ford Motor Co. wants the Lincoln brand to appeal to younger, more discerning buyers.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013

Survey finds actual fuel cost for new cars

Every new car window sticker shows the estimated cost of fuel for a year, but that figure may not reflect the miles you drive. A new survey does that math for you.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ford shows global growth in second quarter

DEARBORN, Mich. - Almost bankrupt last decade because it relied too heavily on selling big trucks and SUVs in North America, Ford Motor Corp. is now making small and midsize cars at a profit and ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, July 5, 2013

High-tech options reaching more vehicles

Automotive technology that saves lives - and fuel - is getting better and cheaper. That means it's no longer confined to luxury brands.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pickups, small cars drive US June auto sales

DETROIT - Three years ago, U.S. car buyers started trickling back into showrooms after largely sitting out the recession. That trickle has turned into a flood.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps

Chrysler's recall avoids a showdown with the government over Jeep models in danger of a fire risk from gas-tank ruptures.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Top headlines

New chair gets vet off-road to fish

Army veteran Henry Kent's new Action Trackchair has attachments for fishing, with a holder for his fishing pole and a built-in tackle box, but others can be outfitted with gunracks for hunting.