Stories by Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Ford's aluminum F-150 almost ready for prime time

Ford bets it all on aluminum-bodied F-150, which heads to dealers next month.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

Electric-car drivers turn to solar

DETROIT - Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Toyota tops annual reliability ranking

DETROIT - Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it’s a serious drag on profits.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Truck deals help boost US auto sales in September

DETROIT — Big discounts on pickup trucks helped keep U.S. auto sales strong in September.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Three-wheeled car closer to going on sale

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Big discounts help US auto sales sizzle, with best July sales since 2006

Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July. Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ford 2Q net income rises 6 percent to $1.3 billion

Ford's second quarter net income up 6 percent to $1.3 billion as Europe makes money again.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Web sites can speed process of car buying

DETROIT - Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get online. Auto Web sites are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, June 23, 2014

Air bags to be recalled in humid states

DETROIT - The government's auto safety agency said BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota will recall cars where humid weather affects air bags.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, June 9, 2014

Automakers get serious about lighter materials

DEARBORN, Mich. - Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GM recalls 2.4 million more vehicles

The number of recalls issued this year by the nation's top carmaker rose Tuesday to 29 as GM announced four separate actions affecting 2.4 million cars and trucks.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GM recall reveals gaps in air bag knowledge

Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars with defective ignition switches. In each of those crashes, the air bags failed to deploy.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ford announces new CEO

DEARBORN, Mich. — Mark Fields, who helped turn Ford Motor Co.’s North American operations into a sales and profit powerhouse, will take over from Alan Mulally as CEO on July 1.
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

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Ex-superintendent to write of miraculous recovery

Taking his doctor's advice, former Richmond County school superintendent Frank Roberson has nearly finished writing a 150-page book about his remarkable recovery from brain trauma.
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