Stories by Dee-Ann Durbin

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May's US car sales beat forecasts

U.S. auto sales were stronger than expected in May, boosted by Memorial Day promotions and strong demand for new SUVs.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

US auto sales tap the brakes in March, but outlook strong

DETROIT — U.S. car buyers stepped on the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford brings back Lincoln Continental

Thirteen years after the last Con­tinental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. 
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Lexus tops auto dependability survey

DETROIT - Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in rankings that increasingly hinge on high-tech features.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Ford beats estimates despite declines in earnings, revenue

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s net income tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company took an expected charge to deal with its struggling Venezuelan operations.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Incentives to buy electric cars persist amid low gas costs

U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars - with their higher prices tags - a tougher ...
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Nissan introduces new Titan pickup with diesel engine

Nissan, not giving up on the full-size truck market, introduces new diesel-powered Titan.
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
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