Brody Melicher, 5, led his mother by the hand up and down rows of cars Saturday at the Prime Steel Car Show in Grand Forks’ Purpur Arena. “He was really excited this morning, he really likes them,” said Brandi Melicher of Grand Forks, Brody’s mother.
In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders — better known as "black boxes" — in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve.
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are turning the White House race in Ohio into a referendum on the auto bailout, an effort aimed at driving up turnout among their supporters in the election's waning days.
Julie Pace and Thomas Beaumont
, November 02, 2012
Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle. But now, thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move the nation's cars and trucks are shrinking.
When it comes to saving energy, people in the United States know that driving a fuel-efficient car accomplishes more than turning off the lights at home. A new poll shows that while most of those questioned understand effective ways to save energy, they have a hard time adopting them.
State officials say they've detected and stopped unauthorized access to the motor vehicle records of about 3,700 people in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a preliminary investigation by its Driver and Vehicle Services division doesn't show the data was used for criminal purposes. The agency is sending letters to the individuals affected by the unauthorized access.
Overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposes outlawing campers not in RV parks City commissioners in Williston delayed a decision on a proposed RV ban after an overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposed it Tuesday.
Commissioners decided to give people 30 days to submit comments on a proposal that would make it illegal to live in a camper that is not part of an RV park.
When Maggie Koerth-Baker of Minneapolis test-drove a Nissan Leaf all-electric car recently, she felt like she was "on a rocketship to the moon." Yet few people will buy such vehicles, said auto expert Brian Cooley of CNET, because they are expensive compared with standard vehicles, have limited electric range and a few hassles, such as a paucity of public places to plug in for a frequently needed battery boost.
Federal safety regulators have begun investigating buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over the past 20 years because the drive shafts can fall out and cause drivers to lose control. Schaumburg, Ill.-based MCI, which says it's the leading maker of intercity buses in the U.S. and Canada, has an assembly plant in Pembina, N.D.
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