Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well.
Conrad Schille says he was born into Saabs. The Swedish sports cars were a staple in his parents’ household in St. Paul ever since he can remember. Now living in Grand Forks, he purchased one of his own about a year ago — a blue 1974 Saab Sonett III.
The all-glass front offers Dakota Harvest Bakery workers Mike McCullough and Blue Weber a clear view of parallel-parking efforts on North Third Street in downtown Grand Forks. Asked if such efforts can be amusing, they simultaneously burst into laughter.
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.
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