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Alabama Immigration Law Leads To Arrest Of Mercedes Manager
Alabama Immigration Law Leads To Arrest Of Mercedes Manager

Alabama’s complex and controversial new immigration laws don’t leave police with a lot of room for interpretation. If you’re stopped and can’t produce documentation, you go to jail until you can prove your identity (and nationality), or until you sit before a judge. The law...Read More»

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Higher Fuel Standards For 2025 Coming Today: What They Mean For You

By the year 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. will have to earn a combined city/highway rating of 54.5 miles per gallon. That's according to new fuel economy regulations set forward by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, which the Detroit Free Press...Read More»

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Treasury To Be "Patient" In Selling Off GM Shares

On Monday, General Motors stock fell to another all time low, trading briefly at $19.65 a share. That’s the first time the stock has dropped below $20 per share since GM went public last November, and it also represents a 40-percent drop in stock value since GM’s initial public offering...Read More»

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Congressman Questions Ford Over Bailout Ad

Ford, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. First, the automaker drew flak for running an unscripted “press conference” ad, featuring an F-150 owner who was critical of automakers taking bailout money. Earlier this week, Ford pulled the ad from rotation on television, and even...Read More»

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Ford Yanks TV Ad Critical Of Bailouts

Just two weeks ago, we told you about a Ford television commercial critical of GM and Chrysler for taking bailout money. The unscripted ad, filmed in a mock “press conference” format, featured an F-150 owner named Chris who supported Ford for “standing on their own; win, lose or...Read More»

Saudi Prince speaks out against ban on female drivers
Saudi Women To Vote--In 2015--But Still Can't Drive To Polls

Four years from now, the women of Saudi Arabia will be able to vote, which they have not so far been permitted to do. They remain, however, religiously forbidden from driving cars--the only such law anywhere in the world. That means they will have to rely on male relatives to drive them to the...Read More»

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Innocent Of Speeding? In MA, You'll Pay Up Anyway

Going to traffic court used to be so simple. If you were found guilty, you paid the fine and associated costs, then went home to wait for your auto insurance premium to increase. Those days are gone, at least in Massachusetts: if you’re found not guilty of a traffic offense there, you still...Read More»

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Governor Kicks Off Car-Free Week - In His SUV

After declaring this “Car-Free Week” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick was caught by Boston’s CBS affiliate being driven to work in the back of his Chevrolet Tahoe. In classic do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do political form, Patrick was quick to point out that he...Read More»

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Five NASCAR Drivers Say "No Thanks" To White House Invite

When the President of the United States asks you to drop by for lunch, you generally find a way to re-arrange your schedule to fit him in. At least that’s how it was previously, back in the days when athletes considered a White House invitation to be an honor. Get our daily email newsletter...Read More»

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo with his 599 GTB Fiorano
Tax The Rich, Says Ferrari Boss

Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari, has a potential solution to the debt crisis in Italy: tax the rich, since asking the already-squeezed middle class to pay more is “scandalous.” In fact, the simple-but-elegant solution could be applied to any government debt crisis, including...Read More»

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Dick Cheney, Justin Bieber and Frankfurters: Car News Headlines

The Ford Evos concept coming to the Frankfurt Auto Show will be a plug-in hybrid--and possibly, a precursor to a new Capri. [GreenCarReports] Audi has a number for every turbocharger coming to Frankfurt. There's the S6, the S7 and the S8. [MotorAuthority] Which family cars have earned the NHTSA's...Read More»

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Dick Cheney Opposed The GM Bailout

In the closing days of the Bush administration, then-president Bush made the decision to grant General Motors a $13.4-billion loan to keep the company afloat, at least through the transition to the Obama administration. The decision wasn’t a popular one with then-vice-president Dick Cheney...Read More»

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Berlin Car Burnings Have Authorities Wondering What Comes Next

Burning cars in Germany’s capital city is nothing new; in fact, it’s been occurring for years, mainly as a protest against rising rents and gentrification. In the past, it was easy to write off the arson as politically motivated, since most burnings were targeted to high-end luxury...Read More»

Comedian Adam Carolla complains about electric cars and energy policy on Gizmodo
Car Show Host Adam Carolla To Gays: 'Shut Up, You're Ruining My Life'

You might think that being the host of a high-profile TV show would cause a performer to watch his mouth. You'd be wrong. At least in the case of Adam Carolla, the comedian who is also one of the hosts of "The Car Show," which launched in July on Speed TV. In his most recent podcast, using the...Read More»

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New 54-MPG Gas Mileage Rules, Audi and Eminem, BMW i3 and i8: Car News Headlines

President Obama has announced new fuel economy standards that will come into effect by 2025. Are you ready for 54 mpg? [TheCarConnection] Take a look at what's under the hood of the BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid. [GreenCarReports] A cop pulling a DARE truck has been arrested and charged...Read More»

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DOT's LaHood Proud To Say He Drives A Ford Escape Hybrid

Secretary of Transportation (and former congressman) Ray LaHood doesn’t want to just be known as the man who launched a campaign against distracted driving. In a recent meeting with Volkswagen employees in Virginia, LaHood fielded questions on what type of car he drove, and his answers will...Read More»

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Want To Get Deported? Drive Drunk, Or Just Drive Fast

The Obama administration claims to be enforcing immigration laws more wisely than the last administration did, by arresting and deporting the “worst of the worst” criminals. Apparently that list includes speeders and drunk drivers, too, since deportations for drunk driving have nearly...Read More»

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Chrysler Bailout Loans Cost Taxpayers $1.3 Billion

The formalities behind the sale of the government’s remaining stake in Chrysler were completed this morning, and Fiat SpA is now the official majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC. Counting purchases from both the United States and Canadian governments, Fiat now owns a 53.5-percent stake in...Read More»

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Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received praise from advocacy groups. But the clever move also offers Ford some advantages in showrooms, too. Background The "Safe...Read More»

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