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  • DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler is recalling 206,668 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because the windshield wipers can stop working unexpectedly.Cherokees from the 2014 model year are affected. There are 158,671 in the U.S., 18,366 in Canada and 3,582 in Mexico. The rest were sold outside North America.Fiat Chrysler says static buildup may …

    August 31, 2015

  • New BMW 3 Series loaded with innovative features

    The first 2016 BMW 3 Series models have hit town and according to Birchwood BMW sales manager Ryan Eyer they set new standards for performance, luxury and technology. The 2016 BMW 328i Series model (as well as the entry level 320i) are equipped with standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive …

    August 28, 2015

  • COLUMBUS, Ind. - Toyota plans to spend $16 million to renovate and expand a central Indiana factory where it builds three-and four-wheel forklifts and other equipment.Toyota senior manager Steve Pride says the Industrial Equipment Manufacturing campus near Columbus was about 250,000 square-feet 25 years ago. It will be just over …

    August 25, 2015

  • NEW YORK, N.Y. - About 4,400 ride-on lawn mowers are being recalled because the gas tank can leak and cause a fire.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that Scag Power Equipment, the maker of the lawn mowers, received five reports from customers of a gas tank leak. No …

    August 25, 2015

  • Frustrated by recall epidemic, Americans are less satisfied with cars than any time since 2004

    DETROIT - Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls.The 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, an annual survey that involved 4,300 consumers, found that satisfaction with automobiles dropped for …

    August 25, 2015

  • Pennsylvania company shows off driverless truck aimed at improving safety in work zones

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier.The crash trucks, fitted with a device called a truck-mounted attenuator, …

    August 24, 2015

  • DETROIT - U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park.The probe covers 408,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 14 complaints from drivers, …

    August 24, 2015

  • DETROIT - Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have finished determining which claims are eligible, rejecting 91 per cent of them.The compensation fund led by lawyer Kenneth Feinberg approved 399 of the 4,343 claims filed and rejected 3,944.Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund, said …

    August 24, 2015

  • New Audi TT turning heads

    The completely redesigned 2016 Audi TT arrived at St. James Audi about 10 days ago. The new model is a little smaller, slightly lower and about 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, notes Audi brand specialist Dan Hetherington. The 2016 model still looks like a TT, Hetherington points out, but it …

    August 21, 2015

  • IT appears Kia has changed its mind about building a sports car. At least, that's the latest word from Paul Philpott, Kia's head honcho in the U.K.In an interview with Autocar, Philpott promised Kia will have a new sports car on the market by 2020.Details are still thin, but Philpott …

    August 21, 2015

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