<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Sun, 01 May 2016 21:44:19 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Engineering students compete for hybrid, electric car titles]]> http://gazette.com/engineering-students-compete-for-hybrid-electric-car-titles/article/feed/343928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/engineering-students-compete-for-hybrid-electric-car-titles/article/feed/343928?custom_click=rss LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College is launching its 10th annual Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

College engineering graduate and undergraduate students race electric and hybrid cars they designed. The competition runs Monday through Thursday and spectators are welcome.

The Formula Hybrid Competition is run by Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. Twenty-eight teams from colleges around the world are registered to compete, including the contest's first all-female team — the 16-member Hot Wheelz — from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Hot Wheelz team members and their adviser scoped out last year's competition and caused quite a buzz, technical adviser Martin Schooping sa

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 13:26:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Nunez gives Mazda first IMSA pole at Laguna Seca]]> http://gazette.com/nunez-gives-mazda-first-imsa-pole-at-laguna-seca/article/feed/343784?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nunez-gives-mazda-first-imsa-pole-at-laguna-seca/article/feed/343784?custom_click=rss MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Tristan Nunez gave Mazda its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position and led a front-row sweep for the manufacturer team in qualifying Saturday for the Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Nunez turned a best lap of 1 minute, 18.143 seconds (103.103 mph) in the No. 55 Mazda Prototype to lead the 15-minute qualifying session. He qualified two-tenths of a second faster than Mazda Motorsports teammate Tom Long, who had a 1:18.379 (102.793 mph) in the No. 70 Prototype entry.

"I'm at a loss for words right now," Nunez said. "We knew what we had coming in here; the car loves this track. We pushed our hearts out in these cars. Starting 1-2, there's no better place

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:46:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Nissan recalls nearly 4 million cars with air bag problems]]> http://gazette.com/nissan-recalls-nearly-4-million-cars-with-air-bag-problems/article/feed/343665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nissan-recalls-nearly-4-million-cars-with-air-bag-problems/article/feed/343665?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 4 million Nissan cars are being recalled due to major safety problems where passenger air bags or seat belts could fail in a crash.

Nissan North America, Inc. says the first problem is with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied. The issue, with 3.2 million cars, can have the computer incorrectly think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, turning off the air bag.

A number of models are affected including the Maxima, Altima, LEAF, Sentra, Pathfinder and some Infiniti models.

A second problem affects 620,000 Sentras and their front seat child restraint system, which might cause air bags to inflate when they shouldn't.

Nissan says it will notify owner

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:10:21 -0600 <![CDATA[AAA: Md. drivers paying $2.21 per gallon]]> http://gazette.com/aaa-md.-drivers-paying-2.21-per-gallon/article/feed/343659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaa-md.-drivers-paying-2.21-per-gallon/article/feed/343659?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 9 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.21, up from $2.12 a week ago.

The price of gas in the state is a penny above the national average of $2.20.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.21 in Baltimore, $2.23 in Cumberland, $2.25 in Hagerstown and $2.18 in Salisbury.

Motorists in the state are paying 35 cents less per gallon than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $2.56 per gallon.

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]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:26:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Study analyzes impact of Washington state coal-export plan]]> http://gazette.com/study-analyzes-impact-of-washington-state-coal-export-plan/article/feed/343321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-analyzes-impact-of-washington-state-coal-export-plan/article/feed/343321?custom_click=rss

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.

The analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County found that greenhouse gas emissions — from facility operations to when the coal is burned in Asia — would increase by 2.5 million metric tons each year when the project is fully running. While measures can be taken to significantly reduce those emissions, the impact "would still be significant and adverse," the study noted.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:26:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Gasoline prices in Arizona now at $2.15 per gallon]]> http://gazette.com/gasoline-prices-in-arizona-now-at-2.15-per-gallon/article/feed/342965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gasoline-prices-in-arizona-now-at-2.15-per-gallon/article/feed/342965?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona are basically the same this week at the pumps.

Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.15 a gallon, an increase of less than a penny from last week.

This week's national average is $2.17 per gallon, up by more than 6 cents from last week.

Triple-A analysts say barring any unforeseen challenges in supply and refinery production, drivers are expected to pay some of the lowest prices for the summer months in more than a decade.

Tucson currently has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $1.94 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.32.

Texas has the lowest average gas price among states in

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:20:46 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Source: Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-fiat-chrysler-google-in-partnership-talks/article/feed/342892?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-fiat-chrysler-google-in-partnership-talks/article/feed/342892?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.

The talks were confirmed Thursday by a person familiar with the discussions. The person asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

The partnership would be the first to match an automaker with Google's 7-year-old autonomous car project, which is now part of the so-called X lab at Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company.

Details haven't been revealed. But Google has repeatedly said it doesn't intend to make self-driving cars and would prefer to license its technology to carmakers. Google has been testing versions of self-driving cars on highways since 2009 and on city streets since 20

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:50:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Ford's 1Q net income doubles on truck, SUV sales]]> http://gazette.com/fords-1q-net-income-doubles-on-truck-suv-sales/article/feed/342675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fords-1q-net-income-doubles-on-truck-suv-sales/article/feed/342675?custom_click=rss

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s net income more than doubled to $2.5 billion in the first quarter on strong sales of trucks and SUVs worldwide.

The company's pretax profit of $3.8 billion was an all-time record for any quarter. Pretax profits more than doubled in North America and Asia. Europe recorded its best quarter since 2008.

"Essentially everything has improved," Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said. Shanks said Ford expects to meet or exceed last year's record pretax profit of $10.8 billion.

Worldwide sales rose 10 percent to 1.7 million in the first quarter. Demand for SUVs, trucks and commercial vans was insatiable in North America, China and Europe, offsetting a 29-percent decline in sales in Braz

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:36:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Texas retail gasoline prices increase 3 cents]]> http://gazette.com/texas-retail-gasoline-prices-increase-3-cents/article/feed/342841?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-retail-gasoline-prices-increase-3-cents/article/feed/342841?custom_click=rss COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Texas retail gasoline prices increased by 3 cents this week, to an average of $1.93 per gallon for regular unleaded fuel.

AAA Texas said Thursday the average is 41 cents less per gallon than last year.

Drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $1.98 per gallon, while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $1.87 per gallon.

AAA Texas reports that the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $2.17. That's 6 cents higher than last week and 38 cents less per gallon than last year.

AAA spokesman Doug Shupe (SHOOP) says California and Hawaii are the only two states with averages above $2.50 per gallon, while drivers in Texas and Mississippi are paying the

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:16:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal]]> http://gazette.com/volkswagen-ceo-apologized-in-person-to-obama-over-scandal/article/feed/342640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volkswagen-ceo-apologized-in-person-to-obama-over-scandal/article/feed/342640?custom_click=rss

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

CEO Matthias Mueller said he held a "two minute" conversation with the president during his visit to Hannover, Germany, this week.

"I took the opportunity to apologize to him personally for this matter," Mueller said during the company's annual news conference Thursday in Wolfsburg, Germany.

"I also expressed my thanks for the constructive cooperation with his authorities and naturally expressed the hope that I can continue to fulfill my responsibilities for 600,000 workers, their families, the suppliers, the

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:04:25 -0600 <![CDATA[IMSA enjoying strong and steady start to sports car season]]> http://gazette.com/imsa-enjoying-strong-and-steady-start-to-sports-car-season/article/feed/342468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/imsa-enjoying-strong-and-steady-start-to-sports-car-season/article/feed/342468?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The way Scott Atherton views it, things couldn't be much better for IMSA right now.

The CEO of the sports car series is enjoying stability in the first year of a long-term entitlement partner in WeatherTech, which is aggressive in its promotion of IMSA. The series has 41 full entrants this year, has developed the GT Le Mans class into the most competitive of its type in the world and has seven manufacturers in the GT Daytona class with Lexus set to come on board as an eighth brand later this year.

In all, IMSA has 13 official automotive partnerships.

The television partnership with Fox Sports has allowed for more than 100 hours of racing to be aired this year, including the entire Contintental T

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:49:24 -0600 <![CDATA[GM making investments at Tennessee and Michigan factories]]> http://gazette.com/gm-making-investments-at-tennessee-and-michigan-factories/article/feed/342226?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gm-making-investments-at-tennessee-and-michigan-factories/article/feed/342226?custom_click=rss

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors announced Wednesday that it is spending $790 million to build a new high-efficiency engine at its plant in Tennessee, creating nearly 800 jobs.

The investment is the latest boost for the Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, where vehicle production was idled during the Great Recession. Since 2010 GM has poured $2 billion into the plant facility 30 miles south of Nashville that makes two four-cylinder engines and the Cadillac XT5 midsize SUV. The plant will also begin producing the GMC Acadia later this spring.

"Today's announcement reinforces our absolute faith in this facility," said Arvin Jones, GM's North American manufacturing manager.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:57:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Unfair labor practices complaint filed against Volkswagen]]> http://gazette.com/unfair-labor-practices-complaint-filed-against-volkswagen/article/feed/342403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unfair-labor-practices-complaint-filed-against-volkswagen/article/feed/342403?custom_click=rss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday filed an unfair labor relations complaint against Volkswagen for the German automaker's refusal to bargain with the United Auto Workers union at its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

The UAW was elected to represent workers specializing in the maintenance and repair of robots and machinery at the Chattanooga factory on a 108-44 vote in December. But Volkswagen declined to engage in contract talks with the UAW while challenging an NLRB decision to allow the small group of workers to vote on unionization.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:02:32 -0600 <![CDATA[2016 Subura Forester delivers affordable all-wheel drive]]> http://gazette.com/2016-subura-forester-delivers-affordable-all-wheel-drive/article/feed/342286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2016-subura-forester-delivers-affordable-all-wheel-drive/article/feed/342286?custom_click=rss

It's not flashy, but the Subaru Forester has the second-lowest price for a compact SUV with traction-improving all-wheel drive. This year, it adds new safety and entertainment features that connect drivers with emergency services and link more easily to mobile apps.

The Forester dashboard also has new, larger touchscreen displays that make them easier to use.

None of the updates, however, detracts from Subaru's simple and functional approach for the eminently practical, five-seat Forester.

And fuel economy rated at 24 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on highways makes the Forester eighth-best among gasoline-powered, non-hybrid 2016 compact SUVs.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:56:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Day care owner charged in death of 2-year-old in hot car]]> http://gazette.com/day-care-owner-charged-in-death-of-2-year-old-in-hot-car/article/feed/342387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/day-care-owner-charged-in-death-of-2-year-old-in-hot-car/article/feed/342387?custom_click=rss LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owner of a Louisville day care facility has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy who was left inside a hot car for hours.

Media report 70-year-old Jacquelin O. Thomas is being held on $100,000 bond and is due back in court May 9. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Louisville police say Thomas picked up LaVontae Swain on the morning of April 18. A Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigation found that the boy was discovered unresponsive that afternoon when she picked up other children from an elementary school.

Cabinet investigators said Thomas told them she forgot about the boy.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:42:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Mark Phelan: Challenges loom as Hyundai launches luxury brand]]> http://gazette.com/mark-phelan-challenges-loom-as-hyundai-launches-luxury-brand/article/1574188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mark-phelan-challenges-loom-as-hyundai-launches-luxury-brand/article/1574188?custom_click=rss

Korean automaker Hyundai has been one of the auto industry’s success stories for years but it faces new challenges going forward. It will launch a new luxury brand called Genesis this year, but the core Hyundai brand is playing shorthanded in the booming U.S. truck market, and Hyundai dealers have little experience with demanding luxury buyers.

“Hyundai sales are underperforming the market, and their transaction prices are lower than the rest of the industry,” Autotrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs said. “They need a luxury brand and more trucks and SUVs to address that, but establishing a new luxury brand is extremely difficult and expensive.”

The core Hyundai brand’s U.S. market share



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