<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:29:56 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Stocks sink early on Washington worries before paring losses]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-sink-early-on-washington-worries-before-paring-losses/article/feed/451850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-sink-early-on-washington-worries-before-paring-losses/article/feed/451850?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries that Washington may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought knocked stock indexes down hard early Monday, but they clawed back most of their losses and ended the day mixed.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.39 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,341.59 for its seventh drop in the last eight days. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 45.74, or 0.2 percent, to 20,550.98, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 11.64, or 0.2 percent, to 5,840.37.

When trading opened for the day, it looked as if losses would be much worse. The S&P 500 sank from the start and was down as much as 0.9 percent.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:44 -0600 <![CDATA[US gas prices down a penny over 2 weeks, to $2.34 a gallon]]> http://gazette.com/us-gas-prices-down-a-penny-over-2-weeks-to-2.34-a-gallon/article/feed/451775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-gas-prices-down-a-penny-over-2-weeks-to-2.34-a-gallon/article/feed/451775?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dipped about a penny nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.34.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price drop comes as crude oil prices also slipped during the same period.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.01 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.01 per gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.57, also down one cent.

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]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:13:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Self-driving Uber SUV struck during Arizona accident]]> http://gazette.com/self-driving-uber-suv-struck-during-arizona-accident/article/feed/451709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/self-driving-uber-suv-struck-during-arizona-accident/article/feed/451709?custom_click=rss TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles.

No one was seriously injured. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates.

Police in Tempe say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other car who didn't yield was cited for a moving violation after the Friday night crash.

An Uber statement Saturday says there were no passengers in the self-driving Volvo SUV at the time of the crash but there were two operators in the front.

Police say the Uber rolled over onto its side as a result of the collision.

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]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:26:37 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-air-regulators-keep-fuel-standards/article/feed/451649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-california-air-regulators-keep-fuel-standards/article/feed/451649?custom_click=rss RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's car-emission standards (all times local):

2:18 p.m.

California air regulators have voted to keep the state's tougher car-emissions standards through 2025 and further expand the market for zero-emission vehicles in the years ahead.

The state's Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025.

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration also recently came out in support of these standards, President Donald Trump recently said he wants to re-examine the rules governing gas mileage.

Standards require new cars and trucks to average 36 miles per gallon in

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Nissan declines talks with union after Mississippi rally]]> http://gazette.com/nissan-declines-talks-with-union-after-mississippi-rally/article/feed/451508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nissan-declines-talks-with-union-after-mississippi-rally/article/feed/451508?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. has declined to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant after a March 4 pro-union rally headlined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

A March 14 letter from Nissan executive Scott Becker to the United Auto Workers union declines to address demands presented after a March 4 pro-union rally. Among other things, the union had demanded that Nissan discuss a neutrality agreement with the UAW covering an employee vote on union representation. Becker described claims that Nissan is improperly intimidating pro-union workers as "categorically false."

"It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan's manufacturing plant in

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:17:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Fact sheet: 2017 Kia Forte EX]]> http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-kia-forte-ex/article/feed/451303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2017-kia-forte-ex/article/feed/451303?custom_click=rss 2017 Kia Forte EX

BASE PRICE: $16,600 for LX manual; $17,600 for LX automatic; $19,300 for S; $21,300 for EX.

PRICE AS TESTED: $26,685.

TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, compact sedan.

ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, gasoline direct injection four cylinder with D-CVVT.

MILEAGE: 25 mpg (city), 33 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 179.5 inches.

WHEELBASE: 106.3 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 2,908 pounds.

BUILT AT: Mexico.

OPTIONS: Premium Plus package (includes navigation system, forward collision warning system, ventilated front seats, power sunroof, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection, lane keep assist) $4,490.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $89

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:41:27 -0600 <![CDATA[2017 Kia Forte sedan is updated, retains value for money]]> http://gazette.com/2017-kia-forte-sedan-is-updated-retains-value-for-money/article/feed/451304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2017-kia-forte-sedan-is-updated-retains-value-for-money/article/feed/451304?custom_click=rss Kia's compact Forte sedan retains its value-for-the-money status for 2017 while adding refined new styling, upgraded seat fabric, more features and a new, fuel-efficient engine.

Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, four-door Forte with automatic transmission is $18,495. That's only $55 more than the comparable 2016 Forte and includes heated outside mirrors; Bluetooth, hands-free phone connectivity; keyless remote entry; power windows; doors and outside mirrors; outside temperature display; and a trunk that rivals that of some mid-size sedans.

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:41:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Asia shares sink as investors fret over Trump reform outlook]]> http://gazette.com/asia-shares-sink-as-investors-fret-over-trump-reform-outlook/article/feed/451132?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asia-shares-sink-as-investors-fret-over-trump-reform-outlook/article/feed/451132?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shares fell in Asia early Wednesday after U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in five months. The sell-off overnight on Wall Street was spurred by obstacles to a health care bill backed by President Donald Trump that also raised questions over prospects for his agenda of boosting growth by cutting taxes and regulations.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index fell 2 percent to 19,071.35 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 1.2 percent to 24,306.52. Australia's S&P ASX 200 lost 1.5 percent to 5,685.60. South Korea's Kospi lost 0.9 percent to 2,159.75 and the Shanghai Composite index fell 0.3 percent to 3,250.61.

ROUT ON WALL STREET: Banks plunged as bond yields continued to fall, which will

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]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:46:55 -0600 <![CDATA[BMW expects higher profits and more electric cars]]> http://gazette.com/bmw-expects-higher-profits-and-more-electric-cars/article/feed/451110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bmw-expects-higher-profits-and-more-electric-cars/article/feed/451110?custom_click=rss

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW is forecasting increased sales and profits this year as it begins the rollout of some 40 new models and aims to sell 100,000 electric-powered cars.

The company said Tuesday it expects "a slight increase" from last year, when it had 94.2 billion euros ($101.7 billion) in revenues and net profit of 6.9 billion euros. It sold 62,000 electrics.

Munich-based BMW AG has invested heavily in electric vehicles even though they remain less than 1 percent of the global market, saying they're the key to future sales. The company predicts electric vehicles will be 15-25 percent of the market by 2025.

CEO Harald Krueger said at the company's annual news conference that that "our goal i

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]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:55:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Dealer of high-end used cars sold fake warranties]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-dealer-of-high-end-used-cars-sold-fake-warranties/article/feed/451031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-dealer-of-high-end-used-cars-sold-fake-warranties/article/feed/451031?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawsuit claims that a New Jersey-based auto dealer that specializes in high-end used cars sold customers warranties that did not exist and pocketed the thousands of dollars customers paid for them.

Lawyer Susan Chana Lask says her clients are seeking more than $5 million from Richard Catena Auto Wholesalers. The lawsuit was filed March 10 in federal court and seeks class-action status.

The suit alleges that the firm and its employees pushed and sold the warranties to unsuspecting car buyers for years. Some customers claim they only learned the warranties were no good when they tried to use them after their vehicles developed problems.

A telephone message seeking comment from the auto dealer wasn

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:36:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Court turns down challenges to EPA plan for coal-fired plant]]> http://gazette.com/court-turns-down-challenges-to-epa-plan-for-coal-fired-plant/article/feed/451023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/court-turns-down-challenges-to-epa-plan-for-coal-fired-plant/article/feed/451023?custom_click=rss PHOENIX (AP) — A federal court has denied two legal challenges to federal clean-air regulators' plan for reducing haze by limiting emissions from the Navajo Generating station, a coal-fired plant in northern Arizona.

Rulings Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turn down challenges filed by the Hopi Tribe and by environmental and conservation groups.

One ruling said the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in setting limits on nitrous oxide emissions. The second said the agency adequately consulted with the Hopi Tribe during the agency's rulemaking process and didn't have to consider certain technology matters.

The plant's owners announced in February they plan to close it in December 2019 when

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:52:20 -0600 <![CDATA[French emissions probe clears Opel; others accused of fraud]]> http://gazette.com/french-emissions-probe-clears-opel-others-accused-of-fraud/article/feed/450948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-emissions-probe-clears-opel-others-accused-of-fraud/article/feed/450948?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel vehicles.

The Finance Ministry announced in a statement Monday that its consumer fraud agency has closed its investigation into Opel, having found no "facts constituting an infraction of fraud."

The ministry said the agency, DGCCRF, has handed documents to French courts in recent months showing "evidence of fraud" in emissions controls concerning Volkswagen, Renault, Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen. The ministry did not specify whether investigators found cheating software, or so-called defeat devices, to trick emissions te

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:43:58 -0600 <![CDATA[President of embattled Uber leaves after 6 months on job]]> http://gazette.com/president-of-embattled-uber-leaves-after-6-months-on-job/article/feed/450930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/president-of-embattled-uber-leaves-after-6-months-on-job/article/feed/450930?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.

In a brief statement, Uber didn't say why Jones left. "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," it said.

Jones told the tech blog Recode, which first reported his resignation, that his values didn't align with Uber's.

"The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business," he said in a statement.

Jones is the latest of several high-level executives to leave the San

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]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 01:46:14 -0600 <![CDATA[13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India riots]]> http://gazette.com/13-autoworkers-get-life-in-prison-for-2012-india-riots/article/feed/450872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/13-autoworkers-get-life-in-prison-for-2012-india-riots/article/feed/450872?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — A court in northern India has sentenced 13 factory workers to life imprisonment for taking part in violence at the country's largest automobile factory that led to the death of a manager nearly five years ago.

Four other workers were sentenced to five years in prison for the rioting that broke out at the Maruti Suzuki manufacturing unit in Manesar in Haryana state in July 2012 following a dispute between workers and management at the factory.

The subsidiary of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. operates two factories in India.

A day after the violence erupted, the body of human resources manager Awanish Kumar Dev was found badly charred in a conference room.

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]]> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:39:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Top Kansas court clears way for new coal-fired power plant]]> http://gazette.com/top-kansas-court-clears-way-for-new-coal-fired-power-plant/article/feed/450731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-kansas-court-clears-way-for-new-coal-fired-power-plant/article/feed/450731?custom_click=rss TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday cleared a major obstacle to the long-delayed construction of a big, new coal-fired power plant, rejecting an effort by an environment group to force the state to regulate emissions linked to climate change.

The state Supreme Court upheld a 2014 decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to give Sunflower Electric Power Corp. the go-ahead for its project. The utility wants to build an 895-megawatt plant adjacent to an existing one outside Holcomb, in southwestern Kansas and estimates the cost at $2.2 billion.

The Sierra Club sued, partly because the department didn't impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from the new plant.

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