<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:48:57 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How shutdown affects key parts of federal government]]> http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-shutdown-affects-key-parts-of-federal-government/article/feed/531355?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.

The longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Republicans and Democrats share the blame.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:42:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts]]> http://gazette.com/small-town-budgets-hurting-from-loss-of-mini-walmarts/article/feed/531088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-town-budgets-hurting-from-loss-of-mini-walmarts/article/feed/531088?custom_click=rss

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Arkansas-based Walmart's closing of its Express stores in small towns across the Midwest and South has affected basic government services from police protection to parks.

Luther, Oklahoma had to postpone the purchase two new police cars. In Nettleton, Mississippi, plans to improve sewer and water services and city parks were shelved.

Losses were somewhat offset when Dollar General purchased and re-opened the stores, but the Dollar General stores are generating less revenue without the pharmacies Walmart offered that help attract customers.

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]]> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:46:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/22010?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/22010?custom_click=rss ___

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

PARIS (AP) — A global energy agency says that U.S. oil production is growing quickly and is forecast to top that of heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Russia this year. The International Energy Agency says in its monthly market report that U.S. oil production, which has already risen to its highest level in nearly 50 years, will push past 10 million barrels a day as higher prices entice more producers to start pumping.


Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

DETROIT (AP) — For 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be trial runs for other opportunities.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:33:57 -0700 <![CDATA[US stocks close higher as market sets latest record high]]> http://gazette.com/us-stocks-close-higher-as-market-sets-latest-record-high/article/feed/530942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stocks-close-higher-as-market-sets-latest-record-high/article/feed/530942?custom_click=rss

Investors shrugged off the potential for a federal government shutdown Friday, driving U.S. stocks higher and setting new milestones for several of the indexes.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index, Nasdaq composite and Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks finished at record highs as the market bounced back from modest losses a day earlier. The S&P 500 has now posted a weekly gain in nine of the last 10 weeks.

Retailers, banks and consumer goods companies accounted for much of the latest gains. Energy stocks fell along with crude oil prices. Utilities also declined as bond yields edged up to their highest level in more than three years.

The market rally suggested that the possibility of a federal government shutdown

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:12:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Correction: Uber-Autonomous Vehicles story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-uber-autonomous-vehicles-story/article/feed/530464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-uber-autonomous-vehicles-story/article/feed/530464?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about autonomous vehicles, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from Uber, reported erroneously that the company has test vehicles carrying passengers with human backup drivers in Toronto and San Francisco. The company is testing autonomous vehicles in both cities but is not carrying passengers.

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<![CDATA[France: Unions approve 1,300 job cuts at Peugeot maker PSA]]> http://gazette.com/france-unions-approve-1300-job-cuts-at-peugeot-maker-psa/article/feed/530834?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/france-unions-approve-1300-job-cuts-at-peugeot-maker-psa/article/feed/530834?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Five of six unions at PSA signed the deal with company management Friday.

Hard-left union CGT refused to sign, arguing it is a veiled way to get rid of older workers and shut down factories even as the company is expanding and turning profits.

It's the biggest jobs deal so far resulting from Macron's first wave of labor reforms. The changes include a measure that came into effect this month allowing companies to negotiate mass departures.

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]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:58:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Wind power leader denies spying on Oklahoma state lawmaker]]> http://gazette.com/wind-power-leader-denies-spying-on-oklahoma-state-lawmaker/article/feed/530602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wind-power-leader-denies-spying-on-oklahoma-state-lawmaker/article/feed/530602?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of an Oklahoma wind power trade group on Thursday flatly denied a state lawmaker's suggestion to police that someone connected to the industry put a tracking device on his truck to spy on him.

Oklahoma Wind Coalition Executive Director Mark Yates said in a statement that wind industry representatives are not involved in spying on Republican Rep. Mark McBride of Moore.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater are investigating after McBride found the device Dec 4. When police arrived to investigate, McBride suggested someone connected to the wind industry may have been spying on him. He said he was writing legislation that could negatively aff

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]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:24:59 -0700 <![CDATA[14 automakers list more models in Takata recall]]> http://gazette.com/14-automakers-list-more-models-in-takata-recall/article/feed/530462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/14-automakers-list-more-models-in-takata-recall/article/feed/530462?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

Documents posted Thursday by the government include models from Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their models last week.

In December Takata recalled an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expanded the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Models released Thursday are equipped with those inflators.

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]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:52:48 -0700 <![CDATA[France's PSA Group to offer 40 electric vehicles by 2025]]> http://gazette.com/frances-psa-group-to-offer-40-electric-vehicles-by-2025/article/feed/530463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/frances-psa-group-to-offer-40-electric-vehicles-by-2025/article/feed/530463?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The CEO of France-based automaker PSA Group says it will offer 40 electric models across its lineup by 2025, and it plans to sell vehicles in the U.S. within 10 years.

Carlos Tavares tells an auto industry conference in Detroit that PSA already offers mobility services in the U.S. It will use those to learn the market and return to U.S. sales by 2026.

Tavares wouldn't say exactly when the company that makes Peugeot and Citroen vehicles will start U.S. sales or which brand it will offer.

PSA bought the Opel and Vauxhall brands from General Motors last year. Tavares says the Opel brand will develop products for the U.S.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:22:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Death in Florida was 21st caused by Takata air bags]]> http://gazette.com/death-in-florida-was-21st-caused-by-takata-air-bags/article/feed/528895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/death-in-florida-was-21st-caused-by-takata-air-bags/article/feed/528895?custom_click=rss Florida officials confirmed Wednesday that 34-year-old Nichol Barker was at least the 21st person to die worldwide due to exploding Takata air bag inflators. She was involved in a relatively minor crash in July but died of a head wound caused by shrapnel that shot out of her 2002 Honda Accord's air bag. Nineteen auto and truck makers are recalling up to 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. The deaths have occurred since May 2009:

— May 27, 2009: Ashley Parham, 18, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, 2001 Honda Accord

— Dec. 24, 2009: Gurjit Rathore, 33, of Richmond, Virginia, 2001 Honda Accord

— Sept.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:18:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Volkswagen sells record 10.74 million vehicles in 2017]]> http://gazette.com/volkswagen-sells-record-10.74-million-vehicles-in-2017/article/feed/530357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volkswagen-sells-record-10.74-million-vehicles-in-2017/article/feed/530357?custom_click=rss

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen had record sales of 10.74 million vehicles last year, but its bid to remain the world's largest carmaker was disputed by rival Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Volkswagen's sales rose 4.3 percent from 10.30 million in 2016, when the company passed Japan's Toyota to become the globe's largest auto producer for that year.

The figures show the Wolfsburg-based company continuing its effort to move past a scandal that broke in September 2015 over cars it had rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. Sales last year were boosted by a strong December, when sales rose 8.5 percent. For the year, the company saw big jumps in Russia and Brazil, and significant gains in China and the Uni

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:42:22 -0700 <![CDATA[European car sales at highest level in 10 years]]> http://gazette.com/european-car-sales-at-highest-level-in-10-years/article/feed/530363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/european-car-sales-at-highest-level-in-10-years/article/feed/530363?custom_click=rss

MILAN (AP) — Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday.

Registrations of new cars were up 3.4 percent from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to the highest level since before a record-long six-year slump started in 2007.

Most major carmakers registered gains, as did four of the top five markets. Only Britain shrank, ceding 6-percent of the market on the heels of the vote to leave the European Union.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:28:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars]]> http://gazette.com/optimism-in-iraq-fuels-revived-interest-in-classic-cars/article/feed/530345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/optimism-in-iraq-fuels-revived-interest-in-classic-cars/article/feed/530345?custom_click=rss

BAGHDAD (AP) — When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.

When he saw that it had only suffered light damage from a mortar shell that landed nearby, he was overjoyed. "I had an unspeakable feeling, I sighed in relief when saw it," he said.

He spent 10 days carrying out his own repairs and then drove it all the way back to Baghdad, a 13-hour journey that would have taken four in a modern car. "When I reached Baghdad," he said, "people were stopping me in the streets to take pictures and videos. It was like a dream to me and to the people.

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:55:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Edmunds: Before buying used car, consider luxury alternative]]> http://gazette.com/edmunds-before-buying-used-car-consider-luxury-alternative/article/feed/530367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/edmunds-before-buying-used-car-consider-luxury-alternative/article/feed/530367?custom_click=rss Most car shoppers know that a used car can be a fantastic value. In the long run, a used car will usually cost less than a new one, and it will virtually always be cheaper than leasing a car every three years.

As practical as it is to buy a used car, it can also present an opportunity to get a little fancy. This is where "cousin cars" come in.

Cousin cars are vehicles that are produced by one parent company and offered in two versions: one for the luxury buyers and the other for the masses. But because luxury vehicles tend to depreciate more quickly than everyday cars, the price difference often narrows as the cars age. The upshot is that if you shop for an upscale used cousin car, it is often possible to get it for a price t

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]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:11:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on]]> http://gazette.com/autonomous-cars-loom-but-the-detroit-auto-show-goes-on/article/feed/530307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/autonomous-cars-loom-but-the-detroit-auto-show-goes-on/article/feed/530307?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opened to the press this week with one big question hanging in the air: How will autonomous vehicles change the industry?

The answer is still unclear. In the meantime, automakers continue to put out new vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including small cars, SUVs and the all-mighty pickup truck, which dominated the show.

All will be on display when the show opens to the public Saturday, with a charity preview on Friday night.

Here are five things we learned from the preview this week:


Pickups are the most popular vehicles in the U.S., and trucks unveiled at the show make clear that will continue for a long time.

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