<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Thu, 26 May 2016 14:41:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts]]> http://gazette.com/at-un-climate-talks-some-worry-about-brexit-trump-impacts/article/feed/354266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-un-climate-talks-some-worry-about-brexit-trump-impacts/article/feed/354266?custom_click=rss BONN, Germany (AP) — Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year's landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain.

Britons will decide next month whether to remain in the European Union while Americans will elect a new president in November.

The 28-member EU has vowed to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990, but it's unclear what happens to that target if Britain, the bloc's second biggest emitter, leaves the EU.

"I'm sure there will be some parties saying 'without the UK can we still reach the at least 40 percent?'" Netherlands climate envoy Michel Rentenaar said at

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 15:22:25 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: EDF staff join French labor protests]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-edf-staff-join-french-labor-protests/article/feed/353997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-edf-staff-join-french-labor-protests/article/feed/353997?custom_click=rss

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — The Latest on French labor dispute (all times local):

8 p.m.

France's public electricity provider EDF says that nearly 15 percent of its national workforce has taken part in a strike to demand that the government scrap a labor bill.

EDF spokeswoman Geraldine Foucher said that staff from its nuclear, hydraulic and thermal divisions, as well as engineers and administrators, participated in Thursday's day of action.

EDF employs some 120,000 people in France.

Foucher tried to allay fears over several nuclear power stations that the strikes hit, saying that there's always a "minimal team" present to maintain the sites' safe operation.

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 13:08:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Takata taps financial adviser as recall costs mount]]> http://gazette.com/takata-taps-financial-adviser-as-recall-costs-mount/article/feed/353925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/takata-taps-financial-adviser-as-recall-costs-mount/article/feed/353925?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Faced with mounting costs from a global recall of air bags, Japanese supplier Takata Corp. has hired the advisory firm Lazard to engineer a restructuring of its finances, likely with the help of some of its biggest customers.

Takata air bags can deploy with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Authorities in Malaysia have begun an investigation into two more recent deaths.

Takata recently agreed to recall an additional 40 million air bag inflators in the U.S. Globally, Takata may be forced to recall more than 100 million inflators and analysts estimate the cost of making replacement parts could total tens of billions

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:29:13 -0600 <![CDATA[All the exotic cars parked in the Dubai police's garage]]> http://gazette.com/all-the-exotic-cars-parked-in-the-dubai-polices-garage/article/feed/353976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-the-exotic-cars-parked-in-the-dubai-polices-garage/article/feed/353976?custom_click=rss

The Dubai police have built up a high-horsepower arsenal of luxury sports cars and SUVs over the years to complement their fleet of green-and-white patrol cruisers.

A list of all models of exotic cars the police either have in their garage or cruising the streets of this desert metropolis:

— Aston Martin One-77;

— Audi R8;

— Bentley Continental GT;

— BMW i8;

— BMW M6;

— Brabus Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG;

— Bugatti Veyron;

— Chevrolet Camaro;

— Ferrari FF;

— Ford Mustang customized by Roush Performance;

— Lamborghini Aventador;

— Lexus RC F;

— McLaren MP4-12C;

— Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG;

— Nissan GT-R; and a

— Pors

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 01:11:32 -0600 <![CDATA[In image-conscious Dubai, even police patrol in luxury cars]]> http://gazette.com/in-image-conscious-dubai-even-police-patrol-in-luxury-cars/article/feed/353975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-image-conscious-dubai-even-police-patrol-in-luxury-cars/article/feed/353975?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Image is everything in Dubai — even when fighting crime.

Police in this desert metropolis have built up a high-horsepower arsenal of luxury sports cars and SUVs over the years to complement their fleet of green-and-white patrol cruisers.

The high-end squad cars fit into the greater gearhead ethos of Dubai, where fire-engine red Ferraris growl at stoplights and convertible Rolls Royces prowl the boulevard ringing the world's tallest building.

Lamborghinis also glisten through the glass of a massive new showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road, the country's longest thoroughfare that is a dozen lanes at its widest when cutting through Dubai.

But don't expect their Lamborghini Aventador to

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 01:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Demand plummets for California pollution credits]]> http://gazette.com/demand-plummets-for-california-pollution-credits/article/feed/353901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/demand-plummets-for-california-pollution-credits/article/feed/353901?custom_click=rss SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed to fund the initiative.

Only about a tenth of the available pollution credits were sold in an auction last week, according to results released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says revenue from the program was $600 million short of the $2.4 billion anticipated in the current fiscal year.

Gov. Jerry Brown built a cushion in his budget proposal, but the shortfall will still force the Democratic governor and state lawmakers to scale back their ambitions for the money.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 19:51:55 -0600 <![CDATA[US Army to test driverless vehicle technology in Michigan]]> http://gazette.com/us-army-to-test-driverless-vehicle-technology-in-michigan/article/feed/353597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-army-to-test-driverless-vehicle-technology-in-michigan/article/feed/353597?custom_click=rss LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A convoy of U.S. Army vehicles will cruise along a stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held public information sessions on the testing Monday in eastern Michigan.

In late June, the vehicles will test a piece of technology that's critical in the development and testing of driverless and connected vehicles, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:16:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Fact sheet: 2016 Buick Encore AWD Sport Touring]]> http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2016-buick-encore-awd-sport-touring/article/feed/353716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fact-sheet-2016-buick-encore-awd-sport-touring/article/feed/353716?custom_click=rss

2016 Buick Encore AWD Sport Touring

BASE PRICE: $24,065 for base FWD model; $25,565 for base AWD; $26,355 for FWD Convenience model; $27,350 for FWD Sport Touring; $27,855 for AWD Convenience; $28,850 for AWD Sport Touring.

PRICE AS TESTED: $31,070.

TYPE: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger, subcompact SUV.

ENGINE: 1.4-liter, dual overhead cam, turbocharged, direct-injected, Ecotec four-cylinder.

MILEAGE: 23 mpg (city), 30 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 168.4 inches.

WHEELBASE: 100.6 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 3,358 pounds.

BUILT AT: South Korea.

OPTIONS: Power moonroof $900; Quicksilver metallic exterior paint $395.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $925.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:55:03 -0600 <![CDATA[2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring adds new turbo engine]]> http://gazette.com/2016-buick-encore-sport-touring-adds-new-turbo-engine/article/feed/353717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2016-buick-encore-sport-touring-adds-new-turbo-engine/article/feed/353717?custom_click=rss

The hot-selling Buick Encore has a new, peppier model for 2016 that makes the affordably priced, easy to maneuver and surprisingly refined SUV even more appealing.

The new 153-horsepower 2016 Encore Sport Touring joins all Encore models in providing the first two scheduled maintenance visits to the dealership for free during the first two years/24,000 miles. Plus, warranty coverage on the powertrain, which can typically entail the most expensive repair costs on a vehicle, lasts for six years or 70,000 miles.

The Encore also earned five out of five stars in frontal and side crash testing by the federal government, and Consumer Reports lists Encore reliability as 66 percent above average.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Google self-driving car project opening Michigan tech center]]> http://gazette.com/google-self-driving-car-project-opening-michigan-tech-center/article/feed/353676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/google-self-driving-car-project-opening-michigan-tech-center/article/feed/353676?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car project is heading to the Motor City.

Google said Wednesday it's opening a self-driving technology development center in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

The company isn't yet saying how many people will be employed at the 53,000-square-foot facility. Workers will be moving in throughout this year.

Silicon Valley-based Google says having a facility in Michigan will help it access top talent in vehicle development and engineering.

This isn't Google's first brush with Detroit. It has had self-driving car employees in the area for several years, and a Detroit-area supplier makes Google's self-driving pods.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:47:47 -0600 <![CDATA[State continuing its review of proposed Allstate rate hike]]> http://gazette.com/state-continuing-its-review-of-proposed-allstate-rate-hike/article/feed/353501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-continuing-its-review-of-proposed-allstate-rate-hike/article/feed/353501?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — State regulators say they're continuing to review a plan by Allstate to raise auto insurance rates for Georgia drivers.

State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has asked an actuarial firm to examine Allstate's rate increase request. Officials said Tuesday that the proposal remains under review.

Last month Hudgens issued a rare "consumer alert" after Allstate Insurance filed its plan to raise rates. Hudgens has said that he's concerned about the rate increase, and that his office is evaluating whether the planned rate increase is legally excessive.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 06:04:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Toyota to expand in Malaysia with $488 million plant]]> http://gazette.com/toyota-to-expand-in-malaysia-with-488-million-plant/article/feed/353431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toyota-to-expand-in-malaysia-with-488-million-plant/article/feed/353431?custom_click=rss KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will build a second factory in Malaysia as part of expansion to meet rising local demand.

The new 2 billion ringgit ($488 million) plant will be built by Toyota and its local partner, UMW Corp. Toyota said that the plant, to be built in the central state of Selangor, will have an initial capacity of around 50,000 units a year.

The plant is expected to begin operations in early 2019 and will help double Toyota's production volume in Malaysia to around 100,000 units a year, said Akio Takeyama, deputy chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.

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]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 02:23:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Vallejo unveils plans for electric car plant at ex-shipyard]]> http://gazette.com/vallejo-unveils-plans-for-electric-car-plant-at-ex-shipyard/article/feed/353201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vallejo-unveils-plans-for-electric-car-plant-at-ex-shipyard/article/feed/353201?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of Vallejo, which emerged from bankruptcy five years ago, is poised to get a big economic boost as plans to build a major plant for electric cars are rolling forward, officials said Tuesday.

City leaders later this month will consider and vote on an exclusive negotiating agreement with Faraday Future for a 150-acre plant on the north end of Mare Island, a former U.S. Navy shipyard.

"When we first started marketing this property, our first objective was good-paying jobs with green technology and an employer willing and able to make the necessary investment," Mayor Osby Davis said. "Faraday Future and its plans to make Vallejo its second manufacturing site and bring green technology to Mare Islan

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 21:20:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexico City issues 6th smog alert but lifts it after rain]]> http://gazette.com/mexico-city-issues-6th-smog-alert-but-lifts-it-after-rain/article/feed/353290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexico-city-issues-6th-smog-alert-but-lifts-it-after-rain/article/feed/353290?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital.

Such alerts automatically double from 20 percent to 40 percent the proportion of vehicles not allowed to circulate on a weekday. Normally one-fifth of the vehicles in the city and surrounding suburbs must stay at home each weekday, determined by license plate numbers.

The latest alert was declared Tuesday afternoon after ozone levels rose above 150 percent of acceptable limits. It also restricted activity at some gas stations and factories and banned the burning of solid or liquid materials.

Authorities suspended the alert

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]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 21:17:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Lowrider car culture takes summer spotlight in New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/lowrider-car-culture-takes-summer-spotlight-in-new-mexico/article/feed/353068?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lowrider-car-culture-takes-summer-spotlight-in-new-mexico/article/feed/353068?custom_click=rss

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Those classic cars called lowriders are the focus of a summer celebration in Santa Fe.

The spotlight on lowrider culture includes exhibitions at the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

The low-to-the ground cars are decked out with hydraulics, chrome and candy-colored paint jobs. The celebration kicked off Sunday when more than 100 lowriders cruised into one of the state's most historic plazas in the heart of Santa Fe.

Lowriders have become fixtures across the Southwest. There are some similarities with the cars that cruise the streets in California and Texas, but there are also differences with the culture that has been thriving for decades in New Mexico.

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