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The plethora of car dealers

December 3, 2008
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Open a local phone book or punch in a Google search on car dealers, and itâ??s immediately apparent Detroit companies have many, many more dealers than their foreign competitors. Chevrolet and Ford, for instance, each have more than a dozen dealers...
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Indiana-made vehicles unsafe?

November 25, 2008
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More than half the cars, vans, pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles assembled in Indiana failed to make the Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyâ??s latest list of safest vehicles. Making the list are the Subaru Legacy and Tribeca, assembled in...
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Bail out Detroit?

November 17, 2008
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Two schools of thought are emerging over the proposed bailout of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. One is that the auto industry is too big to fail. Itâ??s not just because of the manufacturing operations and all the suppliers...
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The future of Chrysler

October 22, 2008
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The latest unnamed source to discuss the future of Chrysler raises the possibility of the company being sold off in pieces. This, after it became public that General Motors is interested in Chrysler to snag desperately needed cash. Nissan...
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Bailing out Detroit carmakers

September 10, 2008
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Executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are optimistic about their chances of getting inexpensive federal loans to help tide them through the credit crunch and sales downturn. The discussions, which have come to light in recent weeks, have the execs...
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Great mileage, bad wrecks

August 28, 2008
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Small, fuel-efficient cars are in and big, thirsty vehicles are out. But as consumers try to save money on gas, their odds of getting hurt increase, the Insurance Research Council warned today. The Pennsylvania organization, which researches the property and casualty...
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Hummer buyers are back

July 29, 2008
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Gas prices have been up for quite a while now, so are buyers of the H2 Hummer, the king of sport-utility vehicles, pulling back? Not as much as one might think, says Corey Lockhart, Hummer general manager at Lockhart Hummer in...
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Beware of buying 'flood' cars

July 18, 2008
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More than a month has passed since the June 7 floods inundated much of southern Indiana, plenty of time for unsuspecting consumers to buy once-soggy vehicles. The flooding was a drop in the bucket compared to what hit New Orleans and...
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Michigan's pain, Indiana's gain

July 2, 2008
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Detroit keeps turning out bad news, what with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share and Volkswagenâ??s announcement last fall that it would abandon the city and move its U.S. headquarters to Virginia. Now Volkswagen is days away from unveiling...
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Expert: 75 mph might be safe

June 24, 2008
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A Purdue University civil engineering professor made news this week by rolling out a study showing the new 70 mph speed limit on rural interstates in Indiana caused virtually no increase in fatalities or injuries. The study was prompted by the...
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Etiquette for high gas prices

June 2, 2008
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It seems like more people are driving below the speed limit now that gas has become expensive. Particularly on interstates, it isnâ??t uncommon to come upon congestion only to realize that somebody, for no apparent reason, is puttering along and holding...
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Gas edges past $4 in N. Indiana

May 14, 2008
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Gas is over $4 in northwest Indiana, according to http://www.indianagasprices.com/. In some places, itâ??s up to $4.09. How long until it hits $4 in the Indianapolis area, and how high will it go?
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Debating the toll road lease

April 16, 2008
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As expected, Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are making Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? lease of the Indiana Toll Road an issue in their campaign for the Democratic nomination to face him in November. Both Democratic candidates have said they oppose his...
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Misery all around with gas prices

April 14, 2008
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Rising gas prices keeps making news. Independent truckers complain that expensive diesel fuel could force them out of business. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says gas prices and economic uncertainty are hurting sales. RV sales were off nearly 10 percent...
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Trucks and broken windshields

April 4, 2008
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Who among us hasnâ??t followed a truck only to watch a rock zing off our windshield. Then you notice a sign on the back of the truck saying the likes of â??Stay back 500 feet. Not responsible for broken windshields.â?? The...
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Cheaper Beemers?

March 10, 2008
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BMW said today it will expand its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., to make the X3 and X5 sport-utility vehicles. Another model destined for the plant is the X6 coupe. The cost of imports has risen as the value of the...
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Did court split the baby?

February 29, 2008
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If your friend or relative is hurt in a car accident, but you werenâ??t involved in the accident, is an insurance company obligated to pay you damages for emotional distress? Until this week, the answer was yes. The Indiana Supreme Court More

Lucy, footballs and General Motors

February 6, 2008
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For a long time, General Motors has told us its newest model would drive back the Germans, Japanese and more lately the Koreans. Those who believed, of course, must feel like Charlie Brown after Lucy yanks away the football. Now GM is getting...
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Bud Wolf Chevrolet a goner

January 16, 2008
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The Wolf family has thrown in the towel on its Chevrolet dealership at 5350 N. Keystone Ave. One of the owners, Andy Wolf, says the closing was forced because property tax increases shocked customers into pulling back from spending. Another reason...
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Toyota's quality problems

January 11, 2008
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The luster on Toyotaâ??s reputation for putting out highly reliable vehicles is beginning to tarnish. The Japanese carmaker is taking it on the chin for a series of quality issues, and the Tundra full-size pickup truck made near Evansville is causing...
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