Automotive

Car guy falls in love with Tesla after visiting new local dealership—and taking a drive

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The new electric-powered Tesla Model S corners a lot like a Lamborghini and has more than twice the range of a Nissan Leaf.
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More than 300,000 seek Indiana BMV refunds

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
A recent court settlement makes more than 4.5 million Hoosier drivers eligible for refunds of $3.50 to $15 each.
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Tim Solso took unlikely path to GM chair

December 21, 2013
Greg Andrews
Only 18 months after becoming a director, Solso is preparing to slide into a much bigger job in January—non-executive chairman of the Detroit company.
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Therapist helps seniors, families decide when to relinquish keys

December 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Laura Noblitt is a Zionsville-based occupational therapist with 25 years of experience in geriatric rehabilitation. She has spent half a decade riding shotgun with elderly drivers in central Indiana, determining whether it’s safe for them to stay behind the wheel.
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Well-known auto dealer O'Brien dies at 82

December 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
In an auto-sales career spanning more than 50 years, Tom O'Brien built on a single dealership started by his father and created a multi-dealership business that today includes 16 family members.
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Private toll road investors shift financial risk to taxpayers

November 27, 2013
Bloomberg News
Companies that build private toll roads are pressing states, including Indiana, to assume more financial risk of traffic not meeting expectations, a change that benefits the operators while threatening to increase taxpayer costs.
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Car dealers curtail advertising boastsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Efforts by trade groups such as the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana—and, more formidably, a recent crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission—have discouraged the use of potentially misleading ads.
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KAR Auction Services riding the wave of auto recoveryRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Greg Andrews
Early investors in KAR Auction Services are looking savvy. Since November 2012, KAR shares have marched steadily higher, rising from $12.25 to nearly $29.
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PROXY CORNER: KAR Auction Services Inc.Restricted Content

September 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
KAR Auction Services Inc., 13085 Hamilton Crossing Blvd., Carmel 46032, is the holding company for ADESA Inc., which operates used-vehicle auctions at 67 locations; Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., which operates salvage auctions at 163 locations; and Automotive Finance Corp., which provides floorplan financing at 104 locations.
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Legislators collide over regional mass-transit plan

September 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
During a committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Brent Waltz and Rep. Ed DeLaney crossed swords on a proposal that included widening roads and reforming the IndyGo bus service.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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Commuters cope with downtown Indy highway project

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials say they didn't see problems any worse than anticipated Tuesday morning when commuters dealt with the closure of a key section of Interstates 65 and 70. But the afternoon could be a different story.
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Indianapolis luxury car drivers get from point A to point B in styleRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The working class has Fords and Chevys and Dodges. Many a tooth and velvet Elvis painting has been lost in disputes over which brand is best.
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Indianapolis-area luxury car statisticsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Which luxury brands are most popular locally? Where are they most concentrated? How many Teslas are registered? Read on.
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Public-transit guru Bingaman motors for private sector

July 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, will join architecture and engineering firm HNTB Indiana. He was one of the principal supporters of the mass-transit plan that stalled in the Statehouse this year.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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Taxi cab drivers file suit against Town of Speedway

July 1, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Speedway police improperly seized the licenses of as many as 80 cab drivers on the day of this year's Indianapolis 500, and later charged them $50 each for their return, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the town.
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Indiana presses ahead with I-69's next section

May 22, 2013
Associated Press
The company that will build the 21-mile Bloomington-to-Martinsville segment by upgrading existing State Road 37 will sign a public-private deal under which it will arrange its own financing to design and build that stretch.
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INDOT will build interchange at U.S. 31 and S.R. 28Restricted Content

May 18, 2013
Indiana is upgrading and bypassing congested sections of U.S. 31 near Kokomo, South Bend and Indianapolis. When completed, the projects are expected to remove 32 stoplights from the route, cutting a half hour off travel time.
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State unlikely to act on push for lower booze level for driving

May 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Federal officials are recommending that states reduce the amount of alcohol people can drink and still get behind the wheel. But a key state lawmaker says that's not likely to happen in Indiana.
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IUPUI students, faculty keep watch on parking issueRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Opponents of privatization fear trustees will take action on the controversial issue over the summer.
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Governor signs bill limiting specialty license plates

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
A plan overhauling Indiana's specialty auto license plate system and requiring all groups with plates to sell 500 a year has been signed into law.
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Senate budget expected to boost road funding

April 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local governments and road builders are optimistic that the Indiana Senate's version of the state budget, set to debut Thursday, will mirror the House's $500 million increase for road building.
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Mass-transit bill hits detour in Senate committee

April 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Members of the state's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted 12-0 on Tuesday morning to stall legislation that would give central Indiana voters the ability to choose if they want to pay higher taxes for expanded mass transit.
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Bloomington council OKs revised parking meter plan

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council voted 6-3 in favor of the downtown parking plan, which was revised following opposition from local business owners.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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