Automotive

Census: Hamilton County has high commuting rate

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that central Indiana's Hamilton County has one of the nation's highest ratios of residents who travel to another county for work.
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Penske takes over Hertz car rental locations in Indiana

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Michigan-based Penske Automotive Group Inc. has acquired 20 Hertz car rental outlets in Indiana and plans to add at least five locations.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Even salvage auto buyers now have an app to make purchases easierRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Bids have been taken via smart-phone applications for more than a year. Now a unit of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services has introduced an app to make paying easier.
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IPL to install charging stations for Indianapolis fleet

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. will install 26 vehicle-charging stations at three city locations to assist with Mayor Greg Ballard's goal of converting the city fleet to gas alternatives by 2025.
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Top senators eye state's sales tax for road needs

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers looking to plug a hole in state transportation spending are considering diverting the state's sales tax on gasoline to transportation.
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Mass transit group kicking off promotional campaign

January 10, 2013
Indy Connect, the local initiative supporting a $1.3 billion expansion of the transit system, plans to begin an advertising campaign for the proposal on Friday.
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500 Festival chief heading to AAA Hoosier Motor Club

January 2, 2013
Kirk Hendrix, who has served as president and CEO of the 500 Festival since 2003, is stepping down to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the club announced Wednesday.
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Report: Plug-in vehicles slow to spark interest in Indy

January 2, 2013
Dan Human
Plug-in electric vehicles, which are struggling to gain traction nationwide, have even less appeal in central Indiana than they do in most areas of the country, a new study says.
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UPDATE: Storm cancels Indy flights, triggers mall closings, snarls traffic

December 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport expected to have about 300 passenger flights arriving or departing on Wednesday, but a third of those were cancelled before midmorning. In addition, mall operator Simon Property Group announced its local shopping centers would close for the day.
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Japanese automakers help drive economyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Dan Human
A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.
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State to beef up busy south-side interchange

October 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State highway officials are accepting public comments through Monday on the most recent design tweaks for a $45 million reconstruction of the busy interchange at interstates 65 and 465 south of Indianapolis.
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Court dismisses Volvo claims in dealership dispute

October 12, 2012
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
A federal judge in Indianapolis has ruled in favor of Andy Mohr Truck Center in two lawsuits stemming from a broken business relationship between the dealer and Volvo Trucks North America.
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Tutwiler auto dealership closes after 48 years

September 25, 2012
Scott Olson
Tutwiler Automotive had long been known as Tutwiler Cadillac before changing its name two years ago when its General Motors franchise agreement expired. The dealership closed Saturday.
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New Denison CEO puts parking firm on growth tearRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Perry Griffith, the scion of the Griffith family’s Denison Parking empire, is handing the CEO reins to the executive who helped him expand the Indianapolis company to 10 other states in as many years.
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Lawmaker wants review of specialty plate proceeds

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
More oversight of Indiana's specialty license plates is needed to ensure that the groups who benefit spend the money appropriately, according to the chairman of a legislative panel reviewing the plates.
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Carbon Motors still part of plan to revive Connersville plant

September 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The maker of high-tech police cars would occupy about a third of the plant if buyer of facility makes good on $4 million purchase offer.
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Work begins on $2.6B Ohio River bridges project

August 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana and Kentucky officials applauded the ceremonial start Thursday of an early phase of a project to build two new Ohio River bridges, signaling that decades of talk soon will become one of the nation's largest active public works endeavors.
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Toyota adding jobs this fall at Indiana factory

August 27, 2012
Associated Press
Toyota says it is hiring the first wave of new employees this fall for an expected 400-person addition to the work force at its southwestern Indiana factory.
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KAR Auction Services mum on leveraged buyout talk

August 24, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. isn’t commenting on a report by Reuters that it is talking with private equity firms about taking the company private for the third time in its 30-year history.
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Honda West negotiating to open Fishers dealershipRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
It's not clear if the car dealer would leave its long-time home on West 38th Street.
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State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Murphy USA opens quick-charging stations for electric carsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Speed is thought to be an obstacle to the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles.
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Russian investor gives Ener1 fresh startRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
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Allison's private-equity owners to get IPO spoilsRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
When Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. a year ago filed plans to go public, it said some of the proceeds would go toward reducing billions of dollars in debt. But, in an updated filing with the SEC, the company reversed course, saying all of the more than $500 million that’s expected to be raised would go to its private-equity owners.
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