Automotive

Mike's unveils new design for new carwashes

July 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two new carwash facilities in Anderson and West Lafayette will bring the Indianapolis-based chain to 39 stores.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Officials say bridge project can be changed

June 2, 2011
Associated Press
Officials who want to build two new bridges over the Ohio River and redo a downtown interchange announced Thursday that they've found ways to cut the cost of the project by more than $1 billion.
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Ener1 stock takes beating after Think write-down

May 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The battery maker has been hurt by slow sales of electric car manufactured in Elkhart.
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Indiana State Fairgrounds to host collector car auction billed as world's largest

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Last year’s Mecum auction at Indianapolis reported gross sales of $41.7 million and drew more than 30,000 people.
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Auto auctioneer KAR sees quarterly profit surge

February 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Wednesday that it pulled in profit of $7.3 million in the three months ended Dec. 31, a 38-percent jump from the $5.3 million earned in the same quarter the prior year.
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Wrecker business emerges from sad circumstancesRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Sean Morrison
After Tammy and Tony Hanna each lost a parent to cancer, the couple took $175,000 from their parents’ life-insurance policies to start Hanna’s Wrecker Service. It opened in October 2008 with five trucks and 13 employees, and now has seven trucks and 17 workers, and plans to move to a larger site that will allow for additional growth.
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Measure would allow photo radar cameras in school and construction zonesRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Legislature considering use of same technology used to nab those who disregard traffic signals.
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Bill would force owners of electric cars to pay feeRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Special charge would help offset lost gas-tax revenue.
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Pearson Ford buys wholesale car-parts business

January 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Owner John Pearson recently purchased the parts business of Paul Harvey Ford, which is ceasing operations after more than 44 years.
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Shareholders approve FinishMaster deal

January 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
FinishMaster Inc.’s shareholders this week approved a deal to sell the Indianapolis-based company to a subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc. for $172 million.
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FinishMaster to be acquired in $172M deal

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based FinishMaster Inc. announced late Thursday it will be acquired by a unit of Uni-Select Inc. of Canada for $172 million.
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Research panel calls for more rigorous traffic safety

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
National group led by Indiana University professor says U.S. progress doesn't stack up well against European counterparts.
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Fiat dealerships rolling back to metro area

November 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
After a three-decade absence from the market, Fiat is coming back to the Indianapolis area with new dealerships in Carmel and Greenwood.
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FinishMaster reports higher quarterly sales, profit

November 2, 2010
The Indianapolis-based distributor of automotive paints and accessories said its third-quarter profit climbed nearly 16 percent, to $3.5 million. Revenue increased 3 percent, to $108.8 million.
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Designated driver service coming to Indianapolis

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Leave it to a couple of recent college grads to make money off of driving home the liquored-up.
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Wishard Health Services rewards carpoolers

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Landing the best parking spot doesn't always require getting a big promotion.
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Building demolition to begin along Interstate 69

July 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Bulldozers await an office complex that previously served as headquarters to August Mack Environmental. It'll be the first building demolished along Interstate 69 to make way for highway expansion.
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Central Indiana aims to become electric vehicle powerhouseRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Central Indiana might be in line to tap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and loan guarantees to energize the rollout of plug-in electric cars and trucks. Both chambers of Congress are considering measures that would require the Department of Energy to select up to 15 cities nationwide to participate in a national electric vehicle deployment program.
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Smart plug-in is audibly different from conventional modelRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The future of electric-powered automotive transportation is already sitting in the showroom of the Indianapolis Smart car dealership at 4000 E. 96th St. It’s a European version of the plug-in Smart.
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Plug-in car startup breaks all the rules

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wabash-based ClearFlex Automotive is using off-the-shelf technology to design a 2010 Ford Focus plug-in electric vehicle, powered entirely by lead acid batteries. The company is gearing up for initial production of up to three vehicles a day.
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In-car spy device could drive sales

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based CarCheckup LLC has created a cell-phone-size device that plugs into a car's "OBD II" diagnostic port to track a plethora of data, such as speed ranges, graphs of RPM, and numbers on how hard the car accelerated and braked. The company is marketing the device to parents of teen drivers, among others.
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Suspended Kruse hopes to keep famous auction going

May 26, 2010
Associated Press
Kruse's attorney said his 69-year-old client would like to find some way to keep the annual auction alive, possibly by finding another auction company to run this year's event.
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Gavel flies on muscle car auction

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
"My Name is Earl" and "Charlie's Angels" cars are among the more peculiar offerings at the 1,750-vehicle Mecum Auction Co. collector car sale that runs through Sunday at Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Finish Master profit slides

May 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Recession aftermath continued taking a toll on sales of paint for auto repairs.
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  1. The Walgreens did not get a lot of traffic. It was not located on the corner of the intersection, and not really visible from Emerson. Meanwhile the CVS there is huge and right on the corner. I am guessing a lot of people drove by a million times and never knew the Walgreens was there. Although, with the new Walmart market going in, that area could really see a lot of increase in traffic soon.

  2. You folks don't have a clue. There is a legal way to enter this country and to get aid. This left unchecked could run us to ruin quickly. I also heard that 'supporters' were getting major $$ to take them in? Who's monitoring this and guess who pays the bill? I support charitable organizations... but this is NOT the way to do it!

  3. Apparently at some time before alcohol has been served at the fair. The problem is that beer or wine used to be a common drink for people before soft drinks and was not thought to be that unusual. Since many folks now only drink to see how much they can drink or what kind of condition they can end up in it becomes more problematic. Go to Europe and its no big deal just as if you had sodas of milk to drink everyday. Its using common sense that is lacking now days.

  4. To address the epic failure of attracting race fans to both the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 would take too much of my time to write. Bottom line Boles is clueless and obviously totally out of touch with the real paying fan base. I see nothing but death spin coming for the Brickyard, just like Indy. Get somebody in a place of power that understands what race fans want.

  5. I am a race fan through & through. It doesn't matter if it's Indy cars or Nascar. I love a great race. I go to several other tracks each year and you can see the entire track. I know Indy has tradition, but fans want to see the entire race. I sit in the Penthouse, am almost 60 years old, and would like to see a better TV screen in turn 1 so you can see the entire race. Then I think Indy needs to install an escalator so us old folks can make it up to the Penthouse and down again if we want more options to purchase food and drinks. Just a race fans opinion. Lights won't make the race any better, but you might be able to see the TV better at night. Turn 1's screen needs replaced with a better and bigger screen.

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