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Train collision in North Dakota sets oil rail cars ablaze – Reuters

FARGO, North Dakota (Reuters) – A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic. Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Safest Cars for 2014 – Forbes

2014 Acura MDX – rated GOOD and a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The list of vehicles earning top safety ratings for 2014 by offering the highest levels of crash protection is shorter than last year due to tougher requirements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said when it announced its 2014 safety awards earlier this month. Thirty-nine vehicles met the new, more rigorous criteria,…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Ford Widens U.S. Sales Lead Over Toyota on Hybrid Models – Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. (F) said U.S. sales for its main brand will surpass 2.4 million vehicles this year, as record demand for its Fusion sedan and hybrid models helps extend a lead over Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s namesake line. The Ford marque entered December ahead of Toyota by 388,825 cars and light trucks, heading for its fourth straight year as the top-selling U.S. auto brand. In 2012’s full-year tally, the…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 22 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Google, Apple Forge Auto Ties – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Rawlings-Blake picks former Nebraska fire chief to lead Baltimore’s department – Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has picked the former chief of the Lincoln, Neb. fire department to lead Baltimore’s fire department as it undergoes sweeping changes. Niles Ford, 48, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will begin work Jan. 22, the mayor is expected to announce Monday. He will be paid $165,000. “His resume has a really, really strong mix of…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 17 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Rawlings-Blake picks former Nebraska fire chief to lead Baltimore’s department – Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has picked the former chief of the Lincoln, Neb. fire department to lead Baltimore’s fire department as it undergoes sweeping changes. Niles Ford, 48, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will begin work Jan. 22, the mayor is expected to announce Monday. He will be paid $165,000. “His resume has a really, really strong mix of…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 11 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 6 hours ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

GM Loses China Car Crown, But That’s Not The Big Story – Forbes

In two days, Volkswagen will regain its title as the biggest foreign carmaker in China, the world’s largest automobile market.   At the end of November, the German company was 70,000 units ahead of General Motors General Motors.  VW crossed the 3 million mark on December 5.  Its American rival needed an additional week to reach the same threshold.  From all indications, the two companies will finish the year in…

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

US on track for record year on auto exports – USA TODAY

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Chevrolet puts some sting in Corvette convertible – USA TODAY

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Will GM or Ford buy Elon Musk’s Tesla in 2014? – USA TODAY

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Set for Detroit debut: Ford’s aluminum F-150 – NBCNews.com

ford-f-150 1 hour ago While most major automakers have already dropped broad hints about what they’ll reveal at next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford has been unusually quiet about its plans for the annual show’s opening debut. But the likely unveiling is expected to be a big one: an all-new version of the maker’s best-selling truck, the F-150. And it’s…

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Will GM or Ford buy Elon Musk’s Tesla in 2014? – USA TODAY

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Electric cars may hold solution for power storage – Los Angeles Times

The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region’s fragile power network, the car owner gets paid. The pilot project here at the University of Delaware has had enough success to set off…

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013