HIGHLAND | March brings the start of spring, basketball frenzy and the wearing of the green on St. Patrick’s Day.
CHICAGO | It has been more than three months since Detroit-based media reported Ford Motor Co. was interested in moving the next generation Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles to a Michigan assembly plant.
Light vehicle sales in the United States rising 13.4 percent in 2012 from a year earlier shows that the industry continues to show improvements from the depths of the recession, said automobile dealership owner Tim Roper.
Tim Roper said the availability of credit and the age of the fleet of on the road are driving a lot of the current vehicle purchasing activity.
The 2012 Volvo C30 features a large glass hatch and tall rear lamps.
Curvaceous contours and LED tail lights accent the 2012 Volvo XC60 Polestar R-Design.
Multiple automobile manufacturers have announced intentions to ramp up production this year in anticipation of higher levels of demand.
Lowell High School junior Tyler Kozinski tapes a window as Dave Hirata from the Lowell Body Shop checks on the progress of a truck rebuilding project earlier this month.
Dave Hirata, left, from the Lowell Body Shop, gives advice to Lowell High students earlier this month. The students are in the process of rebuilding a truck at the school.
Dave Hirata, center, owner of the Lowell Body Shop, gives advice to Lowell High School junior Matt Brogdon as he sands a fender earlier this month. Brogdon and his classmates are in the process of rebuilding a pickup truck at the school.
Dave Hirata, center, owner of the Lowell Body Shop, gives advice to Lowell High School students. The students are in the process of rebuilding a pickup truck at the school.
Dave Hirata, left, of the Lowell Body Shop, gives advice to Lowell High School senior Austin Rosink and his classmates earlier this month. The students are in the process of rebuilding a truck at the school.
Economic conditions helped activity in the automobile industry improve in 2011, but dealership owner Tim Roper said predicting stellar conditions in 2012 will be far from easy.
The town of Lowell rescued a star that shone over the town for nearly 50 years. Streets superintendent Frank Lovely, above, and his crew check the star periodically for burned out lights or vandalism.
The town of Lowell rescued a star that shone over the town for nearly 50 years. The star was attached to the Rieter Automotive building before it burned down earlier this year and is now located at The Point Park. Streets Superintendent Frank Lovely, above, and his crew check the star period…
Sales at his dealerships may be up between 15 percent and 20 percent this year, but Tim Roper said there are plenty of challenges remaining in the automotive sector.
A California-based research firm said initial quality of newly launched model vehicles has fallen sharply after showing improvement in the previous three years, according to the results of a study it led.
Tim Roper said the auto industry has taken punches from natural disasters domestically and abroad in recent months, but is poised to recover later this year.
ST. JOHN | Four of Lake Central High School's vocational automotive classes were approved this month for dual credit by Ivy Tech Community College - Northwest.
A Ford employee inspects a Ford Explorer on the assembly line Dec. 1 at the Chicago plant. Last month's sales of the Chicago-built Explorer were more than double March 2010 figures.
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