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Car Sales Are Booming, and So Are the Prices

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

U.S. new car sales appear to have reached a six-year high as buyers raced back to showrooms in August – but that wasn't because consumers were getting great deals. 

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Transportation Nation

No Driving Across SF Bay, as Old Bridge Closes To Make Way for New

Thursday, August 29, 2013

KALW

At 8 p.m. last night, the last car drove across the original eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. If everything goes according to schedule, the new, blinding white span will open to the public on Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. 

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Transportation Nation

Uber's Referee: This D.C. Politician Keeps Mediating Between Uber and D.C. Taxi Commission

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WAMU

One week after D.C. regulators effectively banned the new sedan-for-hire service UberX from operating in Washington, a District council member who has refereed the many disputes between the D.C. Taxicab Commission and the tech startup Uber said she would intervene again.

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Transportation Nation

Usage Based Car Insurance Growing More Popular Despite Privacy Tradeoff

Monday, August 26, 2013

In an era of trying to save drivers money by improving gas mileage or developing lower-cost vehicles, there is another tack: usage-based car insurance where drivers may see double digit savings.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Has Already Outlawed Uber's New Taxi Service

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WAMU

Two weeks after launching a new taxi service in Washington, the popular tech start-up Uber says regulators are shutting it down because the cars are too small.

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Transportation Nation

Has Tesla Motors Made It To the Big Time?

Friday, August 09, 2013

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is turning a profit. Sales of the Model S are up to 8.4 percent of the U.S. luxury car market, beating out offerings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. So, is Tesla a real force in the auto world? 

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Transportation Nation

De Blasio Campaign Goal for Traffic Safety: Zero Deaths

Thursday, August 08, 2013

WNYC

NYC mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio has released the most ambitious transportation safety targets of any candidate: zero deaths in car crashes. 

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Transportation Nation

Young Adults: We're Just Too Busy to Get Driver's Licenses, Says Survey

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WNYC

Kids today: they just don't drive like they used to. There's been speculation as to what's behind the national decline in driving. Now, a new survey asked hundreds of unlicensed people just why they're not queuing up at the DMV. Here's what they said.

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Transportation Nation

Study: America Has Hit Peak Pickup Truck Too

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

Univ. of Michigan researcher Michael Sivak has been producing a steady stream of reports hailing the onset of peak car, the high point of American car ownership. Tuesday he released a few more charts hammering home the point and a study showing even pick up truck popularity is on the decline since a peak around 2006. 

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Transportation Nation

Study: Cities Safer than Countryside -- Because Car Crashes Deadlier Than Guns

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

Do big cities have an undeserved reputation for danger? A new study says when all types of fatal injuries are considered, you're 20 percent more likely to die from injury in most rural areas than in urban ones.

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Transportation Nation

Who Likes Electric Cars? Rich, Educated, Middle-Aged Men, That's Who

Saturday, May 11, 2013

WNYC

A study from Norway sheds a little light on what kind of person is buying electric cars, and how they drive. 

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The Takeaway

Industry, Iconography, and Decline: Detroit and Berlin

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Two cities, both alike in industry: Detroit, U.S.A. and Berlin, Germany. In a recent series for WDET, Martina Guzman explored the similarities and differences between the two iconic hubs of industry that came into their own in the 20th century. 

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Transportation Nation

Detroit Automakers See Sales Gains In 2010

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Detroit - Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Detroit’s automakers say their sales began to rebound in 2010.

Industry analysts say consumers who have been waiting for the national economy to improve felt confident enough to make vehicle purchases in the last month of the year.

General Motors sold more than 2.2 million cars and trucks last year. That’s a six percent improvement over 2009 -- the year GM emerged from federal bankruptcy protection.

Ford sold just under two million vehicles in 2010 -- a 15 percent jump in year-over-year figures. The automaker’s F-150 pick-up truck saw sales grow by nearly a third, making it the country’s best selling vehicle. The F-150 has held that title for 34 straight years.

Annual sales at Chrysler rose 17 percent. Company officials say the figures match the goals they set out late in 2009. Demand for the company’s trucks in December showed double digit growth.

Of the major automakers, only Toyota posted lower sales for 2010. They were down about a third of a percent. Throughout the year, the automaker dealt with the negative effects of safety recalls

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The Takeaway

Detroit Carmakers Beat Imports for First Time Ever on Key List

Friday, June 18, 2010

Detroit got a dose of good news, yesterday. For the first time in the 24 year history of the JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study American car makers beat out imports. Porsche still topped the list, but Ford was in the top five up there, along with luxury brands. That is the only time a mainstream American brand has been in that group. 

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The Takeaway

Transportation Innovations from Across the USA

Monday, January 25, 2010

Takeaway correspondent Andrea Bernstein is just back from a conference in Washington of 10,000 transportation professionals from across the country. There, she learned how cities around the country are introducing novel ideas for transport, trying to make them mainstream. We hear about "Hot Lanes," "Bike Shares," and whether or not some cities may be looking at letting rich people buy their way out of traffic congestion.

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The Takeaway

Fiat-Chrysler to Announce Five-Year Plan

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is scheduled to make a major announcement today charting his five-year plan for the struggling car maker. Wes Lutz, the owner of a Dodge dealership in Jackson, Mich., knows nothing about what will be in today's announcement. He's not alone in wondering what's coming next: The company is keeping their plans close to their chest. We also talk to Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, an online magazine covering the American auto industry.

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The Takeaway

Stripped! Crushed! How the Clunkers Program Works

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

U.S. auto sales soared in July. Auto analysts like The Takeaway's guest Tom Libby, a Detroit-based independent auto analyst, say the government’s Cash for Clunkers program is giving a big push to the numbers. The program, which gives people $4,500 to buy a new car when they trade in their rusted hulks, blew through a billion dollars in its first week. Now the Senate is deciding whether to allocate another $2 billion to the program. The House already agreed to the re-up. So what happens to the cars when you trade them in? And are dealers really making a mint? The Takeaway talks to Brian Willian, sales manager for the Albany Honda dealer in Albany, Georgia, and J.C. Cox, owner of an auto salvage business in Moultrie, Georgia, to find out the cradle-to-the-grave of Cash for Clunkers.

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The Takeaway

Cash for Clunkers Cashed-Out

Friday, July 31, 2009

Last week we reported on the Obama administration's “cash for clunkers” program—where you can trade in your old beater for a credit on a new, more fuel efficient car. The rewards program was supposed to last well into the Fall, but news late last night says "cash for clunkers" may have already been cashed out. Joining The Takeaway this morning with more is Louise Story, a reporter for The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Texting While Driving? You Might as Well Drive Drunk

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A study says that if you're using your cell phone while driving, you're just as likely to crash as someone who has been drinking. But most states don't ban texting while driving. And no state has banned driving while talking on the phone. The New York Times reports that federal agencies withheld studies showing how dangerous texting while driving actually is. Joining The Takeaway is Adam Bryant, New York Times Deputy Business Editor.

"Collectively, we're making all these small little decisions, but across the country I think it's pretty clear that adds up to a safety risk."
—Adam Bryant of The New York Times on texting while driving

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The Takeaway

Detroit, Meet the 'New GM'

Thursday, July 09, 2009

In June, President Obama promised the nation a "New GM" as part of his administration's restructuring of the auto industry in the wake of its financial collapse. Now General Motors is expected to emerge from bankruptcy reorganization as the promised “New GM” —a partially-government-owned entity. The brand will hang on to successful lines like Chevrolet and Cadillac and let go of others. How will this "New GM" fit in with the old Detroit? The Takeaway is taking the pulse of Detroit today. We are joined by Bishop Charles Ellis of the Greater Grace Temple and WDET reporter Noah Ovshinsky.

"I see a lot of people moving into their passions—entrepreneurial things and visions and dreams... They never stepped out into those other things that they had burning within them. But now they are finding that there is life beyond the automobile industry."
—Bishop Charles Ellis of Detroit's Greater Grace Temple

Have your own story or thoughts on the "New GM"? Let us know!

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