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PT Cruiser performs poorly on government test

Wednesday July 26 by Claudia bourne
DaimlerChrysler AG's popular PT Cruiser scored poorly on a government crash test, but company officials insist the retro-look wagon is safe. The 2001 model, an instant hit with consumers when it was introduced in March, received two out of a possible five stars on a test measuring risk for serious injury in a front driver-side crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

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Ford Motor's U.S. customs operations to merge with Vastera

Wednesday July 26 by Claudia bourne
Ford Moto Co.'s U.S. customs operations will merge with software company Vastera Inc. in a stock deal of undisclosed financial terms, the companies said Tuesday. Vastera, which is based in Dulles, Va., provides software for global trade management. Under the terms of the pact, Ford's customs operations will be merged into Vastera's Trade Management Services operation in exchange for shares of Vastera stock. Vastera expects the deal to expand its products offerings.

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Safety agency upgrades investigation of some Ford trucks

Tuesday July 25 by Claudia bourne
A federal safety agency on Monday upgraded its investigation of nearly 250,000 Ford Motor Co. trucks after hundreds of drivers cited problems with braking and steering. There have been 233 complaints and 310 warranty claims involving 1999 and 2000 model Ford Super Duty F Series and Stripped Chassis with Hydroboost trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some drivers reported losing the power assistance in steering or braking, making the trucks harder to handle. The problem has been cited in 13 crashes in which one person died and four were hurt, according to NHTSA.

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'Arts and Autos' at the Automotive Hall

Thursday June 01 by Claudia bourne
Automotive art -- of the traditional and not-so-traditional kind -- will be on exhibit at the Automotive Hall of Fame during "Arts and Autos" on two days, June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in conjunction with Dearborn's "14th Annual Art on the Avenue" and "Food Festival" events. "Arts and Autos" will feature "art cars" -- vehicles which are covered, glued, adorned, painted and embellished until they take on the life of a whimsical collage.

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Challenge to fuel efficiency rules dies in House

Monday May 22 by Claudia bourne
The push to end a 5-year-old ban on raising fuel efficiency standards for sport-utility vehicles, pickups, minivans and vans died Friday in the House of Representatives. But the auto industry and consumers who like their trucks big and powerful -- even if they guzzle gas -- can expect a fight with environmentalists next month in the Senate.

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