WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Increasing production of second-generation biofuels — those made from non-food biomass such as switchgrass, biomass sorghum and corn stover — would lessen our reliance on burning fossil fuels.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Imagine trying to quickly turn a damp piece of plywood into a liquid and squeezing it through several small openings. That’s essentially the challenge facing biorefineries trying to turn corn waste and related materials into ethanol fuel.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Beginning next year, Ford’s redesigned vehicle models will allow software updates over the internet or through cellular phone connections.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 600,000 four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs because a software error could activate the braking system, increasing the risk of a crash.
DETROIT (AP) — Only two weeks of a lengthy strike against General Motors took place in the third quarter, but that was enough to dent the company’s net profit by about $1 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving Democrats’ climate talk to where the rubber meets the road, proposing a $462 billion trade-in program to get millions of Americans out of gas vehicles and into electric or hybrid cars over the next decade.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads.
DETROIT (AP) — Traffic deaths in the United States fell slightly in 2018 for the second straight year, the government’s road safety agency said Oct. 22.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is taking President Donald Trump at his word that he will uphold an agreement made with farm state lawmakers and agriculture groups to maintain the ethanol requirements in current law.
BRODHEAD, Wis. — Designed for a wide variety of crop operations, the KUHN MDS .2 Series offers many features and options to help operators succeed in almost any broadcast fertilizer or cover crop application.
DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end.
ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Oct. 18 of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ transportation chief is warning motorists to be alert for deer on roadways during their mating season.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people attended an event to see prototypes of electric vehicles a central Illinois startup plans to create, an effort that already has the backing of officials through promised tax breaks and incentives.
LITTLE ROCK TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say more than 10 people were injured after a car crashed into a hayride wagon being towed by a farm vehicle.
DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus.
The automotive landscape evolves every year, with various brands and models pushing the envelope in new directions. We’re rounding up the most significant vehicles for 2020, presented in alphabetical order. These are cars, trucks and SUVs that reveal major trends and shifts in the industry.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A black former sales manager at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in northern Indiana is suing the business, saying he was fired in retaliation for complaining about the owner’s repeated use of racist language.
DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the United States and Canada to fix a brake problem.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that the Nissan Rogue’s automatic emergency braking can turn on when no obstacle is in the way.
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration on Sept. 6 launched an all-out assault on California over automotive mileage rules, telling state officials that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese auto sales sank 7.7% in August from a year earlier, extending a painful slump in the industry’s biggest global market, an industry group reported Sept. 11.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri tax break for trading-in multiple vehicles appears to have been preserved by lawmakers, although revenue officials say they never stopped offering it.
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man has been charged in the death of a police dog that became trapped inside a burning police cruiser following a high-speed crash.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Sept. 5, confronting a state that has repeatedly challenged the administration’s environmental rollbacks.
DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — People use enzymes to create fuels from plants, fungi to produce antimalarial drugs and E. coli bacteria to generate life-saving insulin. These systems are attractive because they are sustainable and rely on renewable plant biomass, but they are still wildly inefficient.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The same technology used in jets soon may be powering personal cars and other automobiles.
Ford’s F-Series has dominated the full-size pickup sales race for as long as anyone can remember. For much of that time, Ram trucks have languished in third place behind the Chevrolet Silverado.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is extending the warranties on about 560,000 small cars in the United States and Canada to cover a litany of problems with a troubled six-speed automatic transmission.
Here’s a car-buying pro tip that may help shave serious time and negotiation stress from the average purchase process: Ask the dealership to deliver the new vehicle to your home. Taking delivery of a car can be done without ever setting foot on the dealership’s lot.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Aug. 1 that higher prices for popular pickup trucks and SUVs helped overcome slowing global sales and profit rose by 1% in the second quarter.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said an Illinois license plate featuring the St. Louis Cardinals will be sold in support of public schools.
DETROIT (AP) — They were the suburban vehicle of choice in the 1990s and early 2000s, but ever since, minivans appeared to be riding the slow lane to extinction.
DETROIT (AP) — Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to toughen standards for gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions, bypassing the Trump administration’s push to relax mileage standards nationwide instead.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford’s net profit tumbled 86% in the second quarter due largely to restructuring costs in Europe and South America, and the company said more shake-ups are coming.
DETROIT (AP) — The top executive of General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit said in a blog post that the company won’t start a self-driving ride service this year as once promised.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a possible police impersonator may have stopped two female motorists in northwestern Indiana in recent weeks.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into stopped traffic in an Illinois construction zone, killing three people from Missouri.
RACINE, Wis. — Case IH is expanding the 2000 series Early Riser planter lineup with two new 60-foot configurations for the 2160 large front-fold model.
WATERMAN, Ill. — The Waterman Lions Club’s 19th annual Summerfest and Antique Tractor and Truck Show will be July 20 at Waterman Lions Park in Waterman.
RACINE, Wis. — Case IH’s beginnings are closely linked with those of the American economy, as pioneers moved West and new farms were established to feed the growing population centers in the East.
PENFIELD, Ill. — The I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club started in 1976 at the Bill White farm, south of Alvin. The five founding members of the club were: Bill White, Harvey Phillips, Dave, Daniel and Richard Allison.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are imploring drivers to stop disregarding school buses that have stopped to pick up or drop off students.
PARIS (AP) — Fiat Chrysler proposed on May 27 to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker and combine their investments in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles.
Small luxury SUVs are one of the fastest-growing luxury vehicle types in recent years. They already represent 21.8% of luxury vehicles sold this year, according to Edmunds data. In 2009, they were just 8.7%.