The tiny Chevrolet Spark from General Motors is about as bare bones as cars come these days, with no floor mats and one of the smallest engines of any car. But to the surprise of even G.M. itself, which has traditionally struggled to sell small cars, the Spark has become an unlikely hit as many American buyers warm to a car that is cheap to buy and to operate. [Read more…] about Chevrolet’s Cheap Minicar, the Spark, Is a Surprisingly Strong Seller
DETROIT — When automakers rolled out their new electric cars three years ago, they had big plans. Even President Obama, in his State of the Union address in 2011, predicted there would be as many as a million of them on the nation’s roads by the middle of the decade. [Read more…] about A Hankering for Hybrids
When Timothy P. Murray crashed his government-issued Ford Crown Victoria in 2011, he was fortunate, as car accidents go. Mr. Murray, then the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, was not seriously hurt, and he told the police he was wearing a seat belt and was not speeding.
DETROIT — After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998, Brian Mulloy followed the path of many of his classmates, fleeing his home state for a job in a bustling city. But after 10 years of working in technology start-ups in San Francisco, he has returned as founder of a company in Detroit’s budding technology sector. [Read more…] about Detroit, Embracing New Auto Technologies, Seeks App Builders
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“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to someone who’s in the industry and they’ve made a joke about doing drugs,” says Taylor, the pretty, singing brother in the pop trio Hanson. “And they’re like, ‘Oh, then you’d be recognised as being cool.’ And I’m like, ‘You know what? It shouldn’t have anything to do with who you snogged or how much coke you did to make you a band that’s recognisable.'”