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Terry Crews hallucinates, hangs out with Muppets in Toyota Super Bowl ad

Terry Crews hallucinates, hangs out with Muppets in Toyota Super Bowl ad

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Toyota corralled the Muppets and Terry Crews to promote its 2014 Highlander model during the Super Bowl.
Kate Stanton

New tests reduce number of auto safety awards

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New criteria in a closely watched auto safety report sharply shrank the number of U.S. and foreign cars earning top honors, the testing group said.
Futuristic Volkswagen gets world's top mileage, CR survey's top cars

Futuristic Volkswagen gets world's top mileage, CR survey's top cars

CHICAGO, March 3 (UPI) -- Volkswagen unveils its latest engineering triumph at the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland this week -- a production version of a sleek two-seater concept plug-in hybrid that averages the equivalent of 261 mpg.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Auto pilots and robo-cars closer than you think

Auto pilots and robo-cars closer than you think

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford envisions an automotive future much like the transportation system in the futuristic 2002 science-fiction movie "Minority Report."
AL SWANSON, United Press International

Jockstrip: The world as we know it.

Police identify bass mailbox thieves … Man hits drive-through worker with food … Carjacker foiled by victim's texting … U.S. bottled message found in Portugal … The world as we know it from UPI.

Carjacker foiled by victim's texting

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Missouri said an accused carjacker was arrested after a passenger exchanged text messages with a friend in a following car.
Toyota recalls another 2.1 million cars

Toyota recalls another 2.1 million cars

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it would recall 2.2 million vehicles to address continued problems with gas pedals that were "incompatible" with floor mats.

Photo of slaying suspect released

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 8 (UPI) -- A suspect in the killing of the University of North Carolina student body president was photographed by a cash machine security camera, police said Saturday.

Slain woman ID'd as UNC student president

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 6 (UPI) -- A woman shot and killed near the University of North Carolina campus was identified Thursday as Eve Carson, the student body president.

GM's Traverse targets Toyota, Honda

CHICAGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. has Toyota's Highlander and Honda's Pilot in its sights with the midsize 2009 Chevrolet Traverse crossover shown at the Chicago Auto Show.

Ford, Honda top auto safety awards list

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The number of vehicles qualifying for the Top Safety Pick by a U.S. highway safety board more than doubled for 2008 models with Ford and Honda leading the way.

Report: Toyota planning new U.S. plant

ERLANGER, Ky., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is poised to announce plans to build an eighth North American assembly plant.

EPA-DOE announce 2006 vehicle fuel ratings

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Fuel economy figures for 2006 model vehicles were announced Wednesday by the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy in Washington.

Best value vehicles at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The gas-electric Toyota Prius Hybrid, Lexus LS430 SUV and Toyota Highlander SUV were among the best-value vehicles picked by IntelliChoice for 2005.

Pontiac says bye-bye to 'ugly' Aztek

DETROIT, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Pontiac has decided to cease production of its "ugly duckling" -- the odd-looking sport-utility vehicle derided by some and loved by others.

SUV becomes Sinking Underwater Vehicle

HONOLULU, June 29 (UPI) -- Memories of a movie scene enabled a Honolulu couple to calmly wait for their SUV to fill with water before opening the doors to enter a swimming pool.

The hybrids are coming

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- For those ready to revolt against rising gas prices but haven't yet found a hybrid they like, the latest issue of Consumer Reports previews several upcoming hyb
DAR HADDIX, UPI Business Correspondent

U.S. cars beat out European reliability

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Those who want to know how long that new car will last, which one will be right for the kids, or how to pick out a used vehicle, can find out in the 2004 Consum
DAR HADDIX, UPI Business Correspondent

SoCal murder suspect running for border?

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Southern California were on alert Monday for a man who they believe was driving to Mexico with the body of his wife in his vehicle.

Car-based SUVs gaining on truck-based SUVs

DETROIT, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Car industry officials in Detroit say sport utility vehicles based on car frames are becoming more popular than SUVs built on truck frames.

Today's Consumer: News you can use

The administration recently took a strong stand advocating hydrogen-powered cars even though some say their mass production is a long way off.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Near-perfect crash ratings for 2 Hondas

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The 2002 Honda Acura MDX and the Honda Odyssey received nearly perfect scores in the latest round of crash tests, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported Tuesday.

Toyota to market fuel cell hybrid SUV

DETROIT, July 1 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said Monday that it will begin leasing a limited number vehicles powered by a fuel cell-electric engine in both countries later this year.
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