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G.M. Pauses Production of Chevrolet Volt

With the price of gas reaching the $4 a gallon threshold, you would expect sales of trucks and SUV's to be slow. General Motors has announced that it will halt production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks beginning later this month because dealers had more inventory than they need. Production of the Volt is scheduled to stop on March 16th and resume in late April, a G.M. spokesman, Chris Lee said.

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Daytona 500 to be Run Under the Lights Tonight

NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500 was rained out yesterday. Originally, it was supposed to be at noon today, but Mother Nature was again uncooperative. That is actually good news for race fans, as the event is now scheduled to get underway shortly after 7 tonight from Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

 

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Heroic Michigan Teen Lifts Car, Saves his Grandfather [VIDEO]

Maybe the word 'hero' gets tossed around too much, but for a teenager in Ida Township, in the Southeast corner of Michigan, it definitely applies!

Meet Austin Smith, a kid that deserves a bigger chunk of Gramps' inheritance, that's for sure!

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NBC’s Rock Center Spotlights Flint Assembly Graveyard Shift [VIDEO]

You may see some of your friends in this video from NBC's 'Rock Center With Brian Williams' that aired Wednesday. (Feb. 15, 2012)

The spotlight was on Flint, as General Motors is once again claiming its place as the number one car manufacturer in the world.

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Ford Not Pleased by Chevy’s Super Bowl Commercial

It appears that the powers-to-be at Ford are upset with by Chevy's Silverado ad during Sunday's Super Bowl. The commercial depicts a post-apocalyptic world where the only people to survive were a few Chevy Silverado truck owners, who couldn't find their friend who drove a Ford

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Did Chrysler Win the Super Bowl Ad Game with its ‘Halftime in America’ Commercial? [VIDEO]

Chrysler's "Halftime In America" Super Bowl commercial certainly has a lot of people talking. But did it top last year's "Imported From Detroit" ad featuring Eminem?

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Parents Don’t Use Booster Seats Enough

We always think about car seats for the small children, but a lot of parents don't know the importance of booster seats for older children too. These seats are often required by law too — yet a new survey finds lots of carpooling moms and dads don't use them consistently.

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Average Age of Vehicles at All-Time High

It may be a little older, but it still gets you from point A to point B. The average vehicle age has been increasing steadily over the last five years, and has now reached an all-time high.

Are you keeping vehicles longer now than you have in the past? Read on to see how you compare.

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Yikes! Gas Prices Spike Again

Gas prices spiked in the Flint area just before Christmas. They took another jump just before the end of 2011. Less than a week into 2012, the price jumped again.

Unleaded gasoline could be had for less than 3 dollars a gallon in Flint a few days before Christmas. Now it's 3.59 just 3 weeks later.

Did demand/consumption bring about the price hike? Negative. Instability in the Middle East has caused speculators to jack up the price of crude oil and unleaded gas on the commodities markets.

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Car Sales Grow Again. Good News for Auto Industry

It hasn't been that long, just a few years, since the automakers were in serious trouble. Car sales had bottomed out, and the battle against bankruptcy was on. But now, in an optimistic sign of the industry’s continued recovery, sales are enjoying their second straight year of growth.

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Which State Tops the List for Insurance Cost? One Guess!

If you've moved around the country at all, you may have noticed the difference in car insurance rates. The cost of new cars doesn’t vary much from state-to-state, but the cost of insuring one absolutely does. The statistics show that auto insurance can cost up to three times more, depending on where you live.

Wouldn't you know that here in Michigan we pay "top dollar"?

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Sloan Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Sit-Down Strike

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Sit-Down Strike in Flint. In late December of 1936, workers at Fisher Body #1 became part of what has been called the most significant strike in American labor history. These workers were fighting for recognition of their union, the United Auto Workers, and to keep their jobs from going to non-union workers. The strike lasted 44 days and the workers won the right to be represented by the UAW.

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