opinion The Detroit News Published 10:51 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 In response to the Sept. 30 Detroit News editorial, "Cops should fight crime, not tow cars," the Michigan Towing Association would like to provide further reasons why the new Detroit towing proposal is flawed. The Detroit Police Department has spent the past week trying to convince the public that it has spent nearly a year developing this program. When pressed for details, none have been forthcoming. The city’s Facebook site pointed out that it examined towing operations of 23 cities, including Boston, Nashville, Phoenix and Los Angeles. The police department likes to use the terms “best practices” to explain why it decided to compete with private business. Yet none of the four cities cited operate their own tow trucks in a similar fashion as Detroit proposes. Each one relies on the private sector. Los Angeles’ towing program has been a model for many cities illustrating the losing … [Read more...] about Letter: Detroit should rethink towing
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Springtime car-nivores on the hunt for a new vehicle, your time for tasty deals has arrived. May wraps up a fallow period for incentives and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the traditional start of peak car-shopping season — and with overall new-vehicle sales down nearly 5 percent through April, there's every reason to believe the holiday could spring some unusually sweet discounts this year. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals We'll have to see what automakers cook up in the coming weeks, but for now, there are still a handful of deals worth your while. Which are they? Read on to find out. Nissan Versa How much can I save? Depending on where you live, enough to make the Versa subcompact sedan worth a second look if you're in pursuit of wallet-saving wheels. With Versas sitting on dealer lots for an average of 79 days through the first third of 2018 — well above the 54-day average for new cars — now might be the time to pounce on the … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for May 2018?
April showers might bring May flowers, but car shoppers may wish it rained more deals. Autodata Corp. ranks April among the bottom three months for new-car discounts during each of the past four years. In 2017, baseball's opening month was the single worst month for incentives. Talk about dreary. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals But don't declare a rain delay on your shopping just yet. The storm clouds have a silver lining, at least this year: New-car incentives last month gained 6.5 percent year-over-year, per Autodata, for the second largest increase in the past seven months. Amid an overall incentives plateau, March's gains could add some steam heading into April — a month that needs all the help it can get. We still found plenty of highly discounted models, with many this month from GM and Hyundai-Kia. What should deal-seekers consider? Take a look below. Chevrolet Malibu How much can I save? On select trim levels, enough to fund a … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for April 2018?
Ford is showing off the 2019 Ford Transit Connect at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The latest Transit Connect sports updated styling, which is joined by new safety and entertainment tech and a diesel engine. While the diesel engine is an interesting move, considering the recent scrutiny coal-rollers are facing from the government, the extra safety tech is a welcomed addition.If you decide you don’t want the available 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, don’t worry -- the 2.0-liter gasoline-burning I4 is standard issue. Both engines are mated to a new eight-speed transmission. Sticking with the trend of downsized diesel engines, the 1.5-liter EcoBlue won’t be as powerful as the 2.0-liter gas engine but should be good for at least 30 mpg on the highway. Ford hasn’t released official numbers yet, but those should be coming closer to the van’s launch. When equipped with a towing package, the Transit Connect can tow 2,000 pounds or have a payload of 1,600 pounds, both … [Read more...] about The 2019 Ford Transit Connect gets new looks and diesel power in Chicago
SOMEWHERE WEST OF JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming – Nissan 370Zki concept builder Randy Johnson suggests keeping the roadster’s seven-speed automatic shifter in “D”, though after several runs down a short course here, it’s clear the paddle shifters are well-suited for helping the car grab onto the packed snow and ice.Mash the throttle to the floor and the tachometer bumps off the redline through first and second. The rear tracks catch full traction in third as the 370Zki’s 332 horses make the engine buzz like an angry V-6 snowmobile breathing through dual exhausts.American Track Truck front skis and Dominator Tracks rear tracks make the Nissan 370Zki a quick, fast, audacious snowmobile that can handle the esses of our course—which is probably between a quarter- and half-mile—like a proper sports car. Nissan has done this sort of thing before, with the ’17 Rogue Warrior at the New York International Auto Show, and in 2016 with a Murano, … [Read more...] about Nissan Unveils 370Zki and Armada Snow Patrol Concepts at Chicago