After running a small, electric BMW for six months, what is it like to adapt to a traditional estate as your everyday transport? Our Car: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 Turbo D SRI Nav List price when new: £26,060 OTR Price as tested: £29,335 Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests April 2, 2019 Fuel economy this week: 39.1mpg Six thousand miles. Actually, about 24 miles shy of that, but that’s how many miles have rolled under the wheels of the Insignia since it arrived around six months ago. It’s gone back, and we’ll miss it. I chose the Insignia as something of an alternative to the trend to SUVs, the mainstream Vauxhall badge also a deliberate choice over the oh-so-predictable premium norm. Did I miss the fact it didn’t have a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz badge on its grille? Not one bit. Indeed, being relatively rare among such popular premium machines made the Insignia Sports Tourer really … [Read more...] about Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer on long-term test: the sleek family estate with loads of promise
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Allie Gross Detroit Free Press Published 10:07 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 Felicia Anderson shook her head as she looked at an outdated photo of 17529 Kentfield. The gray, ranch-style bungalow was visible from the 59-year-old’s bedroom window. She saw it every day. But it had been years since she glimpsed at it as it once was: well-kept and thoughtfully trimmed. A home. “Eli took care of it. Inside and out,” Anderson said as she looked at the Google Street View image from 2013, back when Eli Brown, her sister’s ex, lived in the northwest Detroit house. “He kept it up.” To a casual observer, the downfall of 17529 Kentfield was a slow unraveling — difficult to diagnose. Brown left in 2014. New people moved in. Then they moved out. At some point, the grass stopped being mowed. Trash and discarded personal belongings started to stack up out front. Pipes, the garage door and a wrought iron gate were scrapped. By May 2018, … [Read more...] about Detroit real estate game creates chaos in neighborhoods
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByTom Voelk April 19, 2018 The only thing more tearful than the goodbyes of dropping a freshman off at college are the four years of tuition, rent, food and books that follow. The College Board pegs the average annual cost, over all, at in-state institutions at $25,290. If your student is turning the tassel this spring, congratulations. Your checkbook deserves a well-earned breather. It might have to endure one last flogging, though. Should that sheepskin result in a job (and let’s hope so!) a vehicle may be needed. Or maybe you have a high school graduate who will be commuting to college, or one diving straight into the working world. Sending them off with a solid automobile is a terrific — albeit extravagant — graduation gift. Even if it’s simply a hefty down payment to get them … [Read more...] about Cars That Will Get Your Grad Down the Road of Life
Vera Artis would seem to be a perfect fit for the state program created decades ago to ease the property tax burden on homeowners with modest incomes.She has no major assets beyond the tidy East Baltimore townhouse that she and her husband, now deceased, bought in the 1980s. Social Security and a pension bring in just $16,000 a year. "Money," she says, "is tight."And in fact, based on her income, the state would have picked up more than half of her $1,280 property tax bill this year — if only she had known to apply for the help.The subsidy that Artis, 61, is missing out on is called the Homeowners' Property Tax Credit, not to be confused with the Homestead Property Tax Credit open to all homeowners regardless of wealth.To qualify for the homeowners' credit, applicants cannot have household income over $60,000 or assets of $200,000 or more, excluding their primary residence and retirement savings. In some cases, the credit can wipe out a homeowner's entire annual property tax … [Read more...] about Many don’t know about tax break for lower-income homeowners
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?