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1. Mazda’s new small SUV is affordable, easy on fuel
- Friday, November 06, 2015
Mazda’s smallest sport utility vehicle, the new CX-3, is a nimble five-seater with fresh styling, an affordable starting price, generous standard equipment and noteworthy fuel economy.
Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-3 has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $20,840, including destination charge. That’s $1,835 less than Mazda’s larger CX-5 SUV and makes the CX-3 competitive with the starting retail prices of other small SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V.
2. Toyota shows self-driving technology being readied for 2020
- Friday, October 02, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.
3. At 50, Mustang convertible is current, classic
- Friday, October 02, 2015
At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike.
For 2015, the half-century-old Mustang adds a modern 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the Mustang’s V-6.
4. Ford Edge gets bigger, sleeker with overhaul
- Friday, September 18, 2015
The Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received its first major overhaul in 2015 and is now bigger, sleeker and quieter than before.
The mid-size SUV’s back seats now have as much legroom – well more than 40 inches – as those in the front row and are comfortable for adults. And it has more cargo room, too, offering 73.4-cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is more than what’s in many other mid-size SUVs.
5. Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards
- Friday, September 04, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.
6. Audi A3 Cabrio gives drivers low-priced luxury
- Friday, September 04, 2015
Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi’s A3 Cabriolet.
With a $36,525 starting retail price, including destination charge, the Audi A3 Cabrio comes with standard leather-covered seats and dual-zone climate control – not found in other low-priced 2015 model year convertibles, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle.
7. Jaguar brings sexy back with its 2016 F-Type
- Friday, July 31, 2015
Jaguar has made its sexy F-Type even sportier and more seductive for 2016, with a manual transmission, surprisingly precise electric steering and new standard equipment including a 770-watt sound system from British high-performance audio maker Meridian.
8. Taller, narrower European-style vans arriving in US
- Friday, June 19, 2015
A touch of the Old World has come to American cities in the form of European-style vans that look like skinny, tall breadboxes.
All offer thrifty, four-cylinder engines and all are based on small vans already in use overseas, where streets are narrower and fuel is more expensive.
9. New Lexus compact SUV starts at under $36K, aimed at young
- Friday, June 12, 2015
Finally, there’s a Lexus sport utility vehicle that’s priced under $40,000.
The new-for-2015 Lexus NX is a compact crossover SUV, so it provides a car-like ride and is smaller than Lexus’ top-selling RX 350 mid-size SUV.
10. Sierra All Terrain: Tough truck, office on wheels
- Friday, June 05, 2015
Trucks aren’t bare-bones workhorses anymore, and GMC’s new Sierra HD All Terrain pickup proves it.
With standard fancy chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, standard four-wheel drive, technology that reads text messages to you and turns the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2015 Sierra HD All Terrain pickup is a modern workman’s command center and reliable Jack-of-all-trades.
11. Chevy electric’s price Sparks a run on sales
- Friday, May 29, 2015
It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.
Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495 - akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda Fit EX.
12. Stylish Murano sets itself apart from other small SUVs
- Friday, March 27, 2015
Nissan’s stylish 2015 Murano mid-size, sport utility vehicle is getting lots of second and even third looks as consumers seek the next big thing in SUVs.
Redesigned for its third generation, the five-seat Murano now features a tall hood, V-shaped grille design, light-emitting diode headlamps and tail lights and eye-catching, swoopy lines along the sides.
13. Outback: More refined, added features for 2015
- Friday, February 20, 2015
The Subaru Outback, one of the best vehicles at gracefully blending car and sport utility characteristics, is revamped for 2015 with more interior room than ever, improved ride, handsome looks and more features.
14. Smyrna-made Nissan Rogue’s good reviews defy its name
- Friday, February 13, 2015
Despite its name, there’s nothing too rogue about Nissan’s compact Rogue sport utility vehicle.
In fact, the five-door, 2015 Rogue is an easy runabout, with good people- and cargo-hauling capability and a not-too-big and not-too-small overall size.
- Friday, February 06, 2015
African-American History and Culture Conference. The 34th annual Nashville Conference of African-American History and Culture will take place Friday at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams campus. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Metropolitan Historical Commission, the conference will focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community. For more than 30 years, the conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and those interested in African-American history and culture. Registration is $20, which includes admission to all speakers and performances, additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series, and other publications. Lunch and parking are also included. Information and registration: www.nashville.gov/mhc, 862-7970.
16. Toyota’s lowest-priced car gets spruced up
- Friday, January 30, 2015
Toyota’s lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features – all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000.
The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country. Its best mileage ratings in federal government tests are 30 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on highways with a 2015 Yaris equipped with the base, five-speed manual transmission (and just a mile less for highway driving when equipped with a four-speed automatic).
- Friday, January 30, 2015
First Saturday Art Crawl. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the Feb. 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
18. Chevrolet polishes Colorado pickup with SUV features
- Friday, January 23, 2015
In a year when attention is focused on big, full-size pickup trucks, the revamped-for-2015 Chevrolet Colorado arrives as a fine, mid-size pickup that’s arguably the first major redesign in the smaller truck segment in a decade.
- Friday, January 23, 2015
Financial Fitness Friday. Regions Bank is offering free financial reviews. Meet the financial team at any of Middle Tennessee’s 88 offices and learn more about getting financially fit in 2014. Experts will be available to discuss anything from budgeting, buying a home or car, managing debt, savings and much more. This year’s program also serves as the launch of a video series outlining financial “workouts of the week” on topics including planning, savings, tax preparation and retirement. Information: www.regions.com/advice.rf.
20. Lincoln joins compact SUV segment with 2015 MKC
- Friday, January 16, 2015
The 2015 Lincoln MKC like that driven by actor Matthew McConaughey in commercials is a comfortable haven whose interior is so quiet it invites contemplative thoughts - and not just by McConaughey.
In its first model year, the compact MKC also is the smallest sport utility vehicle ever to express Lincoln’s brand of luxury.
21. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here
- Friday, January 16, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.
Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.
22. Chattanooga-built Passat ready to compete with Camry
- Friday, January 02, 2015
Most consumers may figure they have to pay a premium to get German engineering, European road handling and a roomy interior in a family-size sedan. But Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat is proving them wrong.
23. Alfa Romeo, you’re trying to seduce us. Aren't you?
- Friday, December 26, 2014
After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two-seater.
Even young Americans who don’t remember Alfas or realize that actor Dustin Hoffman drove one in the movie “The Graduate” can be attracted to this exotic-looking coupe.
24. New Legacy retains low price, best fuel economy
- Friday, December 19, 2014
Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is a sensible and more refined family sedan that has the best fuel economy for the lowest starting retail price among America’s all-wheel drive sedans.
Traction-improving all-wheel drive comes standard on the mid-size Legacy, which has a starting retail price of $22,490.
25. Have yourself a Music City Christmas: What to see, do in Nashville this holiday season
- Friday, December 05, 2014
In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.
26. Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car
- Friday, November 21, 2014
Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one.
The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability.
27. Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers
- Friday, October 31, 2014
Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.
The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage.
The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted and sprightly manner.
28. Redesign spurs 77% sales bump for Lexus IS 250
- Friday, October 10, 2014
A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan.
Through the first eight months of this calendar year, sales of the IS four door are up a whopping 77 percent from the year-earlier period. In fact, IS sales of 33,427 in the United States so far in model year 2015 nearly equal all the U.S. sales that the IS had last year.
29. Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide
- Friday, July 18, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.
30. 5 new features that could be on your next car
- Friday, July 05, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel.
Technology that saves lives — and fuel — is getting better and cheaper. That means it's no longer confined to luxury brands like Mercedes and Volvo. It's showing up in mainstream vehicles like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Fusion.
31. VW mum on prospects for Tennessee plant expansion
- Friday, June 21, 2013
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker.
32. Haslams try to halt fallout from FBI raid on Pilot
- Friday, April 19, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's Haslam family is furiously trying to control the damage following a federal investigation into the family business that could threaten to unravel decades of growing wealth and influence that spans business, sports and politics in the state and beyond.
33. Bill would limit gun carry records to politicians
- Friday, March 29, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - An effort to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses.
34. Stocks drop as Italy heads for political disarray
- Friday, February 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks had their worst drop in more than three months as the prospect of political paralysis in Italy raised the specter of Europe's debt crisis flaring up again.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 216.40 points, or 1.6 percent, to 13,784.17, its biggest drop since Nov. 7.
35. Avis buying Zipcar in deal worth nearly $500M
- Friday, December 28, 2012
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services.
Car sharing has become a popular alternative to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas and on college campuses, allowing members to get a vehicle quickly for short trips. Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, has more than 760,000 members. It went public in 2011 and posted net income of $850,000 in the first nine months of this year.
36. Ticket rush: Film fans hand Hollywood record cash
- Friday, December 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.
37. GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show
- Friday, November 23, 2012
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity.
An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow.
38. DoJ wants divestiture before parking acquisition
- Friday, September 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block Standard Parking Corp.'s acquisition of Central Parking Corp.
39. Murfreesboro mosque at center of controversy to open
- Friday, August 03, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - A new mosque in Tennessee that had been the subject of a lawsuit, arson, vandalism and a bomb threat will open for prayers for the first time on Friday.
Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board member Saleh Sbenaty said Tuesday that Rutherford County officials issued a temporary occupancy permit that will allow use of the building while the final permit is pending.
40. Savvy buyers now expect LEED-certified homes
- Friday, April 20, 2012
When it comes to new houses, green is the new granite.
A decade or more ago, luxury amenities such as granite countertops in kitchens and baths became “must-have” necessities. Now green building practices that once seemed exotic are becoming standard in homes at every price.
41. Rules to prevent car back-over deaths delayed
- Friday, February 24, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rules aimed at helping drivers avoid unintentionally backing over children, already overdue, are being delayed again following complaints from automakers that requiring rearview video cameras systems on new cars and trucks would be too expensive.
42. Stock market ends mixed a day after big gains
- Friday, December 30, 2011
Stocks barely budged Wednesday, letting investors hold on to their gains from a strong opening to the year a day earlier.
Strong December sales boosted carmakers and specialty retailers. Banks, health care companies, and utilities fell slightly. But nothing moved much.
43. Wood honored as volunteer of the year
- Friday, October 07, 2011
Jack L. Wood, chairman emeritus of architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. (BWSC), has been honored by the Nashville Downtown Partnership as its 2011 Volunteer of the Year.
44. Dow falls 512 in steepest decline since '08 crisis
- Friday, August 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Gripped by fear of another recession, the financial markets suffered their worst day Thursday since the crisis of 2008. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points, its ninth-steepest decline ever.