Automotive News

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Coach Jim Tressel quits; were car deals for Ohio State players the last straw?

The Ohio State University football program is under scrutiny over the sale or loan of used cars from two auto dealerships at bargain prices to a few dozen football players and their families in the past six years. And the impact of the controversy in part is the resignation today of Coach Jim Tressel.

Driving tests: Men are better than women, but both sexes are failures reports after quizzing 500 men and women about their driving habits that men are more likely to get answers on a driver's test right than women (59% to 46%). At the same time, results show both sexes need to brush up on their studies because 75% of test takers flunked.

Lexus lives it up, mixes fine dining with fine automobiles

Lexus is known for its fine automobiles. Now it is also dabbling in the culinary arts with fine foods and vintage wines. So it makes sense that the luxury car marque sponsored the Pebble Beach Food Wine Festival, where celeb chefs Daniel Boulud, Michael Chiarello, Dean Fearing, Christopher Kostow, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon performed demonstrations for about 200 guests.

Group, data make roads 3 times safer than national average

The Traffic Improvement Association, whose efforts have resulted in local roads being three times safer than the national average and two times safer than the state average, has opened a new headquarters. The new site is in Auburn Hills, Mich., to serve drivers and pedestrians in suburban Detroit's Oakland County.

Fiat plans to buy last 6.6% of Chrysler from US govt

When Fiat SpA paid off $7.6 billion dollars in debt to the US and Canadian governments this week, they effectively raised their ownership of the Chrysler Group to 46%, leaving the US government to own 6.6% while the Canadians now hold 1.7%; but according to a statement filed to the US Treasury department Fiat plans to purchase the 6.6% held by the US government before the end of 2011.

Suzuki giving away spending money on relaunched site

American Suzuki, hoping to promote itself so people think of it as a car company that possesses "the power of engineering" instead of just a cool maker of motorcycles and bikes, relaunched its Web site Friday morning to make it faster, easier to use and more informative, so people are ready to buy when they hit the showroom floor.