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If you live in the Detroit area, you probably know that the Ferndale-Royal Oak neighborhood is an amusement park for foodies. From wings to cupcakes to fine dining, you can&;t swing a carryout bag without hitting a waiter primed to describe the daily specials.

Feb. 27&;Hyundai Motor America is inching closer to a settlement of claims it inflated the fuel economy ratings of its vehicles.
Details of the deal are still to be worked out, but the automaker is expected to reach a settlement in 38 lawsuits on the fuel economy mislabeling, which have been combined and are being heard in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Its corporate sister, Kia Motors America, is expected to also settle the litigation.

Feb. 27&;The UAW met with several hundred employees of Nissan&;s Smyrna, Tenn., plant Tuesday, a sign the union is making progress in its latest campaign to organize an auto factory in the South.

Feb. 26&;Lexus earned the top score in Consumer Reports&; 2013 annual ranking of car brands and vehicles. The American car companies were near the bottom of the rankings.
Japanese nameplates dominated the ratings with Subaru and Mazda tying for second. Overall, eight of the top 10 scores were earned by Japanese brands.

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) &; Lexus topped all automotive brands in Consumer Reports magazine&;s 2013 brand report card. Japanese automakers again dominated the rankings, taking eight of the top 10 spots.

Feb. 27&;Toyota will begin exporting U.S.-assembled Venza crossover vehicles to Russia and Ukraine via the Port of Brunswick, the automaker announced Tuesday.

The likely contenders for President Barack Obama&;s remaining energy and environment Cabinet positions would bring a wealth of political and academic experience to the posts, but the choices also reflect tensions inherent in the administration&;s policies.

Feb. 22&;Chrysler confirmed Friday that it is bringing back one of the most popular nameplates &; the Jeep Cherokee &; and released the first official images of the SUV.

In the Comonwealth of Virginia, the issue of transportation funding has always been a very tough nut to crack. Traffic in the D.C.-Metropolitan area is notoriously bad, and so residents of Northern Virginia are always seeking some sort of relief from torturous commutes. But regional divisions between Virginians in the D.C. area and those who reside in the rest of the state tend to dominate the discussion in Richmond, and residents outside NoVA fairly consistently inveigh against being taxed to solve a problem far away from where they live.

Feb. 20&;For Maryland Honda and Acura owners, it just got a little easier to go solar &; at home, if not yet on the road.

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