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Fiat

William Walker/CNN

Fiat: We're not talking merger with VW

Fiat denied Thursday it was in merger talks with Volkswagen, but its shares held on to strong gains in a weaker Italian market.

Germany's Manager magazine reported that Volkswagen is considering a full or partial takeover of Fiat, which bought bankru...

An all-new Ford Edge is coming to a driveway near you

One of the more popular compact SUVs on the market is getting a sharp redesign.

VW Beetle electric

Classic VW Beetle goes electric

If you want an electric car with some personality, how about a classic Volkswagen Beetle? Not many cars have more personality than that.

GM HQ Detroit with Chevrolet sign

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Here's what's so outrageous about the GM debacle

Senators didn't hold back Thursday as they grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

It is the fourth time she's been called to Capitol Hill to explain why GM waited a decade to recall vehicles with a defective ignition switch now tied to at least 13 de...

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Feds may press automakers further on mileage claims

The federal government may require automakers to road test cars to ensure the accuracy of gas mileage claims, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Tuesday.

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BMW recalls 1.6 million cars on airbag concerns

BMW Group is recalling 1.6 million of its popular 3 Series vehicles, making it the latest global automaker to issue a massive recall based on concerns over airbag safety.

Last month the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said seven a...

Obama

Pool

Obama's Republican road rage

His car wasn't moving Tuesday, but President Barack Obama was gunning for Republicans.

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air

Courtesy Brian McDaniels

When owning a car made you a god

There were two distinct groups of guys in high school back in the '60s: Those who had cars, and those who didn't. For the sake of your reputation, you didn't want to be the kid without a car, says 70-year-old Brian McDaniels.

Auto Shops Affected by Insurance Companies

Santa Maria auto repair shop affected by insurance companies

A Santa Maria car body shop owner is not happy that insurance companies refer their clients to certain auto body repair shops that are signed up with the direct repair program - a program that he claims eliminates market competition

Volkswagen Chattanooga plant

Courtesy Volkswagen

VW's US plant to add 2,000 jobs

Volkswagen is nearly doubling the employment at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, bringing a new SUV and 2,000 jobs to its only U.S. factory.

Interstate traffic commuters

Ferre Dollar/CNN

New Highway Interchange Completed

The city of Paso Robles is celebrating the completion of a big traffic project.

GM loses profits

CNN

Some victims get nothing from GM's compensation plan

The families of three people who died in GM vehicles with an ignition switch flaw will get nothing from the automaker's compensation fund. Neither will 13 who were injured.

Gas Prices

VW Beetle electric

Classic VW Beetle goes electric

If you want an electric car with some personality, how about a classic Volkswagen…

Gas prices

5 simple tips to save at gas pump

You don't have to be a serious gearhead to ease your pain at the gas pump. We've…

Man at gas pump

Highest July 4 gas prices in 6 years

Get ready to pay more at the pump this holiday weekend.

2015 Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul now plugs in

On the outside, it looks much like the conventional Kia Soul. However, this version…

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Nevada driver charged $975 for gas

Imagine you put $10 worth of gas in your car using your debit card and got billed…

Pumping gas

Glitch leads to 1-cent gas at Illinois station

An Illinois gas station caused traffic jams over the weekend when it accidentally…

Local Headlines

Juvenile Hall Court to Host Gang-related Murder Trial

The so-called "U-Haul murder trial" is expected to be another high security,…

Ellwood Fire

Explosion at Goleta Apartment Complex Leaves One Man Hospitalized

Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at an apartment…

Body of Isaiah Sanchez Recovered at Cachuma Lake

Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where…

Local family raises money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Father/Daughter Team Raising Money and Awareness for Leukemia Research

One year ago, a Goleta woman was faced with any mother's worst nightmare: having a…

Old Spanish Days Celebrated at Historical Museum

People dined and danced under the moonlight at this year's La Fiesta del Museo…

Roundbout Giving Drivers in the Santa Ynez Valley a New Way Around

An intersection that's become very busy because of its location near wine country…

Newsroom Tipline

NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

NewsChannel 3 Tipline Helps Pismo Man Get New Teeth

In this Tipline story, we help a man battered by life. A series of tragic events…

Woman Featured In Tipline Story Gets $25,000

NewsChannel 3 has a nice surprise for a woman who battled the City of Santa Barbara…

Six Year Fight To Save Historic Beach Cabana Is Over

Santa Barbara County Historic Landmark #49, also known as the Irene and Frances…

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Tipline Warning: Bill Collectors Accused of Using Illegal Threats

An out of state bill collector may be going to far to get people to pay a past debt…

Tipline Investigation: Botched City Inspections Cause Homeowner Nightmare

Our special Tipline Investigation exposes a flawed Santa Barbara city policy that's…

Secret Rx War

Tipline: Prescription Drug Crackdown Leads To Suicides

A Tipline investigation in July exposed how the nation's largest pharmaceutical…

What's Right

Local family raises money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Father/Daughter Team Raising Money and Awareness for Leukemia Research

One year ago, a Goleta woman was faced with any mother's worst nightmare: having a…

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

Mechanics Blew Up Motors To Raise Scholarship Funds

The 9th Annual Blow The Motor Night blew up four donated car motors.

Oxnard Teen Gets Skype Surprise of a Lifetime

It was a birthday wish come true for an Oxnard teenager Monday meeting her favorite…

Independence Day Pancake Breakfast in Montecito

Hundreds Enjoy Independence Day Pancake Breakfast

Hundreds of people attended this year's annual pancake breakfast put on by the…

Rods and Roses in Carpinteria

Rods and Roses Revs Up Funds for Carpinteria Youth

The 17th annual Rods and Roses show in Carpinteria this weekend has had every slot…

Dining out

Dining Out Fundraiser Helps in the Battle Against Drugs and Alcohol

Dining out today in Santa Barbara could help raise thousands of dollars for programs…

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