Dodge Dart Chief Engineer George Gibson Jr. Dies

George Gibson Jr., former chief engineer for Dodge, died January 21, 2015 in Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 92. He’s best known for developing the Dodge Dart, which returned to the lineup a few years ago. His love for automobiles never dwindled. “We should all die and come back as one of my father’s automobiles,” his daughter, Lisa Gibson, said. “He took care of machinery in remarkable fashion.” His development of the compact car wasn’t his only involvement. He was also featured in commercials for the car, as critics couldn’t believe a man of his size—six feet tall and190 pounds—could fit. He proved them wrong, sparking an ad that […]

New Illinois Leasing Law Cuts Taxes in Half

On January 1, 2015, leasing a vehicle in Illinois became quite a bit more attractive (by 50%, if you look at the numbers). The new Illinois Leasing Law reduces the amount of tax that a customer would pay while leasing a car. Prior to 2015, a customer would pay tax on the purchase price of the car, even though a lease acts as a long-term rental. This made leasing a car unappealing. Nationally the lease rate is right around 26%, but in Illinois it has been only 14%. Chicago is even lower than that, at only 8% of all vehicle sales being leases. New York, for example, has a nearly […]

Chrysler Debuts Improved Uconnect System at CES

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Chrysler showed off its new and improved Uconnect system. This updated connectivity service now includes a new Uconnect smartphone app that lets drivers set navigation destinations, locate their cars with their phones, and get a health report, all without sitting in the driver’s seat. A health report is a monthly email that shows the car’s vital statistics, including the status of the engine, transmission, suspension, fluid levels, and more. The car can even alert you if there are any critical issues that need immediate maintenance. Additionally, you’ll never have to worry about trying to find your car in a crowded parking […]

Upcoming Venture Drive Traffic Plan Revealed Near Peru Mall

A new traffic plan was revealed to the public last week by the city of Peru, detailing an upcoming intersection that will make life easier and safer at the 38th Street shopping intersection, north of the Peru Mall. According to the plan, two left-hand turns would be restored to the road, and Venture Drive would be moved about 150 feet westward, so that it intersects with 38th Street at the location where the entrance to a strip mall currently resides. Local drivers and local business owners received the news well at a Tuesday meeting, responding with almost universal praise. This plan would certainly make shopping excursions safer, especially during busy […]

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