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Laws Mandating DUI Interlocks Save Lives

Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia and four California counties have some type of interlock requirement that applies to first-time offenders. If all states without such laws adopted them, more than 500 additional lives could be saved each year. Continue reading

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California Air Resources Board Fines JEGS Automotive $1.7m

The California Air Resources Board today announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California. The penalty is the largest in CARB … Continue reading

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Real News Orgs Dominate Twitter Feed

The study also finds “little clear evidence” that the real “fake news” sites were a major factor in the information stream on Twitter… Continue reading

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Brinks Trucks Not Going to the Bank. ATM Machines to Empty?

Unifor has called for three-person crews to permit the driver to stay in the vehicle to function as a lookout and protect his fellow crew members. The Canadian company will not even guarantee that they will not further reduce to one-person crews. Continue reading

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BMW R nineT Scrambler – Old Look, Modern Pricing

R nineT Scrambler has the legendary flat-twin boxer engine, which has characterized the design, and provided what riders called the unique sound of BMW motorcycles for more than nine decades. Continue reading

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Army, GM to Show Colorado-Based Fuel Cell EV

Neither GM nor TARDEC released vehicle specifications, but the Army said it is focusing on the technology and its capabilities, irrespective of the platform. Continue reading

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Best June Sales Ever for BMW Group

June Sales at the BMW Group set a new record with a total of 227,849 vehicles delivered to customers around the world. This was an increase of 9.1% compared to the same month last year. This latest record month means … Continue reading

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Toyota Claims Lead in Patents

Toyota is the only automaker listed among the top 20 on the IPO list. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. Continue reading

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Mazda MX-5 RF Debuts at New York Auto Show

With strong contrast between light and shadow and a high-density finish, Machine Grey allegedly gives the impression that the vehicle’s body has been sculpted from a solid steel ingot. Continue reading

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Can Audi R18 Beat Porsche at Le Mans in June?

Audi’s LMP1 sports car is a vehicle that is more powerful and “clearly more efficient than its predecessor.” While the new R18 is Audi’s strongest race car to date, it consumes less fuel than any of the generations before it. Continue reading

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Ford Forms Smart Mobility Subsidiary

It’s part of the latest automaker trend – or fad – to diversify away form the traditional car business. Continue reading

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BMW X4 M40i Unveiled at NAIAS

The 2016 BMW X4 M40i will be available at certified BMW dealers in February 2016 starting at $57,800 plus Destination and Handling. Continue reading

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GM Offers ‘Box Delete’ on All Light Duty Pickups

This means box delete is now available on all sizes of GM pickups, an industry first. Continue reading

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Union Protests Hyundai Worker Deaths

Trade unionists from Korea were in Geneva, Switzerland to attend the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights this week telling the world about the workers dying in the yards of the planet’s biggest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries Continue reading

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Truth in Geographical Vehicle Names – Here are Real Ones

Finding a Chevy Malibu in Malibu or a Hyundai Tucson in Tucson is actually rare, if such geographical vehicle names reflect popularity in those locales. Continue reading

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