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April 17, 2015

From The Car Connection:

2015 Tesla Model S Review

On sale less for less than three years, the Tesla Model S electric car has been nothing less than a silent sonic boom that has shaken the auto industry like no other vehicle in half a century. Not only is it sold by a carmaker that only got its start 10 years ago, it good-looking, fast, and comfortable, gets the highest safety ratings, and offers ranges of 200 miles or more per charge.

Analysis: The More Cars You Have, The More You Drive One Of Them

The fewer vehicles you have in your household, the more likely you are to put some serious miles on each of those wheels, right? Actually, that’s not at all the case. U.S. households with four to six vehicles are likely to put more than 20,000 miles annually on just one of their vehicles. And while they favor one, or maybe two vehicles, the rest are likely to get a lot less use.

2009-2010 Volkswagen Routan Recalled For Flawed Ignition Switch

Volkswagen has issued a recall for 2009 and 2010 models of the Routan minivan. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle may suffer from the same kind of ignition switch flaws that spawned massive recalls at General Motors and other automakers last year.

Dodge's online configurator for the Viper SRT GTC

Dodge's online configurator for the Viper SRT GTC

From Motor Authority:

Build Your Ideal 1-Of-1 Dodge Viper SRT With New Configurator

As part of its updates for its 2015 Viper SRT supercar, Dodge launched a new variant dubbed the “GTC” that buyers are able to customize in virtually any way they desire—and no two Viper SRT GTCs will be allowed to be alike for any single model year, not even when it comes to their color.

Forbidden Fruit: 2015 Subaru Exiga Crossover 7

While Subaru still decides on a vehicle to replace its Tribeca, over in Japan it has an interesting option called the “Exiga Crossover 7”. The vehicle is essentially a large wagon equipped with seven seats in a highly-flexible arrangement. For anyone that loathes SUVs but has a big family to cart around, the Exiga Crossover 7 is an impressive option.

VW CEO’s Contract To Be Extended Despite Chairman’s Recent Grievances

Volkswagen CEO and chairman of the board of management Martin Winterkorn has won the approval of the German auto giant’s supervisory board executive committee and will now likely have his contract extended, despite recent grievances made by chairman Ferdinand Piech.

Nissan Leaf electric cars used by Seattle traffic enforcement department.

Nissan Leaf electric cars used by Seattle traffic enforcement department.

From Green Car Reports:

Electric Police Cars? Seattle Uses Nissan Leafs For Traffic Enforcement

They may not have the most intimidating presence, but electric cars can play an important role in law enforcement. Police vehicles spend a lot of time idling or negotiating traffic, particularly in urban areas.

Tesla Model S Body Kit: Definitely Different, Range-Robbing Too?

Body kits--add-on components and replacements for a car's front and rear fascias and door sills--are often a good way for owners to make their vehicle stand out from the crowd. Often used on luxury brands and tuner cars, the updated looks are usually edgier and more aggressive than the factory styling, and often distinctive--if an acquired taste for most.

Propel Renewable Diesel: Usable By Any Vehicle, Going Beyond 'Biodiesel'

Fuels produced using plant-based materials can offer a promising way to reduce the carbon emitted by road vehicles. That's because their plant feedstocks absorb carbon dioxide from the air, bringing them far closer to a carbon-neutral footprint than any fuel refined from crude oil.

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