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  • Driver Assists Still Aren’t Advanced Enough According To IIHS
    15 Aug 2018

    Driver assists are now so advanced, we often take technology that can take care of accelerating, braking, and steering in certain situations for granted. But, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these convenient assists are still no substitute for human drivers.  As reported by Automotive News, the IIHS tested the Level 2 driver assistance systems on vehicles from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo and found that each system has potentially dangerous weaknesses. During four track-based tests, the IIHS discovered weaknesses in Volvo's adaptive cruise control...

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  • Only Five Three-Door Hatchbacks Are Left In The United States
    13 Aug 2018

    The three-door hatchback gives off a sporty two-door coupe vibe, while still retaining the practicality of a hatchback. Sadly, the popularity of two-door coupes has been waning in favor of SUVs and practical three-door hatchbacks have suffered as a result. Volkswagen has already killed off three-door versions of the Golf GTI and Golf R.  VW has recently announced the end of several other three-door hatchbacks including the Beetle, Polo, Scirocco, and Up, as well as the Audi A3. Even in Europe where hatchbacks are popular, VW now only sells three three-door hatchbacks: the Audi A1, th...

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  • Your Car May Get A Tariff Price Increase, Even If Built In The US
    20 Jul 2018

    Soon, it will be very important to know where your next car was assembled, because the US is in the midst of a massive trade war. Just because your car was built in the US, doesn’t make it safe from tariffs. As Automotive News reports, automakers may be forced to spread price increases from tariffs across their entire model range.  Many people seem to be confused about how US-built cars could possibly be affected by Trump’s tariffs. Automakers plan to minimize the impact of the tariffs by spreading out price increases across their lineup. Some automakers such as Jaguar, L...

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  • Tesla Will Be The First Automaker To Lose The Tax Credit For EVs
    13 Jul 2018

    The clock is ticking for Tesla buyers in the US to receive the full $7,500 federal tax credit for electric cars. Tesla delivered its 200,000th car this month which means a slow phase-out of the tax credit has begun.  Put in place early on in the Obama administration, the tax credit was seen as a tool that could be used to encourage customers to buy plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles. It was meant to offer consumers a bit of a break while the cost of battery technology slowly came down and to encourage manufacturers to push for greater advancements in that technology.  Tesl...

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  • The Trade War With China Begins As Tesla Is Forced To Raise Prices
    12 Jul 2018

    Last Friday, the trade war between China and the US kicked off, as US President implemented a 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. China has already retaliated with an increase in electric car tariffs from 15% to 40%. This means that cars that are imported into China will now be more expensive. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tesla had to raise its prices in China.  The Model X now costs $140,000, which is a significant increase over the old $117,100 price. The Model S now costs $128,400, an increase of about $21,000 compared to the old price. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO,...

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