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More about EARLS  Feb 24th, 2013 
Good Sunday Morning all, now where was I? Oh yes, this morning I'd like to tell you a little about Rick Johnson, owner and great employer. He's 69 and headed to 70 quick but he acts like he's about 25. Diets and exercise is a daily event in his life. He is married to Edith "Edye" for well over 35 years. They have 5 grown children. The oldest is Chris married with 2 kids living in Baltimore. Maggie is married with 4 or 5, I can't keep up, living in Wilmington.. Rich is single still and a criminal attorney in Richmond. Allen is married has 2 little boys and lives in Atlanta. And then there is Keith, single, and living the ultimate life in the Outer Banks of N.C. Rick has been in the Marines but they wouldn't let him fly so he switched over to the army. At that point, he was sent to Vietnam and he flew planes over the border as a spotter plane pilot. He came home with 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 34 air medals and a Purple Heart... Soon after he opened his first used car lot. I guess he thought that would be a little more quiet. little did he know that was the beginning of a new world. He was still getting off the ground when I came to work there........I'll be back. 
 
 
Welcome to EARLS  Feb 23rd, 2013 
This is my first try at blogging. So I guess I'll start by telling you a little bit about me, EARLS, and the other folks that work there. My name is Jeanie Land, I am the general manager and all around  get it done person. I am 59 working on 60 and wish I could convert to 21 again. I've been at EARLS for 12 years and it seems like just yesterday when I started. I was born and raised in Oriental, North Carolina. Lived on the Neuse River and have always loved the water, fishing and general life on the beach. I now live on the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth and I love it. If there is anything I can do to help you,our customers, you need only to contact me. Questions? hmmmm



 
 
 
Sonic Automotive revs up earnings in 4Q full year  Feb 20th, 2013 

Sonic Automotive Inc. has its headquarters in Charlotte's Cotswold area. Sonic Automotive Inc. reports net income of $30.4 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter, up from ...  
 
 
Bill Would Stop Oklahoma Insurance Department Use of Police Cars  Feb 20th, 2013 

A Senate panel has passed a bill that would prohibit the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s anti-fraud investigators from using police vehicles. The Senate General Government Committee voted ...  
 
 
Storm strands dozens of cars in California  Feb 20th, 2013 

A woman plays with her dog in heavy snow in Northern California. A winter storm left dozens of cars stranded on California roads before sweeping into the Great Plains, where it could dump up to 2 ...  
 
 
2014 Volvo S60 Whats Changed  Feb 20th, 2013 

Volvo's S60 luxury sedan is the automaker's best-seller in the U.S., so it's no surprise Volvo didn't change the new one too much; the 2014 model will debut at the Geneva Motor ...  
 
 
Tesla says it will reach profitability in 1st quarter  Feb 20th, 2013 

Electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. expects to achieve profitability during the first quarter this year, earlier than the previous expectation of profitability in late 2013.Tesla, in its ...  
 
 
GM withdraws applications for top-level domain names  Feb 20th, 2013 

Washington - General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is withdrawing all five of its applications for top-level domain names - the equivalent of .com and .org.Citing records posted on the website for the ...  
 
 
2013 Range Rover supercharged 3.0L V6 added to line-up  Feb 20th, 2013 

Jaguar XJ limo in 2012 will make its way into the luxury off-roader and be available in Australia from the fourth quarter of 2013. The six-cylinder follows the engine-downsizing trend by replacing ...  
 
 
Proposal to allow food trucks moves forward in Lexington council  Feb 20th, 2013 

An ordinance streamlining the licensing and permitting process for mobile food trucks, and making changes in license fees food trucks pay, will go to Lexington's Urban County Council work ...  
 
 
New Jeep Liberty to Debut in New York  Feb 20th, 2013 
Mike Manley, president and CEO of the Jeep brand has confirmed that the new version of the Jeep Liberty will debut at the New York Auto Show next month. Chrysler Group plans to have the new Liberty on sale by the end of the second quarter. There has been speculation that the Liberty name will [...] 
 
 
Going Viral: Ford Looks to Social Media “Agents” for 2014 Fiesta Campaign  Feb 20th, 2013 
If you post, tweet, Pin, Instagram–whatever–you could be part of The 2014 Ford Fiesta ad campaign.  The Fiesta is Ford’s European-inspired subcompact, and the automaker is hoping an innovative social marketing campaign will hit the sweet spot for the Fiesta’s target demographic, one that is assumed to be especially active in social media channels. Ford [...] 
 
 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe Spy Photos: The Next CL-class in All But Name  Feb 20th, 2013 
What It Is: The next generation CL-class, although it will revert to S-class coupe nomenclature to more closely align with Mercedes’ flagship sedan. The name change makes it the first two-door S since the W140 generation of the 1990s. The outgoing CL represented the personal luxury coupe cranked up to 15, and you can expect [...] 
 
 
Anatomy of an F1 Pit Stop: 0:03 Is the Magic Number  Feb 20th, 2013 
In Formula 1, fuel delivery used to dictate the length of pit stops. But since the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile banned in-race refueling in 2010, the cars now carry enough fuel for the duration of the race, meaning time in the pits is determined by how quickly a 14-plus-man crew can swap four wheels and tires. [...] 
 
 
Chrysler Recalls Vipers for Air Bags  Feb 20th, 2013 

viperChrysler is recalling certain model year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured from Nov. 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004.

A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

 
 
 
Chase Renews Jaguar Deal  Feb 20th, 2013 

chase_jagChase Auto Finance, a division of J.P. Morgan Chase, announced the renewal of their private label auto finance agreement with Jaguar Land Rover North America for an additional five years.

 
 
 
2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport review notes: Still on the cushy side  Feb 20th, 2013 
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: With an as-tested price of $89,310, this 2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport is certainly in  
 
 
Report: Jeep Liberty Replacement SUV May Get New York Auto Show Reveal  Feb 20th, 2013 
The Jeep Liberty could be called Cherokee and will be be shown next month. 
 
 
Caught! 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe  Feb 20th, 2013 
Spy shots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class may be old news, but the two-door S-Class has remained a mystery until now. We’ve just got our first glimpse of the 2015 CL-Class (or if rumors of Mercedes new nomenclature prove true, the SLC-Class or S-Class Coupe) testing inside the grounds of a Mercedes test facility in [...] 
 
 
National Power Supply Now Offers Better Deals On Remanufactured Diesel Engines  Feb 20th, 2013 
National Power Supply offers quality remanufactured diesel engines by beating OEM's cost.  
 
 
Yen’s fall sparks auto showroom battle  Feb 20th, 2013 

Mazda Canada Inc. plans to take advantage of the drop in the Japanese yen to boost vehicle sales this year, in a sign that recent currency gyrations are flowing through to the Canadian economy - ...  
 
 
Toyota aims for record global production in 2013  Feb 20th, 2013 

7203.T ) plans to make a record 8.79 million vehicles under the Toyota and Lexus brands in 2013 and 9.5 million in 2014, a member of the Toyota labor union federation said on ...  
 
 
GM names new human resources chief  Feb 20th, 2013 

General Motors Co. on Tuesday said it has named a new vice president of global human resources following Cindy Brinkley's decision to leave the company.GM said Melissa Howell, who has more than ...  
 
 
China Passenger Car Sales Surge In January  Feb 20th, 2013 

English: great wall hover ???????: ????? ???? ????? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The timing of Spring Festival must always be taken into account when analyzing vehicle sales in the first two months of ...  
 
 
Chrysler Marchionne to announce investments jobs at Kokomo factory  Feb 20th, 2013 

Chrysler Group LLC said CEO Sergio Marchionne will travel to Kokomo,Ind., next week to "announce investments and jobs to boost transmissionmanufacturing in Indiana."The Auburn Hills ...  
 
 
TEXT-Fitch upgrades five SC Germany auto transactions  Feb 20th, 2013 

Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:20am EST As of February 2013, all five transactions had extremely low delinquencies (defined as unpaid instalments for 31 up to 180 days) ranging from 0.3% in SC11-1 to 1.5% in ...  
 
 
SolarCity launches solar investment fund with Honda and Acura  Feb 20th, 2013 

SolarCity has partnered with Honda and Acura to create a $65 million investment fund to help buyers of Honda and Acura vehicles pay for the cost of solar power systems. SolarCity has partnered with ...  
 
 
Bharat bandh 14 arrested for vandalising factories cars in Noida near Delhi  Feb 20th, 2013 

New Delhi : The Bharat bandh or all-India strike today took an ugly turn this morning when factories and cars were vandalised and burnt in Hosiery complex, phase 2 in Noida near Delhi. 14 people have ...  
 
 
UPDATE 1-Protesters set cars truck on fire in India strike  Feb 20th, 2013 

Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:31am EST (Recasts, adds detail, comment) By Annie Banerji NEW DELHI Feb 20 (Reuters) - Protesting workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories near the Indian capital, New ...  
 
 
Fitch Upgrades Five SC Germany Auto Transactions  Feb 20th, 2013 

Fitch: Indonesian Flood Losses Manageable For Non-Life Insurers Fitch Ratings says it does not expect insured losses from the recent flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia in January to trigger widespread ...  
 
 
Asahi Kasei Debuts Improved Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene for Automotive Applications  Feb 20th, 2013 

Asahi Kasei Plastics announces a new long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene for improved impact performance and 20 Percent cost savings compared to traditional long glass fiber reinforced ...  
 
 
New Report on Global Automotive Plastics Industry  Feb 20th, 2013 

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Automotive Plastics - A Global Market Watch, 2011 - 2016" report to their ...  
 
 
Honda SolarCity Sign $65 Million Deal To Help Drivers Go Solar  Feb 20th, 2013 

Buy a Honda, go solar. That's the pitch car buyers will hear thanks to a deal announced Wednesday between SolarCity and Honda's U.S. division that will finance $65 million in discounted ...  
 
 
NEW! www.PartsforSnowPlows.com Has Added More Discount OEM Meyer & Fisher Snow Plow Parts in Stock!  Feb 20th, 2013 
For newly added discount Fisher and Meyer snow plow parts - in stock - visit www.PartsforSnowPlows.com. Lowest prices - fastest shipping! 
 
 
Portable Vehicle Barriers: Meridian's Archer 1200 Rapid Deployment Vehicle Barriers Deployed at the 55th Grammy Awards  Feb 20th, 2013 
Meridian Rapid Defense Group protects the 2013 Grammy Awards against vehicular intrusion. 
 
 
National Power Supply Now Offers Better Deals On Remanufactured Diesel Engines  Feb 20th, 2013 
National Power Supply offers quality remanufactured diesel engines by beating OEM's cost.  
 
 
Honda SolarCity team up to offer solar to drivers  Feb 20th, 2013 

Lyndon Rive has a lot to smile about including a new partnership with Honda to offer SolarCity solar service to Honda customers at a ...  
 
 
AFI’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg to unlock city’s fashion potential  Feb 20th, 2013 

Feb 19, 2013 From March 7-9, African Fashion International (AFI), in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, will host the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ) at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown ...  
 
 
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK review  Feb 20th, 2013 

Just three years after its launch, Mercedes updates its GLK compact crossover for the 2013. The big news is the addition of a 4-cylinder diesel engine, due early 2013. No mainstream luxury brand ...  
 
 
Honda SolarCity raise $65 mln for dealership home solar systems  Feb 20th, 2013 

Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:59pm EST Feb 19 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co's U.S. division is partnering with solar power company SolarCity Corp on a $65 million fund to help its customers and dealerships ...  
 
 
2013 Toyota Avalon First drive  Feb 20th, 2013 

Toyota redesigns its luxurious Avalon sedan for 2013, giving it a stronger look that the company hopes will attract younger buyers. Toyota says the design goal is bold, aggressive luxury. We think ...  
 
 
CHP says dozens of crashes cars stuck near Sonora  Feb 20th, 2013 

SONORA, Calif. -; California Highway Patrol officials say dozens of cars were either stuck in the snow or involved in accidents near the Northern California community of Sonora as a snowstorm moved ...  
 
 
Council buys 70 fleet cars for police  Feb 20th, 2013 

FORT WAYNE – Fort Wayne City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to buy 91 vehicles, including 70 new vehicles for the police department.The $1,997,835 price tag was included in the 2013 ...  
 
 
GM seeks .Buick .Chevy domain names withdraws .Chevrolet .GMC .Cadillac  Feb 20th, 2013 

Washington - General Motors Co. wants .Buick and .Chevy as top-level Internet domain names - the equivalent of .com and .org. But it has withdrawn applications for .Chevrolet, .GMC and .Cadillac.GM ...  
 
 
S. Africa to introduce zero emission electric cars  Feb 20th, 2013 

electric vehicle s in a bid to become more environment friendly. The introduction of ZEEV, a ground-breaking pioneering initiative for the South African automobile market, "seeks to ensure that ...  
 
 
Spyker B6 sports car concept teased  Feb 20th, 2013 

concept has appeared online ahead of its premiere at next month’s 2013 Geneva motor show. The low-volume Dutch sports car maker - most famous in recent years for its brief and tumultuous ...  
 
 
Infiniti profitable in 3-4 years Nissan predicts  Feb 20th, 2013 

/enpproperty--> Nissan Motor Co expects its luxury Infiniti business to become profitable in three to four years as it begins production in China and introduces entry-level vehicles to attract ...  
 
 
BMW recalls 500k plus cars  Feb 20th, 2013 

BMW is recalling about 750,000 of its vehicles in the United States, Japan, Canada and South Africa due the chance of an electrical failure that may cause the cars to stall unexpectedly, US ...  
 
 
Europe relies on Britain to drive car sales  Feb 20th, 2013 

Britain was the only bright spot in European car sales last year but to maintain the growth, vehicle makers will have to keep offering such hefty incentives that they may erode any remaining ...  
 
 
Seoul shares rise most in 5 months tech autos rally  Feb 20th, 2013 

SEOUL | Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:11am EST SEOUL Feb 20 (Reuters) - Seoul shares gained the most in more than five months on Wednesday as foreign buying and a pick-up in German economic sentiment ...  
 
 
Chicago River cable cars CTA club cars — tourism group gets lots of suggestions  Feb 20th, 2013 

Glass-enclosed cable cars running along the Chicago River from Navy Pier. Designated club cars on CTA trains to and from O'Hare where travelers could store their luggage and order a drink. Plane ...  
 
 
Geely and Volvo Cars cooperate in new RD Centre in Sweden  Feb 20th, 2013 

Geely Holding, majority owner of Volvo Car Corporation (Volvo Cars) and Geely Auto, will establish a Research and Development Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Centre will develop a new modular ...  
 
 
Bharat bandh factories cars vandalised in Noida near Delhi  Feb 20th, 2013 

New Delhi : During the Bharat Bandh or all-India strike today, factories and cars were vandalised and burnt in Hosiery complex, phase 2 in Noida near Delhi. Some factory-owners claim their property ...  
 
 
Return of the Box: 2014 Volvo S60 and XC60 Get New, Squared-Off Looks, Refreshed Interiors  Feb 20th, 2013 
The 2014 model year looks to be a big one for Volvo as it updates nearly all of its lineup with refreshed looks and nicer interior appointments. No models get as much of a seeing to as the 2014 Volvo S60 and XC60, though. The first thing you’ll notice are their new front ends with [...] 
 
 
2014 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive  Feb 20th, 2013 
Prescription Filled: 2014 Mazda CX-5 adds power 
 
 
2014 Bentley Flying Spur Arrives With More Power, Luxury, and Technology [2013 Geneva Auto Show]  Feb 20th, 2013 
You’d expect Bentley’s announcement for the 2014 Flying Spur sedan to drip with hedonistic excess and exceptionalism, and, boy, it does. Musings such as “most powerful four-door Bentley ever,” “much improved door kinematics,” and “ultimate high-luxury sedan with unrivaled performance” litter the car’s introductory materials. This linguistic optimism is no accident—Bentley has reloaded its highly [...] 
 
 
2014 Range Rover to Replace Naturally Aspirated V-8 with Familial Supercharged V-6  Feb 20th, 2013 
Just a few weeks ago, we found ourselves largely agreeing with Land Rover’s description of the 2013 Range Rover‘s 5.0-liter V-8: According to the press release, it provides “a compelling combination of smooth, responsive performance and immaculate refinement.” Apart from the flowery style, we couldn’t have put it better. But alas, a year after the [...] 
 
 
National Power Supply Now Offers Better Deals On Remanufactured Diesel Engines  Feb 20th, 2013 
National Power Supply offers quality remanufactured diesel engines by beating OEM's cost.  
 
 
Report Chrysler to add Ind. jobs  Feb 20th, 2013 

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A report says the Chrysler Group will announce investments and jobs to boost transmission manufacturing in the Kokomo area next ...  
 
 
Audi RSQ3 first RS SUV to wear sub-$100K price tag  Feb 20th, 2013 

Audi’s first-ever SUV-based RS modelis powered by a228kW/420Nm2.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine - down slightly on the265kW found under thebonnet of ...  
 
 
Moving mystery U-Haul trucks disappear  Feb 20th, 2013 

PLANT CITY, Fla. - Deputies are investigating a string of U-Haul thefts in eastern Hillsborough County. Five 26-foot box trucks have been taken since December, including two in Plant City, and one ...  
 
 
Europes new car sales are veering off track  Feb 20th, 2013 

Car sales in Europe skidded to a fresh low last month, falling 8.5 per cent below the number driven off forecourts in January 2012. The Association of European Automakers said registrations fell to ...  
 
 
Lessons learned but drivers still adpating to new cars as Daytona nears  Feb 20th, 2013 

Mark Martin, driver of the No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, is still trying to get the feel of his car as the Daytona 500 approaches. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty ...  
 
 
Dirty Little Habits Cleaning up the Auto Industry  Feb 20th, 2013 

Dirty habits die hard and the only way to encourage auto makers to adopt clean technology is a short sharp shock in the fuel price. It's a radical approach, but research suggests it could ...  
 
 
2013 Skoda Octavia wagon revealed  Feb 20th, 2013 

have been released ahead of its unveiling at next month’s 2013 Geneva motor show. The load-lugging version of the Czech brand’s ...  
 
 
Toyota asks for more taxpayer funds  Feb 20th, 2013 

Despite posting its third consecutive operating loss last year, Toyota Australia is in negotiations with the Federal Government to receive more funding to help develop a new model. According ...  
 
 
2014 Acura RLX Pricing Revealed  Feb 19th, 2013 
Earlier today, Acura announced the pricing on the all-new 2014 Acura RLX. The RLX is powered by an all-new 310 horsepower V-6 engine, and features Acura signature technologies such as the Precision All-Wheel Steer, Jewel Eye LED headlights, and an updated AcuraLink connected car system. As Acura’s flagship sedan, the 2014 Acura RLX delivers comfort, [...] 
 
 
Subaru Banking on 2014 Forester for Sales Drive; BRZ Selling Just Fine  Feb 19th, 2013 
Once merely a niche automaker of all-wheel-drive cars and station wagons, Subaru has evolved into a volume player, selling 336,441 vehicles in the U.S. last year, and aiming for 365,000 in 2013. The automaker is anticipating the 2014 Subaru Forester compact crossover will bridge most of the distance. Judging from our initial impressions, we’d say [...] 
 
 
Bentley Releases Teaser Video and New Fragrance  Feb 19th, 2013 
Bentley has released a 38 second teaser for the upcoming release of the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur, a vehicle that combines luxury and performance…for the price of a house. On February 20, 2013, the new Bentley Flying Spur will be unveiled. The video released on YouTube showcases only minimal details of what can be expected. [...] 
 
 
Alfa Romeo Plans to Outsell Fiat in U.S.; New Alfa to U.S. by End of 2013  Feb 19th, 2013 
Italian luxury brand Alfa Romeo will finally return to the U.S. this year, after more than a decade of sitting on the fence about making a comeback. The brand, famous for launching the career of sports car maker Enzo Ferrari in the 1920s and ’30s–and becoming Dustin Hoffman’s ride of choice in The Graduate–left the U.S. in [...] 
 
 
2014 Porsche Cayman / Cayman S First Drive: Hot Damn, It’s Good  Feb 19th, 2013 
The Germans are at it again. From the same country that brought us the “four-door coupe” and engine soundtracks played through the speakers of the audio system comes another wishful fantasy: that the 2014 Porsche Cayman is not a Boxster coupe. The Germans have declared the Cayman to be a standalone car, one distanced from [...] 
 
 
Mini Countryman Performs Backflip; It Really Doesn’t Matter Why  Feb 19th, 2013 
Why did freestyle skier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit perform an unassisted backflip in a highly modified Mini Countryman? Why not? Mini, for its part, says it partnered with Chicherit to “nail” what it’s calling the “world’s first backflip in a car.” Sounds like a good enough reason to set up a ramp, aim a Countryman [...] 
 
 
Take Heed, Odoriferous Affluent: Bentley to Launch Luxury Fragrance Collection  Feb 19th, 2013 
You’ve made all the right choices on your way to the top. And now that you’ve got the car, the arm candy, and the ornamental polo mallet, but one question remains: “How should I smell?” Sensing your quandary, Bentley went directly to the epicenter for all things tiny, smelly, and expensive: France. To create its namesake [...] 
 
 
Name That Exhaust Note, Episode 172  Feb 19th, 2013 
 
 
 
Citroën Debuts Oddly Brilliant Hybrid Air Powertrain, Production Version Coming [2013 Geneva Auto Show]  Feb 19th, 2013 
Gasoline-electric hybrids have floundered near-dead in the waters of Europe, not least because of their added expense or fuel-economy that fails to better that of the small, diesel-powered cars that populate the Continent. But Citroën might have a something on its hands that could change Europeans’ perception of hybrids, and it’s—drum roll, please—a hybrid. It’s [...] 
 
 
AUL Corp. Partners With AAA Mid‐Atlantic on New VSC  Feb 19th, 2013 
AUL is working with AAA Mid-Atlantic on a vehicle service contract that will combine AAA Roadside Assistance with mechanical breakdown protection. 
 
 
Pa. Dealer Faces Fraud Charges  Feb 19th, 2013 
The Pennsylvania owner of Auto Exchange USA is being charged with fraud, theft and impersonating a Notary. Authorities said he pocketed down payments and didn’t pay off existing loans for customers after agreeing to do so. 
 
 
Social Media App Provides Real-Time Alerts to Dealers  Feb 19th, 2013 
Digital Air Strike releases a mobile extension to its Social Logix reputation management system. The new offering allows dealers to respond instantly to reviews or comments on 20 different sites. 
 
 
New F&I Product Reimburses Good Drivers for Tickets, Legal Fees  Feb 19th, 2013 
F&I product and services provider unveils a new F&I protection called TicketProtect. It is designed to provide drivers with financial relief from a variety of non-reckless vehicle citations. 
 
 
Dent Wizard Bundles New Protections Into Ding Shield Preferred  Feb 19th, 2013 
The dent-and-ding company has added windshield and wheel repair to its Ding Shield Preferred offering. All repairs will be done at the dealership’s location by Dent Wizard and Safelite AutoGlass technicians. 
 
 
[Video] Tip of the Week: Selling to Good and Lucky Drivers  Feb 19th, 2013 
How do you respond to customers who say they’ve never been in an accident and don’t need GAP? United Development Systems' Gerry Gould has the answer in F&I’s Tip of the Week.

 
 
 
NADA Supports Bill Amending Clean Air Act  Feb 19th, 2013 
The NADA is asking lawmakers to support a bill that would eliminate a mandate that requires that dealers certify whether a new vehicle’s emissions system has been inspected. 
 
 
Recalls: Half-Million BMW 3 Series, 1 Series, Z4 Models for Battery Cable Fix  Feb 19th, 2013 
BMW is recalling more than 500,000 cars in the U.S. including certain 3 Series, 1 Series, and Z4 models. 2008-2012 BMW 1 Series, 2007-2011 3 Series, and 2009-2011 Z4 models The Problem: The connectors on both ends of a cable that runs from the positive battery terminal to the fuse block are both coated in [...] 
 
 
Chrysler Predicts Alfa Romeo Will Outsell Fiat in U.S.  Feb 19th, 2013 
It’s been years of talk of Alfa Romeo’s return to the United States market, but the release of the 4C later this year should put an end to the talk and finally put metal (and carbon fiber) on the ground. Chrysler’s wasting no time dwelling on the 4C, however, because it’s already predicting that Alfa [...] 
 
 
Bentley Smells Opportunity With New Perfumes, Flying Spur Teased in Video  Feb 19th, 2013 
Bentley is preparing the 2014 Flying Spur sedan for its upcoming Geneva Motor Show debut, but if that’s too rich for your blood, the automaker has also released its first perfume to make its wearer smell like the inside of a Bentley. A new 2014 Flying Spur teaser video is below. We’ll have official info [...] 
 
 
Refreshed: 2014 Volvo S60, 2014 Volvo XC60 Revised Inside and Out  Feb 19th, 2013 
Motor Trend is a fan of the Volvo S60, and for the 2014 model year, the S60 has been refreshed, along with the XC60, XC70, and S80. The S60 sedan and XC60 crossover accounted for more than 60 percent of Volvo’s overall U.S. sales in 2012, so the cars’ exterior and interior updates are a [...] 
 
 
Rolls-Royce Wraith Interior Teased, Includes Luxury-Yacht-Inspired Door Panel  Feb 19th, 2013 
Rolls-Royce has just revealed two photos providing a sneak peek of the Wraith’s interior before the coupe debuts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in less than a month. Rolls-Royce began teasing the Wraith with a couple exterior shots of its profile and rear end, and this time around we get clear photos of a [...] 
 
 
National Power Supply Now Offers Better Deals On Remanufactured Diesel Engines  Feb 19th, 2013 
National Power Supply offers quality remanufactured diesel engines by beating OEM's cost.  
 
 
Nissan Is Latest Car Maker Opens RD Facility in Sunnyvale  Feb 19th, 2013 

SUNNYVALE (KCBS) – Silicon Valley is welcoming a new tenant: Nissan Motors is opening a research and development center in Sunnyvale this week. It’s not the first time the auto industry ...  
 
 
Daring Heist Nets Millions in Diamonds  Feb 19th, 2013 

Baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport February 19, 2013. (AP ...  
 
 
Jeeps Twitter account hacked logo replaced by Cadillac emblem  Feb 19th, 2013 

Jeep's Twitter account was hacked Tuesday, its iconic logo replaced with a Cadillac emblem and a message stating that the brand had been sold to General Motors Co.'s luxury division.Whoever ...  
 
 
BMW recalls 750000 cars due to electrical problem  Feb 19th, 2013 

(Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) is recalling about 750,000 of its vehicles in the United States, Japan, Canada and South Africa due the chance of an electrical failure that may cause the cars to stall ...  
 
 
U.S. road deaths in 2012 jump  Feb 19th, 2013 

Washington - U.S. traffic deaths last year rose about 5 percent to about 36,200, according to a preliminary estimate released Monday by a nonprofit group that tracks auto safety.The increase would be ...  
 
 
Cars properties sink official  Feb 19th, 2013 

A local village official in Shenzhen has been arrested on suspicion of illegally obtaining a large number of properties and taking and offering brides, the Shenzhen People's Procuratorate in ...  
 
 
McCrory wants better highway lights promises big savings on state cars  Feb 19th, 2013 

"We recently found out that we inherited a system that has been double billing on the Triangle Expressway. Our administration has already fixed this issue. "Customer accounts have been ...  
 
 
Local Auto Manufacturing Needs Support  Feb 19th, 2013 

Vice-president Jejomar C. Binay has batted for government support for domestic automotive manufacturing to help the industry attain its goal to tap the huge export potential not just in ASEAN but ...  
 
 
Stolen Toyota sought after Gatineau police pursuit  Feb 19th, 2013 

OTTAWA -- Gatineau police are seeking a stolen vehicle after an early morning car chase.Ottawa police were in the process of chasing a vehicle across the river into Quebec around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday ...  
 
 
Video Charging stations for hybrid and electric cars multiplying  Feb 19th, 2013 

Canadian International Auto Show exhibitors in Toronto are looking to expand the number of spots hybrid and electric cars can juice up. They say charging stations are popping up everywhere from at ...  
 
 
Now Chrysler Social-Media Ops See Jeep Hacked Via Twitter  Feb 19th, 2013 

Two official business days, two breakdowns in Chrysler's social-media operation: This is not a trend that the company and its brands want to see continue. On Tuesday, Jeep became the second ...  
 
 
Beefed-Up Chevy Corvette V-8 Could Power Next Caddy CTS-V  Feb 19th, 2013 

6.2-liter V-8. Cadillac parent GM is still deciding which route to take. GM's naturally aspirated LT1 V-8, which goes under the seventh-gen 'Vette's hood, already boasts direct ...  
 
 
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