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Porsche has officially pulled out of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. While in past years they have set up a large exhibit in the Motor City every January, the manufacturer has decided to put their efforts into the New York and Los Angeles shows. [click to continue…]

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CARPROOF’s Vehicle Valuation Report (VVR) gained some significant momentum in July with ADESA Canada integrating the new appraisal platform into their auction system. Subscribers of ADESA Market Guide may now access a vehicle’s True Retail Sold™ seamlessly through the Google Chrome extension VVR QuickView.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced recently that they will be offering rewards up to $1,500 to ethical hackers who can find data security weaknesses in their vehicles and report them to the company. This news comes exactly one year after a Jeep Cherokee was turned off remotely by two hackers in conjunction with a reporter from Wired.com. You can read that full story here. That hack led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles by FCA. Since then, automakers across the board have increased efforts to fix potential hacking issues with vehicles equipped with high-speed Internet connections.

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Summer has officially arrived and with it comes the delightful season of road trips. Road trips are an excellent way for you to get out and see your landscape from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. As you embark, it is important to ensure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey ahead. Following are 9 areas of vehicle maintenance that should be checked before the beginning of any long trips, ensuing peace-of-mind on the road.

  1. Check Your Fluids

Before any lengthy journey it is important to make sure you have checked your fluid levels, such as wiper fluid, coolant, brake fluid and oil. Open up the hood, examine your levels and top up any that are looking low.

  1. Get an Oil Change

As long trips can often increase the level of stress experienced by your motor, it is important to make sure that your oil is in good condition. If you are due for an oil change in the near future, you might want to consider getting your oil change done before your trip, to make the journey a little easier on your engine. [click to continue…]

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United States Federal regulators came down unprecedentedly hard on Volkswagen this past Tuesday with $15.3 billion (USD) fine against the German automaker in wake of last year’s diesel emissions scandal. VW will pay out $14.7 billion to consumers and federal agencies. In addition, the automaker also will pay $600 million (USD) to settle with 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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Tesla Battery Recycling

by Derek Kubik on June 28, 2016

With technological advancements and environmental concerns in mind, electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent and their prevalence will only continue to increase. To add to that, Dutch and Norwegian governments have been discussing only permitting electric car sales and banning gas powered car sales by 2025.

So with the  future looking electric, the thought of all those electric car battery packs may not seem very environmentally friendly. However, it might not be as bad as you think; according to Tesla a majority of their batteries will be recycled.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Front End

Challenge the status quo in Honda’s second-generation midsize pickup truck, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Dynamic performance and a versatile design come forward on the redesigned model that presents an increase in sophistication and capability. Offering a selection of available trim levels, including the LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Black Edition, you are able to experience personalized preferences on many levels. [click to continue…]

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On June 23rd, 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on the country’s continued membership to the European Union (EU). The British people voted in favour of the British exit (Brexit), with 51.9% in favour of an exit and 48.1% in favour of remaining. This decision is projected to make huge waves on the economy and various industries, and the automobile industry is no exception. Shares of various suppliers and dealership groups with ties to the U.K. took a hit immediately following the results of the referendum. Share prices on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which has its headquarters in London, dropped on the New York Stock Exchange from $7.19 to $6.31 on the day after the referendum results.

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The Tesla Model S electric sedan has had a great first quarter of sales in Canada. 325 Canadians purchased the Model S during the month of March alone, which is now the all-time sales record for plug-in vehicle sales for a single month. March sales made up for a relatively sluggish first two months of the year, where the Model S sold 47 and 88 units in January and February. Altogether, this gives the Model S 460 total units sold in Q1 of 2016, which slightly outpaces the second place Chevy Volt which has 442 units sold in the same time period.

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Volkswagen AG is investing $300 million in the ride-hailing application Gett which looks to expand its current operations in Europe and New York City. Currently operating in over 60 cities worldwide with a primary focus in Europe, Gett competes directly with other ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft which have greater prominence in the North American market. Gett is currently only available in New York City on the North American continent.

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