Five Year Anniversary of Cash for Clunkers – Car Pro News

30 Jul
Cash for Clunkers

It’s hard to imagine that words like “U.S. sales bonanza” were ever used to describe anything that happened in 2009. But they were.
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time in the U.S. auto industry. Consider this: When U.S. vehicle sales fell 28 percent in June of that year, the drop wasn’t seen as being so bad. Every other month that year had been worse.
“We were getting our teeth kicked in,” recalled Paul Lunsford, a Toyota dealer in Orange County, Calif.
Cash for clunkers changed that, if only for a couple of months.… Read more

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VW Eos-Final Edition – Car Pro News

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Volkswagen is sending off the Eos convertible with a limited-edition model appropriately called Final Edition.

Set to replace the mid-range Sport trim level, the Final Edition model features 18-inch Vicenza wheels, model-specific Cornsilk Beige and black two-tone leather upholstery, contrast stitching, silver trim on the dashboard and on the door panels, a rear-view camera and rain-sensing wipers.

Other standard features carried over from the Eos Sport include Bluetooth audio streaming, a touch screen-based infotainment system with navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.

The Eos Final Edition is exclusively offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that generates 200-horsepower at 5,100 rpms and 207 lb-ft.… Read more

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Chrysler 300 SRT Axed – Car Pro News

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Chrysler has confirmed that it will likely kill the Chrysler 300 SRT sedan, though the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT appears to be safe at the moment.
Poor sales early in the year already led to speculation that the flagship sedan would not survive. The trouble appears to have continued into the summer, with an average of just 75 units leaving showrooms each month. In comparison, the lower Chrysler 300 trim levels account for an average of 4300 sales each month.
Chrysler brand chief Al Gardner has told Motor Trend the 300 SRT will likely be discontinued in the US market, though its popularity in the Middle East and other select markets could keep it alive internationally.… Read more

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Anti-Cellphone Laws Ineffective – Car Pro News

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Contradicting claims equating drunk driving with cellphone use behind the wheel, a University of Colorado Boulder study has found no evidence of decreased accident rates following California’s usage ban.

The potential dangers of distracted driving have been well established, however the latest research, published in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, suggests the real-world implications may not be as substantial as safety advocates have claimed.

“If it’s really that dangerous, and if even just a fraction of people stop using their phones, we would expect to find some decrease in accidents,” said co-author Daniel Kaffine, associate professor of economics at CU-Boulder.… Read more

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How to Stop Telemarketers – Car Pro News

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A former telemarketer is revealing how you can stop unwanted calls from phone marketers. Some of the most relentless are people trying to sell you an extended warranty for your car. Erica Elson gave ABC one of her many tips. “There’s a fine line between being rude and being too friendly. You just want to remain polite but not reveal any personal information,” she says.
Not giving personal information is also important for security reasons; according to the Better Business Bureau, telemarketing scams are becoming a common approach to deceive people and steal their information.
Although many of us have tried just about everything to stop the calls – ignoring them, giving the telemarketer excuses or saying “not right now” – Elson says those escape routes are just going to put you right back on the call list.… Read more

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