Automakers’ 2015 April Fools’ pranks

Published: April 1, 2015

I actually look forward to April 1 each year, when I can search the web for the best jokes. Here’s a round-up of what I’ve found this year.

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Texas study suggests that distracted driving laws should target women - Published: April 1, 2015

A group of researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston wanted to get a better grasp of the problem. Among other things, they wanted to paint a portrait of today's distracted driver.

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Lotus wants you to test drive the Evora 400, but only if you're as agile as it is - Published: April 1, 2015

Lotus may just bruise a few fan egos with an unorthodox attempt to promote the new Evora 400.

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Kia Soul EV to go on sale in five more states by this June - Published: April 1, 2015

California sales were so robust that the Korean carmaker accelerated its rollout plans.

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Recalls recap: The Manufacturers on this week’s list are BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota - Published: March 31, 2015

In case you missed it: Vehicle recalls that came across our desk this week. Materials for this recap are received via email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) copied directly from the www.nhtsa.gov website.

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Shopping for a car can put a dent in your credit score - Published: March 31, 2015

You may have perfectly legitimate reasons for applying for credit, but to lenders, having too many hard inquiries on your record sends up a red flag that you may be having trouble meeting your obligations.

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Will textured paints be the next big thing in car customization? - Published: March 31, 2015

When it comes to paint, a mirror-like smooth finish is traditionally as good as it gets. Yet the rise of interest in matte paint finishes has convinced Peugeot to throw that notion out the window.

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Which states have the most diesel vehicles? New data gives results - Published: March 31, 2015

Data provided by IHS Automotive to the Diesel Technology Forum indicates that sales of diesel cars and SUVs rose 13.5 percent last year over 2013.

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New York Auto Show: A preview of cars being revealed this week - Published: March 30, 2015

Though the public days don’t open until Friday, April 3, and media days don’t start until Wednesday, news is already leaking out of the Big Apple with photos of this week’s big reveals.

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Real video shows distracted teen drivers moments before things go wrong - Published: March 30, 2015

Distracted driving happens most frequently with inexperienced drivers -- especially teenagers, who have the highest crash rate of any demographic in America.

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GM to forge ahead with electric, plug-in hybrid, other electrified vehicles - Published: March 30, 2015

The GM battery czar explained that the company's current strategy--which ranges from start-stop-equipped "microhybrids" to all-electric cars--is a response to those standards.

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