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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Department of Homeland Security seeking national license plate database

Early last year, it was revealed the Department of Homeland Security was seeking a Federal License Plate Reader Database, something that was later abandoned in light of privacy concerns. Now the DHS has changed its mind and is again pursuing such a national database, soliciting bids from those who could provide it with such a product. The reason for its return is the department's belief it can now mitigate those aforementioned privacy worries. To prove it, DHS has published a report detailing the info.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show

Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off its newest Outlander at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, revealing a combined total of more than 100 improvements. The auto maker has called this a new era for its brand, at least in relation to "style, refinement" and the driving experience owners get. This is a seven passenger crossover, and says Mitsubishi, it "literally" is like an all-new model, not a rehashed and updated version of the past Outlanders (though that is, of course, what it is).

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2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

2016 Nissan Maxima’s Driver Attention Alert debuts for DDA day

Just in time for "Drowsy Driving Awareness Day" on the 6th of April, Nissan has revealed that the 2016 Nissan Maxima will be coming with Nissan Driver Attention Alert (DAA) technology. This system will help detect erratic driving caused by a number of factors, inattention and drowsiness included. If drowsiness or inattention are detected by the system, Nissan's Driver Attention Alert will signal the driver with an audible chime sound and an amber coffee cup image on the dashboard.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla is reporting a record quarter to start 2015. According to the company, they delivered 10,030 cars in Q1 2015 alone, their best ever. The company also says their figures are highly accurate (with a 1% error rate) due to the fact they do ship directly to customers, and a delivery is only counted if the customer takes ownership and all the paperwork is finalized. This all comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave some telling commentary on his company’s performance in China, suggesting they were ‘misled’ about interest in the country.

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Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Autonomous and automated vehicles are coming no matter how you feel about them. Several major automakers are testing automated cars and the tech will start making its way to vehicles we can purchase before you know it. Delphi has been working with Audi on self-driving vehicles, recently Delphi and Audi's automated car made the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.

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BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW has said in the past that it plans to make plug-in hybrid versions of all of the core models in its line. This week at the New York Auto Show BMW changed it up a bit and is promising even more plug-in hybrid versions of its vehicles. BMW's North America CEO Ludwig Willisch has stated that the plug-in hybrid plan will be applied to all new models.

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U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is latest to tackle the issue of distracted driving

U-Haul is the latest company to target the growing issue of distracted driving, and it is doing so in the form of a free online course. The course includes a bunch of information about distracted driving and what exactly it is...something many people don't realize includes things as simple as reading a text message while driving. Many auto makers have also been tackling the issue in their own ways, particularly as governments push for technology that will help prevent the problem and institute new laws covering more devices.

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Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

Honda S660 concept roadster to enter production

At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda introduced a car style that we seldom see from the auto maker: a nifty little two-seat roadster. It was a concept and there was no guarantee that it would ever enter production, but fast forward more than a year and Honda has decided to make the concept a reality, at least in Japan where the little roadster will be hitting showrooms at some point, and will be joined by a special edition in limited quantities.

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