Senate kills rule against discriminatory auto lending practices

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday invalidated Obama-era guidance aimed at preventing auto lenders from charging borrowers higher rates based on factors such as race or national origin. The Senate voted 51 to 47 to disapprove the guidance, which was issued in 2013 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and regarded by critics as an overstep of the agency’s powers.

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Senate kills rule against discriminatory auto lending practices originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tesla batteries will live longer than expected, survey finds

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Tesla batteries retain over 90 percent of their charging power after 160,000 miles, according to data gathered by a Dutch-Belgium Tesla owners group. According to its survey of over 350 owners, the EVs dropped about 5 percent of their capacity after 50,000 miles, but lose it at a much slower rate after that. If the trend holds, most Tesla vehicles will still have 90 percent capacity after around 300,000 km (185,000 miles), and 80 percent capacity after a whopping 800,000 km (500,000 miles).

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Tesla batteries will live longer than expected, survey finds originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Economy-car buyers increasingly get the best deal on technology

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One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech.

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Economy-car buyers increasingly get the best deal on technology originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-Benz Collection subscription service launches in Nashville, Philadelphia

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Here comes Mercedes-Benz jumping into the monthly subscription-service craze, launching its pilot program in Nashville and Philadelphia. It’ll be called the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

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Mercedes-Benz Collection subscription service launches in Nashville, Philadelphia originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Crash test videos show how rust compromises safety

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These recently released Swedish videos serve as a reminder that rust isn’t just a cosmetic flaw, when it comes to cars. The insurance company Folksam and the homeowner organization Villaägarnas Riksförbund gathered examples of two relatively popular, but by now rusty cars, and then performed crash tests with them at the Thatcham Research facility in Britain. The results are sobering.
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Crash test videos show how rust compromises safety originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2019 VW Jetta vs. best-selling compact cars: How they compare on paper

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As the brand’s best-selling car, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta needs to be good to maintain its sales, if not grow them. We just drove it, and found the latest Jetta to be stylish, frugal, and decently priced, if not exciting. But we also wanted to see how it compares on paper to other cars in the segment. So we’ve assembled the specifications from the four best-selling compacts on the market in order of their sales starting with the best-selling Honda Civic, followed by the Toyota Corolla, Nissan S

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2019 VW Jetta vs. best-selling compact cars: How they compare on paper originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive Review | More style, not much more excitement

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The 2019 Jetta is a car Volkswagen really needs to get right. Last year, it was VW’s best-selling model in America by a wide margin. And although the new Tiguan and Atlas have been propelled ahead so far this year by America’s crossover obsession, the Jetta is still VW’s best-selling car, beating the Passat and the Golf. Put simply, the new Jetta has got to be good.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive Review | More style, not much more excitement originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Camaro, New Focus, and driving the 2019 Jetta | Autoblog Podcast #536

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On this week’s Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editors Reese Counts and Joel Stocksdale. We discuss the redesigned 2019 Chevy Camaro and the new turbocharged four-cylinder 1LE. We talk about the manual Mustang GT in the office and the all-new 2019 Ford Focus. Plus we’ll spend a reader’s money and talk about what the new Jetta is like.

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New Camaro, New Focus, and driving the 2019 Jetta | Autoblog Podcast #536 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2018 Range Rover family: How they compare

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So, there’s this thing called the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover. But really, that’s just what it’s called in the realm of automotive websites that need a proper Year, Make and Model to make the 1’s and 0’s make sense of it. If you know someone who refers to it as a “Land Rover Range Rover,” let us know, we’ll send them a scone. Really, what we’re talking about is the 2018 Range Rover, the literal range-topping model and an ancestor to the SUV that started the whole luxury off-roader craze in the f

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2018 Range Rover family: How they compare originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autoblog Classifieds Finds: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 280C

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Our featured Paul Bracq –designed Benz is a 280C, meaning that the engine is the largest available for these cars, but it’s fitted with a Solex carburetor instead of the 280CE’s Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, or einspritzung. That would give the M110 engine 160 horsepower, but the carbureted one has to do with 145. The automatic transmission here is a four-speed. While the car has a full-length center console – a Mercedes-Benz first – the automatic is still column-

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Autoblog Classifieds Finds: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 280C originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 07 Apr 2018 14:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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