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QUIZ: Can you identify these cars while they’re still on the assembly line?

Growing up in a family of gearheads, my brothers and I would watch as cars passed our house and try to see who could guess what type of car it was first. This quiz is a similar concept —guess the make and model with only a partial view.


Lucky for you, noogies will not be given for wrong answers. Good luck!

Where can Tesla sell cars?

Updated on April 21, 2015 – Direct sales allowed in VA and MD

Updated on March 19, 2015 – Direct sales allowed in NJ, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

Updated on November 4, 2014 – Direct sales banned in AZ and WV, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

We saw one of the first used Tesla Model S sedans go up for sale last week and it got us thinking, where can you buy, supercharge or service a Tesla these days? We scoured the internet and bribed our design team to put it all together in a sweet infographic – enjoy!

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Summary

States that Ban Direct Sales: 23

States that Allow Tesla to Sell Cars: 27

Notes

Manufacturer direct sales are banned in the red states. Tesla can have service centers, superchargers and stores and galleries in these states but cannot sell or deliver cars. For example, you can check out a Tesla at Short Hills Mall in New Jersey, but you cannot take a test drive or discuss pricing with a salesperson. If you want to purchase a car, you would have to buy at TeslaMotors.com and then arrange a delivery. On March 15, 2014 Ohio passed a bill that will allow Tesla to sell its electric cars but it’s waiting to be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Read about it here.

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The Volkswagen Alltrack will succeed where the Audi Allroad failed

The first time Volkswagen Group decided they were going to build an off-roading wagon, we got the first-generation Audi Allroad. On paper, the Allroad was a dream, an enthusiast’s car that’s also practical for families. allroad-alltrack-image-mashup The first generation Allroad made it to North America for the 2001 model year, along with its 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It was equipped with air-ride suspension that could be adjusted with the push of a button and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system to send the power where it needed to go. Best of all, the Allroad came standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. [keep reading]

Automotive April Fools Day Roundup

It’s April 1st, that special time of the year where automotive brands get to show off how witty, in-touch and totally-relatable they are (spoiler alert: most aren’t.) We’ve seen some fantastic pranks in the past, so this year’s pranksters have a reputation to live up to. Regardless, we are here to bring you the good, the bad and the ugly in April Fools’ Pranks 2015.

Exchange your current car for a new BMW —really.

Tianna Marsh of New Zealand responded to an advertisement in the New Zealand Herald newspaper that promised a BMW 1 Series to the first person who responds, in exchange for their current car. It seemed too good to be true, so most people passed over the ad entirely. Jokes on them, as Ms. Marsh walked away with a brand-spanking-new 1 Series, just as promised.

Pep Boys sells scented motor oil

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Ancient automotive supply store Pep Boys promoted “Scented Oil Changes” for April Fools’ Day. Pep Boys claims the petroleum-based aroma from the oil eventually creeps into your car’s cabin through the air vents. We actually saw this one slide into our newsfeed as early as March 30th, so we’re crying foul. Sure, scented oil is great, but is it gluten-free? That’s the real question.

UberBoat

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Uber is apparently testing a new service called “UberBoat” in Bangkok, where riders can hail a boat in times when the roads are flooded. Here are Uber’s directions:

How to ride:

  1. Download the Uber app
  2. Enter promo code HELPIDONTLIVEONAHILL (new and existing users – valid on April 1st, 2015 only!)
  3. Request UberBOAT
  4. Arrive in style

Now this is a service we’d actually like to see come to New York City. Can you imagine never having to deal with bridge & tunnel traffic again? Although, I wonder what the New York Water Taxi company would have to say about that…

Honda HR-V Selfie Edition

Honda came through with one of the higher-quality April Fools pranks of 2015 by introducing the HR-V Selfie Edition. Perhaps they’re a year late with this one (2014 was the official year of the selfie) but we can let it slide. Honda says the HR-V Selfie Edition can snap the perfect selfie from any one of its 10 selfie cameras, as long as the car is in park. Isn’t it funny that we need to include safety warnings, even for fake technology?

Oh, we didn’t miss the self-driving car reference, either.

BMW MOTOR.MOUTH.

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Here’s an interesting April Fools’ prank: BMW UK says they’ve collaborated with Rugby players to develop a line of mouth guards. The “lightweight and durable” rubber used to make the mouth guards comes from BMW’s door seals, and “advanced ventilation” is provided to the wearer via BMW’s iconic kidney grille design. You can watch the accompanying video here.

Fiat 499

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Ever thought the Fiat 500 was just too big and had too many wheels? Probably not, so this shouldn’t be a disappointment. This morning Fiat introduced the FIAT 499 on twitter, which sports a 3-wheel set up, just like the Reliant Robin. Unlike the Reliant Motor Company, Fiat knows building a 3-wheeled car is foolish.

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Re-inventing the wheel (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)

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Mojo Motors, an auto-classifieds site, points to other electric- and hybrid-car trends. Luxury hybrids from the likes of Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai are beginning to proliferate. A robust market for used electric cars is starting to take shape. [keep reading]

Why Arizona’s Car Insurance is So Cheap (nerdwallet)

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If you’re an Arizona driver, you’re probably used to buying relatively cheap car insurance. Residents of the Grand Canyon State enjoy low insurance premiums, and there is at least one good reason for that: Arizona’s low minimum liability requirement. Why the controversy? “No one wants to increase prices and taxes on consumers,” says Paul Nadjarian, CEO of Mojo Motors, an auto buying website. “But is [leaving the minimums in place] the right thing to do? Probably not.” [keep reading]

When Gap Insurance is a Worthwhile Purchase (CheapCarInsurance.net)

Article by Aaron Crowe for CheapCarInsurance.net

A car dealership is usually the first place where car buyers learn about Gap insurance, especially if they’re financing their purchase through the dealer. But they don’t have to buy it from the dealer, and they don’t have to buy it immediately, says Paul Nadjarian founder and CEO of Mojo Motors, which tracks used cars at dealerships. [keep reading]

Used Electric Vehicles are Finally Here

Tesla is facing the best kind of problem an automaker can have —they can’t produce enough cars to meet the demand. That’s especially impressive when you consider the Model S starts at over $70,000.  Other manufacturers aren’t quite as lucky as Tesla, but overall the market for EVs (Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug-In Hybrids) is growing at a steady clip. The world is getter greener, and we’re not referring to these green cars. These days, Nissan Leafs and charging stations are a normal sight in parking garages and driveways around the US. With 126,000 all-electric vehicles and 142,000 plug-in hybrids sold in the US between 2010 and 2014, a market for used electric vehicles has finally emerged.

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At over 70,000 cars sold, the Nissan Leaf is leading the charge (no pun intended). The Leaf also stands out as the only EV to sell over 10,000 units in its first year of availability. Most EV models have only been available for a year or two, although a small batch of Toyota Rav4 EVs was rolled out in the early 2000’s. [keep reading]

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