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July 2, 2010 12:00 AM

Survey says gadgets are key to family road trips; German luxury car sales up



Survey: Gadgets key to road trips with kids
The longest summer drive on average this year will be about 8.5 hours each way, according to a recent survey. The random telephone poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted on behalf of used-car dealership chain CarMax, also asked: If you have children and could only bring one trip accessory, what would it be? A DVD player and a GPS lead with 28 percent of the vote each. Only 5 percent of parents surveyed said they would do just fine with old-fashioned car games such as license plate bingo, "I Spy" or "Punch Buggy."

--The Associated Press



Luxury sales a boon to German carmakers
Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi are adding staff and hours to boost production as demand for luxury cars returns quicker than they had planned. The German luxury-car makers have been riding surging demand in China and a rebound in the U.S. and Europe. "We're now seeing in the U.S. that SUVs and everything else that's big and nice-looking is being sought after again," Audi Chief Financial Officer Axel Strotbek said last week. BMW's sales rose 11 percent in May, behind sales of the new 5-Series sedan (shown above). Mercedes sales climbed 17 percent, and Audi was up 15 percent.