March 24, 2013

Auto Briefs

European drivers less distracted; Lamborghini sales up


(The Associated Press)

Study: European drivers use phone less
Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a recent study that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries, the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
Nearly 69 percent of U.S. drivers said they had talked on a cellphone while driving within the previous 30 days. The share of European drivers who said they chatted on their phones ranged from 21 percent in the United Kingdom to 59 percent in Portugal. A larger share of U.S. drivers also reported reading or sending text or email messages while driving.
The Associated Press



Lamborghini sales soar in U.S., Europe
Lamborghini says worldwide deliveries of its supercars rose 30 percent last year to 2,083 units but remained shy of pre-crisis highs. The Italian carmaker says deliveries were up by half in its top U.S. market and up by 34 percent in Europe despite the region's financial crisis. Revenues for the year were up 46 percent to $610 million. Last year's sales comprised 922 new Aventador LP 700-4 cars and 1,161 Gallardos (shown).
The Associated Press


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