U.S. carmakers score in quality survey
For the first time in more than a decade, cars and trucks made by domestic automakers finished first in a majority of the segments in Strategic Vision's 2013 quality study. The Detroit Three won or tied competitors in 12 of 21 categories. The Total Quality Index study summarizes how individual models, brands and corporations performed. The company uses a scale that measures multiple aspects that customers use as a base for purchasing decisions. Among brands, Audi and Lexus tied for first place, followed by Mini, Cadillac (shown), BMW, Mercedes, Lincoln, Jaguar, Infiniti and Buick.
— Detroit Free Press
Lee Johnson dealership celebrates 80 years
The Lee Johnson Auto Family is celebrating its 80th birthday this weekend with free oil changes and auto inspections with a test drive. Visitors will also be entered to win an iPad Mini. The dealership, at 11845 N.E. 85th St. in Kirkland, sells Chevrolet, Mazda and Kia new and used models. The event runs through Monday.
— NWautos staff
Cellphone companies start anti-texting ads
The country's four biggest cellphone companies are launching a joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. The campaign, from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, will also include store displays, community events, social-media outreach and a national tour of a driving simulator.
— The Associated Press