June 30, 2013

Auto Briefs

AAA study compares driver distractions; price cut ups Nissan sales


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Report studies levels of driving distraction
A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that listening and responding to in-vehicle, voice-activated email features increased mental workload and distraction levels of drivers more than talking on a cellphone. The study looked at the mental distraction of drivers in various situations and found that dangers exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. More on the report can be found at aaafoundation.org/measuring-cognitive-distractions.
NWautos staff


(The Associated Press)

Nissan price cuts lead to strong May sales

After cutting prices on seven models and boosting incentives, Nissan's U.S. sales surged 25 percent in May, triple the industrywide gain. Sales of its Altima family sedan, which had a $580 price cut, jumped 41 percent, closing in on the Honda Accord, which is the second-best seller in its class. Nissan's U.S. market share rose a full point to 7.9 percent last month, the biggest gain of any automaker. Autodata Corp. estimated Nissan had incentives of $2,805 per vehicle last month, up 5.8 percent from a year earlier and $141 per model above the industry average.
Bloomberg News


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