October 20, 2013

Auto Briefs

Men downplay texting, driving danger; Lincoln's days in China near

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Males downplay risk of texting and driving
Do you think it's OK to text and drive because you're a great driver? If so, chances are you're a guy. A study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management found that 4 out of 5 college students texted while driving, and that males in particular were more likely to downplay the dangers of distracted driving, because they believed they were skilled drivers. Despite the difference in safety attitude, males and females appeared to be equally likely to text while driving in general.
Los Angeles Times


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Lincoln brand closer to rollout in China

Ford remains on track to bring its Lincoln luxury brand to China by the end of 2014. Ford's Asia Pacific chief Dave Schoch says that the company has selected "10 or 11" dealers. Four will be open by the time Lincolns go on sale next year in the coastal cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Schoch wouldn't say which Lincolns will go on sale first, but the MKZ sedan is a good bet. Ford brand sales have jumped 51 percent in China so far this year, thanks to new vehicles such as the Kuga (shown) and EcoSport SUVs.
The Associated Press

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