June 27, 2014

Auto Briefs

Audi scoreboard made for soccer; motorcycle thefts drop, but not for Harley

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Audi kicks up soccer fun with scoreboard
Soccer fans in New York can look to Audi-car headlights to learn the scores of World Cup games. The automaker placed 28 A8 sedans throughout 45 stacked shipping containers to create a 40-foot LED digital scoreboard. The installation, on the shores of the Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn, will display scores through July 14. Audi's goal is to build excitement about soccer in the U.S.
NWautos staff

Sorry, Harley: Thefts down for other brands
Motorcycle thefts are on the decline, and of five major brands, only Harley-Davidson owners saw an uptick in the number of stolen bikes in 2013, data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau show. It's hard to say why more Harleys continue to be stolen, but some speculate that the riders are too trusting — leaving their bikes unlocked and unattended, believing fellow riders won't mess with them. There were 3,907 Harley-Davidsons stolen in the U.S. last year, up 4 percent from 2012. The percentage of stolen Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki motorcycles fell from between 2.1 percent and 9.1 percent. Overall, 45,367 motorcycle thefts were reported in the U.S. last year, down 1.5 percent, even as bike sales increased. Nationwide, Honda was the bike stolen most often, followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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