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June 29, 2014

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Harley electic bike is on tour; USB port a top tech 'must'

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Riders cross the Manhattan Bridge in New York during the first stop of the Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire Experience. (Harley-Davidson)

Harley tour introduces electric motorcycle
Harley-Davidson is introducing its Project LiveWire electric motorcycle during a tour across the country to give licensed riders a chance to try the bike. The company built 30 prototypes, which will be part of the Project LiveWire Experience. The tour started in New York last week and will head to Chicago and then southwest along Route 66 to Santa Monica, Calif., stopping at dealerships and other locations along the way through the end of the year. Harley says it has no plans at this time to produce and sell Project LiveWire. Through the tour, the company wants to offer a real motorcycle experience so it can learn from customer feedback.
New York Times News Service


Buyers say USB port is top tech 'must have'

A Kelley Blue Book survey reports the top "must have" technologies buyers want in their next car, along with the percentage who chose it:
• USB/auxiliary ports (43)
• Vehicle diagnostics (40)
• Back-up/blind-spot cameras (39)
• Bluetooth (39)
• Premium sound/speakers (33)
• Recall advisor (33)
• Driving directions (28)
• Stolen vehicle recovery/
immobilization (26)
• Collision sensors (25)
• Satellite radio (21)
NWautos staff

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