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VW says it negotiated $4.3 billion U.S. criminal settlement

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BERLIN — Volkswagen has negotiated a concrete draft of a criminal and civil settlement worth $4.3 billion with the U.S. Justice Department and said the impact of the accord on its 2016 financial results cannot yet be defined.

Volkswagen said final conclusion of the settlement is still subject to approval by the carmaker’s management and supervisory boards, adding the two bodies will address the matter still late on Tuesday or on Wednesday.

The settlement includes a guilty plea by the German company regarding certain U.S. criminal law provisions and a statement of facts on the basis of which the fines have to be made, VW said.

The deal comes as the automaker seeks to move past its emissions cheating scandal.

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New Year Car care tips. PA State Inspection and Emissions $29.95

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PA State Inspections and Emissions for just $29.95! Call 215-348-9459
We are located at 5 Atkinson Dr. Doylestown, Pa 18901 (Across from the Post Office).

If your car has been taken for granted, the start of the new year is an ideal time to make things right and commit to regular maintenance. By doing so, vehicles will respond with improved performance, safety and reliability, and owners will likely save on costly repair bills that often are the result of neglect.

Protect your pride and joy. Here’s how to be a better car or truck owner in 2017. Resolve to take better care of your car or truck this year. Here are 10 New Year’s car care resolutions that will help extend your vehicle’s life and protect its performance in 2017 and beyond.

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Automatic Pro Review – smart car analytics

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Automatic is a company that makes small plastic dongles that plug into your vehicle’s OBDII port to analyze your driving style and efficiency in the cloud through an app and web interface. We reviewed the original Automatic some time ago. Based on Bertel’s experience, I found the original product a bit impractical for one reason: Bluetooth. I don’t like Bluetooth. Bluetooth is unreliable, slow, buggy, and finicky in general. The idea of having to sync vehicle data from a dongle over a Bluetooth connection had zero appeal to me – I wanted something that was utterly seamless. And now, Automatic has done just that with the new Automatic Pro. Instead of relying on Bluetooth to transfer data, Automatic Pro uses a built-in cellular connection (free for five years) to send data back to Automatic’s servers. The only time you’ll need Bluetooth is during setup, then you’re free to never have the Automatic dongle and your phone speak to one another directly ever again.

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Crazy Gas Prices

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Summer gasoline prices across the nation have dropped to their lowest mark since 2004. AAA says the “best news” is that many motorists are once again paying less than $2 a gallon.

But don’t expect any bargains soon at the Lukoil on Ridge Pike at Chemical Road in Conshohocken, where the price for regular was stubbornly stuck at $2.999 a gallon recently.

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When NOT to roll down your car windows

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When cruising the open road, by all means roll down your windows and feel the breeze. But when driving in cities or crawling in heavy highway traffic, keep them shut—and turn off your AC or heater, too. Do this, and you’ll slash the amount of toxic particles pouring into your car by a whopping 76 percent.

Thank researchers at the University of Surrey in England for this lung- and heart-saving tip. “Vehicles emit a number of gaseous pollutants, as well as particles of various sizes,” says lead investigator Prashant Kumar. “All of these are known to harm human health, including increasing risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.” In fact, the World Health Organization has placed outdoor air pollution among its top 10 risks faced by humans, believing it to be linked to 7 million premature deaths every year.

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A fitness tracker for your Car

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Automatic Pro car fitness tracker now includes free 3G wireless connection.

For those of you who don’t just Uber and actually drive a car, Automatic’s automobile “fitness tracker” just got a lot easier to use thanks to a new, always on wireless connection.

Automatic’s device, which connects to your car’s On-board diagnostics (OBD-II) port, previously used your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection in combination with an app to track your car’s trips.

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