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10 tips for safer spring driving

Yes, it is officially spring (even though the weather doesn't always act like it), and that means it's time to tweak our driving habits and our vehicles. Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy spring driving in safety.

Alfa Romeo LA Auto Show News

At the Los Angeles Auto Show yesterday, Alfa Romeo executives gave further details of their ambitious eight-product onslaught aimed at boosting worldwide sales to 400,000 by 2018. That's right, eight new Alfas are coming our way, and it's already started with the fabulous 4C.
While they gave no specifics on exactly what the seven products after the 4C would look like, Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, said they'd all share three things: high technology, high performance and drop-dead gorgeous design and style. That might be four things. And they'll all be rear- or all wheel-drive, too. Which makes five things. No matter, they're coming, amidst a $6.5-billion investment in R&D that will include engineers from all of the company's best affiliates, including Ferrari. Just think, parts of your next Alfa sedan might be designed by a Ferrari engineer. - See more at:

2016 Fiat 500X debuts at LA Auto Show

In what may be the best-looking car in Fiat's American portfolio, the 500X made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The bigger-but-still-small 500X rides on the same platform as the upcoming Jeep Renegade small utility, joining the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V in a rapidly growing segment.

The 2016 500X will roll with the company's 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual, making 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Upgraded models get the 2.4-liter Tigershark four making 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.
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