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Audi extends New Vehicle Limited, Certified Pre-Owned Limited warranties by three months

Audi is offering warranty extension and payment relief options for customers.

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Families dealing with economic uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic who are also owners of newer Audis will have one less thing to worry about in the coming months. The German automaker has announced that they are extending the warranties on select vehicles.

Vehicles with a New Vehicle Limited Warranty or Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty set to expire between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, will have warranty coverage extended by three months to allow customers to have their Audi vehicle warranty work completed under warranty.

2021 Audi A3 Audi has recently introduced a host of new models including the 2021 Audi A3. Photo courtesy of Audi AG

"We are continuing to support our customers during this time of uncertainty", said Jamie Dennis, Senior Vice President, Product Quality, Technical Service and After Sales for Audi of America. "We want to ensure peace of mind for our customers and this is one small step to offer support where it may be needed."

The three-month extension will benefit owners of new and certified-pre-owned vehicles whose warranty is set to expire between March and May 2020. For example, if the limited warranty would have otherwise expired on April 20, it will be extended until July 20.

The extension is automatic and requires no action by the owner.

There is a catch, however. If New Vehicle Limited or Certified Pre-Owned Limited warranties are set to expire during that time period due to mileage rather than time, no extension will be provided.

Additionally, Audi has put a number of payment programs into place to help those struggling to pay their monthly bills. Customers can access and manage their Audi Financial Services account online 24/7 to request payment assistance or to extend their maturing lease agreement. Visit https://www.audiusa.com/myaudi/finance for more information.

Audi isn't the only company offering payment relief. If you have a car payment and need help with managing payments, AutomotiveMap encourages you to reach out to your lender directly to explore your options.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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Subaru dealerships have recycling items for years through the Subaru Loves the Earth campaign.

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Subaru's environmentally-focused philanthropic platform, Subaru Loves the Earth, part of the larger Subaru Loves mission, is celebrating a milestone. The recycling effort championed by the campaign has recycled more than five million disposable cups and lids, coffee, tea, and creamer capsules and snack wrappers over the last four years.

To mark to the accomplishment, Subaru has announced an extension to its partnership with TerraCycle. "At Subaru, we feel a responsibility to protect Earth's natural wonders for future generations to enjoy, and our partnership with TerraCycle helps us fulfill that commitment while also getting our community and customers involved," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "When it comes to protecting and preserving our environment, we're all in this together, and Subaru is proud to offer ways for people to get excited about recycling."

ASPCA Subaru Dog Kissing Booth Subaru activates their Subaru Loves campaigns throughout the country including Subaru Loves Pets kissing booths at auto shows.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

The program utilizes TerraCycle Zero Waste Boxes at 590 participating Subaru retailers nationwide, offering customers, employees, and community partners a way to recycle waste that is traditionally thought of as being hard to recycle like snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups, lids, plastic straws, as well as coffee, tea and creamer capsules. Subaru encourages customers to collecting these waste streams at their home and bring them into a local participating Subaru retailer for recycling.

Once collected, the waste is transformed into recycled products, including park benches, picnic tables, and playground materials. Subaru retailers can also order products made from the recycled materials through an exclusive Subaru product-line, produced in conjunction with TerraCycle, to be donated to community organizations.

"At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet," said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO. "As we move into the fourth year of our partnership with Subaru, we look forward to building on our previous success and continuing to inspire local communities to take action to preserve the environment for future generations."

New for 2021, 225 participating Subaru retailers will be collecting cabin air filters and plastic film in their service areas for recycling. Additionally, Subaru and TerraCycle will also continue their nationwide recycling partnership with REI. Since 2019, Subaru has provided co-branded TerraCycle collection boxes at all REI stores across the country.

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