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I Had No Idea The Renault Fuego Was The Car With This Huge Automotive First

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Earlier today, I wrote about a fictional ’80s-era EV on a television show and how it had a remote locking system that featured, comically, a telescoping antenna. Because our commenters are composed of the world’s most elite group of painful car geeks, I was soon informed that even in our boring old reality, there were remote key fobs in the early 1980s, and they required no ridiculous antennae. And the first car to feature such an innovation was one I’d not expected, and this realization affected me so much that I’m writing about it right now.

The car was the 1983 Renault Fuego (starting in late 1982), and the innovation was remote locking.

Yes, that’s right, the often-ridiculed Fuego was the pioneer in something that is expected on pretty much all new cars today: the ability to click a button on a little oblong in your pocket

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Fear of job loss, uncertainty stalls car buyers — so Ford came up with an idea

Karl Brauer went to work in mid-June doing a job he loved, and he ended the day with news it had come to an end.

“I was let go the day after my seventh anniversary,” said Brauer, 50, a longtime industry authority as executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.  “I’ve got a wife and we’re a single-income family with two kids, 21 and 19, with one on the autism spectrum and both in college.”

He had no warning he was going to lose his job. A few weeks before, he had been out new car shopping, but held off.

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“There are plenty of people out there who just have no idea what is going to happen,” Brauer said. “They may feel completely confident in their job, but they’ve got friends or relatives

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