"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
August 2017


Bentley's new 12-cylinder touring beast hits 207 mph

(USA TODAY) - It's big, stylish and, at least for its size, astoundingly fast. More

Ferrari unveils its new V-8 GT Portofino

(Los Angeles Times) - Ferrari has a new V-8 GT. It’s called the Portofino, after the coastal Italian resort town.  More

VW engineer’s 40-month sentence ‘sends ... message’

(The Detroit News) - Detroit — A stiffer-than-expected sentence Friday for a “brilliant” Volkswagen engineer who helped perpetuate a $25 billion diesel emission scandal helps atone for the perception that business leaders and executives receive free passes for corporate wrongdoing, legal experts said. More

Review: Lexus LC 500 offers stunning looks, impressive power

(USA TODAY) - I’m now a believer. I remained skeptical for years as Toyota executives vowed their company would become a design leader. No more. More

Could Alfa Romeo, Maserati be spun off from Fiat Chrysler?

(Detroit Free Press) - Speculation about the future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has increased dramatically over the past week with reports first suggesting Jeep could be sold to a Chinese automaker and now reports that Alfa Romeo and Maserati could be spun off into a stand-alone company. More

Hyundai will build the Santa Cruz pickup? Wake me when they sell 100,000

(Detroit Free Press) - Hyundai just announced it will build the Santa Cruz small pickup in a bid to reverse slumping sales. The Korean automaker will make a production version of the "crossover truck" concept it revealed at the Detroit auto show in January 2015. More

The New Mercedes-Maybach Concept Is a 20-Foot-Long Convertible

(Bloomberg) - Tonight, at a private estate on Pebble Beach Golf Course in Carmel, Calif., Mercedes-Benz unveiled its latest concept car: the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet. More

Volkswagen to revive popular microbus as electric vehicle

(USA TODAY) - Seeking to reignite Americans' love affair with the microbus, Volkswagen Group said Saturday that it would bring the beloved vehicle back to its lineup. More

BMW reveals Z4 Roadster concept sports car

(USA TODAY) - German luxury automaker BMW has revealed a sporty, open-air concept vehicle reflecting its "vision of a modern roadster" that will be turned into a car for sale to the public. More

A Smartphone App to Relieve Your Car-Buying Agony

(The New York Times) - These days, you can book plane tickets, buy appliances, pay for college, even schedule surgery with a few swipes and keystrokes on a smartphone. More

Review: Buick Regal GS gets a V-6 for more silky power

(USA TODAY) - MILFORD, Mich. -- The new Buick Regal GS sport sedan will offer its first V-6 engine in a generation and a more accommodating interior when it goes on sale early in 2018. More

Roy Lunn, Pioneering Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92

(The New York Times) - Roy Lunn, a British-born engineering virtuoso whose design teams spawned celebrated American cars like Ford’s muscular GT40 and the original Mustang and paved the way for the rise of the S.U.V., died on Aug. 5 in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 92. More

U.S. Recommends Three-Year Prison Term for Ex-VW Engineer

(Bloomberg) - U.S. prosecutors are recommending a three-year prison term for the former Volkswagen AG engineer who was the first person charged in the automaker’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal, citing his cooperation as a reason not to give him the maximum five years. More

Hyundai: Still Short of Tucsons, Worries of CUV Slowdown

(WardsAuto) - LA JOLLA, CA – Hyundai continues to need more units of its Tucson model in the U.S., as the small CUV is in high demand. More

A new all-electric delivery truck is on the way, and it's not from Tesla

(Los Angeles Times) - Chanje’s vision sounds a lot like Tesla’s: electric vehicles recharged via clean rooftop solar power. More

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need juice

(The Detroit News) - Detroit — Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner.  More

Why Mazda is betting on a gas engine breakthrough

(Detroit Free Press) - Days after striking a partnership to collaborate on electric vehicles with bigger and wealthier competitor Toyota, the scrappy engineers at Mazda announced proprietary engine technology that they say is 20% to 30% more efficient than the automaker's conventional systems.  More

Reports: Tesla to test self-driving semi-truck in California, Nevada

(USA TODAY) - Tesla is poised to begin testing a self-driving semi-truck in an advancement that could help revolutionize shipping, according to multiple reports.  More

Honda’s solo act risky in alliance-happy car industry

(The Detroit News) - Honda Motor Co.’s solo strategy looks increasingly risky as an alliance-happy auto industry scales up to cope with the soaring investment needed for self-driving vehicles, electrified power trains, connected-car technologies and artificial intelligence.  More

Tesla starts raising cash to help it get Model 3 to the masses

(Los Angeles Times) - Tesla Inc. is raising $1.5 billion as it ramps up production of the Model 3 sedan, its first mass-market electric car.  More

Audi May Forfeit Profit in German Diesel Probe

(Bloomberg) - Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit was made a party to the diesel-emission probe by Munich prosecutors, a step that may allow the seizure of profits the company made from selling vehicles with rigged engines.  More

Gorgeous 2018 Lexus LC 500 redefines Lexus style

(Detroit Free Press) - I’m a believer. I remained skeptical for years as Toyota executives vowed their company would become a design leader. No more. The 2018 ★★★ Lexus LC 500 coupe is a triumph, a gorgeous car that elevates its whole brand. Taken alongside the newly styling 2018 Toyota Camry that goes on sale later this year, it establishes Toyota’s designers as a group to watch.  More

Amazon, others have potential to disrupt auto industry

(The Detroit News) - Traverse City — What will the auto industry do if Amazon looks to start selling vehicles online?  More

Car sales fall sharply in July as industry cools off

(USA TODAY) - Buyers can expect sweeter deals on small and mid-size cars as automakers try to clear out excess inventory amid declining sales, even as larger vehicles continue to sell well.  More



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