"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
December 2017


Federal regulator examining Ford transmission recall involving F-150 pickups

(Detroit Free Press) - DETROIT – Federal safety officials are investigating whether a Ford Motor recall of automotive transmissions should be widened to fix more than a million additional vehicles. More

Electric cars edge forward in 2017 but still have a long way to go

(Los Angeles Times) - Electric car sales in the U.S. are set to rise nearly 30% in 2017. “This was a notably good year,” said Genevieve Cullen, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Assn. More

Car buyers: Now is the best time of year to score a deal

(USA TODAY) - Consumers hunting for a new car have a few things working in their favor this week: End-of-year sales targets, unsold 2017 models and aggressive discounts. More

BMW's U.S. plant plays role in hitting 100K electric car milestone

(USA TODAY) - GREENVILLE, S.C. - South Carolina's BMW plant has produced more than 12,000 electric hybrid SUVs in 2017, exceeding the 7,500 the company originally forecast for the year. More

Ford, Mazda recall pickups 2nd time for air bag problem

(The Detroit News) - Detroit – Ford and Mazda are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. More

UPS reserves 125 Tesla semi-trucks

(The Detroit News) - United Parcel Service on Tuesday joined Meijer, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch and several other companies to be among the first to order Tesla’s all-electric big-rig trucks. More

Toyota planning 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020s

(Detroit Free Press) - TOKYO — Toyota plans to offer more than 10 purely electric vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker's commitment to that growing technology sector. More

First look: 2019 Chevy Silverado uses steel bed to tackle F-150's aluminum

(Detroit Free Press) - Chevrolet on Saturday unveiled its eagerly awaited 2019 Silverado pickup in Texas. The Silverado is GM’s best-selling model, and routinely the second best-selling vehicle in the United States. It’s also a fierce competitor for Ford’s signature vehicle, the F-150 pickup, the No. 1 seller. More

Hyundai, Kia recall compact cars to fix brake light problem

(Detroit Free Press) - DETROIT - Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. because the brake lights may not go out when the pedal is released. More

How a Fed rate hike could impact your auto loan

(USA TODAY) - The Federal Reserve decided to raise its key interest rate by another 25-basis-point for the third time this year and the fifth time since December 2015. More

Toyota to reveal all-new Avalon at Detroit auto show

(The Detroit News) - Toyota will roll out an all-new Avalon sedan at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. “This is our execution of an all-new, new platform technology, new design Avalon,” said Robert Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America. More

Toyota: Tax Cuts May Prop Up Still-Healthy U.S. Auto Market

(Bloomberg) - Automakers may end up thanking Uncle Sam for supporting U.S. auto sales, which will stay healthy despite an unprecedented growth spurt coming to an end, according to a top Toyota Motor Corp. executive. More

These are the 15 safest vehicles you can drive in 2018, IIHS says

(USA TODAY) - Fifteen cars and SUVs have earned the highest honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety despite stiffened requirements for 2018. More

Nissan plans fully self-driving cars in 2022

(The Detroit News) - Nissan Motor Co. says it’s aiming to introduce fully autonomous cars to the market in 2022, as the Japanese carmaker strives to establish itself as a front-runner in driverless technologies. More

Marchionne suggests Fiat Chrysler could partner with Hyundai on hydrogen fuel cells

(Detroit Free Press) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could potentially partner with Hyundai on hydrogen fuel cell technology. More

Lamborghini joins the boom in supercar SUVs with Urus unveiling

(USA TODAY) - MILAN — Supercar makers have long known that parked next to that snarling Lamborghini, racing-red Ferrari, or stately Bentley at some of the globe's toniest addresses is a practical SUV. With the sport-utility vehicle market growing by leaps and bounds, they increasingly want in on those. More

Ford November sales up; GM, FCA down

(The Detroit News) - Ford Motor Co. was the only Detroit automaker to report a sales increase in November, despite Black Friday offers lasting all month. More



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