"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
February 2017


2017 Dodge Challenger GT is a sure-footed muscle car

(The Detroit News) - Tamworth, N.H. — Having paced an Indianapolis 500 and starred in a variety of high-octane films, the Dodge Challenger boasts for-real... More

Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

(Los Angeles Times) - Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot in auto information company J.D. Power’s annual vehicle reliability study. More

Aston Martin begins new-product blitz to raise its profile

(Detroit Free Press) - As the $214,820 DB11 begins to arrive in U.S. dealerships, legendary but little-known British luxury brand Aston Martin has set out to... More

Diesel Cruze's 52 m.p.g. highway highest among gas, diesel cars

(Detroit Free Press) - General Motors says its new Chevrolet Cruze diesel compact sedan will get up to 52 miles per gallon on the highway, ... More

Mercedes to stop selling gas-powered Smart car in U.S.

(USA TODAY) - In a sign of the times, the gas-powered version of the nation's smallest car is about to disappear from the U.S. motoring scene,... More

Ford Investing $1 Billion in Startup Founded By Two Autonomous Car Pioneers

(Bloomberg) - Ford Motor Co. is investing $1 billion in a months-old startup founded by two pioneers in the nascent autonomous vehicle sector. More

Tension high as Tesla prepares to begin production of the Model 3

(Los Angeles Times) - Tesla will shut down its Fremont, Calif., factory for a week in February to prepare the assembly line for its highly anticipated... More

Ford makes the already big Expedition even bigger for 2018

(USA TODAY) - DETROIT - Ford unveiled the new, aluminum-bodied version of its biggest SUV, the  Expedition, on Tuesday that is both larger... More

Mitsubishi debuts Outlander Sport Limited Edition

(The Detroit News) - With a new owner in Renault-Nissan, new style language and a new crossover in the oven, Mitsubishi is a brand in transition. More

SUVs' reputation may be Ford and Chevy's secret weapon

(Detroit Free Press) - Chevrolet and Ford hope to take advantage of a once-in-lifetime shift in buying patterns to repair damage their images suffered in the... More

Tesla's electric car falls short in new IIHS crash tests

(USA TODAY) - Tesla Motors' luxury electric sedan fell short of receiving the highest crash-protection ratings in testing by the insurance industry's safety arm,... More

January car sales weaken following record year

(The Detroit News) - Auto sales slid slightly to begin 2017, as automakers on Wednesday reported a 1.8 percent decline in new cars and trucks sold in... More



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