"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
July 2017


Ford and Mazda Hope to Be Removed From Latest Airbag Recall

(The New York Times) - Ford Motor and Mazda plan to ask federal safety regulators to exclude their vehicles from the latest expansion of the sweeping recall of airbag inflaters made by Takata, a Japanese supplier that sought bankruptcy protection in June.  More

Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

(Los Angeles Times) - I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck.  More

Ford to fight latest Takata recall

(The Detroit News) - Detroit — Ford is fighting the latest expansion of the Takata air bag inflator recall. Earlier this month Takata filed documents with the U.S. government adding 2.7 million vehicles to the recall from Ford, Nissan and Mazda. All have inflators with a drying agent that previously were thought to be safe.  More

The mighty Dodge Demon by the numbers

(The Detroit News) - We came. We saw. It conquered. For 12 tantalizing weeks before the New York Auto Show last April, Dodge teased its Challenger SRT Demon. On the show’s opening night, the 840-horsepower brute was unveiled as the fastest production car ever produced, claiming an unheard of 9.65-second quarter-mile time at 140 mph.  More

Review 2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful

(Los Angeles Times) - Please don’t hate me for saying so, but the Mazda CX-5 is one of the dullest cars on the road.  More

What you need to know about independent used-car lots

(USA TODAY) - Shoppers in search of an inexpensive used car often start with the used-car inventory at a new-car dealership. Some go straight to private-party car sellers. But those options don't suit everyone.  More

Fiat Chrysler issues 2 recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles globally

(Detroit Free Press) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a pair of voluntary recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles worldwide.  More

Chevy Cruze adds a door, and noticeable practicality

(The Detroit News) - Ford vs. Chevrolet has long been an epic American battle, with one automaker matching the other model for model. So why is it that even though Ford has offered its economy cars as hatchbacks, Chevrolet has long demurred?.  More

Honda Seeks Sedan Slump Refuge With Bigger, Sportier New Accord

(Bloomberg) - As most automakers struggle to sell sedans to increasingly SUV-enamored Americans, Honda Motor Co. has managed to keep car buyers more interested than most. A fresh redesign now could even give its Accord a boost..  More

Review: New Audi Q5 has a familiar ring to it

(USA TODAY) - In what may be a sign the luxury SUV boom is about to turn into a glut, the 2018 Audi Q5 is all new, but feels only marginally different from last year’s model.  More

Feds probe auto parts that may cause gas leaks

(The Detroit News) - U.S. safety regulators and automakers are trying to track down gas tank flanges that can crack and cause fuel leaks on what could be millions of cars and trucks.  More

Three big cars get top IIHS crash rating — not Tesla

(USA TODAY) - The insurance industry's auto safety arm has added three full-size cars to its list of vehicles that have been given the highest rating for crash worthiness, but the Tesla Model S and two others didn't make the cut.  More

Volvo plans to electrify all of its cars. Are the days of the combustion engine numbered?

(Los Angeles Times) - When people think of Volvo, they tend to think of safety. For decades, that’s how the once-Swedish company advertised its cars.  More

Tesla to build giant battery farm in Australia amid energy crisis

(Detroit Free Press) - SYDNEY — Tesla announced on Friday it will build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in southern Australia, part of a bid to solve an energy crisis that has led to ongoing blackouts across the region.  More

Auto sales fall again, but buyers flock to SUVs and truck

(Los Angeles Times) - Unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, and gas prices and interest rates are still low.
Even so, U.S. auto sales fell 3% last month.  More

GMC bets on new shifter design in 2018 Terrain SUV

(Detroit Free Press) - Attempts by automakers to reinvent the gear shift lever have bedeviled brands from Acura to Jeep, but a new design from GMC may have solved the dilemma.  More

Automakers unlikely to set arecord with ’17 sales

(The Detroit News) - Near-record SUV and truck sales can’t overcome poor passenger-car sales and keep the industry on the record pace set a year ago in the United States. Yet analysts and automotive executives are quick to say business is good, even if the full-year results come up short of 2015 and 2016 records.  More



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