"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
November 2017


Toyota Plans California Fuel Cell Plant to Make Power, Hydrogen

(Bloomberg) - Toyota Motor Corp. said it will build a renewable fuel-cell power-generation plant, plus a hydrogen fueling station, to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. More

Finalists announced for 2018 North American Car, Truck and SUV of the Year

(Detroit Free Press) - LOS ANGELES — Finalists for the 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards were revealed Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's a diverse mix peppered with some surprises. More

'Motor Trend' names Alfa Romeo's Giulia as Car of the Year

(USA TODAY) - LOS ANGELES — One of the most prestigious awards in the auto world was just awarded to a car that most Americans probably still barely know. More

Where EV Market, Battery Technology Headed

(WardsAuto) - There is near-unanimous agreement the automotive industry is nearing the dawn of the age of electrification, with most industry-watchers and insiders expecting some form of battery technology onboard the majority of new vehicles produced and sold in 2030. More

Automakers shift to SUVs as consumers steer clear of sedans

(Los Angeles Times) - As the year draws to a close, auto companies are again celebrating a near-record number of cars and trucks sold and a near-record average transaction price per vehicle. More

Honda Recalls 800,000 Odyssey Minivans Linked to Injuries

(Bloomberg) -The company will repair the seats free of charge for owners of 2011-2017 models, it said in a statement Saturday. More

2018 Nissan Rogue: A smart SUV with entry-level MSRP

(Los Angeles Times) - Nissan’s 2018 Rogue is a sprightly, affordable SUV that has the option of the company’s ProPilot Assist driving system. More

After the Elon Musk show, Tesla questions linger

(USA TODAY) - HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Another Elon Musk extravaganza is in the history books with two new electric Tesla products birthed into the world: a futuristic semi truck that looks like it's straight out of a Transformers movie and a sports car so quick that drivers might consider buying a g-suit. More

Jeep Wrangler and Ram truck arrive to rescue Fiat Chrysler

(Detroit Free Press) -The light ahead of Fiat Chrysler may not be an oncoming train after all. Get ready for a spate of news reports about FCA’s creativity, brilliant engineering and bright prospects.
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Mazda’s Innovative 4-Cyl. Engine Pulls Like Big V-6

(WardsAuto) - Auto journalists at the press launch of Mazda’s all-new CX-9 3-row CUV understandably were skeptical when told its new 2.5L 4-cyl. engine would perform like a strong V-6. Mazda development engineer Dave Coleman didn’t help when he said, “Its horsepower is not the highest.” . More

Cadillac's CTS-V is a high-end hooligan that doubles as a daily driver

(Los Angeles Times) - Cadillac's CTS-V is a mild-mannered monster, a Clark Kent car that transforms instantly from milquetoast sedan to high-horsepower track master. More

CEO Jim Hackett says Ford is more than a mobility company: 'My business is computing'

(Detroit Free Press) - Ford CEO Jim Hackett told a Detroit business crowd on Thursday that Ford is an evolving data company rather than just a mobility or transportation company. More

Review: McLaren 720S is a jet fighter for the street

(USA TODAY) - SEARS POINT, Calif. — Troll the parking lots of Google and Apple and there's a good bet you'll spot the latest high-tech talisman on four wheels: the 2018 McLaren 720S. More

Demon dragster roaring into showrooms

(The Detroit News) - The Demon is coming. Dodge’s 840-horsepower 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, billed as “the most powerful muscle car in history,” started shipping to dealers Friday. More

Waymo will now put self-driving vans on public roads with nobody at the wheel

(Los Angeles Times) - Waymo, the self-driving car company created by Google, is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. More

GM offers $5K Escalade discount as Lincoln debuts SUV

(The Detroit News) - For car shoppers with an eye on Ford Motor Co.’s new Navigator SUV — or any Lincoln, for that matter — General Motors Co. is offering a $5,000 discount to make them think twice. More

BMW amps up performance with new M3 CS sedan

(USA TODAY) - LOS ANGELES — BMW took its M3 performance sedan and made it even racier. More

Reveal of 2018 Jeep Wrangler is coming - and Fiat Chrysler needs it to shine

(Detroit Free Press) - When most people imagine a Jeep, they probably think first of the Wrangler, the distinctively boxy SUV that often goes topless in the summer and is adored by off-roading enthusiasts. More

By 2030, there's a 48% chance your new car will be electrified

(Detroit Free Press) - Electric vehicles will become more popular and could power nearly half of all new vehicles sold worldwide by 2030, according to a study released Thursday by Boston Consulting Group. More

These are the 10 best-selling cars of 2017 -- so far

(USA TODAY) - What are America's top-selling cars so far in 2017? More

Car buyers get bigger discounts in October despite strong auto sales

(USA TODAY) - Shoppers may finally get a break in the dealership showroom. Although U.S. auto sales remained strong in October from historical standards, prices are flattening out and discounts are adding up after years of consumers forking over more cash for new vehicles. More



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