"Late Breaking Auto Industry News"
September 2017


Tesla Shifts to Intel From Nvidia for Infotainment

(Bloomberg) - The giant information and entertainment screens in Tesla Inc.’s cars will be powered by new components from Intel Corp. after the automaker replaced chip supplier Nvidia Corp. for that function, according to people familiar with its plans. More

Semi-autonomous Cadillacs en route to dealerships

(The Detroit News) - Detroit — General Motors’ Cadillac luxury brand is embarking on a cross-country drive to show off its version of a car that almost drives itself on the freeway. More

General Motors to furlough 3rd shift at Spring Hill, Tenn., plant as demand slows

(Detroit Free Press) - SPRING HILL, Tenn. - General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tenn., SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market. More

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S: How does 145 mph feel in a $483,000 car?

(Los Angeles Times) - It wasn’t until I hit 145 mph that I thought, “This could be dangerous.” By then, I was leaving the straightaway and entering the high-banked left turn, pressed hard into the seat of the Lamborghini Aventador S as I roared my way around the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. More

Nissan boosts price of hot-selling Pathfinder SUV for 2018

(USA TODAY) - Nissan has bumped up the price of the 2018 Pathfinder three-row SUV — which goes on sale earlier this month — by $500 for the new model year. More

Proterra claims world record, says its electric bus traveled more than 1,100 miles on a single charge

(Los Angeles Times) - Proterra, the electric bus company based in Burlingame, Calif., with an assembly plant in City of Industry, claimed a world record for electric vehicle range on Tuesday. More

494,000 Ram trucks recalled for fire hazard

(Detroit Free Press) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost half a million medium- and heavy-duty Ram trucks over a water pump issue that could potentially cause a fire. More

Dodge sees payoff on its Demon hype

(The Detroit News) - Dodge began revving up the hype machine for the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon back in January, smack in the middle of steadily rising demand for all things SUV. More

Toyota creates sportier RAV4 Adventure model

(USA TODAY) - Toyota's RAV4 is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, and now the automaker is looking to further boost its appeal and catch the eye of outdoors enthusiasts with the RAV4 Adventure. More

Carrera GTS may be Porsche’s best 911 - and definitely the bargain of the family

(Detroit Free Press) - If there were a Hall of Fame for option packages, Porsche’s Powerkit would be a shoo-in first-ballot selection. It’s the heart of a set of upgrades that turn the already legendary 911 Carrera into a near supercar, at a price that could be called near-reasonable. More

Carmakers can expect sales surge after Irma, Harvey

(The Detroit News) - Damage dealt by catastrophic hurricanes in Texas and Florida, striking nearly back-to-back, has automakers and dealers accounting for losses even as they prepare to get people back on the road down south. More

Ford alone flies U.S. flag while Benz, BMW unveil supercars at Frankfurt auto show

(Detroit Free Press) - Ford will be the sole member of the Detroit 3 present as Europe’s new-car season kicks off at the Frankfurt auto show in Germany this week. Watch for new vehicle unveilings through Tuesday, but keep your expectations manageable. More

Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz launch electric cars: 'anything Tesla can do, we can do better'

(USA TODAY) - German automakers Volkswagen Group and Daimler on Monday announced ambitious new plans to make long-range electric vehicles in a rapidly intensifying competition with Tesla, General Motors, Nissan and other global auto companies. More

Output Set for Year-End Decline

(WardsAuto) - After two years of back-to-back output records, North American car and truck assembly plants are geared for a fourth-place finish in 2017, as production falls 2.8% from to 17.6 million-plus from 18.2 million in 2016. More

Plan to boost electric-vehicle rebates to $3 billion is scrapped in favor of state study

(Los Angeles Times) - A $3-billion spending bill to boost rebates for electric vehicles was amended in the California Legislature late Friday. More

Auto sales fall 11% for FCA, 2.1% for Ford but rise 7.5% for GM after Harvey hits

(Detroit Free Press) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday its U.S. auto sales fell 11% in August while Ford's sales fell 2.1% and GM's sales rose 7.5% as hurricane Harvey socked Texas and took the wind out of the industry's sales for the month. More

Honda owners to get up to $500, rental cars in Takata air bag settlement

(USA TODAY) - Owners of about 16.5 million Honda and Acura vehicles with potentially defective Takata air bags are eligible for financial aid in getting their cars fixed and up to $500 in compensation under the terms of a new consumer settlement. More



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