Auto News for July 16

“Purchased Friday. Totaled Saturday,” is the way one official described it. The owner of a $300,000 McLaren 720S was driving too fast in Great Falls, Virginia, police said and crashed into a tree destroying the car. Rescue personnel said the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Lamborghini reported that sales for the first six months of its fiscal year rose 11 percent worldwide. That is a record and surpasses the full year sales numbers of only five years ago. The Lamborghini Huracan is pictured.

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Pininfarina has released a teaser photo of a luxury electric “hypercar” that is targeted to accelerate to 62 miles per hour in under two seconds. Further, the maker said it will feature a top speed in excess of 250 mph and have a range of over 300 miles. Some may catch a glimpse of the new offering at the Monterey Car Week next month. North America is likely to be the firm’s largest market.

Which one would be the better investment? Putting your money in the S&P 500 or buying a classic car? Under certain circumstances, a new study from Kwik-Lift said the car would be the place to stash cash.
For instance, it said a ’69 Camaro brought in returns more than 50 percent higher than the S&P. Do check with an investment specialist before proceeding.

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The Saturday Road Test feature will resume next weekend.

Auto News for July 13 – Tiny Car – Big Power!!!!

It’s Friday the 13th, so let’s have some fun!

Imagine taking a tiny “city car,” one three inches longer than the Chevrolet Spark, and plunking a 4.7-liter, 430 horsepower V8 in it. Not to forget the 361 lb-ft of torque.

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That is what Aston Martin engineers and designers have done with a one-off of its Cygnet city car for an unidentified buyer. Speed tops out at 170 with a 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds. The transmission is a seven-speed manual.

Needless to say, this tiny jewel box of a performance car is the talk of the acclaimed Goodwood Festival of speed now under way in the UK.

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Just about everything had to be beefed up to make this one off work from frame, to brakes, tire size, well, you name it.

Aston added a roll cage and special Recaro bucket seats in its division devoted to one off vehicles. There are little touches of luxury with leather pull straps on the unique carbon door cards and two USB ports alongside the controls for air conditioning.

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The maker called it, “One of the most exciting, outrageous and diminutive creations ever to wear the famous Aston Martin wings…” Top Gear said it is not so much “a pocket rocket as a microscopic missile.”

Based on the Toyota IQ, the Cygnet was produced from 2011 to 2013 and never really caught on in the market place.

McLaren announced that its sports car and supercar range will be 100 percent hybrid by 2025. Between now and that date, the company will introduce 18 new models and derivatives.

That would increase production by almost 75 per cent over current levels to around 6,000 cars a year by the middle of the next decade. As now, all will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England, the company said.

 

Auto News for July 12 – Fusion name may live on – Corvette vs. McLaren

 The Detroit News reports this morning that Ford may keep the Fusion name when it discards the sedan early next decade for a sport wagon directly aimed at the Subaru Outback. It is said to be a high roofed hatchback that may be mounted on the current Fusion’s chassis. The paper cited unnamed officials familiar with the automaker’s future plans.

 If you are a fan of high performance cars, you might want to click on the paper’s website for a comparison of the Corvette ZR1 and the McLaren 720S.

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 Top officials at VW in Germany are considering possible production of an electric Beetle that would also be a four door! Britain’s auto magazine, Autocar, said it would share VW’s MEB electric vehicle platform and that is big enough to allow the four door model. And the magazine said production of the gas powered two door Beetle will end next year.

 Rolls-Royce closed its main office and manufacturing plant early to allow workers to watch England’s key game in the World Cup competition. One official said closing down “means a large group of people… have the chance to watch the game and share in the sense of national pride that comes with this great occasion.”

 Unfortunately, as you may know, England lost to Croatia 2-1.

 

Auto News for July 11 – Very Exclusive Bentley Coming

 

 Bugatti is working on a very limited edition car to be called Divo, named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio race on a mountainous circuit in Sicily for Bugatti twice in the late 1920s.

 Divo will have its world premiere on August 24th at The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering – in California.

 It is said to be light and nimble with “enormous down force and g forces” underlined by “a new and strong design language.”

 Only 40 will be built and the price, shall we say, will be high.

 Raleigh North Carolina and Corpus Christi Texas are the best cities in the U.S. to drive in according to a new study from WalletHub.

 It ranked municipalities on cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles and maintenance.

 Orlando Florida, Greensboro North Carolina and Plano Texas rounded out the top five.

 On the other end were Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco and Detroit. They also had the highest annual hours spent in traffic congestion.

 In the second half of 2019, Bosch and Daimler will offer a limited number of customers a driverless shuttle service with automated vehicles on select routes in a California metropolis. The city, in the Silicon Valley, has not yet been named.

 “The decisive factor is to introduce a safe, dependable and mature system,” says Dr. Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving at Daimler AG. “Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production.”

 The vehicles will be a “mobile super computer” and Nvidia will supply the required platform which can run the Artificial Intelligence algorithms generated by Bosch and Daimler for the vehicle’s movement.

 A network of control units collates the data from all sensors with radar, video, lidar and ultrasound technology, evaluates them within milliseconds and plans the movements of the vehicle. All in all, the control unit network has a computing capacity of hundreds of trillion operations per second. That’s as much as several SClass Mercedes vehicles together could reach just a few years ago, the companies said.

 Daimler is the parent company of Mercedes.

Auto News for July 11

 Bugatti is working on a very limited edition car to be called Divo, named after Albert Divo, the French racing driver who won the famous Targa Florio race on a mountainous circuit in Sicily for Bugatti twice in the late 1920s.

 Divo will have its world premiere on August 24th at The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering – in California.

 It is said to be light and nimble with “enormous down force and g forces” underlined by “a new and strong design language.”

 Only 40 will be built and the price, shall we say, will be high.

 Raleigh North Carolina and Corpus Christi Texas are the best cities in the U.S. to drive in according to a new study from WalletHub.

 It ranked municipalities on cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles and maintenance.

 Orlando Florida, Greensboro North Carolina and Plano Texas rounded out the top five.

 On the other end were Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco and Detroit. They also had the highest annual hours spent in traffic congestion.

 In the second half of 2019, Bosch and Daimler will offer a limited number of customers a driverless shuttle service with automated vehicles on select routes in a California metropolis. The city, in the Silicon Valley, has not yet been named.

 “The decisive factor is to introduce a safe, dependable and mature system,” says Dr. Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving at Daimler AG. “Safety has the highest priority, and is the constant theme of all aspects and development stages on our way to the start of series production.”

 The vehicles will be a “mobile super computer” and Nvidia will supply the required platform which can run the Artificial Intelligence algorithms generated by Bosch and Daimler for the vehicle’s movement.

 A network of control units collates the data from all sensors with radar, video, lidar and ultrasound technology, evaluates them within milliseconds and plans the movements of the vehicle. All in all, the control unit network has a computing capacity of hundreds of trillion operations per second. That’s as much as several SClass Mercedes vehicles together could reach just a few years ago, the companies said.

 Daimler is the parent company of Mercedes.

Auto News for July 10

Sources tell the Detroit News that backers of the big Detroit Auto Show are putting the final touches on a plan to stage the show in June instead of January starting in the year 2020.

A final decision may be announced no later than July 24th, the paper said. The 2019 display presumably will remain a wintertime event.

Organizers were forced to look at a total revamp after several automakers, including Audi and BMW, pulled out of the show.

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Nissan said some of its line workers falsified emission or fuel economy tests on vehicles that were sold only in Japan.

The discrepancies were discovered during an internal investigation that found 1,171 vehicles that were “non-compliant” in one form or another.
That investigation continues and Nissan announced it has hired a Japanese law firm to aid the effort.

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Various reports this morning say Tesla has signed an agreement with local authorities to build a plant in Shanghai that would produce about 500,000 vehicles a year. It is a move that would allow the automaker to greatly expand its presence in Asia and avoid high import tariffs.

Subaru said its 2019 Legacy model will carry a starting price of $22,545, an increase of $350 from the current offering. The Outback base model will start at $26,345 an increase of $450. Both models for the New Year will feature added standard equipment and upgraded interiors.

Nearly 30 states saw an increase in gas prices in the past week and the national average rose by one penny to $2.87, according to AAA.

The increase was caused by higher demand as motorists hit the road during the warm weather months plus an increase in crude prices.

Today’s gas price average is six-cents cheaper than last month, but 61-cents more expensive than at the same time last year.

 

 

 

 

Auto News for July 9

BMW reports its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant is completing final preparations for production of the new X5 model. They will starting cranking them out later this summer with the X5 starting price at $61,695.

In the pretty nifty video department, you can watch the record breaking run of the all-electric Volkswagen I.D.R. on Pikes Peak. The entire run to the top was captured by a crew aboard a helicopter. Here is a link:

https://media.vw.com/releases/1052

GM said it gained a half a point of market share in the second quarter thanks to the sale of trucks and newer crossovers in its lineup. It cited double digit games for 14 vehicle lines and strong commercial sales.

Buick sales were something other than red hot here in the U.S. in the first half of the year, but Buicks are in demand in China. Sales there rose 4.4 percent in the first six months of this year.

Ford sales in China fell 25 percent in China in the first half of 2018. Experts said an aging lineup was the reason why. New models are expect in 2019.