Auto News for Feb. 25

Auto News for Feb. 25

Volks XL1

There are no plans at present to send to these shores what VW is claiming to be the world’s most efficient production car. VW claims the XL1, about the size of a Mazda Miata, gets 261 miles per gallon on the European scale, which is more optimistic than the standard used here. It will seat two, is extremely light weight at just 1,752 pounds, and is powered by a 47 horsepower two-cylinder diesel and a 27 horsepower electric motor. Top speed is 99 miles per hour and in 12.7 seconds it will race (!) from a standstill to 62 miles per hour.

2014 Jeep Cherokee

Jeep has released pictures of the Cherokee that will debut as a 2014 model at the New York Auto Show next month. It is a replacement for the Liberty that apparently ended up with death and not liberty. It will be built in Ohio.

Edmunds.com predicts that new vehicle sales will increase by just over four percent this month, compared to a year ago. It says pent-up demand and access to credit are offsetting other negative economic concerns.

AT&T will provide most GM vehicles with safety, security diagnostic and infotainment services starting in 2014. This will include streaming audio, web access, and video for backseat passengers. Let’s hope they keep it simple.

Perhaps lost in all the stories out of the Daytona 500 was the fact that Richard Petty helped dedicate some new stamps. They are called Muscle Cars Forever stamps and you can see them at:

facebook.com/USPSStamps

And yes, you can even use them on Saturday!

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