Auto News for Aug. 28


The end is near for the VW Bus. While they have been gone for years here in the U.S., the bus has been made at a VW plant in Brazil. To mark the end of production, VW will produce 600 commemorative editions in blue and white paint, white wall tires and a rather ugly grille up front. The bus fell shy of safety regulations in Brazil by putting the driver ahead of the front axle. Peace and Love, Bus!!!

Customer satisfaction with their new wheels is on the decline, according to the latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index. And the satisfaction gap between Detroit and imports is now at its widest point in five years. Of the eight nameplates above the industry average, only two are domestic, Cadillac and GMC. Mercedes leads the satisfaction index followed by Lexus, Subaru, Toyota and Honda.

Ford has unveiled the big brother to the C-Max. An updated S-Max will be displayed at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. Roughly the size of the Mazda 5 and with a very modern design update, the S is not likely to show up on these shores. Car & Driver notes that one feature is a heart rate monitor as well as a glucose monitor, both of which can alert doctors if the situation warrants.

Polk reports that used commercial vehicle transactions are up 9.1 percent in the first half.



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