Auto News for Aug. 30
If you are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic over the holiday, cheer up, this one day might be the norm, according to a new study. The U.S. Travel Association studied 16 key interstate corridors nationwide and concluded that without added investment and policy changes, average daily car volume will equal that of Labor Day – within a decade in some places. The group is sounding the alarm now noting that major highway improvement programs can take 15 years to complete. Two of the affected corridors are I-95 from New York to Washington and I-5 from L.A. to San Diego. The association is a non-profit organization representing the travel industry.
The IRS said a Bentley owned by Michael Jackson is worth $250,000, according to Bloomberg.
For the first time “Made in the USA” is a tag that can be attached to the Ford Fusion. The car has been manufactured at a Ford plant in Mexico but it was unable to keep up with demand. With a $555-million investment, Ford is now also cranking out the Fusion at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.
Volvo has released pictures of a concept coupe that the company said “reveals how we could shape our cars from now on.” The concept car is said to be a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter four with a supercharger and turbo and a total output of about 400 horsepower.