Auto News for Dec. 24

Mustang GT

The first retail 2015 Ford Mustang will be auctioned off to benefit a leading diabetes charity – JDRF. It will be sold at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company in Scottsdale, Ariz., on January 18th. The winning bidder, Ford said, can personalize his or her car with available GT options.

Hyundai has entered into an agreement with current and former owners and lessees of vehicles affected by its restatement of fuel economy ratings in 2012. It said the agreement is valued at roughly $210 million depended on how many customers elect to participate in a newly offered one-time lump sum payment option or remain in the earlier announced lifetime reimbursement program. The adjustment affected about 27 percent of Hyundai’s 2011-2013 model year vehicles reducing their fuel economy by one to two mpg.

More than half of the calls to Allstate’s Roadside Service result in a vehicle being towed to a repair shop. The majority of non-tow calls involve help changing a tire, unlocking a vehicle, getting gas delivered or jumpstarting a dead battery. That amounted to 45 percent of calls while the rest involved a trip delaying ride to the service garage.

The column will resume on Dec.27th. Have a wonderful holiday.

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