Subaru has offered up a teaser picture of its 2015 Legacy sedan that will be unveiled next Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. It is said to be “more couple-like” with a “faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan.”
Can it really be that long ago? VW is celebrating the fact that 65 years ago the first Beetle arrived on these shores. In January of 1949, a “Type 1” Beetle was shipped to NYC by Ben Pon, Sr., who was the world’s first official VW importer. Over the years, the Beetle not only got a heater and defroster system, but grew into a brand that now offers 11 different models sold by 644 dealers across the country. Yours truly got the chance to drive a ’49 bug while in Germany too many years ago. It was a split window model with syncro in no gears, and the defroster was the back of your hand up against the windshield. But after a complete restoration it was a very dependable set of wheels.
Mini has announced some 2014 prices with the base Cooper starting at $19,950 plus $750 for transportation. That would appear to be a gain of $300 over current models. The 2014 Cooper S will start at $23,600. The Mini hardtop will arrive at dealers this spring and let’s hope they finally move the speedometer in front of the operator.
Chevy is going after the Ford Transit. It will introduce the City Express, Chevy’s first entry into the small van segment. It will come to market this fall.
VW claims it outsold GM on the world market in 2013 selling 9.73 million vehicles to GM’s 9.71 million.
Toyota is going to stop selling six models because the seat fabric doesn’t meet federal flammability standards, when seat warmers are also a part of the package. Put on hold at the Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry and Camry hybrid, Sienna, and Tacoma from model years 2013 & 2014. Also put on hold are the 2014 Corolla and Tundra. The Detroit News reports no fires have been reported and Toyota is trying to come up with a replacement fabric.