Auto News for May 30

Automotive News is reporting big changes at Automobile magazine, including the resignation of Jean Jennings as editor. She helped create the magazine some 30 years ago with the legendary David E. Davis. Owner Source Interlink, that also has Motor Trend in its lineup, announced a restructuring that will centralize much of its auto related content in Los Angeles under the guidance of Angus MacKenzie, the chief content officer. A total of 75 positions will be cut in Michigan and Florida and Motor Trend and Automobile will share come web content, according to Automotive News.

The recall bug surfaced again with Ford recalling 1.4 million vehicles. Most are model year 2008-11 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner’s that could lose their power steering. Also, 196,000 Explorer models due to an electrical problem in 2011-13 model years, and a similar number of Taurus sedans from 2010-14 for a rust problem in states that use salt to clear winter time roads. More than 82,000 Fusion, Milan, Zephyr and MKZ models are in recall mode to replace improperly installed floor mats.

If you take into account every factor, traffic accidents cost the nation $277 billion in 2010, or about $897 per person according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Crashes attributed to drunk drivers accounted for 18 percent of the total cost, while seat belt use prevented $69 billion in medical care and other expenses.

Subaru announced a starting price of $25,695 for its 2015 BRZ sports car. That would be an increase of about $200. It also announced a BRZ Series Blue of which only 1,000 will be sold here. It has a lot of trim upgrades and will start at $29,490 and will be offered in either Blue Pearl or Crystal White. The Series Blue is pictured.

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