Auto News for June 12

GM CEO Mary Barra will make another appearance on Capitol Hill, this time before a House subcommittee regarding those faulty ignition switches. She will be joined by Anton Valukas who authored the internal investigation of same. The two will appear next Wednesday and are expected to face some sharp questioning.

If you don’t use the drive thru at Starbucks you may soon be able to go inside and recharge yourself and your smart phone. Starbucks will try out wireless phone chargers on the west coast. All you do is put the phone down on a designated spot on a table and recharge – or dark roast for you and the phone.

Recently we told you about the auto dealer in Nebraska that had thousands of vehicles damaged by an intense hailstorm. Now the Woodhouse Auto Family in Blair, Nebraska, says people are flocking to their outlets to take advantage of sharp markdowns on the damaged cars and trucks. Automotive News reported that demand is such that e-mails and phone messages may not be returned for up to three weeks. Sticker prices have been reduced by $1,000 to $15,000.

The VW Jetta offers the best lease deal these days according to Kelley Blue Book. It is followed by the Buick Verano and the Nissan Altima. When it comes to financing and cash back deals, the leader is the Ford Expedition XLT, the Toyota Prius and the Ford C-Max. It is worth noting that the Mustang is also on the list with up to $3,000 cash back on the outgoing V6 model.

How is this for an audio system in your wheels? Sixteen active loudspeakers, 7 tweeters, 7 midrange, 2 separate subwoofers, and 1,200 watts of power. Vehicle Noise Compensation comes as standard equipment. Each system comes with high-end, over-ear headphones finished in the same brushed aluminum as the car’s speaker grilles. All is this part of a special limited edition Bang & Olufsen edition BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and M6 Grand Coupe editions. I would what the 1812 Overture would sound like?

 

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