Auto News for July 29


Thanks to a good friend for alerting me to something outrageous from Polaris. It is called the Slingshot, a vehicle that the company insists “is not an automobile” but a “three wheeled motorcycle.” It is powered by a 2.4-liter four from GM that packs 173 horsepower with 166 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm tied to a 5-speed manual transmission and it seats two. I have not seen any acceleration figures, but early operators said “It’s a roadster jet fighter.” The Slingshot carries a base price of $19,999 to $23,999 for the SL model. ABS brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are all standard. You just know that this modern version of the venerable Morgan Three Wheeler simply has to be a blast to drive. Polaris said some states may require a motorcycle permit. Oh, and your butt is just five inches off the ground.

Those much talked about 2015 Ford F-150 aluminum trucks will come with price increases of $360 to $3,615 depending on model. Dealers have started taking orders for the new pickups that will hit the market later this year. Ford’s top of the line “King Ranch” edition will see the biggest price increase.

Higher demand for its cars and motorcycles drove net income up almost 20 percent at Honda in the fiscal first quarter. It forecast a gain of 4.5 percent in net income from auto sales in the current fiscal year and raised its annual profit forecast. Toyota checks in with earnings early next month.




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