Auto News for July 30


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The Mini Cooper Countryman is the only small car to earn a good rating among a dozen cars subjected to a small overlap front crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the Chevy Volt earned an acceptable rating while the Nissan Leaf earned a poor rating in the test. It replicates what happens when the front corner for a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. Take into consideration overall crash testing, and the Volt was “the only car in this test group to earn a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ Award,” the insurance industry group said.


The Ford C-Max Hybrid, Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Scion/Subaru sports cars came in just under the Volt in overall crash tests.


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Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonatas built in model years 2011-14 to repair a shift cable that may become disconnected. The shift lever may then not display the correct gear, and Hyundai said it has received 1,171 warranty claims about the problem. Owners of the affected Sonatas will receive more information in the mail.


If you take into consideration every vehicle they sell including large trucks, there has been a rearrangement in the list of top selling vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Toyota claims it still holds the top spot, but VW moves from third to second and GM drops to third place, according to the Detroit News. The paper noted that some claim if you remove big truck sales from VW, GM was still number two.


Lagging sales in South America and the cost of incentives to move older Jeep and Dodge products here in the U.S. were cited as the reasons for a 55% drop in Fiat’s second quarter profit. The company predicted that it would still post a profit of up to $1.1 billion for the year.


What is it like to live with an all-electric car? Perhaps that is something you have pondered, so next month I will have a report on the Ford Focus electric – something that many may get juiced about!


Tesla reports on earnings after the market closes tomorrow and many analysts will be going over the figures very closely. Analysts at Morgan Stanley said Tesla is the only auto maker to offer a “meaningful upside.”




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