Auto News for Sept. 17

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“Hello sir, and welcome to our Rolls-Royce showroom.”

“Thank you. I would like to talk about ordering.”

“We can do that.”

“You don’t understand. I want to order 30 of them!”

One of the world’s richest men, Stephen Hung, has put down an order for 30 Extended Wheelbase Phantoms, the world’s single largest order of Rollers ever. Two will be the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned, featuring gold plated accents. They will chauffer guests of the ultra-luxury Louis XIII casino -hotel that Hung is building in Macau, scheduled to open in the first half of 2016. Think of the hotel as the direct opposition of Motel 6. In fact, its top suite will set you back $130,000 – a night!

The acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told lawmakers yesterday that GM withheld important information from the agency regarding defective ignition switches. But at a hearing, members of a Senate committee from both parties said NHTSA failed to use its full regulatory powers and was slow to act despite receiving complaints from owners of the affected vehicles.

GM is adding jobs, 750 of them, at a plant in Missouri to assemble the new midsize pickups – the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

New car auto registrations rose 2.1 % in August across the European Union countries continuing an upward trend that began twelve months ago, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Volkswagen, a firm that has experienced slumping sales here in the U.S., posted a 26.7% gain to lead the sales list followed by Peugeot/Citroen up 10.9%.

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