Auto News for Oct. 3

crash test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released results of its small overlap front crash test for three luxury cars. It said the Lincoln MKS earned a poor rating, the BMW 5 a marginal rating and the Infiniti Q70 a good rating. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

Automotive News reports that the next Jeep Wrangler might have an aluminum body and a unibody instead of the body on frame structure. If that occurs, the vehicle will still be made in the U.S. but not at the plant in Toledo because it would cost too much to retool for aluminum. A-N quotes Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at the Paris Auto Show. The Wrangler is not expected to be redesigned until 2017.

Warren Buffet is getting into the auto business. It will acquire Van Tuyl Group, the fifth largest auto dealership group in the nation with 78 outlets. Buffett indicated he might be interested in acquiring other auto dealer groups.

 

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