Auto News for Nov. 17


A revamped Honda FCV concept, a fuel cell vehicle, made its world debut today in Japan. The picture, Honda says, “showcases the styling evolution” of the car it expects to launch in Japan by March of 2016, followed by the U.S. and Europe. It is targeted to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a refueling time of about three to five minutes. Honda said it will seat five.

Car wash owners are having a tough time with safety and luxury technology that can cause the car to lock the attendant out, or even jump off the rollers risking a rear end collision with the car behind. Because each vehicle uses different technology, wash operators are creating large billboards that tell attendants and owners what to do to get the car safely out the other end. They are advocating an industry wide car wash switch that would defeat all the high tech when all the driver wants to do is come out with a clean car. But that, according to, may be a long way down the road. In the meantime, might we have to go back to the old days of a bucket of soap, a hose, and some boots?

A new poll shows women in the UK want Prince Harry with them more than any other companion on a drive. David Beckman was a close second and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, came in last with only 3 percent of the vote.

The deadline to file claims related to GM’s faulty ignition switches has been extended by one month to Jan. 31st of next year. A supplemental notice is being mailed to 850,000 newly registered owners.

A record 33 vehicles will make their world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The show opens to the media on Wednesday. The Green Car of the Year will be announced on Thursday.

Audi wants you to know that its vehicles will be featured in the film adaptation of the book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” scheduled to be released in mid-February.



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