The Auto News column will resume on Dec. 1 so the writer can digest lots of Thanksgiving goodies. My best to you and yours over the holiday.
Hot from the rumor mill is word in a Dutch newspaper that the upcoming SUV from Bentley may be named “Bentayga.” If your next question is “where in the world did they get that name from,” here’s the answer. It would be named after a rock formation in the Canary Islands, thus coming fairly close to the Chevy’s “Like a Rock.” And let’s all hope that Bentley makes some styling changes from the prototype that was downright ugly. The concept is pictured. Rumors indicate that the finished product will debut next year as a 2016 model.
An investigation of possible steering problems in Ford Crown Vics and Mercury Marquis models has been closed and there will be no recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the problem could occur in just 1.6 vehicles per 100,000 and six of eight complaints came from a police agency that was able to repair the problem. Involved were model years 2004 – 2007.
Mazda is recalling about 100,000 model 6 cars to repair a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system. Named in the recall are 2014 – 2015 model years. Mazda said if the air pressure drops in all four tires, the loss may not be picked up by the monitoring system.
The Hispanic Motor Press Awards this year go to the Chrysler 200C as the “Best Sedan” and the Hellcat as “Best Sports Car.”