The column is late today so that the big announcement from Acura could be included. The production version of the NSX supercar will make its world debut at the Detroit auto show next month. Acura said it will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine model that is slated to launch in 2015. There is a 30 second teaser at
Honda announced that the FCV concept will make its North American debut at the show. This is a small crossover based on the Fit.
An auto analyst at Morgan Stanley doubts that Tesla will produce 500,000 electric cars a year by 2020 and Adam Jones also cut his price target on the auto maker. He believes Tesla will crank out something in the order of less than 300,000 juiced cars annually.
A member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Mark Rosekind, has been confirmed by the Senate to become the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That agency has come under fire of late for its handling of auto recalls. The NHTSA has been without a permanent leader for a year.
Various reports say Mercedes is considering moving its U.S. headquarters out of New Jersey to either Georgia or North Carolina. The Atlanta Business Chronicle was first with the story. There has been no comment from Mercedes that has been headquartered in the Garden State for more than four decades.
Bye-bye Chrysler Group. It was announced this morning that the company name is now FCA US LLC. Now there is a grabber. Autos with the Chrysler name will continue to be made.