Auto News for Jan. 21

Who sold more vehicles worldwide than anyone else last year? It was Toyota for the third year in a row topping VW and GM with 10.2 million vehicles rolling into new owner’s driveways. But Toyota predicted that sales will not be as robust this year citing an expected sales decline on its home turf.

Toyota also broke ground on its new North American headquarter in Plano, Texas. It is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2016 or early 2017.


To mark its win at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1995, McLaren will produce a special edition 650S complete with the roof mounted snorkel air intake. Only 50 coupes will be produced worldwide with deliveries to begin later this year. With a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 641 horsepower, a run to 60 will take just 3.0 seconds with a track top speed of 207 mph. There will be lots of black leather and Alcantara inside with a dedication plate identifying the limited nature of the model.

This is rather unique. In Britain at least, Jaguar Land Rover is showing off its “Bike Sense” research. It will tap the drive on the shoulder and ring a bicycle bell inside the car to help prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles. It said the top of the seat will extend to “tap” the drive on the left or right shoulder depending on where the bike is coming from. A matrix of LED lights on the window sills, dashboard and pillars will glow amber and then red as the bike approaches.


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