Auto News for March 12

More than 620,000 people from around the world have signed an on line petition calling for the BBC to reinstate Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson. It is alleged that he punched a producer when no hot food was available after a long day of shooting an episode. There are reports that the BBC may have to make millions of dollars in payments to TV outlets around the world if it does not produce the final three shows of the current season that are now up in the air, as it were. Clarkson’s contract with the Beeb runs out at the end of the month, and there are several reports out of the UK that say he would be quickly signed up by rival TV outlets. The saga continues.

It should be recognized that for some car buyers the computer driven options on new vehicles has them throwing up their hands and saying, “I surrender.” Now, is out with a list of the best “low tech” cars and trucks saying that “some people just do not want a vehicle packed with technology …”

Hyundai Accent GS hatchback and GLS sedan

Kia Rio LX

Mazda3 iSV sedan & MX-5

Nissan NV van & Titan S pickup

The Smart car and the Mitsubishi electric car round out Edmunds low tech choices. All of the selections lack navi, Bluetooth functions, exterior cameras, keyless ignitions or embedded cellular connectivity.


Ford said red and black are the most popular colors for the Mustang worldwide. Nearly 1.1 million pony cars have been configured on European websites where the car will offered for sale midyear. China will also get a Mustang as well. Here in the U.S., black remains the top color followed by Magnetic Metallic and Ruby Red. Race Red is the fav in China with red and Absolute Black topping the color charts in Europe.

Car and Driver reports the 2018 Honda CR-Z may get the styling and performance gear that many lovers of small sporty cars have been dreaming of. That would include a 2.0-liter turbo four with about 280 horsepower. The current models lackluster power has slowed sales here and on global markets.

Honda has launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign to urge owners to check for recalls and complete Takata airbag inflator repairs as soon as possible. Despite mailed notifications to registered owners, Honda said “many vehicles included in these recalls remain unrepaired.” Here is a summary of the affected models.

  • 2001-2007 Honda Accord
  • 2001-2005 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2006 Honda CR-V
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2007 Honda Pilot
  • 2006 Honda Ridgeline
  • 2003-2006 Acura MDX
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2005 Acura RL

If you own one of these cars, or have question, it is imperative that you check with your dealer as soon as possible. Honda owners can check their vehicles’ recall status at while Acura owners can check things out at



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