Auto News for March 20

Jeep Staff Car

Jeep has introduced seven concept vehicles for the annual Moab, Utah, Easter Safari. It attracts thousands of die-hard off road enthusiasts for a week of conquering some of the country’s most rugged and recognizable trails. One of the concepts, the Jeep Staff Car, is an open air Wrangler built like the military service vehicles of old.

Jeep® Wrangler Red Rock Responder Concept

And what about a Jeep Wrangler pickup? It could happen when the company introduces the next generation of the iconic Wrangler. Jeep CEO Mike Manley said it is one of the prime topics of discussion the company has had with its customers. Just to tease things a bit further, the company revealed the “Red Rock Responder” for the Moab event, and it is a Wrangler based pick up. My guess is that Jeep could sell a ton of these.

Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper said Honda will ship a five-door Civic hatchback to the U.S. in mid-2016. There is no word on whether it will be the performance oriented Type R that will be sold in Europe starting this summer. Thus far, there has been no comment from Honda.

Almost 105,000 Hondas have been added to the recall list tied to Takata airbags. This includes 88,549 Pilots from model years 2008, 10,868 Civics from 2004, and 5,454 Accords from model year 2001. Honda will replace the driver front airbag inflator and this brings the total recall to 5.5 million vehicles.

LX was the original platform code for the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum. More than 1,000 of these vintage vehicles are expected this coming weekend at the tenth annual Spring Festival in Southern California. Cars using the LX platform include the 2005 Chrysler 300, the 2005-08 Dodge Magnum station wagon, 2006-10 Charger sedan.



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