Auto News for March 26 – Clarkson Sacked

2016 Kia Optima SX

Kia has released a picture of the 2016 Optima that will make its debut on April first at the NYC auto show. It will be available with “multiple engine choices” and a more spacious interior.


Also in the “City That Never Sleeps,” McLaren will display the first in its Sports Series, the 570S Coupe. It marks the first time McLaren has offered its technologies in the sports car segment. Power output is said to be 562 horsepower, so it just may get up and go rather nicely. Oh, McLaren released the teaser photo.


Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the new Jaguar XF that made its debut by being driven by a stunt driver across wires high over the Royal Dock in London’s Canary Wharf. The idea was to show off the car’s lighter weight thanks to its aluminum intensive construction. Its next act will be at the NYC show. You can see the roughly three minute crossing at:


The BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson after a series of incidents over time, including a recent physical altercation with a senior producer over the menu available after a photo shoot. A BBC official said that was “accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed.” BBC Director General Tony Hall said Clarkson may be leaving “but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.” The Beeb said it is looking at ways to produce the last programs in the current series. Clarkson told an audience recently that he expected to be sacked. Richard Hammond called it “a sad end to an era” while James May called the firing “a tragedy.”

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 – Euro Spec

Mercedes has revamped its GLE and added a hybrid to the mix called the GLE550e 4MATIC. Merc said it will provide better gas mileage then the diesel model while delivering the performance of a V8. And as you probably guessed by now, the high performance Mercedes MG GLE63 4MATIC and the GLE63 S4MATIC will debut at the New York Show. (I thought Merc was going to simplify its model names.) The plug-in hybrid will carry a V6 with 329 horsepower and a hybrid module with 114 hp worth of electric power. The peak torque is a robust 479 lb-ft and it will allow for all electric driving at speeds of up to 81 mph.


By using more common parts and product platforms, Toyota hopes to cut the cost of bringing new models to market by 20 percent. It also announced that a RAV4 hybrid will join the mix starting in model year 2016. And you can guess where that model will debut?

Ya gotta wonder if Clarkson will also show up in NYC?

GM’s Arlington Texas plant recently cranked out its ten millionth vehicle, a Chevy Suburban. Its one millionth was a 1965 Pontiac Bonneville while vehicle number one rolled out in January 1954.

Kelly Blue Book predicts March auto sales will fall .3 percent. But first quarter sales will be the best since 2007. It said the slight decline in volume in March is due to one fewer Saturdays this month compared to last year.




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