Auto News for April 10

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

We are getting more information on the 2016 Honda Pilot including word that the standard 3.6-liter V6 will produce 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That would be a gain of 30 horses over the current model with customers choosing a six speed or nine speed automatic tranny. Let’s assume the surfboard in the picture is, at least, optional equipment. Also new is Honda’s traction control system featuring Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow modes on the AWD models. There will be a new top-of-the-line trim level, called Elite with sunroof, heated captain’s chairs in the second row and LED headlamps. The new Pilot will take off this summer.

The last of the current model Chevy Volt will roll off the assembly line late next month to make way for a new offering sometime in September. The Detroit News reports the Volt has been a slow seller for the bow tie brand, partially due to lower gas prices.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into brake line failures in GM trucks from model years 1999-2003. It spent four years investigating corrosion related brake failures in the vehicles but has not identified a defect that would lead to a recall. It is urging owners who live in areas where salt is laid down on winter roads to thoroughly wash the underside of their trucks to remove the salt after the long winter.

“Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage is the narrator of a new one minute ad for the Chrysler 300. The ad will debut later today on national tele.

 

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