Auto News for April 17


Maybe we are all ready to go back to basics, with the iconic sports car maker Caterham announcing the most successful export year in its 42 year history. It sold 345 vehicles to customers outside of its home base in the UK during 2014 with France, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and the USA its most successful markets. As you can see from the picture, these are very basic sports cars as has been the brand’s tradition. The top of the line 360 comes with a 180 hp 2.0-liter Ford Duratec four good for a top speed of 130 and a 0-60 run of 4.8 seconds. It offers, the maker said, such “creature comforts” as fully carpeted cockpit, full windscreen, hood and side screens and leather seats. You can also build one yourself.

The BMW i3 and the Ford F-150 are among the models included in a new listing of the top ten interiors for 2015. Ward’s Automotive rated the interiors on materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish, and overall design. Here are the other winners:

Chrysler 300

GMC Canyon

Honda Fit

Jeep Renegade Limited

Kia Sedona

Mazda6 Grand Touring

Mercedes C400

Nissan Murano

California, by far, has the most green car shoppers, according to The San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose area topped the list followed by Monterey, Eureka, and the greater Santa Barbara area. L-A finished fifth in the survey and the first city outside the Golden State was Honolulu in sixth place. “We’ve always seen that the western U.S. shows more interest in going green, but this is the first time we’ve seen nothing east of the west coast,” said Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

If you ever wanted to design your own Dodge Viper GT here is your chance:

It is said to offer 8,000 exterior colors, 24,000 custom stripes, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims, seven aero packages, three brake packages, four suspension options as well as a host of standalone options. Once the design is complete, users can place the vehicle in their own lifestyle environments to preview how their car will look in the real world. Sounds like fun!

The five millionth vehicle produced at Honda’s plant in East Liberty, Ohio has rolled off the assembly line. It was a 2016 Acura RDX. Production at the plant started in 1989, seven years after the Marysville Ohio facility.





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