Auto News for April 27

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Mazda claims its new MX-5 Miata will deliver an EPA estimated 27 mpg in the city, 34 on the highway, for a combined 30 mpg when equipped with the six speed manual transmission. It said that is a 25 percent improvement over the 2015 model thanks in part to a 150 pound weight reduction

It will be a busy week in the auto world with Ford reporting on first quarter earnings Tuesday, and on Friday automakers will be out with March sales figures.

BMW has announced the i Remote app that customers will be able to use on the new Apple Watch, whenever they can get one. The app can already be used to remotely check and control functions of BMW i models. It will indicate the battery’s status, set the temperature in the car, and help owners find the car in garages and lots. It, thus far, will not order them a cheeseburger. (At least, I don’t think it does.)

Auto insurance rate increases have more people shopping for a new insurer but few are actually switching, according to J.D Power. It said rates on average rose 2.4 percent last year – yet only 29 percent switched companies.

Owners in Michigan have the nation’s most expensive car insurance while North Carolina drivers pay 41% less than the national average, according to InsuranceQuotes.com. It said Michigan is the only state where insurance includes unlimited lifetime personal injury protection, and that is the reason it is the most expensive. Rhode Island is the second most expensive state with New York, Delaware and Louisiana rounding out the top five.

 

 

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