Auto News for April 30

General Motors will invest $5.4 billion in its domestic plants over the next three years with $783.5 million going to plants in Michigan. This will include improvements at the Pontiac Metal Center, Lansing Delta Township assembly plant and upgrades at Pre-Production Operations in Warren. “The common thread among our investments is the focus on product improvements that benefit customers,” said GM VP Cathy Clegg. Details of the rest of the investments will be announced at a later date. Some of that money may go a plant in Arlington Texas that cranks out GM’s larger and very much in demand SUV’s. The City Council there has approved incentives for GM to expand the facility.

HOnda HR-V

Honda’s new mini crossover vehicle, the HR-V, will go on sales May 15th. Based on the Fit subcompact, the new addition will carry a base MSRP of $19,115 with 17-inch alloy wheels, push button parking brake, rear view camera, Pandora radio and Bluetooth Hands Free Link. Under the hood with be a 1.8-liter four with 141 horsepower tied to either a six speed manual or a CVT. The base model with the CVT is rated at 31 overall MPG by the EPA.

1963_Ford_Galaxie_sedanFord Galaxy


Just this morning saw a beautifully restored Ford Galaxie on the road, just like the one in the picture. That set me to wondering how long the big Ford has been off the market, and perhaps you did to given how many are still in police and taxi duty. The Galaxie hit the market in 1959 and lasted to 1974. During that time, it was in direct competition with the similarly sized Chevy Impala in the full size car sales wars. The name kind of lives on in Great Britain where it is a people mover for seven and is now available with All-Wheel drive and a diesel engine. See picture.





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