Auto News for May 28

On the one hand, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne predicted there will be a merger deal in the auto industry before 2018. He did not say if that would involve his firm. On the other hand, the CEO at Opel ruled out any deal with Fiat, in line with the New York Times report that GM has ruled out any merger with Marchionne.

Ford will offer competitors access to its electric vehicle technology patents to help accelerate industry wide research and development of those cars. Ford has filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies.

Ford is recalling almost 423,000 vehicles to fix a power steering problem that could cause it to fail on the road. Involved at 2011-13 Ford Flex and Taurus, along with Lincoln MKS and MKT. Also in the recall are the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from model years 2011-12 and some 2012 Mercury Milan models.

Auto Spies reports that GM CEO Mary Barra has ordered a new car, and it is not a Cadillac or other high end sedan that you might expect the top executive to drive. Instead it is a well optioned black Corvette Z06 according to a line worker at the plant where Corvettes are manufactured. Way to go!!!

GM will install Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto in 14 models of 2016 Chevy’s, Barra announced at a Los Angels’ tech conference. There are more than 2.3 billion smartphones in use globally and GM said customers are demanding better integration between phones and their vehicles. Barra said the Android and Apple systems will be available across a wide range of models, just not the high priced offerings.

You might remember pitchmen for Chrysler years ago extoling the 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty on its cars. Well that is going away. Automotive News says Fiat Chrysler will trim that to 5-years/60,000 starting with the 2016 model year, according to Automotive News. GM made a similar move in March.

Lamborghini will introduce a sport utility vehicle in 2018 to be built at the company plant in Sant Agata Bolognese Italy. Of course this will be a high performance model with a price tag to match. The official announcement came from parent company Volkswagen and will require a $762 million expansion of the plant.

 

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